Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari
This 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari involves hiking Uganda’s highest peak (Margherita) at 5,109 altitudes and also takes you to Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking and Queen Elisabeth National Park for wildlife game viewing and a boat ride on the Kazinga channel connecting lake Gorge and lake Edward
Safari Highlights of Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari
- Stopover at the Uganda Equator
- Rwenzori hiking tour
- Kasese city tour
- Kilembe tour
Tour Summary for Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari
- Day 1: Transfer to Kasese
- Day 2: Hiking to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m)
- Day 3: Hiking to John Matte Hut (3350m)
- Day 4: Hiking to Bujuku Hut
- Day 5: Hiking to Elena Hut (4541m)
- Day 6: Hiking to Margherita peak
- Day 7: Hiking to Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
- Day 8: Hiking to Nyabitaba (2650m)
- Day 9: Hiking to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m)
- Day 10: Departure
Detailed Itinerary of 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari
Day 1: Transfer to Kasese
Our safari guide will pick you up from your hotel for your 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari and drive to Kasese passing via Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the way have a stopover at Mpambire to see the royal drum makers, as well as at the Equator for photography at this amazing place. Proceed to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping an eye out for wildlife. Dinner and Overnight at Margherita Hotel, Kasese
Day 2: Hiking to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m).
Early in the morning, after having a cup of coffee, drive to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Meet porters and guides and begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut. Walk through the matooke plantations on the side of the steep foothills, past the local Bakonjo homesteads. Continue with the trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides. After crossing the Mahoma River, climb steeply through bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut. Dinner and Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut.
Day 3: Hiking to John Matte Hut (3350m).
From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia, and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for Dinner and Overnight at the Hut.
Day 4: Hiking to Bujuku Hut in the Rwenzori Mountains
From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling, some of the freezing oozes below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at the hut.
Day 5: Hiking to Elena Hut (4541m).
Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully, a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. Dinner and Overnight at the Coolly and Icy Elena Hut
Day 6: Hiking to Margherita Peak of Rwenzori Mountain Hike
For those aiming at reaching Margherita’s peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice, and very exposed areas which are open on many sides.
Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing onto the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau, and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness, and cool weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzoris. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reach the peak, don’t get disappointed.
Prepare for your return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley, and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara Hut.
Day 7: Hiking to Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh Field Pass. At this point, you can view the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Dinner and Overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut.
Day 8: Hiking to Nyabitaba (2650m)
Take on the path down to Nyabitaba hut. The path can be slippery and muddy and therefore requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. Remember this is part of the adventure within this mountain. Dinner and Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut
Day 9: Hiking to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m)
Descend gently down the muddy paths to the trailhead, finally arriving in Kasese towards lunchtime. After having lunch in Kasese, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Proceed to the Kazinga channel for a launch cruise where you may see a wide and Dinner and overnight. at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge
Day 10: Departure
Go for a morning game drive, you will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head to Entebbe where you will catch your flight back home and end this amazing Uganda mountain hiking and wildlife safari.
End of the Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari
- All our tours/safaris can start and end in Kigali Rwanda or Entebbe Uganda with no extra costs
- Our tour consultant is at your disposal for any information you may need 24/7
- We do all your airport transfers in Kigali or Entebbe
- We arrange accommodation for you day before the tour starts and on the day tour ends with no extra costs
Transportation & Guides
We use both standard 4×4 customized safari vans and 4×4 luxury customized safari Land cruisers as our road mode of transport for game viewing, taking photos wildlife filming and photography, all our safari vehicles has pop up roofs for proper game viewing and easy for to take as much photos as you can, with also charging system for your cameras, phones and also every client is guaranteed of a window seat for easy view.
Our drive/guides are very professionally and well trained, we know every successful safari needs a great guide, majority of the comments from our clients regarding our services are centered on the professionalism of our guides, returning clients request the same guide on their second and third trip.
– Meet & greet services airport transfers to/from Entebbe airport,
– Accommodation and meals on safari as above,
– Hiking permits
– Bottled water in the safari vehicle,
– Full-time services of English-speaking driver/guide,
– All park entry fees and set activities on the itinerary.
– Personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature.
– Charter/Scheduled flights are also an optional extra.
– Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks, etc.
COST PER PERSON SHARING TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMS.
Cost per person sharing Price(USD)
1 person 3850
2 people 3445
3 people 3385
4 people 3075
5 people 2965
6 people 2790
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