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.
2. The house with the super neat compound all year round.
3. Najjembe trading center right before the left turn to the Mabira Forest Ecotourism center offices.
4. Start the walk with or without a guide. I opted to go without a guide.
5. Dependency or support?
6. Take note of the forest floor
7. Intricacy of webs and strength of roots
8. Take a great shot for no reason
9. Smile and leave me as you found me
10. Head to the Rainforest Lodge