The Beauty and Forgotten History of Zzitwe

The Beauty and Forgotten History of Zzitwe

A few days ago, I got the opportunity to travel to Zzitwe with the Mountain Slayers. It’s about a 3-hour drive out of Kampala city and can easily be accessed through Nkonkojeru. 

I had never heard of Zzitwe until this trip came around and when I got to researching, I found out that it used to be known for human cannibalism in the early years, but since then, strict laws have been put in place to prohibit this inhumane act. 

The local leaders reaffirmed us that there hasn’t been an incident in decades and that they (people of Zzitwe) enforce this law themselves. 

But what the research didn’t show was the insane beauty Zzitwe is blessed with. Located at the shores of Lake Victoria, it’s covered with trees and several kinds of vegetation making it an ideal location for tourism. 

Tea and lake views are a match made in heaven. Photo by Megan Lee


We camped on top of a hill where we were privileged to get a 180-degree view of the land. There are several islands in sight offering breathtaking views but when nightfall came around something interesting happened. 

The lake was filled with light giving off an illusion of a distant town, yet it was just fishermen trying to catch silverfish. Light is often used to attract the fish. 

There some things we often don’t see in cities because of the light pollution and other distractions that you get to notice when you’re camping or out of town. 

Camp setup. Photo by Megan Lee

We were amazed by how beautiful the sky looked, it was filled with millions of stars and for those who are passionate about astronomy, powered up the sky view app which helped to tell them where the different planets are located by just pointing their cameras to the sky. 

We also noticed the milky way in the sky and tried to take it in before it disappeared. 

Milkyway is a light formed by distant stars that can’t be individually distinguished by the naked eye.
Photo by Megan Lee

The Hike

The hike was destined to be easy because after the Kapchorwa Slay I didn’t see anything else topping it. We hiked through farmlands, forests and got to the lakeshore where we were awestruck by the archaeology it offered. 

Trying to understand the genesis of this rock formation. Photo by Paul Lumala

We stood there pondering about how some of the rocks were formed because it looked like there was volcanic eruption millions of years ago that buried rocks with rocks. Confusing! that’s we all thought and to make matters worse there was no sign of a mountain, so where did the lava flow from?  

Someone said that there could have been a mountain below the water as it has been discovered in other parts of the world. We are yet to prove him wrong. 

As we came up with more theories we noticed a frog’s eggs in a nearby water puddle that distracted us from the head-spinning topic. They were hundreds of them and to even imagine that they’re from one frog is mindblowing. 

The 15km hike was supposed to be a walk in the park but thanks to the unrelenting sun, several people including myself got worn out pretty fast and the only thing that kept us going was the breathtaking view. 

The fresh air was plenty.

The Zzitwe slay was a complete outdoor experience, we had a makeshift toilet which was made out of an anthill and for showering, well we blessed nature with our Adam and Eve suits. It was totally worth the experience. 

Lend a helping hand. Photo by Megan Lee
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1 year ago

Wow. This is a nature love story.

Job Soyekwo
1 year ago

Wow that’s insanely beautiful thanks for sharing an inspiring and awesome trip

Mamerito Ssenfuma
1 year ago

I had not come across a Ugandan travel blog worth reading in the last 6 month.

I would like to credit you for the good articles! Keep it up

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