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9 Days
Availability : 2019 - 2020
Kampala Uganda
Kampala Uganda
Min Age : 15

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This 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing hiking safari takes you trekking the Rwenzori Mountains which involves hiking to the highest peak- Margherita which is at an altitude of 5,109m. You will have an added wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park located just near the Rwenzori ranges in the same days! Rwenzori is known primarily for its challenging hiking and climbing possibility with a unique among East African Mountains. Rwenzori is not Volcanic in Origin, but it rises directly from the Rift valley floor. Its range also supports a diversity of animals including mammals and about 177 bird species, with several being Albertine Rift Endemics. It’s the highest mountain range in Africa, with its Loftiest peaks, Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.

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9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Hiking Safari
Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Hiking Safari

Trek into the Rwenzori Mountains, the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to summit Mount Stanley’s snow-capped Margarita Peak, the fourth highest peak in Africa. Hike through montane forest, lobelia gardens, and spotting monkey troops, disks, and chameleons to reach the summit. Rwenzori National park covers an area of 996km. Rwenzori mountain is the highest mountain range with 6 glacier peaks some including mount Stanley, mount Speke, mount baker, mount Emin Pasha to mention a few.

Mountain hiking complement the popular gorilla safaris making your Uganda safari a complete package. Regardless of your fitness, Gorilla Trek Africa offers you both short and long hiking tours to meet you expectations. Uganda’s popular hiking spots include Mt Rwenzori, Mt Elgon, Sipi falls, Mt Sabinyo, Mt Gahinga and Mt Muhabura. Interestingly, mots of Uganda’s volcanoes are in national parks which give travelers a chance to encounter wildlife animals especially mountain gorillas in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Departure & Return Location

Entebe International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

8:00 am

Price Includes

  • 8 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation at destination

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect on 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Hiking Safari
Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Hiking Safari

Uganda mountain climbing safari tours. Our Uganda mountain climbing safari and hiking safari & tour package includes 6 days adventure hike to the Elgon mountain and The 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing hiking safari in Uganda that can be conducted at period of the year though it is more ideal in the dry season which captures the months of June to August and from December to March. The mountain features impressive features that range from Caves to waterfalls, luxurious vegetation, and fauna not forgetting counts of birds. Our Uganda Mountain climbing and hiking Safari and the mountaineering adventure tour allows you to explore all the thrilling peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains.

  • The loss of altitude to Kurt Shafer Bridge total elevation to be gained on this day is at least 3,000ft
  • 8 nights accommodation in tents and bandas
  • full board Accommodation
  • Helping each other is required
  • The trails are very muddy
  • 2 Potters per person
9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Hiking Safari Itinerary
Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Hiking Safari

Day 1 of the9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Transfer from Kampala to Rwenzori Mountains

After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, embark on the transfer to Rwenzori Mountains 440km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive. You pass through impressive rural landscapes of Uganda with lush green cover, scattered human settlement except for the en route towns and impressive natural features such as the Inselbergs of Mubende, the scenic views of Fort Portal area before being welcomed by the towering Rwenzori Mountains. You retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge, Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp, Camping

Day 2 of the9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Climb from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut (2,652m) mount-rwenzori-uganda mount-rwenzori-uganda

You set off from the Rwenzori Park Headquarters at Nyakalengija standing at 1,646m following briefing from the Rwenzori Mountaineering services in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority. At this point, you have the opportunity to hire the mountaineering equipment if you didn’t have any. The hike commences with an encounter of the Bakonzo farmlands – the famous mountain people traversing their garden plots and the elephant grass. The hike follows the River Mobuku before crossing River Mahoma passing through open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest until you reach Nyabitaba Hut standing at 2.652 m – the arrival point of the day. At this point, you view the north of Portal peaks and sights of monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and sounds of Chimpanzees may not be missed.

Day 3of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Hike from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut at 3.414 m.

Departing Nyabitaba hut, you cross the Kurt Shaffer Bridge passing through a muddy area following a trail that passes through a bamboo forest. Upon arriving at a steep rock area that leads to Nyamuleju Hut, you start the impressive sights of the groundsel and giant lobelia vegetation. The trail continues through a bog filled with plants walking along the Bujuku River. The eventual destination is John Matte hut standing at 3.414 m where you will spend a night.

Day 4of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Hike from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut at 3.962 m.

Hike from John Matte Hut where you cross the River Bujuku before entering the lower Bigo bog which is grassy thus offering you an experience of jumping from a tussock to tussock. You approach the Bigo hut and penetrate the upper Bigo bog before continuing to Lake Bujuku which acts as the beginning of alpine savannah zone of little vegetation. Eventually, you arrive at Bujuku Hut standing at 3.962 m and this point offers the views of the peaks of Stanley, Baker and Speke. At this point, there starts the diversion trail heading to Mount Speke but for those interested in climbing Margarita and the Alexandria, it makes sense to proceed and spend an overnight at Elena Hut.

Day 5of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Hike from Bujuku Hut to Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m.

From Bujuku, you embark on the hike passing via moss draped groundsel vegetation up to 4,372 Scott Eliot pass which is the highest point on the loop trail. This path is notably rocky and steep at the Mount Baker foothills. You gain impressive views of Margarita Peak, Savoia and Elena glaciers not forgetting Mount Baker. You approach Lake Kitandara hut and name Kitandara literally translated to a fresh field by passing through a thick mud to the lower Lake Kitandara where the hut is located (4,023m).

Day 6of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Hike from Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut at 3.261 m.

Depart Lake Kitandara to climb the fresh field pass standing at 4,282m traversing the extended flat of high alpine mossy glades before descending the circuit among the boggy and rocky areas. The panorama is greatly covered by the glaciers of Mount Baker and Mount Stanley. The muddy trail takes you to Bujongolo, Akendahi, Kabamba rock shelters where the Kabamba valley starts heading down to Guy Yeoman Hut standing at 3.261 m. The Guy Yeoman Hut is surrounded by impressive vegetation, mountains and rivers.

Day 7of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Descend from Guy Yeoman Hut back to Nyabitaba Hut at 2.652 m.

This marks your descent back to Nyabitaba Hut. You pass through the Mubuku and Kichuchu River Valleys that is diverse in flora of the heather zone before you approach the Bamboo. Encounter the Kabamba falls on the way down and settle at Nyabitaba for overnight.

Day 8of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari Trip in Uganda: Descend from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija.

Here, you proceed on the descent back to Nyakalengija to mark the end of your experience. Upon arriving at Nyakalengija, you get to your vehicle and transfer to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge, Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp, Camping

Day 9 Transfer back to Kampala

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala. Drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park with its impressive savannah and its game, the Bunyaruguru crater field, the lush Kalinzu forest, Mbarara town before making a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km from Mbarara for traditional lunch. You make another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots, the water experiments to evidence the divide between the north and south spheres and the purchase of memorabilia from any of the gift shops at the site. Continue for 77km arriving in Kampala in the evening to mark the end of the safari.

The safari cost Includes:
6 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
Rescue Fees
two porters are assigned to each climber. The camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements

Excludes:
Drinks, bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance, and expenses of personal nature like souvenirs, tips, laundry, etc.

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

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