1 Day Kagulu Rock climbing challenge

Destination Overview

1 Day Kagulu Rock climbing challenge: Kagulu hill or rock sits in Buyende district about 42kms to the north of Kamuli district, it neighbours Jinja town East Africas adventure capital. There are six smaller hills to the west namely; Mawaale, Bukolimo, Kagwese, Nakyeere, Butadewo and Mpanga. The area is inhabited by the Basoga who speak Lusoga.

Kagulu hill is a solid rock which is more than 3,048 ft above sea level, it is said to have been discovered during the regime of Olimi I of Bunyoro Kitara in the year 1686, many years later the Prince Mukama Namutukula of Bunyoro took over the Kagulu caves and made them his personal residence. The Basoga have traditional keepers who live on the hill since many years ago.

While at the top of the rock, you have a full view of near by districts and Lake Kyoga. The towering rock today has a man made lake at the top said to be a lake with blessings.


The journey starts from Kampala, drive for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to Jinja with a stop-over at Namawojjolo for highway roast, continue to Jinja town for a meal. Replenish your snacks and beverage while here.

It is 1 hour and 50 minutes from jinja to Kagulu hill through Kamuli district. From Buyende trading centre, it is 2km to the rock base which is readily sighted as one approaches it. Access is by road though at some point to cross over to the other side one goes by water.

Drive back to Kampala after the days adventure or camp at the base of the rock and return home the next day.

Hike Kagulu Hill

This is the major activity of the day. Kagulu hill is a perfect spot for rock climbers.  A well trained local guide takes you through the stages of the hill till the top. There are man-made stairs that lead climbers from the bottom all the way to the top of the rock, this hike checks ones physical fitness. The stairs were built on the southern side of the hill.

While at the top, catch the beautiful views of Victoria Nile which pours it’s waters into Lake Kyoga and the green canopy that covers the region.

The water fall that runs from the top and flows down to the caves gives a thunderous sound making it an amazing place for photography.

Community Walk

Visit the natives of this community and learn their traditions and a few words of their language (lusoga). The Basoga traditionally did not have many gardens close to their homesteads. It is the women of the household who cared most about growing their staple foods – bananas, millet, cassava, and sweet potatoes while the men generally cared for cash crops – coffee, cotton, peanuts, and corn.

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Excursion includes; 

  • Transfer 
  • Rock climbing
  • Lunch and bottled mineral water
  • Hike fees and expert tour guides
  • Professional photography

Excursion exclusions;

  • Visa fees, international flights, personal insurance
  • Phone bills, tips, laundry services and other personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and extra activities outside the itinerary


Optional activities: Visit source of the Nile, camp at Kagulu hill


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  2. Country health status: There is no disease out break 

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  1. Cancellations received within 30 -10 days’ notice to date of departure will incur 25 % charge
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  5. Cancellations of bookings in peak seasons (Christmas, new year and Easter) received 60 days to date of departure will incur a cancellation charge of 100%
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