Kapkwai forest(Located in Kapchorwa District) is home to amazing caves, waterfalls, numerous tree Species, bird and animal species. One’s experience of trekking in the wilderness is made exciting through the guidance of the Naturalist Guides of Journeys Uganda
Our nature walk through the forest begin the morning at 8am when, with walking sticks in hands, we make our way through the hilly and slippery paths.
Haven of herbal remedies
About a kilometre into the forest , the guide introduce you to Prunus Africana, a tree species said to be a remedy for prostate cancer, syphilis and gonorrhea, among other diseases. Its said that the secret is in the leaves and roots which are boiled with a specified quantity of water and then taken in liquid form. you will cross three streams on a wooden bridge, jumping over red ants and encountering a caterpillar that frightens the ladies in our entourage. You will also see Adrianna tree species which are said to strengthen the skull of toddlers.
The Chebonet falls
The sounds of gushing water from the Chebonet falls can be heard long before you see them. Believed to be the biggest in the Elgon area, Chebonet falls boast for clear water. The way the water falls off the rocks makes it look like an ideal shower place. There are well laid stones that could serve as basin and chair for resting after a bath.
The falls are said to be part of the River Chebonet that drops its waters in Lake Kyoga. At the falls, one catches a glimpse of the different types of monkeys in green, grey and black colours. These are said to be permanent residents around the falls. Leaving this point is a hustle as one goes through steep stairs.
After a long stretch, you arrive at Wilwil rock that is the rest centre for tourists. Here you have a clear view of the forest including the neighbouring hills and villages. On the same rock is where you find impate shrub that used for painting nails and decorating lips. Around this rock also dog weed that is said to be a therapy for chicken pox. Its leaves are dried, pounded and mixed with jelly and then smeared on the body of a sick person. There are many other medicinal shrubs found around the rock.
About 300 metres from Wilwil rock, is the spectacular Kapkwai cave. It is an ancestral site famous for twin rituals. The traditional priest performs customs that include slaughtering a sheep and goat. The two animals are then eaten by the twin’s parents, relatives and other local leaders. The twin rituals are performed when the children are three months old. Rites of female twins are different from their male counterparts.
Apart from being an ancestral site, Kapkwai cave has more than seven astonishing corners. Some are storyed. It has about five walls. The cave also has a flat ground where tourists sit for a meal, rest or converse. One can hear the echoes similar to talking in a wider empty room. It is also a home to several bats and birds.
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