By Arajabu Wampula
Mwenchakafu hill aka Wanale hill stands at a height of 6,864 ft. Although not much has been or is being said about this place, It is worth visiting not only for it’s beautiful scenery and the experience one gets at the sight, but also, for it’s history.
This hill is named after one of the sons of Masaba; the patriarch of the Bamasaba [Bagisu], it is believed to be the place where Nabarwa, the Kalenjin woman who prevailed upon Masaba to get circumcised before they got married, came from, on her way from Kenya.
It takes 30-40 minutes for a motorcycle and 1-2 hours for one on foot to reach this place.
At the site, takes approximately 30 minutes to climb its bottom to the top.
Wanale hill had got a river called Namazyo which when viewed from Mbale City appears as a water fall that pours it’s water in rivers Namatala, Nabuyonga among others.
It had also got a beautiful feature cave Munkwasi which is believed to have been started in 1924 by the ancestors.
Charles Mubajje, a native who has lived in the place since 1991 says that it’s main purpose was to keep the remains of people who were attacked and killed by the wild animals.
Legend also has it that in the ancient years, the hill was occupied by a demigod called Mazanga who was believed to be the hill protector. It is also believed that when one falls into River Namazyo where it starts, despite the low pressure and it’s appearance, there is magic that retains the person into it hence taking them.
The hill and it’s cave attracts over forty people a day between 17-27 who mostly visit the cave for hiking and swimming in river’s cool waters.
Charles Mubajje also revealed to our reporter that tourists pay a little sum to L.C. 1 chairperson which money helps in the provision of the guests.
He however says that the poor accomodation and transport has discouraged many tourists from approaching the area.