Explore the northern district of Moyo and enjoy stunning views of the Albert Nile from the summit of Mt Oce.
Mt Oce is located in Moyo District, and stands at 1,563 metres above sea level, offering stunning views of the Albert Nile as it leaves Uganda and crosses into South Sudan, where it changes name to the White Nile. You also get to enjoy views of the surrounding Erende mountain ranges and neighbouring Mountains Ilo and Buce, which straddle the border with South Sudan.
Mt. Oce sits to the south of Mt.Oce Forest Reserve, a wooded savanna dotted with bush and thicket which is shelter to 168 bird species and 261 tree species; thus providing epic vistas and sun filtering canopies throughout the trail.
The trail is around 23 km in length and will take you up and down Mt Oce. The summit offers sweeping views of the Nile River, neighbouring mountains Ilo and Buce, and South Sudan to the North. The hike is intermediate and should take 8-9 hours.
- Travel to the northern district of Moyo, on the border to South Sudan
- Enjoy spectacular views of the Albert Nile
Leave Kampala early morning, the drive to Moyo is faaaaar. Stop for lunch in Gulu, but don’t sit for too long. The drive from Kampala to Laropi can take up to 8 hours. At Laropi, board a ferry to cross into Moyo district. The ferry stops operations at 5.30pm. Be there before then to avoid inconveniences. Once across, travel to your campsite or other accommodations.
Following a hearty breakfast, we recommend starting the hike at 7 am to avoid walking too long in the hot West Nile sun. The trail is around 23 km in length and will take you up and down Mt Oce. The trail starts at Aka Primary School and takes you through lush forests and hills on a slow, but steady climb towards Mt Oce.
The summit offers sweeping views of the Nile River, neighbouring mountains Ilo and Buce, and South Sudan to the North. The hike is classed as intermediate and should take 8-9 hours.
The trail ends in Oce trading centre, where you can find boda bodas to bring you back to your campsite (or have your driver pick you up if you have one).
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a final breakfast before heading back to Kampala. If you can, take some little time to meet with the locals who sell unique products from Moyo. Return to Kampala with stories of a place few people in Uganda have visited!
Need to know
Moyo and Mt Oce are off the beaten track when it comes to hiking destinations. Make sure to contact local law enforcement to alert them of your plans to make the hike as smooth as possible.
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