Rwenjeru Campsite is a 5 hour drive from Entebbe international Airport and its located along the Kampala – Mbarara along the highway through Lake Mburo Corridors proceeding to Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi – Mugahinga national parks.
In partnership with Great Trekkers Safaris, it is easy to locate Rwenjeru community close to nature camping site. It is 4-5 hrs drive 270kms away from Entebbe-Kampala-Mbarara highway turn on the left at Kihangire in Bihar we Trading centre, 3km along Katengyeto road towards the Lake Mburo Katengyeto entance gate. It is in the Rwenjeru community, adjacent to the west of Lake Mburo Protected Area in Rwenjeru parish, Biharwe division, Mbarara Municipality, Uganda. The main aim of our collaboration between Rwenjeru community camps site and Great Trekkers Safaris is to promote sustainable and fair tourism by ensuring that all benefits of tourism remain in the community for effective sustainable growth and development.
The campsite offers one of the most well suited camp ground adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park, has a country home guesthouse with three self contained basic rooms for those who wish to stay inside. The activities at the campsite are based on traditional Ankole culture, inherited from Bacweezi around 1520 AD. Bird melodies will wake you up early in the morning viewing sunrise having viewed astronomers cross a natural compass with cardinal points North, South, East, West, last night campus. Rwenjeru hill is named after the white traditional cow of the Bachwezi, “ enjeru ” meaning white in Runyankole language. This white cow was treasured for special milk used on traditional duties in the families. Your visit to Rwenjeru hill will expose you to the traditional culture that rotates around the Banyankole long horned cattle inherited from the Bachwezi of in 1520 AD. Rwenjeru village is on great location in fertile farmland that is next to the park on the grazing land made up of gentle hills with the valleys for farming and drinking places for their treasured long horned cattle.
For the cow watering “Okweshera” in the local language means giving water to the animals, a routine done several times a day of the cattle keeper. Follow your guide, dressed in the true Bachwezi grazing attire carrying the walking stick, “Enkoni ” and wooden bucket, “Eicuba” in the local language, with hoe and other tools for mining the anthill soil that has the salts for mixing in the animal drinking water. You will proceed to the water place and participate in the construction or maintenance of the existing clay trough that is used to serve the water to the animals. You will participate in the setting of the side fire by the drinking place, fill the trough with water until you will hear one of the herdsmen call the animals to come and drink. It is a very rich experience. Everything on this trip has a purpose for the culture the cattle keepers and the welfare or safety of the well treasured animals as you will hear from your guide.
Besides, Rwenjeru camp site has a camping ground, organic gardens, a beekeeping project, bike hire, women tailoring projects and a youth carpentry project. The village is strategically located on the road heading to Katengyeto gate of Lake Mburo national park. Also, it is located opposite Igongo cultural museum for a perfect lunch and museum tour after the cow watering experience.
Other Tour Products (Activities)
- Hill hiking
- Bird watching
- Village bicycle cycling
- Beer brewing and tasting
- Fish roasting at Lake Mburo Rubaare Fishing Community
- Traditional Dancing/ Campfire/Story telling