10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari-Rwenzori Mountain National Park

The 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari is an interesting safari package that offers you an opportunity to hike to all the thrilling peaks of Mountain Rwenzori – dubbed the Mountains of the Moon. Spanning on an area of 1,000 square kilometers, Mountain Rewnzori situated in Kasese is the third highest mountain in Africa and its lower slopes are covered with bamboo, moorland, and diverse moist montane forest. The 10 days hiking safari will start and end in Kampala –the Capital City of Uganda.

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Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and Do Afternoon Kampala Cultural tour.

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala – Mountain Rwenzori national park in Kasese

Day 3: Hiking from Nyakalengija (1615m) to Nyabitaba Hut(2651m).

Day 4: Hiking from Nyabitaba (2651m) to John Matte Hut (3505m).

Day 5: Hiking from John Matte hut (3505m) to Bujuku Hut (3962m).

Day 6: Hiking from Bujuku (3962) to Kitandara Hut (4541m).

Day 7: Hiking from Kitandara hut – Guy yeoman hut

Day 8: Hiking from Guy Yeoman hut to Nyabitaba

Day 9: Descending from Nyabitaba hut to Nyakalengija Hike and Afternoon Cultural Encounters in Rwenzori Mountains

Day 10: Transfer from Rwenzori Mountain to Kampala

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and Do Afternoon Kampala Cultural tour.

On your first day to Uganda, you will be picked up by our professional driver guide from Entebbe International airport and transferred you to your pre-booked Kampala lodge/Hotel for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, you will embark on Kampala Cultural Tour. The cultural tour will take you to Kabaka’s lake where you will have possibilities of viewing different bird species drinking in the only largest manmade lake in Africa. Proceed to Kasubi Tombs, the royal Burial grounds for the Kings of Buganda. Go to Bahai temple where those with the Bahai faith go for worship and the only one of its kind in Africa. Thereafter advance with the drive to visit Namugongo Uganda Martyrs shrine where 22 martyrs were burnt by the old Kabaka (King) of Buganda. In the evening, go to Ndere Troupe Centre to enjoy the different African cultural performances. Retreat to your lodge after cultural tour for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Sheraton hotel (Luxury /Upmarket), Humura Resort (Standard/Mid-Range Hotels), Buziga Country Resort (Budget).

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala – Mountain Rwenzori national park in Kasese
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After breakfast in your respective Kampala lodge, you will depart Kampala driving on the south western direction to Mountain Rwenzori National Park 440kms about 7-8 hours’ drive. The drive will take you through the impressive country side landscapes with rural setting and local populations. Arrive in Fort Portal town for lunch after which you will continue to Kasese which is the home to the “Mountains of the moon.” Upon your arrival at the park, you will connect direct to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Margarita (Luxury), Rwenzori International Hotel (Standard/Mid-range), Rwenzori Based camp Guest House (Budget/Basic)

Day 3: Hiking from Nyakalengija (1615m) to Nyabitaba Hut (2651m).

After your breakfast, start your hike from the RMS offices at Nyakalegija early in the morning with your packed lunch. You will then climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut after passing through the farmland beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma tributary. Your hike may take around 5 hours and you are most likely to enjoy sights and sounds of different colored bird species like Rwenzori turaco, white and black colobus, blue monkey and chimpanzees. Diner and overnight stay at Nyabitaba hut.

Day 4: Hiking from Nyabitaba (2651m) to John Matte Hut (3505m).

Wake up early to proceed with the hike after taking your breakfast. From Nyabitaba hut take the trail to the left of the hut for about half a kilometer then right fork then dropping to the Kurt Shafer Bridge just below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. After ascending and then descend through the muddy, slippery paths and passing through rocks and rocks, finally leading you to Nyamuleju hut. You will continue through the tropical plants along the Bujuku River to John Matte. The trip can take around 6 hours. Have a remarkable view of the snowcapped Margherita, Elena peaks and Mount Stanley. When you reach at John Matte hut, you will have stopover for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Hiking from John Matte hut (3505m) to Bujuku Hut (3962m).

After breakfast, embark on the 6 Km trail about 5 to 6 hours to Bujuku Hut. With 1 and half hours of wading your way through fords and crossing a river, this muddy trail leads to the edge of lower Bigo bog and eventually to the Bigo hut which also commands a spectacular view of the surrounding peaks. Advance with the hike through the upper Bigo bog and trial will lead you to drier ground. After crisscrossing the river, continue to the Bujuku Lake. This is also the best place for seeing the Margherita, the summit of Stanley. Continue with the trail for about 30 minutes up the valley to Bujuku hut at 3962 meters. This hut is very famous because of being the closest to the peaks of Speke, Baker and Stanley. Watch out for red duikers. You will have a rest, dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.

Day 6: Hiking from Bujuku (3962) to Kitandara Hut (4541m).

After breakfast you will ascend to the highest point on the Loop trail to Scott Eliot pass .The trail which covers only 4 Km begins by ascension of 390 meters then a descent of 340 meters. The trail starts by ascending and then falling twice, followed by a steep ascend giving way to a groundsel vegetation 4372 meters then to Scott-Elliot pass which is also the main col between mount Stanley and Baker. You will make another descend leading to Kitandara hut 4023 meters where you will have relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Hiking from Kitandara hut – Guy yeoman hut
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On this particular day, you will embark on hike very early in the morning after breakfast .The hike of 5 Km stretch involves you to ascent and descent for about 5 to 6 hours. While at Lake Kitandara, you can take a view of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prepare for a steep climb through thick mud before the path gives you way to a more level ground at the Fresh field pass. You can get a marvelous view of mount Stanley. Continue with a steep descend, climbing rocks and wadding through thick muddy to Guy Yeoman hut 3262 meters.

Day 8: Hiking from Guy Yeoman hut to Nyabitaba

This trail covers 6 Km and takes 4 to 5 hours. This involves descending a very steep slope and calls for support from one another. It passes through deep mud, crossing rivers to Nyabitaba hut for overnight.

Day 9: Descending from Nyabitaba hut to Nyakalengija Hike and Afternoon Cultural Encounters in Rwenzori Mountains

After breakfast, depart Nyabitaba hut early retracing out route back to the Rwenzori mountain services offices. This 10 Km trail will take you about 2 – 3 hours, descending through Mubuku River and through fields to the RM’s offices to hand over the rented equipment. Thereafter drive back to your lodge for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, embark on an interesting cultural encounter to discover the calm, polite farming village identified as Ruboni which is home to an estimated 2,000 Bakonzo people living at the foothills of the mountains of Rwenzoris. The cultural encounter will enable you to interact with the villagers as they demonstrate to you their daily activities which range from raring their traditional animals, growing crops to preparing nice delicious Ugandan meals with the freshest ingredients. The guide can also lead you to meet the blacksmith and traditional healer of the area; you may also meet basket weavers and storytellers, and enjoy a vibrant dance performance organized by the local women groups. After the interesting activities, retreat back to the lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Accommodation: Hotel Margarita (Luxury), Rwenzori International Hotel (Standard/Mid-range), Rwenzori Based camp Guest House (Budget/Basic)

Day 10: Transfer from Rwenzori Mountain to Kampala

After an early morning breakfast, you will embark on drive transfer from Mountain Rwenzori to Kampala. The drive will take you through the impressive country side landscapes with rural setting and local populations. Upon your arrival at Igongo Cultural Centre 12 kms past Mbarara town, you will have stopover for traditional lunch and 30 minutes Museum tour. You will drive through a magnificent hilly countryside and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey to Kampala. The drive will take you through Mpabire drum markers in Mpigi and Uganda Equator crossing at Kayabwe where you will have stopover for marvelous water experiments, photo shot and visit to African craft shops. Arrive in Kampala late evening like at 8-9pm and you will be driven by the driver guide to your respective Kampala hotel/ lodge for dinner and overnight or to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home.

End of Safari



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