14 Days Rwenzori Mountain trekking & Wildlife Safari

Overview

Also known as the “mountains of the Moon”, the Rwenzori mountains’ beauty is escalated by the six peaks covered with snow and their way of undulating over a distance of about 120km. Rwenzori is block mountain and the third highest in Africa. Hiking is through the central circuit which can take you six day of ascent peak by peak covering one peak in a day. It is challenging and needs fit people physically; however a Rwenzori short circuit is available for the unfit people and families with children. You will crown this adventure trip with a safari experience in Uganda that will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable forest to come face to face with the endangered mountain gorillas.

Highlights of this Safari

  • Hike into the Rwenzori Mountains Panoramic views across mountains, lakes and savannah.
  • Enjoy views from the summit of Margherita Peak (5109m
  • Explore pristine tropical rainforest
  • Trek through Giant Lobelia forests
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Safari experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe International Airport

On your arrival we will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and will transfer you to Karibu Guesthouse, your accommodation for tonight.

Overnight: Karibu Guesthouse.

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: - Entebbe to Nyakalenjija

After breakfast commence your journey to the Rwenzori Mountain National Park trail head at Nyakalengija by way of Kampala and Fort Portal. Lunch to be taken in Fort Portal and then proceed to Mihunga.

Check into Mihunga Safari Lodge, at the foot of the Rwenzori’s for bed and breakfast.

Overnight: Mihunga Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Trek to Nyabitaba (2650 metres)

We will start the trek to Nyakalengija trail head (1600 metres) where the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) will provide and informative briefing prior to commencing the trek. The trail passes along the western bank of the Mubuku River, passing through villages and slopes down towards the river, passing through lowland equatorial forest. Reaching the river, the path bears left away from the river, through more forest until one comes to a small bridge. Crossing the bridge, one starts climbing a moderately steep ridge.

Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut (2650 metres)

Day 4: Trek to John Matte Hut (3350 metres)

Depart Nyabitaba hut and head westward on a trail for a half a kilometres and drop down northwards through a forest to Kurt Shafer Bridge. Continue out of the forest Nyamileju hut after which you will start the giant leather, lobelia and groundsel zone; the extraordinary vegetation types found only on high altitude tropical African Mountains. Proceed to John Matte for dinner and overnight, the journey can take up to 6 hours of hiking from Nyabitaba to John Matte.

Overnight at John Matte Hut (3,350 meters)

Day 5: Trek to Bujuku Hut (2900 metres)

The trail crashes down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. Cross the bog to the Upper Bigo bog before continuing to Lake Bujuku where views of the highest mountain - Stanley - to the west are to be seen..

Overnight at Bujuku Hut (3900 metres)

Day 6: Trek to Elena Hut

Continue the circuit west of Bujuku Hut on a trail rising and falling twice before ascending steeply through the magical Groundsel Gully towards Scott Elicot Pass (4,372m). As you continue with the trail branch off to the right and finally head to Elena Hut (4,372m). This is the base camp for climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), and requires special hiking

Overnight at Elena Hut (4541 metres)

Day 7: Ascent to Mt. Stanley (5109 metres) to Kitandara Hut (4027 metres)

From Elena Hut you ascend the last tract of rock and ice which leads to Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley, 5.109 m. You might take about 3 -4 hours to complete the climbing. You need crampons, ice axe and rope as you walk through what remains of the glacier area of Mount Stanley.

The peak was first climbed by Prince Luigi Amedeo the Duke of Abruzzi at 9.30 am on 18th June 1906. The trail descends down to Upper Kitandara Lake and Lower Kitandara Lake, where is located Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. arrival point for the day. It can take approximately 3 hours walk. This is the best place for planning the ascent of Mount Luigi di Savoia and Mount Baker.

Hiking time: 6 hours

Overnight at Kitandara Hut

Day 8: Trek to Guy Yeoman Hut (3260 metres)

After breakfast we will climb from the base of Mt. Baker to the south side of the mountain to the Fresh Field Pass (4280 metres). From there we can view the Congo to the west, Mt. Stanley to the north. From the pass, the boggy trail will continue downwards, passing the rock shelter at Bujangalo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.

Overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut (3262 metres)

Day 9: Trek to Nyakalengija Trail Head (1600m ASL) - Queen Elizabeth National Park

The trail to Nyabitaba Hut can be muddy and very slippery under foot. At the foothills you will find your driver waiting and transfer straight to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will spend the night. Queen Elizabeth national park is the most popular park in Uganda as it offers diverse ecosystems, classic big game, and 10 primate species and over 600 bird species.

Overnight: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 10 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will spend the whole day exploring the park further. Starting off with an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi where you will be able to spot lots of wildlife and bird species. You will later head to the Mweya peninsular for a boat trip on Kazinga Channel. The Channel is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.

After the launch cruise you will drive southwards to Ishasha sector of the park which is the home to tree climbing lions.

Overnight: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Forest

Conduct an early morning game drive in Ishasha sector in search for tree climbing lions. We will drive further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is of Uganda´s oldest and most diverse rainforests. The “impenetrable” forest is also home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds. On arrival, you will have lunch at the lodge and later proceed for an afternoon walk in the community where you will have the chance to visit the pygmies (Batwa) to discover about their customs and way of life.

Overnight: Silverback Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 12: Gorilla Tracking- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

It’s an early start to the day and walking conditions in the wet and muddy rainforest are far from ideal but the reward is an hour spent in the company of giant mountain gorillas, habituated to our presence and content to let us sit with them undisturbed. Guides and rangers lead the way – you may also see other primates and forest birds too – and if you are lucky, you’ll have an afternoon back at the lodge. Bear in mind however that gorilla trekking may take most of the day. Back at camp you’ll be glad to find that there is an in-house masseuse as well as a comfortable bar and dining areas with grand views over the forest.

Overnight: Silverback Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 13: Lake Mburo NP

Depart Buhoma for a 4-5hours drive to Lake Mburo national park .It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. On arrival you will go for a boat cruise on the lake and later head out for an evening game drive. Overnight: Rwakobo Rock

Meal Plan: Full board.

Day 14 - Entebbe, Departure.

You will have an early breakfast and either go for a game drive or a walking safari activity (optional horseback riding also available).After the activities you will depart the park to drive back to Entebbe. Depending on the time for your departure flight, you can choose to have dinner in a nice restaurant in Entebbe before checking in at the airport.

Day 1: Arrival at Kanombe Kigali airport

Upon arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by your guide from Africa Sceneries, who will then give you a short briefing and transfer you to your hotel in Kigali town.

Overnight: Mille Colline Hotel/ Golf Hills Residence

Meals: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes national park

Pick up from your hotel in Kigali by your guide who will take you on a tour of Kigali city to visit the gisozi genocide site, local markets. You will have the opportunity to learn about Rwanda's history and to see just how impressive the Rwandan people are with the ability to recover after the Genocides. After lunch we will hit the road driving through the winding hills of Rwanda north-wards to Volcanoes national park in Musanze province former Ruhengeri. Arrive late and check in to your lodge for dinner.

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Villa Gorilla

Meals: Full Board

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park – Ibywacu Cultural Village

After breakfast, equipped with your packed lunches and the necessary trekking gear, you will head to the ranger station for a briefing. The rangers will select the family in which you will be tracking, depending on your requests, the distance of the family, and your fitness level. The expert guides will lead you through a hushed, green cathedral-type atmosphere to deliver you almost face to face with enormous mountain gorillas, relaxed in their natural environment. You’ll spend an hour with them, watching infants play and mothers groom each other, all overseen by the watchful silverback. After the encounter and in the afternoon have a cultural experience at the Ibyiwacu cultural village to lear about the Banyarwanda culture.

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Villa Gorilla

Meals: Full Board

Day 4: Golden Monkey Tracking - Kigali

After breakfast return to the ranger station for a short briefing before we enter the forest in search of the rare Golden Monkeys. These Golden Monkeys have been habituated to human presence, which allows you to enjoy their normal interactions in the wild. After one hour with the monkeys we return to the hotel for a shower and lunch before making the drive back to Kigali. You will have a day room at a hotel to shower and have dinner before you are dropped off at the airport for your return flight back home.

End of Safari