A total of 20 people during Easter Weekend engaged in a charity trek to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South Western Uganda.
The trek dubbed #Bwindi4GraceVilla was organised to raise funds for Grace Villa, a home for vulnerable girls located in Kabale district.
According to Ruth Kendegye Ndabahika, the Grace Villa founder, this year’s adventure was meant to give participants a feel of the marvellous Bwindi.
“I have been to Bwindi several times and I felt other people would appreciate what I have experienced in this place,” she said.
Kendegye who in the past organised trips to Kidepo and Muhabura over the same cause said that using adventure on charity causes is a unique way to promote domestic tourism.
“Some people have a need to adventure while others would wish to help vulnerable people in society. With this approach, such people are brought together to make ends meet,” said Kendegye.
Prior to getting to Bwindi, participants set off from Kampala to Fort-Portal where they had a stopover at Nkuruba Crater Lake before heading to Kanungu.
After spending a night at Buhoma Community lodge, they woke up to a trek through the hilly Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Through the moist and cold forest, participants walked for about 8 hours from Buhoma to Rubuguri.
After the hike, they spent another night at Rushaga Gorilla Camp. Here, they were treated to a bon-fire that prepared them for the next encounter of the prestigious mountain gorillas.
On Saturday, they went to Nkuringo to track the Mountain gorillas.
After the Gorillas, they set off to Kabale for an evening at Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s second deepest Lake.
At Bunyonyi, participants got a chance of watching the popular movie, Black Panther, which is largely treasured for its scenery that resembles the Islands of Lake Bunyonyi.
Sunday saw them visit, Kwanzi Guest house where they toured through the museum before heading to Grace Villa for the awarding ceremony and an encounter with the vulnerable girls in that home.
Lamuel Mukundenta, one of the participants said that he was inspired by the beauty of Bwindi despite the complications he got during the hike.
“I experienced a series of muscle pulls while walking through the forest but apart from that I treasured the tour because it exposed me to untold beauty in that forest,” said Mukundenta.
Mukundenta added that another great memory he will live to share is the tedious journey they undertook to track the Nkuringo Gorilla group.
Brian Emorut, a tour guide attached to Guide to Uganda Company who took part in the adventure said that the trip was among the best he has ever had.