By Rushongoka Wa-Mpiira, the Open Sustainability Institute. ________ Overview – Mountains are stunning ecological wonders. And they are home to all forms of life, the small, the strong and the large. They influence what happens within and around them but most importantly what happens in regions afar. Mountains cover almost a quarter (22 percent) of … More Rwenzori: One of Africa’s Greatest Ecological Wonderlands, at Crossroads in the face of Climate Change
By Rushongoka Wa-Mpiira __________ Then the sun retreats into its cradle as you settle down for the campfire at the base camp. The portal peaks are already peeping their heads out and it looks like a lost world, but you are quickly reminded that where you are headed the next day, is much isolated, much … More Mystical Rwenzori: What you will learn hiking to Margherita Peak!
Dearest Jojo, I didn’t see you as a young girl; not only because I joined the big family crew many years later but also because by the time I began comprehending things, you had moved to live with our grannies at the famous Rwenshinya Hill. I can’t possibly remember the first time we officially met, … More Jojo The Traveler, My Icon of Refinement since Childhood!
The Black Headed Heron, one of the highlights of our birding excursion It’s 7:47AM on a Saturday morning of Oct 10, 2015 and I am already in Entebbe waiting for my birding partner and guide, a very experienced and passionate birder – Samuel Rukundo – who is also the Founder of The City Birder. I … More My Maiden City Birding Expedition: The Start of a Whole New Journey of Adventure!
The vehicle is moving at a snail pace, what ordinarily would take a maximum of 12 hours took us in excess of 18 hours to reach Nairobi. Leaving Kampala shortly after 6am, we only reached Nairobi after midnight. For me, the snail pace is no cause for any worries since I had taken a week … More My Tanga Escapade
How thrilling it always is to spend time and share ambience in the home of Mountain Gorillas, the mighty mist, the endless Hagenia, and the rare Golden Monkeys, but this time for a rather tough hiking adventure! Mt. Muhabura (4137m above sea level) is one of the eight mountain peaks in the Virunga Mountains National … More Mt. Muhabura: Incredibly demanding but enormously rewarding!
It is a misty late afternoon and we leave Kabale town for ‘Gorillas In The Mist’ Safari Lodge, located on the chief viewpoint of Lake Bunyonyi; with two great friends who double as colleagues – Owen and Daniel – on a consulting assignment, our exhilaration could not be tamed as we moved past the … More Bunyonyi: The Magical Archipelago!
The Christmas season had gone like any other, but this time, I would crown the year in style-daring the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. My friend, Daniel Muhanguzi, and I had planned this hike for two years in vain but we were determined to make it happen this time. Daniel, another free-spirited adventurous young man and a … More Hiking Rwenzori Mountain Ranges & the Discovery of Kayanja Falls!
With friends; Becky, her fiance – Jean Marie and Jamal at Awinyi Primary School, moments before the Eclipse. November 3rd 2013 went down in history as one of the rarest days of our time. Believe me not, such a day will not come back again in our generation; you missed a glimpse of it? Then … More My Night on the Bar Veranda: The Best Price I could Pay for the Packwach Eclipse!
This is Mushaija-Mukuru Hill in the background. Looks simple? only before you try it! It’s a beautiful evening and we are driving past the UNHCR refugee camp at Rwamwanja village, my instincts are already prompting me that my field work trip to Kamwenge that week beginning Tuesday 14th 2013, was not just going to stop … More Hiking Mushaija-Mukuru Hill: An Opportunity I could never let pass!