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The gorge is with 11 km the longest chasm of east Africa. It is named and watered by the river Kyambura and dominated by a thick underground forest. Underground is the right impression as the chasm is 100 deep The Gorge is mainly known for many different primates, even chimpanzees but also many other animals are coming here to drink.  So visit and experiance the very unique atmosphere of this special place.

What to do

Chimpanzee Tracking

It is possible to take part in a chimpanze tracking in the gorge. The tour starts at 8 am or 3 pm and takes one to three hours. While searching for the chimps you will also see other animals and get to know about the special environment and the vegetation.

Nature Walks

Another possiblity are the nature walks where you can just explore the forest on your own, but of cours while staying on the official ways. You ay see monkeys, swines birds and much more if you keep your eyes open and be a little bit calm.

How to get there

Kyambura Gorge is located inside Queen Eliyabeth National Park, you can find it here on google maps. The place is just around 56 km far from Rukararwe so that our drivers can take you there. It is easy to combine the trip with a tour to Queen Eliyabeth National Park.

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In the year 2012 Rukararwe started a Renewable Energy Technology Centre (RETEC) program targeting 30-40 local unemployed young women and men per program in Bushenyi District. This project has taken place every two years, sothat it supported now 120 youngsters in total. The last time from September to December 2018.

The project has two main objectives:

To transfer manufacture and installation skills of various Renewable Energy (RE) technologies to local young women and men who will then extend their services to the general population while earning an income.

To increase access to sustainable alternative energy and to create skills-based employable and renewable energy business-minded youth.

RETEC program impacts youth with both theory and emphasise practical based teaching on real renewable technology installations, manufacture, construction and invention of renewable energy products such as:

  • Solar-energy
  • Energy saving cooking stoves
  • Earth-brick-technology

Through those topics the Youth also gains knowledge about nature conservation and protection.

30-40 young women and men got the opportunity to study renewable energy technologies in Rukararwe for three months. They get a certificate from the Ministry of Education and Sports after passing a final exam, so that this three month act as small but complete job education in which they are gaining what is needed to find work in their sector.

Success stories:

  • 2016 their was not even one failior
  • Three students of the RETEC program opened successfully a solar shop in Ishaka
  • Students have managed to generate an additional income by installing solar panels
  • Students constructed for families in the surrounding communities energy saving stoves
  • Students broadened their minds in sustainability and environmental conservations and shared their knowledge with family members and friends
  • Building students constructed a new kitchen with store made from unburned earth bricks at Rukararwe grounds

 

The culture of Uganda is made up of a diverse range of ethnic groups. Lake Kyoga forms the northern boundary for the Bantu-speaking peoples, who dominate much of east, central and southern Africa. In Uganda, they include the Baganda, the Banyankole and several other tribes. In the north live the Lango and the Acholi, who speak Nilotic languages. To the east are the Iteso and Karamojong, who speak a Nilotic language, the Gishu are also living there, but are part of the Bantu, they live mainly on the slopes of Mt Elgon; they speak lumasaba closely related to the Luhya of Kenya. The Batwa live in the rainforests of western Uganda.

 

There is no need to go far.

When you are staying at Rukararwe there are various possibilities to experience and enjoy unspoiled nature. Why don’t you take a walk through our Demonstration forest, take some time for bird watching or climb the Irembezi hills for a magnificent view of the surroundings? Experience nature and culture on Rukararwe Compound and in the surrounding areas. Here you can find the real Uganda, not in big hotels and tourist attractions which are far away from the local people and their normal life. And even far from the normal nature and the typical surrounding.

Cultural Tours

Workshop with women

Meet the women group and learn about the part of Ugandan culture which is most interesting for you. Is this dancing, drumming, making typical Ugandan crafts or cooking local food? Whatever you choose you will be able to do it on your own at the end of the day.

Time: 3 hrs.

 

 

Projects of the Youth Group

Get to know the projects of the Youth Group which include Energy Saving Stoves, Earth Brick Technology and Solar Energy.

Time: 1 hr.

 

Family Visit

Dip into the African lifestyle  and get to know Ugandan hospitality. Visit a family and have a conversation with them while enjoying fresh milk tea ith typical snacks at the familys home.

Time: 2 hrs.

 

 

Visiting Progressive Farmers

Learn more about the farmers live (maintaining the field, animal rearing, milking a cow and fetching water), see the processing of tea, honey and wine. Enjoy a typical tea break at the farmes's home.

Time: 2 hrs.

 

Banana Tour

Get to know about banana plantations and the way they are operated in Uganda. You will vidit the plantation of a farmer close to Rukararwe and get to know every step from clearing the land and planting up to harvesting, find out which different species are there and learn about their use in practices as juice, bear and gin making.

Time: 2,5 hrs.

 

 

Learn about Traditional Medicine

Get to know different species of medicinal plants and how to harvest and prepare them to get traditional herbal medicine. The medicine centre on Rukararwe grounds is the only governmental approved health centrewhich is working with herbs.

Time: 2 hrs.

 

Get a massage using Traditional Medicine

If you wish to get some wellness you can connect to our herbal medicine centre too. Our healerwill be there for you.

Time:

 

Kitagata

Kitagata is a hot spring. It is located in the swamps and a holy place in the old Ankole culture. Even today people are coming here to bath and believe that the hot water can cure some diseases, especially those of skin as well as some kinds of pain. This spring is one of the most beautiful and most fascinating places in the whole area. For a small amount of money, you can just look around, try the water and listen to what can be told about this very special place.

Time: 0,5 - 1 hr.

 

Kizinda market

The market in Kizinda is one  of the biggest markets in the sourrounding area It is just taking place two times a month but for two days from Sunday to Monday to give everybody enough time to look around, find exactly what is wanted and buy whatever is needed.

Time: 2-3 hrs.

 

Nyakabirizi market

The market in Nyakabirizi takes place every Wednesday. The people from the sourrounding areas are all coming to a free place in the middle of the town to buy or sell food, clothes, fabrics, kitchenware and everything else they may need and to enjoy the day with pancakes, some pork or an evening in a bar. Visit the market to experiance this weekly event on your own, see the classical processes on a market and take part in it. You will find full market stalls as well as unique costomer care and bargaining culture. All of this is even in a walkable distance sothat you can decide if you want to take the car or your own feet using some shortcuts.

Time: 3 hrs.

 

Kabagarame

The pork market of Kabagarame take place every Saturday. It is a place to go out and have fun with friends or associate with new people while taking some pork and drinking some beer. People are also selling other drinks and snacks. The place is surrounded by small kitchens where you can choos your pork at the most suitable one and wait in one of the traditional huts in the inner circle which are working as dining rooms or you enjoy outside on the grass area in the middle. You will be served on a big plate to eat with your fingers, but don't worry there are enough opportunities to clean your hands verry well. Pork is one of the specialities of the Western region.

Time: 2-3 hrs.

 

Ishaka Daily Market

See a Ugandan food market in Ishaka. Look around the place full of fruits, vegetables and even fish. Find something new and taste it if you want or just enjoy the place with its unique atmosphere.

Time: 1 hr.

 

Shoppingtour Bushenyi / Ishaka

Experiance the town of Bushenyi or Ishaka. See the small supermarkets where you find everything you need in a small room, look around and see even more things. Visit the small tailoring shops where you will find african fabrics and tailors, who are nrmally able to make new clothes with your measurements within one day only. Finnally take part in bargaining if you want to try to get a good price, of course, our staff can support you in finding out what a good price is.

Time: 2 hrs.

 

Visit of a Primary School

Experiance the Ugandan learning Atmosphere at Nyamiko primary school, meet the pupils and find out about the school life.

Time: 1 hr.

 

Visiting Rwanshetsya Orphanage

Be welcomed by the Rwanshetsya Orphanage children with their dances and songs. Here you can share some time and a meal with them.

Time: 1 hr.

 

 

Nature Tours

 

Irembezi Hills

The Irembezi holls are just 30 minutes on foot from Rukararwe, from their top you will have a great view on the surrounding area . On one side you will find Busenyi, Ishaka and some villages, on the other one the fantastic landscape of Irembezi, you can even ee Rwenzori mountain, the one with the biggest area in Africa. In this scenery, you will get to know some cultural stories from the Ankole culture and take a walk up to great viewpoints and traditional important places.

Time: 3,5 hrs

 

Twin Lakes & Cave

The twin lakes are for sure one of the most mysterious nature sights in Uganda, we would say even the most mysterious on you have seen up to now. There are two lakes with nearly equal size and shape just separated by a small land bridge where the road passes, but the colours are totally different which means the ecological situation of this lakes is almost opposite to each other. We are also going to visit a small lodge at the shores of the green lake to enter a cave and hear about its changing historical use and enjoy the great ature around while walking through narrow passes in the tropical vegetation.

Time: 4-5 hrs.

 

Crater Lake Hike

The area of Fort Portal has more than 40 crater lakes placed in a beautiful scenery. This offers one of the best opportunities for hiking in Uganda where you pass through nature and the typical agriculutral areas of the region having great views on the lakes and hills. Walk through the unforgettable beauty of the pearl of Africa.

Time: 4-5 hrs.

 

Forest Walk

After Uganda was suffering from deforestation Rukararwe started to plant a demonstration forest with various indegenous tree species to let it be as close to a natural forest as possible. Find out the importance of natural forests and indigenous plants. You can also learn how to sustain them y propagation and planting. Also, enjoy watching and hearing arious types of birds and learn about their lifestyle.

Time: 2 hrs.

 

Bird watching

Another special activity you can do ar Rukararwe grounds is bird watching. Rukararwe and the sourrounding is the home of many African bird species due to its unspoil nature. Track all these birds directly on the Rukararwe premises.

Time: always possible

 

Tree Planting

Uganda's forests have suffered greatly since the beginning of the 20th century, mainly due to excessive logging, firewood collection, expansion of aricultural land for the growing population and industry, as well as overgrazing. Rukararwe PWRD tries to make sure that the local people get to know about the dangers of deforestation and provides a great example with its own demonstration forest. The forest has different species like medicinal trees, in order to promote our traditional medicines and fruit trees to attract beautiful birds.

Nursery bed and demonstration forest will allow you to see forest plants in their different life stages and in a protected natural habitat. You can find them from a young seedling in the nursery bed to an archaic tree in the forest. As a highlight, you will not only observe propagation methods, but you will also be able to plant your very own tree and make a signpost for it.

Time: 1-2 hrs.

 

 

Campfire

Enjoy a cosy evening at the campfire with typical snacks (e.g. roasted bananas) and stories about Uganda.

Time: 1,5 hrs. up to unlimited

 

 

 

Date of Birth: February 28, 1945

Date of Death: July 11, 2008

Country of Birth: Uganda

Place of Birth: Bushenyi

Place of Death: Germany

An economist by training, he speaks English, German, Kiswahili and Serbo - Croatian languages.

Biography:

28th February 1945

Born in Bushenyi Uganda.

Later student at Ntare Secondary School in Mbarara where many Ugandan politicians passed there A-Levels.

After school, getting educated for being a nurse.

When Idi Amin was already in power study of economy in Belgrad and marrying first wife (one daughter).

Try to become a refugee in Sweden, being rejected by Swedish immigration office. Getting refugee status in Germany.

Staying in Kiel, Germany. Divorce with first wife and wedding with second wife from Germany (two children). Meeting with student-pastor and one future friend Klaus Onnasch in Kiel. Leading to support and contact to Dienste in Übersee (translation: overseas services), german evangelic organisation for development workers, resource person giving seminars and courses as preparation for development workers.

Establishing partnerships between German parishes of Kronshagen, Raisdorf, Schoenberg, Preetz and Selent and Uganda to support and creating awareness of human right violations. Organizing public awareness functions for situation of country and citizens.

1980 - 1982

Civil Servant, Government of Uganda. Ministry of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. Undersecretary in charge of Aid for returning Ugandan refugees.

1983 - 1985

1) Development Aid Consultant, Northelbian Evangelical - Lutheran Church Kiel, Germany.

2) Tutor in Economics Institute of the Evangelical Churches of Germany.

1986 - 1996

Managing Director, Rukararwe Partnership Workshop for Rural Development. Founding and Establishment of a grass root oriented non-governmental organization in Bushenyi, Uganda. Management of projects of Agroforestry, organic farming, rural technologies, rural water supply. Fundraising through project proposals.

1996 - 2001

Member of Uganda Parliament (MP) for Igara West. Member of the Sessional Committee on Natural Resources. Member of Sessional Committee on Forestry.

2001

Managing Director, Rukararwe Partnership Workshop for Rural Development in Uganda. Development of institutionalized traditional Health Care systems and development of effective herbal remedies against HIV opportunistic diseases.

2001 -2004

1) Campaignig for reelection as MP (election lost).

2) Strengthening the partnership of Bushenyi, Rukararwe and Kiel and other german parishes with many travels in both directions.

2004 - 2006

Founder, CEO,  "Earth Technolody Rukararwe Ltd" (ETR) in Uganda. Training rural masons in the use of the earth brick technology, building of classrooms, teacher houses etc. finally assignment of building an office block in Moroto (Karamoja) for EU.

22nd Nov 2007

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to the Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Austria, Hungary Czech Republic and Vatican City State. Possibly Ugandas best embassadors in Germany because of his personality, his career history and his perfect kniwledgeof language and culture

11th July 2008

Death after two days in hospital because of sudden heart attac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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