Mount Rwenzori Hiking and Gorilla trekking Safari Overview
You should be strong for this Adventure, this combines Rwenzori Hiking and Gorilla trekking safari experience. At KJong Safaris this is the most preferred itinerary for Adventure lovers giving them an opportunity to reach the highest peak Margarita there after interact with the Great Gorillas in the Wild Jungles just with in 11 days of Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safaris.
ITINERARY FOR RWENZORI HIKING SAFARIS IN UGANDA
Day 1 Mt. Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda: Entebbe-Mbarara-Kasese.
Arrival at Entebbe airport by morning flight.Then travel to Kasese via Mbarara, lunch will be had from Agip Motel Mbarara. The journey takes you along L. Victoria on a good road to Mbarara. From here, the landscape charges to a hilly and fertile area with tea and banana plantations. Dinner and overnight at the Margarita Hotel.
Day 2 Mt. Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda: Kasese-Nyakalengija transfer
(1 Nyakalengija 1,600M – Nybitaba Hut 2,650M)
From the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Head Quarters at Nyakalengija, 1,646M, you will receive the briefing from the guides, with the possibility of hiring equipment. The hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass. You follow the Mobuku River, until crossing the Mahoma River. The trail passes through an open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2,652M, which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. From the location, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks, 4.627 m. and in front Mount Kyniangoma. During the day, you might see monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and hearing the chimpanzees.
Day 3 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda: Mountain Rwenzori Hiking
(Nyabitaba Hut 2,650M – John Matte Hut 3,380M)
Descend the ridge to the Mubuku River then climb through bamboo forests towards John Matte Hut (3,380M).The afternoon is tiring boulder hopping ascending along the north side of the Bujuku river through giant heather forest (4.1/2-5.1/2 hours).
Day 4 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda: Rwenzori mountain Hiking
(3 John Matte Hut (3,380M) – Bujuku Hut 3,972M)
Trek from John Matte Hut (3,380M) to Bujuku Hut (3,977M).We encounter the first of notorious bogs for which the Uganda approach to the peaks is famous Traverse around Bigo Bog and Lake Bujuku. Look for the everlasting flower known to remain on the plants for 40-years.
Day 5 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda: Rwenzori Mountain Hiking
(4 Bujuku Hut 3,900M – Elena Hut 4,541M)
From Bujuku Hut you climb through moss draped groundsel vegetation, to Scott Elliot Pass 4,372M between Mt. Baker and Stanley. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4,540M. For spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley.
Day 6 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda: Rwenzori Mountain Hiking
(Elena Hut 4,541M-Punta Margherita 5,109M-Elena Hut 4,541M-Kitandara Hut 4,023M. Elena Hut to Margarita peak (5,109M) then down Elena Hut 4,541M).
Early morning traverse of the Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons may be required. Cross this in a North West direction and follow the Margarita glacier to the col and to the summit (3 hours). Descend to Elena Hut and after you descend to Upper Kitandara lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara lake where is located Kitandara Hut, 4,023M. Time to complete the hike about 3 hours more. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia.
Day 7 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safari in Uganda: Rwenzori Mountain Hiking
(Kitandara Hut-Guy Yeoman Hut 3,261M)
From Lake Kitandara you climb to Fresh field Pass 4,282M, a long flat of high alpine mossy glades, before descending the circuit among rocky and boggy areas. The panorama is dominated by the glaciers of Mounts Stanley and Baker and Mount of Savoy. A muddy trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where starts the Kabamba valley down to Guy Yeoman Hut 3,261M. This can take up to 6 hours the hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, Vegetations and rivers.
Day 8 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safari in Uganda: Rwenzori Mountain Hiking
Guy Yeoman Hut-Nyabitaba hut. Drop very steeply alongside the Mubuku River, past Kichuchu, another rock shelter and join our original route near the confluence of the Bujuku River (3.1/2 hours).
Day 9 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safari in Uganda: Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Nyabitaba-Nyakalengija
Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head (2-hours). Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rain forest. Look for the tropical forest birds and monkeys. Pick Guests drive and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park for an extension for Gorilla Trekking.
Day 10 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safari in Uganda: Kasese-Bwindi National Park (gorilla trekking and primate tracking)
This is the lushest highland rain forest on earth, filled with primates and exotic birds, valleys, hilltops and papyrus swamps. The afternoon is spent on a foot safari around the local communities living around the park. Meals and overnight at any of the following recommended accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp, (High end/luxurious accommodation) Engagi Lodge, (Medium class accommodation) and Buhoma local community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Day 11 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safari in Uganda: Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Bwindi
Begin the day with breakfast as you get ready for trekking gorillas, which begins at 8:00 a.m with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots etc The guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy Primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. Meals and overnight at any of the following recommended accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp, (High end/luxurious accommodation) Engagi Lodge, (Medium class accommodation) and Buhoma local community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation)
Day 12 Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda: Bwindi-Entebbe Airport for Departure
Return to Kampala, then Entebbe, with lunch enroute and stop over at Equator Uganda before your evening departures home hence marking an end to mountain Rwenzori Hiking and Gorilla trekking trip.
Mt.Rwenzori Hiking safaris in Uganda includes:
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary,
- Transfers with 4wd vehicle,
- Park Entrance fees,
- Professional Guide fees,
- Porters 25kg per person,
- Professional cook,
- Park Entrance fees,
- Rescue fees in case of emergency rescue on Rwenzori Mountains,
- One Gorilla permit per person to be paid and secured well in advance,
- A community walk in Bwindi.
Mt.Rwenzori Hiking Safaris in Uganda package excludes:
- Flight fares,
- Personal insurance,
- Equipment for the hike,
- Extra Luggage (extra 25kg per person),
- Any changes in the program itinerary while in the Rwenzori.
Important to Climbers:
- Climbers must be prepared to walk for up to 8 hours every day via steep cliff and muddy paths,
- Climbers must bring along their own climbing gear or hire it at the base camp,
- Our porters carry 8 kg of personal climbing gear,
What to bring:
- Sleeping bag,
- Sleeping mat,
- Good hiking gumboots,
- Water proof trousers,
- Rain coat,
- Heavy worm jacket,
- Hand gloves,
- Scarf and cup,
- Light changeable clothing,
- Insect repellents,
- Sun cream,
- Sun glasses,
- Binoculars and cameras etc.
For more information about Mountain Climbing and Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations, kindly contact our office by email: [email protected] or phone call at: +256 776 660 918/ +256 751 646 578