June 2017 - feeling generous today? We’re on JustTextGiving, so why not text RTUG12
plus the amount that you would like to donate to 70070?There are no charges for
the text and your donation is all passed directly to the Rwenzori Trust. It only
costs around £6 per month to sponsor a child.
May 2017 - a reading room is being constructed in Ruboni village using the “community
pot” budget. Progress is slow with only foundations and walls built so far, but it
is expected to be completed in summer 2018.
January 2017 - we are now in our tenth year of the child sponsorship programme and
we currently sponsor 43 children in secondary schools and further education in Uganda.
In fact, the current number of children is 40 because the local admissions committee
has decided (exceptionally) to award a bursary equivalent to funds for 4 children
to one young person to help with their fees for attending Kyambogo University.
Ruboni Community Camp
Ruboni Community Camp is situated at the gateway to the Rwenzori Mountains National
Park. The location makes the camp an ideal destination for mountaineers who are preparing
for their ascent into the Rwenzoris, or a base from which to appreciate the stunning
views of the mountains and relax. Please book accommodation at Ruboni Community Camp
through UCOTA (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the camp website www.rubonicamp.com
Accommodation at the camp is in bandas (such as the one below). Each room has two
beds. Some have en suite bathrooms, some share bathroom facilities. The en suite
rooms have compost toilets and the shared facilities are flush toilets. The camp
has beds for 12 people. The cost is US$45 pppn on a full board basis.
Getting to Ruboni
On the Kasese-Fort Portal road, 9km north of Kasese and 8km south of the Hima Cement
Factory, take the turning at the Nkenda electricity sub-station and follow the road,
through Bugoye, Ibanda and Nyakalengija for approximately 17km. Note that the road
is not well formed beyond Nyakalengija, but please do persevere! The camp is on the
left hand side of the road, approximately 1.5km beyond the remnants of the hydro-electric
sluices at the top of the Nyakalengija trading centre, and a couple of hundred metres
before the entrance to the national park.
If arriving by public transport, Nkenda is easily reached by matatu (shared taxi)
from either Fort Portal or Kasese). Beyond Nkenda, you can take a motorbike taxi
(or take a matatu from Kasese going to “Ibanda/Bugoye” and then a motorbike taxi
from Ibanda). If you’d prefer a car all the way, it’s best to hire a private taxi
Ruboni Community Camp is a member of the Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA)
and creates a source of employment for local people. The development also raises
community awareness of conservation issues. All profits are reinvested in improving
At Ruboni Community Camp:
Walks outside the Park: village walk, forest walk and hill walk. These range from
easy to hard.
Relax with a book or board games on the terrace with stunning views of the Portal
Nyakalengija is also known as Ruboni, and this is the area where the child sponsorship
project’s efforts are concentrated, and also where Rwenzori Mountaineering Services
have their base. Just before reaching the trading centre at Nyakalengija, there is
a small craft shop which you are welcome to visit. The craft shop is run by Ruboni
Community Conservation and Development Programme (which manages the child sponsorship
project in Ruboni).
All treks inside the Rwenzori Mountains national park are conducted by Rwenzori Mountaineering
Services (RMS) or Rwenzori Trekking Services (RTS) and the national park (RMNP).
The Rwenzori Mountains are the highest block mountains in Africa and were gazetted
as a national park in 1991 and became a world heritage site in 1995.