By our reporter
Over 50 people will this Easter weekend flock Bwindi impenetrable Forest for an adventurous trip geared towards charity.
The trip dubbed #Bwindi4Gracevilla is organised to raise funds to support Grace Villa, a home for vulnerable girls from Kabale in South Western Uganda.
Ruth Kendegye Ndyabahika, the Grace Villa founder said that this is the third adventure she has organised towards the same cause.
“In 2016, we climbed Muhabura in Kisoro, 2017 saw us hit Kidepo Valley National park and this time round we are in the beautiful Kigezi region,” she said.
Kendegye added that in her bid to raise funds for running the home, she has opted to use adventure so as to promote domestic tourism.
“When I consider the fact that despite the various challenges we are encountering as a country, there is still a need to appreciate the beauty of this nation, I find it of value to organise group travel adventures in my approach,” she added.
Hillary Mugarura, an associate of the girls’ home said that he is compelled to attend adventurous trips for charity due to the desire to reach out to the vulnerable in society.
“I have learnt that what we need in life is to cause a smile on other people’s hearts as we would wish to be happy either,” he said.
Mugarura said that that the previous adventures he has had with Grace Villa have boosted his interest in tourism.
“I never loved travelling that much until I started travelling with Grace Villa, the trips are irresistible, with cool people and the best thing in all is to know that I am doing this for charity. I can never miss any adventure of this kind anymore,” he added.
Key to this year’s trip will be an Itinerary starting on 29th March, 2018 with a scenic road trip from Kampala to Buhoma through the beautiful countryside. The scenic route will wind through the picturesque tea plantations of Fort portal, with a stop for lunch and a swim in the Nkuruba Crater Lake. The day will end with a night in Buhoma.
Day two will see adventurers trek through Bwindi impenetrable Forest. The tough, intense climb will be punctuated with delightful experiences of the majestic 100 year old mahogany trees that are a sight to behold.
There shall be a fun stopover for a quick, refreshing lunch & swim along the beautiful Kashasha River. The day will end from Rushaga Gorilla Camp, where participants will be treated to a bonfire dinner serenaded by traditional dancers under the stars.
The third day will see participants set off to spend a day deep in the rainforest in search of the legendary mountain gorillas. Those who will not go for Gorilla trekking will have a chance of spending a day at the camp chilling or taking part in a tour around the Batwa communities.
The day will end with all groups getting back together again at one of the most serene, breathtaking places on earth; Lake Bunyonyi. Here, participants will wind down with a bonfire sundowner, dinner, yoga under the stars, and a certificate giving ceremony.
The final day will see participants waking up to pretty sounds of birdsong and gentle waves from Lake Bunyonyi as they head to Kabale municipality for another treat at Kwanzi Guest house. Here they will tour around the Kigezi cultural museum as they wind down the adventure.