14 DAYS RWENZORI MOUNTAIN CLIMB, HIKING MARGHERITA PEAK & GORILLA TREKKING TOUR.
This 14 Days Rwenzori mountain climb, Margherita peak & gorilla trekking tour of Uganda takes you on a challenging Adventure to Hike to the peak Of the Mystical Rwenzori Mountains National Park descend to awesome wildlife viewing Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park and an unforgettable Adventure to trek the gentle giants Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
14 DAYS RWENZORI MOUNTAIN CLIMB, HIKING MARGHERITA PEAK & GORILLA TREKKING TOUR – DETAILED SAFARI PLAN
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport transfer to Hotel
After your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be picked up by a Representative from MuAfrika Adventures, who will transfer you to your Accommodation in Entebbe / Kampala Town for Dinner and Overnight (BB)
Estimated Distance from Entebbe to Kampala: 42Km
Day 2: Transfer from Kampala- Kasese at the Park Headquarters.
Our safari guide will pick you up from your hotel and we drive west to Kasese passing via Masaka, Mbarara and through 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 Kasese Town for your Dinner and Overnight at Hotel or Guest House or proceed to the Rwenzori Mountains Park headquarters for your Overnight and Dinner at the Camp / Guest House.
Estimated Time: Between 7 Hours Drive
Day 3: Nyakalengija – 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 Banana 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 4: 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 5: Bujuku Hut
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 stumbling, 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 6: 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 7: Margherita peak
For those aiming at reaching Margherita 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 coolly 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 8: 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 9: 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 (FB)
Day 10: Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Descend gently down the muddy paths to the trailhead, finally arriving in Kasese town for lunch later Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive on time proceeding to the Kazinga channel for a launch cruise where you may see a wide variety of animals such as hippos, elephants, solitary buffaloes coming to drink and a vast array of birds. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge / Campsite. (FB)
Day 11: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Wake up before sunrise to a cup of tea or a glass of water and then set off to the park tracks for a game drive to be able to see predators as they return to their hideouts and the early risers. During the drive watch out for game like the Leopards, Lions, giant forest hogs, hyenas, Uganda kobs, warthogs and others. After the game drive, you will drive back to the lodge for your breakfast and then later have lunch. After transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth famous for tree-climbing lions. Arrival in Bwindi Forest Gorilla Park for dinner and overnight at Lodge / Hotel / Campsite (FB)
Day 12: Gorilla tracking – Afternoon Village walk
Have an early morning breakfast and report to the ranger station, after a short briefing by the ranger guides, proceed through the undergrowth and thick creepers of the dense rain forest to track these endangered Gorillas. Sitting with the most peaceful, rarest and most endangered of all the apes, is a fascinating experience. After 1 hour allowed with the giants, return to the lodge. In case you have the afternoon free, have a guided village walk to nearby communities to see and experience the different aspects of Ugandan lives, cultures and lifestyles. Dinner and overnight at Lodge / Hotel / Campsite as above (FB)
Day 13: Bwindi Gorilla Park – Transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe
Transfer back to Kampala, Enroute stop for lunch in Mbarara town and at the Equator for Photography, Arrival on time for your Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge, Hotel, Guest House in Kampala Or Entebbe Town. (FB)
Estimated Distance from Bwindi – Kampala: 560Km
Estimated Time: 9 Hours Drive.
Daily Charter Flights from Kampala to Kihihi or Kisoro: Between 90Minutes to 1 Hour
Day 14: Transfer to Airport for Outbound Flight
Breakfast at Hotel and Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for Outbound Flight Home. End of your 14 Days Rwenzori mountain climb, Hiking Margherita peak & gorilla trekking tour
14 Days Rwenzori mountain climb, Hiking Margherita peak & gorilla trekking tour package is inclusive of:
- All fees for Mt. Rwenzori Hike like Park fees, hiking fees, Rescue fees, food, porters, guides and cook
- Transfers in a 4×4 Customized wheel drive Safari Vehicle
- Professional English speaking Driver Guide
- Full Board Accommodation for 13 Nights
- All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary such as Game drives, Boat Cruise, Entrance Fees
- 1 Gorilla permit per person
14 Days Rwenzori mountain climb, Hiking Margherita peak & gorilla trekking tour package excludes:
- International flight
- Personal Travel insurance,
- Items of personal nature
- Laundry service
- Personal Hiking gear
- Sleeping bags
- Equipment hire to climb the Mountain.
- Souvenirs and any other items of personal.
- Additional days on the mountain
- Additional peaks may be climbed
- Any additional weight will require payment for an extra porter
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