Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari – 9 days (8 nights)
Rwenzori Mountains are fascinating mountains in the western Rift valley one of the country’s prime attractions. Rwenzori’s features include geothermal activity, numerous lakes and jagged, block mountains known as the “mountains of the moon”. The mountains depict the Giant Roberia & Margherita glacier. Astride the mountains sits Queen Elizabeth National park home to lions and elephants, many hippos, buffalo and other animals it’s fantastic place.
Drive from Kampala to Kasese Town. Shop all food needed up in the mountain. Register with RMS offices. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Magherita or Rwenzori Base Mountain Camp.
After breakfast, drive to Ibanda, the park headquarters and the Rwenzori Mountaineering services (RMS) at Nyakalenjiga (5400ft/1646m) arrange payments, rent equipment and select guides and porters. Start hiking from this point up to Nyabitaba Hut (8700ft/2652m) and overnight. Hiking may take 5-7 hours.
Follow the trail from Nyabitaba hut leading to Kurt Shaffer Bridge crossing Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. From this point it is steep and slippery. Continue the hike up to John Matte hut (11200ft/3415m) and overnight. Day’s hiking may take 7 hours. Slow hikers can consider going back from this point.
From John Matte you will cross River Bujuku and enter the Bigo bog . cross the drier ground up to Lake Bujuku overlooking Mt. Baker and speke to the north. Follow the trail up to Bujuku Hut (13000 ft 3962m)the Hike may take 3-5 hours.
From Bujuku Hut, hike to Scott Elliot leading to Elena Hut (14,700 ft / 44300m). This the end point for the central circuit. At the same time it is the starting point to climb Margherita peak (16763 ft /5109m) or Mt Stanley. (You will need 2 extra days to climb to the peaks) Follow the central circuit through the alpine zone of sparse low vegetation to crater lakes and drop to Lake Kitandara hut and overnight.
Descend from Lake Kitandara hut leaving Megharita peak northwards and Democrat Republic of Congo westwards and on clear days you will see big area of Congo and the famous tropical forests of Congo. Descend up to Guy Yeoman Hut (10700ft/3261m).
Descend to Nyabitaba Hut. The journey is long and may be difficult of deep mud and river crossing. This may take you 5 hours. Should you decide to descend up to Nyakalegila it may take you anther 2-p3 hours.
From Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija the park headquarters. You will meet your driver to drive you back to Kasese town to your hotel for warm showers and relax. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast drive to Kampala or Entebbe in case your flight connections.
End of hiking
NOTE: Climbing to the peaks of Margarita/ Stanley/ Speke/ Alexandria.
One requires 2 more days. This means that the whole journey/trip will require a total of 11to 12days. You could contact the Uganda wildlife Authority for more information on hiking.
Trekking takes place throughout the time and starts from Ibanda (starting point) at foot of Mountain Rwenzori. Our safari starts and ends in Kampala
Clients will carry hiking shoes, sleeping bags warm clothes
Climbing to the peaks will require ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior booking arrangements.
Mountain climbing/hiking takes place throughout the year, however, the months of April, May, October and November experience more rains but this does not stop hiking activities.
Accommodation in Kampala before and after the trek plus airports, transfers can be arranged on request.
The safari cost Includes:
8 nights’ accommodation and meals at full board
Park fees, hiking fees, food, porters, guides and cook.
4*4 WD vehicles with fuel and driver/guide
Below are our Optional safari add on at an extra cost
3 Days gorilla tracking in Bwindi national park
1 Day white water rafting on River Nile
1 Day visit to orphanage chimps- Ngamba Island
Drinks, bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance, and expenses of personal nature like souvenirs, tips laundry, etc.