FOREST BATHING IN MABIRA FOREST

Saturday mornings go by really quick. It wasn’t even 10 am and I was done with all the day’s chores. I wanted to do something I hadn’t done in a while. And in a flash, it came to me. Biking! Biking in Mabira Forest!

The last biking adventure in Mabira lived up to my expectations and this is why: it had rained heavily prior to our arrival; the ground was wet, slippery and muddy; I rode through an enchanted forest punctuated by villages and coffee shambas; got home with a mud-stained shirt; I was messy-happy! I imagined this time would be no different. But I was kinda wrong.

Turns out they no longer have bikes for hire, so you’ve got to carry your own. Luckily, the option of walking was still up for grabs and I took it. Biking quickly turned into forest bathing, keeping it slow and sweet, with the birds on the beat (#Sauti Sol).

Forest bathing, as the Japanese have popularised it, is the act of simply being in the forest and “taking in the atmosphere”. Allowing the little nooks of forest beauty to massage that assaulted heart and mind. While at it, look out for the following highlights:

1.The falling sign post.

1

Mabira!

2. The house with the super neat compound all year round.

2

Thank you Mr. Anonymous for always having a neat compound!

3. Najjembe trading center right before the left turn to the Mabira Forest Ecotourism center offices.

3

Don’t miss the sign post

3a

Take this left turn to the offices. You will drive for approximately 300 meters before getting to the office entrance on the right!

4. Start the walk with or without a guide. I opted to go without a guide.

4

Come along

4a

Follow the blue paint markings, but wait, was Shere Khan here?

4b

Look out for the red-tailed monkeys

5. Dependency or support?

5

Finding sunlight

5a

Knots of trust

6. Take note of the forest floor

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Rich colours of nectar

6a

Open fruit and coloured pants

7. Intricacy of webs and strength of roots

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“My life is a web of possibilities” – Katelyn Pauls

7a

Fallen giants

8. Take a great shot for no reason

8a

Forest bathing is truth

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Green is healing!

9. Smile and leave me as you found me

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Colourful pants makes girls smiles

9a

Leave me green and clean!

10. Head to the Rainforest Lodge

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Follow the signs

10a

It’s pretty shallow, get in already!

10b

I like the lights, don’t you?

10c

Hues of nightfall

 

Cheers!

Saw Bizzy

4 thoughts on “FOREST BATHING IN MABIRA FOREST

  1. Such great beauty near me! Surely I should venture and experience forest bathing. Great pics girl!

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