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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 (ucota@ucota.or.ug) or through the camp website www.rubonicamp.com (email: info@rubonicamp.com)

 

Accommodation

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 in Kasese.  

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 the camp.

At Ruboni Community Camp:

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.