Muhuvura - The perfect cone.
Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
125Trip End Jun 12, 2006
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Stating to hope I'll meet some westerners again for longer that a short while. I haven't really met anyone I've spend a good chunk of time with since I left Luke on 2nd Feb and am starting to get a bit lonely for western company - plenty of Ugandans to chat to though.
Traveling in Africa definitely isn't as popular as South America or Asia. It seems like most people who travel Africa are on posh tours or overland tours and the independent travelers, the few that they are, all take different routes. On other trips you usually find most people are taking the same routes and visiting the same places so you keep bumping into the same people over and over again or end up hitching up with someone for a week or two which is nice.
While I was typing my travelogue today there were a number of political rallies in town. The local and national elections are on the 23rd Feb, I want to make sure I'm out of the country by that time! One of the groups had over 2000 people in the march. This is only a small town and it definitely showed me there is a lot more political activism over here than the apathy that occurs in the west.
Valentines Day and my boda boda driver was late so I walked into town to get another one. Just as I was in mid-negotiation my original one turned up over 30 minutes late. I'd already been told by someone at the hotel that I'd got him dirt cheap so I didn't complain too much and hopped on to get to the start of the hike up Mt. Muhavura. Christopher and George my guides were the nicest people you could want to meet and we had some great conversations on the way up about the differences between Uganda and the UK. They were amused when I said you can pay $3 for a pound of beef - they would pay 75c! They also found it funny that bacon was one of my favourite meats - pork is considered the poor mans food over here.
This trail started steeply and continued that way. I got the truth about the starting elevation from the guides GPS system and it was 8000ft, so a 5500ft climb. I was pretty knackered by the time we hit the summit.
Definately preferred this hike to the one up Sabinyo. It was more open, some trees early on followed by nice open areas of heather, with groundsel nearer to the summit. There were nicely spaces huts after 90 minutes, 3.5 hours on the 4.5 hour hike. After 2 hours we ended up in the clouds and it was that way all the way up to the crater lake at the top of this cone shaped volcano, it would have been nice to get some views but the mist made it kind of mysterious. All the cloud over the last few days has my guide thinking the rainy season is on the way.
We also saw a lot of flowers on this hike, some of which looked like the red hot pokers from Ethiopia. My guide called them red and white pokers, even though they were red and yellow!
Back in Kisoro and I booked a bus for 6am the next morning to Masaka, the gateway to the Ssese Islands out Lake Victoria before heading back to the hotel for hamburger, chips and a good old Nile Special - I'll miss that beer!