Western Uganda

Ruhanga Walks

The parish of Ruhanga in south-west Uganda is known for its spectacular walks and scenery. The village is set within rolling hills and there are numerous paths and tracks winding between the traditional homesteads that take you high into the hills from where you can take in breath-taking panoramic views of the countryside. Better still, as you walk, you will be inevitably joined by local children who will delight in your company and show you the best routes and paths and be mesmerized by your photograph taking both wanting to feature themselves and to use your camera to be able to tell their family and friends they have taken some snapshots for a muzungo ~ a white European.

Ruhanga WalksWhilst children have few qualms about their photographs been taken, adults are more reluctant so please avoid taking pictures of men and women working as you pass them en route without express permission. If you can avoid it totally please do. This is a working community and, whilst visitors are always made very welcome, it can be a bit wearing for the local community to have yet more requests for pictures to taken of them.

When walking in Ruhanga, remember the village is already two hundred feet higher than the peak of Ben Nevis in Scotland so the air can be thin and its normally hot so taking plenty of water with you on any walk is a pre-requisite. Mosquito repellent and sun cream are also sensible precautions and some nibbles en route are always most welcome ~ particularly if shared with the children who walk with you.

There is always the possibility for coming across snakes, but most of these walks are along well trodden paths so you are unlikely to do so. If there are a few of you the vibrations from your plodding will, in general, keep the snakes away ~ and remember, snakes generally avoid humans at all costs once aware of them ~ but if you do venture into long grasses use of a walking stick will warn any lurking snakes off. All of our featured walks in Ruhanga start off at Ruhanga Resource centre where you can purchase bottled water and later return for a well earned drink at their well stocked bar that sells both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during working hours.



 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
Walk 1: Up to the Mast. Approx 1.5 to 2hrs.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Start at Ruhanga Resource Centre

Walk approx 200yrds up the road towards Mbarara then take the cut pass the school and over the small stream at the back of the school

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Follow the path up the hill and continue to bear right passing through a small homestead

Before long you will reach the old track that leads up to the mast. Join this track and continue up hill

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Have your progress carefully monitored by the local kids!

Then celebrate as you arrive exhausted at the top of the hill!

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Take in spectacular views of Itajo, some two miles from Ruhanga Resource Centre

... and feel somewhat superior that you have arrived without breaking into a sweat!





Walk 2: Up to the Gravity Well. Approx 1hr.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks
Start at Ruhanga Resource Centre. Walk approx 200yrds up the road towards Mbarara and pass the McNeil Medical centre on the other side of the road.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

You will soon find a stream. Follow this up the hill along a path.
Follow the path round as it bears to the left. Continue horizontally, not up the hill when the path forks.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Continue along this path for some 1/4 of a mile through banana plantations. Walk through a family's homestead. Feels strange but there's "right of way".

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Continue along this pathway until you
can see the gravity well.
Have a trip around the well that services the village and have a much needed rest.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

On your return, bear down to your right along a
path and cross a stream.
Pass through Migorora cell as you return to the main road close to the Resource Centre.
Walk 3: General Village Walk. Approx 1 - 2hrs.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Start at Ruhanga Resource Centre. Walk approx 300yrds up the road towards Mbarara passing by a number of homesteads on your right hand side.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Just before you reach the first "shop" cross the main road and find a pathway.
Follow this path as it passes homesteads and  passes above Ruhanga Boys School.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Once you reach the village church you have a number of options with a myriad of paths to follow behind the building. Explore aspects of rural life at Ruhanga and its impossible to get lost as all paths lead back down to the main road.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

On your walk you will often cut through homesteads. Remember to greet with "agandi". The local children always rush out and take a keen interest in white Europeans.

Ruhanga Village Walks

Ruhanga Village Walks

Remember to ask before you take photographs of people. This is a real village not set up for tourists! Enjoy spectacular views before you make your way down the paths back to the main road!

Ruhanga Walks

Ruhanga Walks

Ruhanga Walks

Ruhanga Walks

 


Ruhanga History

Uganda History

The history of Ruhanga from the Mpororo Kingdom in the 18th Century to the present day.
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Ruhanga Walks

Ruhanga Walks

There are many things to love about the village of Ruhanga and one of them is surely the walks in the mountains that surround the village. From the road you can't appreciate the real look and feel of this community but as you walk around the red earth winding paths that weave their way through the local homesteads you not only come close to nature but can fully grasp the village lifestyle as you pass excited local children and observe the community in its traditional work of tending their "gardens".

 
 


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