Wanale Hill: A Detailed Guide on How to Hike Uganda’s Hidden Gem

 

Summary: Wanale Hill is a small, mountainous portion of Uganda with a steady water source, and it is one of Uganda’s hidden beauties. Wanale Hill is easily accessible for a day hike or a lengthier overnight trek.

Wanale Hill: A Detailed Guide on How to Hike Uganda’s Hidden Gem
Wanale Hill: A Detailed Guide on How to Hike Uganda’s Hidden Gem.

 

In the past few years, Uganda has been experiencing more and more tourism growth. This can be attributed to the country’s beauty, as well as its relaxed visa requirements. All in all, it’s a great time to visit Uganda!

This article will guide you through every step of this trail so that you can have a successful hike at one of Uganda’s hidden gems – Wanale Hill!

 

 What is Wanale Hill?

What is Wanale Hill?
Enock and Jaqi at Wanale Hill.

 

Wanale is the jagged-sloped hill on the borders of Mbale City, and it is from it that the new city takes its name. It’s a grassy green mountain with clear blue skies. Wanale is not just their ancestral home, but also their source of food and drink.

The white cock – Nkonkonjeru – is a tall ridge near to Mbale town with shimmering stony hills that resemble a white sheet, which is why Semei Kakungulu named it.

Wanale hill is home to a series of fast-flowing waterfalls that can be seen from Mbale town center.

 

How to get to Wanale Hill

How to get to Wanale Hill
How to get to Wanale Hill.

 

 

Some writers regard Wanale Hill to be a sleeping tourist giant of Mbale; Wanale Ridge or Hill is about 6 kilometers from Mbale City.

Any visitor to the new Mbale City will see it, towering tall and proud in its glory; it is a sight to behold from afar.

Many people, including those of us who have visited Mbale, have been drawn to Wanale Ridge since it appears to be just a short distance from the new city center.

The Wanale Ridge, which stands at 6,864 feet, can be seen from anywhere in Mbale and the surrounding regions. It takes up a significant percentage of Bugisu’s land area.

Wanale’s base is about 16 kilometres from Mbale’s city center.

It will take you 30-40 minutes to get there if you turn left at the Mbale High Court and follow the road down to Busamaga Primary School. Simply take a right turn onto Bumboi Road and drive for 15-20 minutes to get there.

How to get to Wanale Hill
How to get to Wanale Hill.

 

The hike – getting to the top

The hike – getting to the top
The hike – getting to the top.

 

Our journey up Wanale Hill brought us over some of the most difficult terrain in the highlands, including jumping over rocks, small streams, caves, and forests.

In this unfamiliar setting, a tour through numerous homesteads with coffee and banana plantations made a difference.

Children and elders waved at us and wished us luck on our walk. Gerald Nambale, a well-trained guide who has been doing this for many years, led our hike and gave us the following advice:

 

  1. Warm up your body. Going uphill Wanale will put extra strain on your muscles. They will be able to pull you up as well as propel you onward. Before tackling this hike, warm up with a five-minute stroll on level ground.
  2. Make your steps shorter. Shorten your steps when walking uphill Wanale, just like a bike shifting to a new gear to travel uphill. With each step, it will be simpler to lift your body up the hill.
  3. Keep your step pace the same or increase it. You won’t be able to move as far with each step if you take shorter steps. You can keep your step rate up, knowing that the slope will make it take a little longer. If you want to keep your speed, you can take shorter, faster strides up the hill.
  4. Make sure your knees aren’t too high. Your knees should not be lifted higher than six inches. You should reduce your step even more if you find yourself elevating your knees excessively.
  5. If desired, hiking poles can be used. When walking or hiking uphill Wanale, some people use trekking poles. These can help you travel upward with a little aid from your upper body. They can also assist you stay stable when you’re going downward.

 

 

The view from the top of Wanale Hill

The view from the top of Wanale Hill
The view from the top of Wanale Hill.

 

Wanale Hill, a popular country attraction with a stunning view from the top, is a terrific and demanding hiking site. The hills are lush green and one-of-a-kind, begging to be explored and enjoyed in their splendor.

The Hills, which are sometimes mistaken for Mount Elgon by city visitors, are part of the famous Mount Elgon National Park and can be seen from every corner of Mbale, which is located at the foothills of the Wanale Ridge.

You will see the famed Wanale waterfalls along the way, as well as the Namatsyo Waterfall, which cascades powerfully from atop.

The trek to the top takes around 3-4 hours, and while you are not required to have a guide to show you around, having one is highly suggested to keep you engaged with the incredibly astonishing facts.

 

 

How to get back down from Wanale Hill

How to get back down from Wanale Hill
How to get back down from Wanale Hill.

 

Working on your walking form will allow you to walk downhill with less pain and sliding. Here are 5 tips:

 

  1. Relax and Flow: As you walk downhill, your stride will naturally lengthen. On the flat, this over striding is negative, but it helps to break you a little while gravity keeps you moving quicker than usual when you are going downhill. If you are moving too quickly, shorten and/or slow down your steps to maintain a natural pace.
  2. Stay upright over your hips and knees or lean very little forward instead of leaning back, which will throw you off balance.
  3. Bend Your Knees: When climbing down Wanale hill, keep your knees slightly bent at all times.
  4. Take Care on Loose Surfaces: If you’re going downhill, you’re more likely to slip on loose gravel or dirt. Although it may be tempting to rush down a downhill, natural surfaces should be approached with caution.
  5. Use Trekking Poles: Research shows that trekking poles can help you navigate downhill by absorbing part of the shock and providing a little extra stability. When you begin the descent, you may need to modify the length of your poles to make them longer.

 

 

To wrap things up…

 

Conclusion: Whether you are looking to hike Wanale Hill for the first time, or have done it many times before, this detailed guide should be a good read! If you have enjoyed reading this article and would like to learn more about other hiking destinations in Uganda, we invite you check out our website or reach out to us by email: info@travelwithenockandjaqi.com or Whatsapp text us on +256-772-987442

 

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  1. Irene Ochwo

    Wow wow
    What a wonderful insight
    Get ready to walk and how to walk it
    Thank You for sharing this insight.
    I will now know how to prep my mind for 3- 4 hour trek and how to use my legs
    Thank You

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