Ramble through undulating hills dotted by crater lake pools, with the stunning Rwenzori Mountains running along the skyline on a clear day. With your local guide your destination to visit a local farmstead which grows vanilla vines. This crop is an important source of income for many local farmers due to its high value, which supplements their income alongside other traditional crops. Upon reaching the farm you will be shown the vanilla vines, observe the different developments of the vanilla pods and witness a demonstration of how the flowers are hand pollinated. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions you have on the vanilla farming techniques and life living in the crater lake fields. You’ll then follow the trail back down the hillside passing under the swaying luminous green banana leaves, which offer you shade from the sun and make your way back to the heart of the crater lake fields.
Estimated excursion time: 3 hrs
This stunning landscape was created by the volcanic upheaval of the Great Rift Valley, which produced the rolling hills dotted with fresh water crater lake pools, all set to the backdrop of the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. In the heart of the crater-lake field you will be joined by a local guide who will take you on a guided walk along the meandering paths through the crater lakes, villages and farmland. Your guide will explain to you about the local natural history as well as cultural history of the area, and the meaning behind the names of each crater lake as you pass. Your guide will also be happy to share with you the traditions and customs of the local communities as you walk, giving you a real insight into the lives of the people living here. Your guide will also be able to explain about the current developments that these lakes are offering people, such as sustainable fisheries and is very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna you’ll spot along the way.
Estimated excursion time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp, non self contained tents.