Whoever said jogging is better than trekking had better check out our monthly #KampalaTrek with Trekking Timmy. If you missed the Adungu-Loop Trek last Saturday, 9th June, make it a point to clear your calendar on 7th July because trust me, you don’t want to miss the next one…unless you don’t like having a good time.

It’s hard to say what the best part of the trek is. The trail itself has got some really interesting historical sites. For those interested in faith tourism, you will find the Aga Khan Mosque, Kampala Central Mosque (also known as Gadhafi Mosque), and Namirembe Cathedral on the trail: these sites have important historical and religious value to the people of Kampala.

At the Buganda Parliament in Mengo (Bulange), and the Royal Palace at Lubiri (Twekobe), one gets the opportunity to see photos and artefacts depicting Uganda’s history right from the arrival of the first Europeans to present day.

What You Missed At the Adungu-Loop Trek

There are no adungus on the Adungu-Loop Trek. The trail gets its name from a famous music instrument native to most cultures in Uganda because it is shaped like an adungu on the map; of the three trails we have explored since starting the #KampalaTrek, this one is arguably the most exciting.

With stops at all the tourist sites on the trail it takes about 5 to 7 hours to complete the trek. We, however, made only one stop at the Royal palace, completed the trek in just 3 hours and 25 minutes, a record for the loyal trekkers whod did the first trek in 3 hours and 50 minutes, and the second in 4 hours and 30 minutes.

As usual, we set off from Red i Lounge in Lugogo By-Pass at 11:00am., after briefing. With senior trekkers Tom and Solo at the front, the trek pick up a brisk pace from the get to go. Within just 30 minutes we had cleared the 3-4km stretch from Red i Lounge to the city centre in just 30 minutes!

As we bolted through the commercial hub known as downtown, we had to dance our way through the busy traffic; at this point the trek seemed more like street salsa than and a walking exercise.

The hilly climb to Old Kampala presented no problems at all. With the pace we had picked it was easy to clear the hill in record time as trekkers raced each other to catch up with our breezy pacesetter. Everyone was making jokes and telling stories along the way, one could hardly tell we were doing 15kms; it seemed like just 5km by the time we arrived back at Red i Lounge.

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The Adungu-Loop Trek is the third instalment of #KampalaTrek, a set of monthly treks launched by Trekking Timmy in April, 2018. Besides the health benefits of walking, the treks are a fun way to meet new people, network, and explore the sites and sound of the city.

The first one – the Uganda Colony Trek – introduced the trekkers to a portion of Kampala’s history they didn’t know about (you can read the story here to learn more); the second,  dubbed the Dog-Loop Trek, went down in rain and sunshine in May (more on that trek is here); and the third, dubbed the Adungu-Loop Trek, went down last Saturday. The treks are mapped and organised by yours truly, Trekking Timmy, the chief trekker of Kampala city.

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The trek route to be explored in Kampala, this time round resembles a musical instrument locally known as the “Adungu/ Ekidongo/Ennenga/ arched harp”. Evident on the map, so is the experience on this trek that you will be walking with notions of style that will be reproducing rhythms for a particular dancing manner as we pave through the numbers, streets and the paved walkways thanks to the Kampala city authorities. These monthly walks we do for fun hold unfold sensual and contingent apprehension of the the various regions within Kampala. Check out our blog “How well do you know Kampala” (http://trekkingtimmy.com/uganda-colony-trek/).

Kampala is famously known for its history that majorly grew bigger in the 1880’s, eventually emerging into the capital city of Uganda, legendarily known as the “The Pearl of Africa”. Initially, it was the seat for the most powerful Kingdom, but later Asian and Colonial influence kicked in leading to the growing populace whose agitations led to independence in 1962. Over the years, Kampala experienced political turmoil until the current government took office and restored safety and harmony in the city; today. Kampala City is among the safest and most peaceful in Uganda is relatively peaceful and safe (Caution: as in any city, vigilance and common sense is the surest way to stay safe).

The Adungu Loop Trek with the head guide lasts between 4 -7 hours, where you see the colourful, vibrant, and friendly populations. Did you know the latest research shows that for every three persons you meet in Kampala, one of them speaks a different dialect? This trek gives you insights on how the natives have diversified the city’s art and architectural legacy. As one intersects through Kampala’s East to the West, and back to the East, be braced to witness the Kampala City play grounds in Lugogo, industrial area, the rich fabric of chiefly vernacular structures, often of character and individual appeal, faith houses, busy streets, taxi park, wholesale businesses, differentiating the Old and New Kampala. The walk is not only for sharing the rich city but we walk for fun and have beverages to excite our travelers.

This trek is a golden opportunity to see the few remaining structures of Kampala’s architectural heritage, because if prevailing developments continue, Kampala’s archectural flame is more likely to be swept away/ disappear. While many old structures are still surviving today, many buildings have notably either been put down or deteriorated to a big extent. You will explore different parts of the city’s landscape; old structures that have been demolished and replaced with “better” ones.

 

Some Tips You Need To Know

  1. The trek is good for any person above nine years. Incase of any health issues please let the lead guide know.
  2. You are welcome to take pictures but be mindful of security. You are responsible for the safety of your gadgets.
  3. You can carry a litre of water, or promote the small businesses along the trek.
  4. There will be a brief at Red i Lounge at the start of the trek.

Join us as we trek and connect to new friends, but do not stalk them! In case you wish to cancel please inform us in advance as this will affect will affect our preparations.

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