The study tour I made with my colleagues last year on a tall mountain of Kabuye was the biggest adventure in all the academic tours I ever made.
It was so cold naturally, December to remember was no joke! Yes, it was scary, regarding the height and distance of the Kabuye, the weather, the year 2020, and the fact that we were just a bunch of students who were unprofessional hikers.
Being campusers from the University of Tourism Technology and Bussiness Studies (UTB) the administration had allowed us to go on our own without mentors and teachers.
The tour was all good until a group of students got lost before reaching the peak, we wanted to follow our fellow hikers but we had a feeling they’d never find their way back. Instead, we went our way as well.
To me, the adventure just started as I just moved forward waiting on fate to bring us back to our previous trips. So I enjoyed whatever the matter.
When I saw the historical rock from Kabuye mountain was so good and people's names signed on rocks, I realized I am on track. To make sure I mark my steps too, I signed my names on the rock and felt like I made it in life. And I really did feel like I did.
I didn’t panic getting on the right track again because I kept telling myself several words to strengthen me. My heart told my mind: “Yeah, I know that God is in control... don’t worry, you will get used to it anyway,”
In 32 minutes' time from the rock, I got the way to the main trail finding others. I asked my colleagues many questions like how they managed to hike, especially to those I knew were weak to woke in real life.
I tried talking to Sandrine Muhire, my classmate, but she was hardly breathing: “I am so dying, I can’t even feel my legs," she told me. "But I will keep doing this, I feel like my body really worked out,” And yes it was visible to the extent I couldn’t even get every word she said.
My feet started aching when we were going down. Honestly, I felt bitter because I wanted to be so quick, but then I had to go slow till down. Well, at least it helped me take the last pic though. I made it home at around 10 p.m. and I thanked God!
However, hectic the trip was. It was adventurous and we enjoyed a great experience. Kabuye mountain remained adorable in my heart and is so special and if you ever try hiking this mountain, just keep in mind that you will find drinks and brochettes at the peak because there are bars up there!