12 Days Uganda Gorillas & Rwenzori Hiking Safari

This is a combination of gorilla trekking and Rwenzori hiking in Bwindi and Rwenzori mountain National Parks. Trekking the remaining population of mountain gorillas is amazing as you view them feed and groom their young ones. Also, a hike to the highest point in Uganda which is Margherita peak, passing through interesting trails and impressive mountain scenery.

Detailed Safari.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to a hotel.

You are most welcome to Uganda the pearl of Africa! Immediately after a special welcome at the airport, a professional safari guide will be at your service for a transfer to the booked hotel.

In case you arrive early, a complementary Kampala city tour will be arranged where you will visit Uganda museum and be told the history and cultures of Uganda. A sleepover will be at the booked hotel.

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Have an early breakfast and then head to Bwindi national park passing via Masaka-Mbarara route. You will have a stopover in Kayabwe at the equator where you will take memorable photos and you may buy some African souvenirs. Later on, proceed with the journey via Mbarara city to Kabale and then to Bwindi impenetrable national park.

The park is well known for accommodating a reasonable number of mountain gorillas and close to 350 bird types including 23 Albertine rift endemics. You will have dinner on your arrival and then a night over.

Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest.

This is a memorable experience which starts just after a briefing on the rules and regulations by a park ranger guide at the sector headquarters. This 2-7 hour activity starts after a heavy breakfast with the help of armed park ranger. After trekking, everyone that took part in the activity is rewarded with a certificate of recognition.

You could also choose to visit Lake Mutanda to enjoy a sunset boat ride or the Batwa community our and enjoy their culture like language, performances, stories and music.

Day 4: Bwindi to Rwenzori mountains national park through Kasese district.

Take a heavy breakfast then head to Rwenzori Mountains NP, via the undulating plains of Ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth N/park. Also pass through the Kigezi highlands and Queen Elizabeth NP where you will see many animals like warthogs, elephants, buffaloes and different antelopes such as waterbucks, Topis and kobs. Then you will head to Nyakalengija for check in at the lodge and relaxation.

Day 5: Nyakalengija (1600m) to Nyabitaba hut (2660m).

Head to the park headquarters for a briefing about the the hike just after having breakfast. The hike which will pass through thick tropical forests with high elephant grass and dense bushes starts from Nyakalengija via the Bakonzo community settlements.There are different bird species like the Long eared Owl, Rwenzori blue turacos, handsome francolin, archers Robin chat, cinnamon chested bee water to mention but a few.

Day 6: Nyabitaba hut (2660m) to John Matte hut (3420m).

After having breakfast, cross the Mubuku and Bujuku river and head to John matte hut. For a few hours, move via Bamboo patches mixed with montane forests and slippery moss covered rocks. Stop at Nyamulejju rock and admire a scenic view of Mount. Stanley and Mount. Speke if the weather is clear. Enjoy lunch and later in the evening, head to John Matte hut for your camping night and dinner.

Day 7: John Matte hut (3,420) to Bujuku hut (3,930m).

From John Matte Hut, the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of the giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet stamping some of the freezing oozes below.

The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mount. Baker to the South and Mt. Stanley to the west. The next stop will be at Bujuku hut where you will spend a night.

Day 8: Bujuku hut (3,930m) to Elena hut (4,563m).

After breakfast at Bujuku hut, continue with the hike to Elena hut for 5-7 hours. Move through the sides of the upper Bigo bog, then hike through the steep slopes of Lake Bujuku.

Elena hut is located at the rocky cold part of Mount. Stanley which is the highest mountain of the Rwenzori ranges and there is a direct view of Mount Baker and Mount Speke but are always covered by fog most of the time.

Day 9: Elena hut (4,563m) to Margherita peak (5,109m) – Kitandara (3,979m).

Wake up as early as 2am. You will have breakfast and then hike to the top of Mount Stanley, Margherita peak, via Stanley plateau and Margherita Glaciers. Your guide will instruct you on how to use the equipment while on the ice. While at the top, you will be in position to view Lake lrene, mount. Speke and the surrounding areas.

Head back to Elena and proceed to the most beautiful place on the mountain of Rwenzori where you will also sleep over.

Day 10: Kitandara hut (3,979m) to Guy Yeoman hut (3,505m).

After your breakfast, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall. Spread out from the start of Mount. Baker and head south of the mountain to the fresh field pass.

From here, you can easily view D.R. Congo ranges on the west and Mount Stanley to the north. You will then head to Guy Yeoman hut where you will sleep over.

Day 11: Nyakalengija to Kampala. 

You will have breakfast and then descend to Nyakalengija, marking the end of this Rwenzori trek. The journey will take about six hours; after you will be picked up from Nyakalengija to Kampala by your tour guide. As soon as you arrive in Kampala, have dinner and night stay.

Day 12: Entebbe and a short visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC).

On your last day of the tour, choose weather you would wish to visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Center and have a look at the many wildlife creatures like the chimpanzee, olive baboons, lions, cheetahs and leopards or visiting the local markets like Owino and Nakasero. Have lunch and then be dropped at Entebbe airport for departure flight.

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