I hoped I’d tell you about an experience in Lake Mburo national park, but the truth is I only came close to it. Our trip to Rwakobo rock was the closest I got to the park, where I got to experience the beauty of the wild.
Gunvor, Anita and I set off from Kampala in the morning, to what was going to be Anita’s first safari ever. Driving past the equator, we stopped for hot drinks and snacks before getting back on the road. As soon as we had driven past the equator, the clouds got grey. Suddenly what was a sunny day, turned into a rainy one as we approached Rwakobo’s sign post.
We arrived at the Rwakobo reception and were welcomed with a fresh glass of hibiscus juice and given a brief introduction to the place. The view from the reception was all the welcome I needed…a stunning way to spend the evening in instant-relaxation mode.
After being shown to our rooms, we couldn’t resist a dip in the pool before dinner…
The next morning, as Anita went to her safari, we got up energized from a good night’s sleep ready for our cycling safari. Our guide was ready with his bike pump despite the slight drizzles starting.
The bikes were comfortable and we rode all the way down to where a herd of zebras were grazing. Getting closer and closer to them was magical! This was unlike the ordinary safari in a car.
As we continued further into the wild, the clouds got darker. We kept hoping for a bit of sun, but it started pouring. I wished out loud for a tree that we could hide under for shelter as it was now getting heavier. Had I known it would rain this much, I probably would have decided to stay, but being here we had to keep going despite the cold and discomfort.
This was definitely a new experience I will remember for a while, which reminded me that in life there will be rainy days where you could be tempted to quit. To stay in your comfort-zone because it’s easy or familiar. Going through the rain in the wild as in life is a part of our growth and transition to new levels. Who knew I would appreciate the cold sweaty ride!
When the clouds cleared, it was an amazing feeling being out here, and getting so close to the Zebras, impala and of course a large herd of Ankole cattle grazing.
Restaurant and lounging area
The best views are below the Rwakobo main dining area overlooking the expanse of the rock, where you can relax in a hammock with a hot beverage (in my case)
During lunch and breakfast, some impala and warthogs kept coming out to drink water at the borehole. And birds! So many birds! Breakfast and dinner were served as buffets. At dinner, the manager Laura helped us spot a bush baby.
There were other travelers here enjoying the views and exchanging travel tales. One older Swiss man in particular peaked our interest. He was 60 and biking around Africa with his dog by his side! He had been through Ethiopia, South Sudan and rode from Entebbe to Rwakobo. This was his resting point and he was now joined by his daughter.
I guess that’s what Rwakobo has set out to be… A resting haven for various travelers journeying in and out of Uganda.
There are eight cottages around the hill, each exclusively secluded putting you in the wild. We were cautioned to avoid leaving the door open as there are several baboons that wonder around. We stayed in warthog, a double room with a hot shower and extra comfy beds.
We had such goodnight’s sleep here. I loved the use of local materials like wood and mats to design the room with pretty zebra patterns on the nets.
I highly recommend spending a few hours above the pool lounging in the hammock with a good book!
Below the dining area is a fire place, where we sat before and after dinner. As we warmed up, Gunvor spotted some fireflies for her first time. I enjoyed swapping stories, dreams and ideas about content creation, with her as a Norwegian Lifestyle photographer and me travel blogging in Uganda. We were both grateful to be collaborating on this sponsored Rwakobo experience!
Before we set off for Kampala, we took a walk down to one of the small communities that the lodge works with. Most of this for me was hearing about my culture, so it was interesting to hear the ladies reactions to some of our practices. They got to taste and enjoyed the fresh yogurt and milk. This was after learning about how the ankole cows add value to the farmers and their families.
It was a good weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed and returned home feeling relaxed.
Have you been to Lake Mburo National park? Would you go on a cycling adventure here like we did?
Photos by: Gunvor Eline Eng Jakobsen (@gunvoreline)