Delving Into The Mythical World Of The Bachwezi Written by: Anthony Natif & Dibo A mention of Ibanda to a casual observer will conjure up images of Mbarara’s poorer cousin; struggling for relevance in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbor. After all, it’s from Mbarara that Ibanda was curved back in 2005 with the elevation of Ibanda County to district status. To call Ibanda, Mbarara’s poorer cousin though is obviously an overly exaggerated caricature that underestimates the cultural and historical punch this place packs.  When you take a cursory look under the hood, you will find that the truth is more nuanced. Ibanda is a hidden gem. The weekend…

  • 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…

  • 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…