Mpanga Forest Halloween Camping

UPCOMING TRIP FOR ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE (Saturday 29th October to Sunday 30th October)!!… with an eerie twist……

An affordable weekend of camping, options to walk/run through a serene forest combined with some Halloween festivities?…. Sounds fun? Then read on……

We are planning a MCU trip for a night in the beautiful Mpanga Forest, with a fancy dress Halloween BBQ planned under the spooky forest canopy on the Saturday night…..

Mpanga Forest Reserve is about 1 hour west of Kampala, near Mpigi town, along the Masaka Road. Mpanga is recorded to have over 500 tree species and shrubs, with some trees estimated to be 100-years old. There are over 200 bird species recorded in this reserve. The common birds to watch include, hornbill, spotted greenbul, black and white casqued, African pied hornbills, Uganda woodland warbler, great blue turaco and the ross turaco. Mammals found in Mpanga include; bushbuck, red-tailed monkey and flying squirrels. Several butterfly species can also be observed throughout the reserve.

Walking and running trails of various lengths can be enjoyed throughout the forest, and on the Saturday night, a fancy dress Halloween BBQ party will be organised in the spooky forest…. (don’t forget your fancy dress costume!)

The trip will run from Saturday 29th October to Sunday 30th October, which gives ample time to explore the tranquil forest and surrounds.

Accommodation and costs:

We will stay at the basic, but serene, Mpanga Eco-Tourism Centre camp. As part of the MCU, we have been fortunate to be able to negotiate some great rates, and for a total of just UGX50k per person, you will enjoy:

  • Entrance fee to the forest
  • Camping (bring your own tent)
  • Forest walk (short, or long- as you wish)
  • Saturday or Sunday lunch (local meal)
  • Entry to Halloween BBQ party (please bring own meat/ vegetables to throw on the BBQ).
  • Sunday breakfast.

There are also options to upgrade to a dorm bed, or a twin banda (for UGX10-20k per person, depending on accommodation choice)

Cold showers are available, and there are eco-friendly toilets. And if you ask nicely, they will heat a bucket of water for you to enjoy a warm shower under the forest canopy.

Beers and sodas are available for purchase at the camp, although there are no refrigeration facilities, so if you are partial to a cold drink, a cool box/ esky might be a good idea J

Points to Note:

  • If you would like to bike, the camp does not have bikes for rent, so please bring your own.
  • Don’t forget your fancy dress costume for the Halloween BBQ Party!!!
  • And please also remember bug spray/ insect repellent and a torch J

Directions: The camp can be found on google maps, and is signposted off the main Masaka road on the right after Mpigi, when heading from Kampala.

Contact: Any questions, please contact Sally Holbrook at madsally@hotmail.com or on 0752 184057.

Please follow the link to book (please only complete if you are 100% sure you will be attending): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV2zQy_au348Xm9Rw-2YiOWmGv7p6UW-8XT73BSmJJhcr23w/viewform

Hope to see you there!

Mpanga Forest Trail Running Challenge

The Mpanga Forest Trail Running Challenge is one of the best races suitable for both adults and children as it’s not far from CBD and running in carbon free environment with very beautiful landscape.

Mpanga Forest is a 45 minute drive from Kampala on Makasa Road, 2km from Mpigi town (about 36km from Kampala).

This is some of the most beautiful running to be done in Uganda. The trail runs through the forest of Mpanga Forest Reserve, through Mpigi Village, and also has beautiful views of a variety of landscapes. Come run with Nature!! It’s a race you shouldn’t miss!!
Distance: 21km, 12km, and 5km
Kids Distances: 3km and 5km

Fees: 40,000 Event Tshirt: 55,000
Event Schedule:
8:00 am 21km Start
8:30 am 12km Start
9:00 am 5km Start