Getting Cozy with Mabira Forest
I love travelling but that’s where it ends. So, I am a poor tourist? Well, a yes, moderate and a no could all pass.
Before the Kasubi Tombs went up in flames, I was staying approximately 500ms away and I’d never visited the site.
Mabira forest has not once but twice come to the very edge of national debate. In 2007, three people died when Mehta Sugar factory hoped to annex part of the forest. Fast-forward 2010, the same threat is back again.
Fortunately for now, no one has died or been injured but tempers are boiling as fast as the current Sugar price increases.
As the debate rages on, I took myself to Mabira Eco-tourism Centre to have a personal feel of this trouble forest.
Located 56km East of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, it would take you about 60 minutes with minimum traffic and up to 2 hours with traffic.
At the centre, you are given two options: One is the walking trail and the other the cycling trail. The Walking trail costs a Ugandan 2000/= without a guide and 5000/= with one. I chose the former.
As you venture into the tropical forest, there are four trails. Red trail-(LONG: 4-5hrs)-33km, Yellow Trail- (MEDIUM: 2-3hrs)-12kms, Blue Trail-(Easy: 1hr)-5km, White Trail- (Griffins Falls)
I took the BLUE TRAIL and the result is what you can see.