Experience the genuine summit of Uganda! This tour takes you to the majestic Rwenzori Mountains, a true rewarding experience for alpine climbers! The Rwenzori Mountains have been selected as one of the World’s Best Hikes by National Geographic!
Day 1: ARRIVAL
You will be welcomed by a representative of Wamba Safaris who will transfer you to Carpe Diem Guest House in Entebbe. Depending on the time of arrival you can visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for a first introduction with the extraordinary flora and fauna of Uganda. Overnight at Carpe Diem Guesthouse.
DAY 2: TRANSFER TO MOUNTAIN RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we will depart Entebbe and head west to Fort Portal. This lovely town rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. From Fort Portal after lunch we will continue to Rwenzori National Park for a stay just on the footsteps of the Mountain. Dinner and overnight at Equator Snow Lodge
DAY 3: START OF THE EQUATOR GLACIERS TOUR
Early in the morning transfer to Nyakalengijo (1646 meters) where you will start your climb into the mountains. The hike takes you along the Mubuku river and through thick equatorial vegetation before arriving at the Nyabitaba hut (2650 meters). You might hear chimpanzees or see blue monkeys. Dinner and overnight in Nyabitaba hut. Total hiking time: 5-7 hours Ascent: 1200 meters
Day 4 : JOHN MATTE HUT
After early breakfast you will start the hike through the Kurt Sharfer Bridge to marvel at the sparkling Mubuku river confluence. In the afternoon you will reach the Nyamuleju hut from where you might enjoy a nice view at Mount Stanley and Speke. Climb through the open patches, lobelia, and heath moss forest when proceeding up to the John Matte hut (3415 meters) for overnight. Total hiking time: 7 hours Ascent: 915 meters
Day 5 : BUJUKU HUT
Depart early through the giant Lobelias and heath trees. You ascend to the Bigo Bog and scenic landscape of lobelias and giant groundsels. You will pass lake Bujuku, majestically settled between the famous mountains. Continue to a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and soon you will arrive at your final stop for today. Dinner and overnight at the Bujuku Hut (3960 meters). Total hiking time: 3-5 hours
Ascent: 560 meters
Day 6 : ELENA HUT
Head off from the valley with scenic alpine vegetation consisting Giant Groundsels and Lobelia and continue to ascend Mount Victoria and Mount Speke at 4890 meters. Depart through the lovely views of the Savoia and Elena glaciers, scale further through to the Scott Elliott pass and proceed through the snow to the Elena Hut (4560 meters) for overnight rest. The Elena Hut will be your base for the final conquer of the Rwenzori Mountains.Total hiking time: 3-5 hours
Ascent: 470 meters
Day 7 : FINAL ASCENT TO THE ALPS OF AFRICA!
Early morning ascent to the snowy Alexander peak (5092 meters) and then onwards to the highest peak at 5109 meters, the famous Margherita! Thereafter we directly descend to the beautiful lake Kitandara for overnight stay at Kitandara hut (4020 meters). Total hiking time: 3-5 hours Ascent: 670 meters – Descent: 1090 meters
Day 8 : GUY YEOMAN HUT
After early breakfast a long descent begins. First we climb from Lake Kitandara to the Freshfield Pass from where you can look into the neighbouring country Congo. We will have a picnic lunch on the way and continue our journey while descending to the Guy Yeoman hut (3260 meters) for dinner and overnight.
Total hiking time: 5-7 hours Descent: 1000 meters
Day 9 : NYABITABA HUT
The last part of the hike! Drop very steeply along the Mubuku river and join the original route near the Bujuku river. Dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba Hut (2650 meters). Total hiking time: 5-7 hours
Descent: 600 meters
Day 10: RWENZORI – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Today we descend to Nyakalengija which will take approximately 2-3 hours. Then we proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park to check in at your Lodge. Here you can relax and reflect your climb of the highest peak in Uganda. Dinner and overnight at Parkview Safari Lodge.
Day 11: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE AT KAZINGA CHANEL
The day begins early as we head for the mating ground of the Uganda kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat, before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos, this cruise will definitely be another highlight of your safari. Dinner and overnight at Parkview Safari Lodge.
Day 12: NATURE WALK AND TRANSFER TO LAKE BUNYONYI
After breakfast you can visit the Maramagambo Forest for a walk through the tropical forest, known for the Blue Monkeys and the Bat and Hunters Cave. You will get the chance to have a close look at the bats and maybe even the rock python and forest cobras that feed on the bats. The same walk will provide you with views of primates, different bird species and beautiful flora. species.
After these activities we will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head towards Kabale Town for Relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge
Day 13: LAKE BUNYONYI & TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO
After breakfast, you will have the option of visiting and interacting with the local community who inhabit areas surrounding Lake Bunyonyi. Alternatively, you could opt for a canoe trek on Lake Bunyonyi which will introduce you to the major islands and their rich history but also there will be some great time spent in the traditional dugout canoe. Later we shall setoff for Lake Mburo National Park.
Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock
Day 14: NATURE WALK & TRANSFER TO KAMPALA
Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. Also, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelopes, Cape buffaloes among others. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Kampala.
Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge
Day 15: CITY TOUR AND TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
This last Day of your safari guide will take you on a city tour for an exciting view of Kampala the capital. Visit some interesting and historical sites, including the Kabaka’s Palace, the Uganda Museum and of course the African Craft Village with Lunch in Kampala’s Restaurant depending on time.
A last chance to enjoy the enchanting peaks of the Mountains of the Moon. With unforgettable memories you will say goodbye and leave for Entebbe Airport.
The price includes:
Transport of 1 safari vans 4x4 with a driver guide
Accommodation on the Mountain huts
Guides and porters wages
Nature walk fees
Park Entry fees
Boat cruise on Kazinga Chanel
Guide fees Park fees
Drinking water on board.
The price does not include:
Money for tips and anything of personal nature
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