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Summary

A small, but excellent climbing area with some well bolted routes and potential for expansion.

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Description

Rwakobo Rock 0°31'42.2"S 30°59'58.4"E The entire area around Lake Mburo National Park has rock climbing potential. Many rocks are easy scrambles, but with a bit of searching and asking around, good bouldering, sheer faces for top rope and trad climbing can be found. The “Top of the Rock” section at the Rwakobo Rock Lodge was developed in early August 2017 with eight routes added at that time (six for lead and two top-rope only). The routes vary in length of just 4m for beginners to 12m and SA grades from 14-25. More sport routes could certainly be added and a few interesting bouldering problems can be found nearby.

Note: the area around Monkey tent has potential for development once brush is cleared and access granted by the owner.

As of February 2018, this is the only bolted/documented section of Rwakobo. All routes accessible to setup top rope. An extra safety bolt was placed at Top of the Rock to help facilitate this.

Baboons are a real problem at this crag. They have learned to enter the lodge and steal food and other possessions. If you walk around through the woods, you'll see lots of items that have been stolen and then discarded by the baboons. Keep your car windows up and your doors shut. Keep all your possessions in your bag close to you. Several climbers here have had shoes and other small items swiped by these sometimes not so little pests.

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Access issues

Granted free to climbers by the owner of the Rwakobo Rock Lodge. From Rwakobo, you can explore many other rocks, but keep in mind the national park entrance is nearby. Many rocks exist inside the national park, which charges high entrance fees. Nothing inside the park has been developed due to these fees.

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Approach

Driving Directions: Exit Kampala via on the Masaka/Mbarara Road. You’ll make a left turn toward Rwakobo Rock about 14kms after Lyantonda at the tiny town of Akegeti. There is a large sign directing you to Rwakobo Rock, which is also on Google Maps. Park at the lodge.

Use the main parking area for the lodge and follow the signs to “Top of the Rock”. Approach from parking to crag is less than five minutes.

Alternatively, to avoid disturbing the lodge's guests and to have a shorter approach, you can park at the bicycle rental shed and cut through the bushes towards the boulders.

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Where to stay

Rwakobo Rock is a fantastic place to stay, eat, drink and see great wildlife. If you’re looking for something cheaper, Leopards Rock Campsite is nearby, or you can stay in a very basic guesthouse nearby in the town of Akegeti.

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Ethic

Rwakobo Rock is a popular, upscale lodge with many guests. Please be quiet and respectful. Free access to this rock has been generously granted to climbers, so please strive to keep this a strong and positive relationship. The rock is privately owned, so make sure to seek permission from the lodge management if you wish to bolt or explore beyond the establish climbing areas.

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History

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Permission to bolt was granted in 2015. Bolting started in July 2017. Up to Feb 2018, only top quality, stainless steel expansion bolts had been used in the area.

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Some content has been provided under license from: © Matt Battani (Matt Battani)

Routes

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FA: Uwe Pitsch, 7 Aug 2017

FA: Bianca So, 15 Sep 2017

FA: Nathalie MacKinnon, 7 Aug 2017

Follow the clips along the far end of the face and avoid the gulley.

FA: Matt Battani, 7 Aug 2017

This route was graded without the use of the tree. Top rope access is only possible by scrambling up the end of this large boulder.

FA: Uwe Pitsch, 7 Aug 2017

A good beginner/learner route for lead climbing. Sling the tree for extra pro if needed.

FA: Matt Battani, 7 Aug 2017

Go up the chimney. Rock over onto the main wall. Straight up to the chain. Bolted for top rope only.

FA: Wieslaw Rutkowski, 7 Aug 2017

You can find the boulder just a few minutes away from "Top of the Rock". Head toward the volleyball courts and you'll see it on your left.

FA: Jack Adams, 7 Aug 2017

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