• Mt. Meru 15th - 20th September
    Adventure,  Mountaineering Tips,  Travel

    Mt. Meru 15th – 20th September

    Mount Meru is in Tanzania. Just to be clear. Google will tell you of a Mt Meru in India. Kenyans will swear Meru is a town in their country. So, as you’ve probably already guessed, Mt Meru is actually in Arusha, a town in the northern part of Tanzania, your gateway to Tanzania’s most famous tourist attractions.  This mountain doesn’t hide. With its imposing look, it stares down at the town and it is pretty much the first thing you’ll notice when you enter into Arusha. Most of the times it drapes itself with a blanket of cloud cover but if you are lucky to see it on its naked…

  • Mt. Rwenzori 8th - 16th July
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    Mt. Rwenzori 8th – 16th July

    Have you been to Uganda’s Western districts of Kasese, Kabarole or Bundibugyo? If yes, then you have seen it looming large on the horizon, appearing almost navy blue against the whiteness of the clouds that cover its tops. If you haven’t seen it, you have probably read, heard about or perhaps come across the phrase ‘Mountains of the Moon’ which is an old term referring to the Rwenzori mountains that straddle the Uganda – DRC border. Rwenzori Mountain is Uganda’s highest and East Africa’s 3 rd highest mountain reaching a height of up to 5,109m. This peak and other surrounding ones are permanently snow-capped. The name Rwenzori is a corruption…

  • Lake Albert 17th - 19th April
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    Lake Albert 17th – 19th April

    My oil, your oil, our oil! The earliest signs of ‘black gold’ in Uganda appeared in the colonial era as an oil seepage near Kibiro on the shores of Lake Albert. This prompted the British colonial administration to commission a government geologist called E. J. Wayland to do an evaluation of the area’s hydrocarbon potential. Wayland would go on to document numerous hydrocarbon occurrences in the Albertine Graben and issue exploration licenses in the 1920’s before realizing that the geology was too incomplete to exploit.  Oil exploration nonetheless continued intermittently through the 1930’s but came to a halt when the Second World War changed the calculus for a victorious but…

  • Trekking Through the Semuliki Valley
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    Trekking Through the Semuliki Valley

    The weekend of 31st Jan-2nd February 2020, Mountain Slayers Uganda had their first slay of the calendar year in and around the land of the Bamba, Bawesi, Batuku, Batoro, Bakonjo, and Batwa; areas covered by Semuliki National Park. It gets its name from the meandering 140km River Semuliki (Semiliki) that hugs the Ugandan border with Congo between lakes Edward and Albert. It empties its waters into Lake Albert. Semuliki is a Luwisi word (language spoken by the Bamba) to mean, “there’s nothing there”. As legend has it, a white man asked a woman crossing the river with a basket on her head for what was in her overly elaborate, super-sized…

  • THE WANASLE
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    THE WANASLE

    Named after one of the sons of Masaba, that much-revered patriarch of the Bagisu people, Wanale is believed to be the place where Nabarwa, the Kalenjin woman who prevailed upon Masaba to get circumcised before they got married, came from, on her way from Kenya. With that connection in mind, it is perhaps befitting that Wanale should overlook Mbale town, the centre of life in the land of the Bamasaba. But even something this majestic could not escape the influence of the nosy Baganda (forgive the pun) as Semei Kakungulu named it ‘Nkokonjeru’ after the many white chickens that Wanale, the person, reared. Thankfully, the name did not quite catch…

  • WANALE…. WE DID IT
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    WANALE…. WE DID IT

    Previously on Wanale S01: -Some chivalrous guy dropped a lass he was helping across a stream splash into the water, -Bodies collapsed in thuds on the slippery trails, -It was a mud bath by the time we arrived at the top of the ridge. As we found out this time around, it would have been asking for too much to expect more of the same on the fomo trip to Wanale. First off, none of the incidents above came to repeat itself -thankfully. This hike more than anything showed that there is a growing thirst for these activity filled weekends as there were only two survivors from the previous foray in 2015.…

  • NGETA -ROLLING IN THE DEEP
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    NGETA -ROLLING IN THE DEEP

    When we set off from Kampala, it was with a bit of reservation. Our anxiety came from a combination of factors: the vast majority of the group had never been to Lira or heard anything exciting come out of there, save for Lira Lira; our number was only half of what we had grown accustomed to every time we go to hike a new destination. It was a relief then to see that we got off to a good start arriving at our destination at exactly midnight and pitching camp right before the rain set in. This may sound mundane until one reminds you that we have pitched tents at 6am…

  • MT. SABYINYO… WHEN THE OLD MAN’S TEETH STILL BITE!
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    MT. SABYINYO… WHEN THE OLD MAN’S TEETH STILL BITE!

    So this is how it went down. We jumped on to the UWA bus to hit the road to Kisoro. Everybody was happy it was a day time trip as we would get to take in the scenery on the approach to Kisoro. Mountain Slayers Kenya was already up on Sabyinyo that very day alongside a smaller group of 7 MSU hikers who were on a 3-mountain challenge that weekend, i.e. Muhavura, Sabyinyo and Mgahinga. This early party was 18-strong. Their grueling pursuit was not the kind of thing one does for Facebook likes but it is the stuff street cred is made of. As Agasha put it, “the best…