Highlights: game drive, boat cruise, hiking
Accommodation level: Budget
National parks: Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth and Rwenzori
Day 1 Transfer and Rhino sanctuary
Meet your safari guide and leave Entebbe/Kampala in the morning for you Discover Uganda safari. The target for the day is Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. We arrive for lunch in the sanctuary before having a walk to see the rhinos up-close and transfer to Murchison falls NP.
Overnight Twiga Tales lodge
Day 2 – Game-drive and boat-cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
Get up early in the morning to meet the animals of the savanna. During this morning game-drive you can
see giraffes, elephants, lions and more. In the afternoon it is time for another encounter with the mighty
Nile, but this time a more relaxed one as you take a boat-cruise spotting for example hippos, crocodiles
and birds on the shores then continue and hike up to the top of the falls where you will find your guide to transfer you Masindi.
Overnight: New courts view hotel
Day 3 – Transfer to Rwenzori
Have a relaxed breakfast and soak in the surroundings. After breakfast your guides take to Rwenzori
mountain though it will be a long drive approximately 10hours drive then be at the lodge in the evening
for relaxation and get ready for the hiking trek the following day.
Overnight Bethel guest house
Day 4: Transfer to Amundsen camp (2210m) Rwenzori-Bukurungu trail
As a long travel the previous day from Kampala to Kasese, you wake up 08:00hours and have your breakfast before you drive/walk to the Rwenzori Ranges Hikers Association office in Kasese town to meet your guide and check your equipment and other necessities before you travel to Mukorokimi, the starting point to the Mountain, It is from here that you meet the Guides and porters that Escort you to the Higher peaks, This day you walk through Coffee plantations, homesteads, schools and interact with local Bakonzo people the inhabitants of the Rwenzori mountains to have a night the Amundsen community camp at the edge of the national park, it’s a walk that takes you between 2-3hours to reach the community camp.
Overnight: Amundsen camp
Day 5; Rwigho Camp 3300Masl
After breakfast, take on the trail which bends west on the ridge overlooking the Kasuka and Isule valleys and onward to Kebitakuli for a rest while and take a breath and thereafter, hike through the montane rain forest overlooking bamboo forested valleys. Encounter plant species like the Disa stairssi, Scadoxus cyrtanthiflorus, Impetiens apiculate and spot or hear calls of black and white colobus monkeys, The Rwenzori Turaco and other birds. On trial you will spot chimpanzee nests and droppings or hear their calls. The trail will lead you through the heather zone and reach Rwigho Camp for an overnight. It will take you only 5-6 hours.
Overnight: Rwigho camp
Day 6; Kambeho 3600Masl
After breakfast, the trail takes you through the heather trees (Ericathiasis) with lots of moss hanging over these trees. The is the heather zone with a lots of heather trees, scencio trees, alchemila, black berries, and many more plant species. While on trial you will be able to spot black and white Colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, sun birds, the Rwenzori turaco a rare beautiful bird in the park. On this day you will see lots of giant lobelias, everlasting flowers and rock shelters. Over-night at Kambeho Camp. This hike will take you 5 – 6 hrs. with a stopover for a hot lunch at Mitiyighaghire.
Overnight: Kambeho camp
Day 7; Lamia Camp3750Masl
After breakfast, start with a climb along river Lhume, in the early morning hours of the day when still fresh and strong with urge to climb the only steep Mughuli bypass. As you think of slopping down to Lake Mughuli which is within MTN network coverage to give you a chance to call friends and family members about the beauty and experience encountered on the trail. There are several short peaks which one can easily climb depending upon what time you have arrived in the camp and how you feel. The vegetation along the Lake is so beautiful to catch up your eyes. Animals you might see along the trail are the Rwenzori red-duiker, rock and tree hyrax and wild pigs. Around the camp, you can have a self-guided walk to explore the water falls. The approximate time taken from Kambeho to Mughuli Camp is about 6-7hrs hike with a stopover at Mulhalhama resting view point.
Overnight: Lamia Camp
Day 8; Lake Bukurungu Camp 4091Masl/Bigo camp /3442Masl
This camp is set in the heart of the two mountains of the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi; it is a relaxing point to acclimatize for those interested in climbing the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi. Five hours from Lamia camp takes you through a very gentle crossing passing the vegetation of the alchemila, several giant lobelia species and the wonderful and unknown leaf looking like human palm. From Lamia Camp to Bukurungu Camp will take you 3 – 4hrs. On this day if the weather is clear, your eyes and hands on the camera will have all the main peaks of Edward on Mount Baker, Margherita and Alexandra on Mount Stanley, Vittorio Manuela on Mount Speke, Kihuma on the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi at glance. If you are heading to the peaks, then you will descend to Bigo camp which takes between 1-2hours.
Overnight: Bigo camp
Day 9; Irene lake Camp 4495Masl/ Elena Camp 4541Masl
After a cup of coffee get set off to Irene Lakes camp through the beautiful valley filled with giant lobelias, giant heather trees, groundsels, helichrysum and lots of stunning waterfalls, finally you find yourself along Bujuku a lake collecting its waters from the melting glaciers of Mt. Speke, Mt. Stanley and Mt. Baker. Having trailed a long side, the lake, you will continue for a one hour and a half to reach Irene Lakes Camp.
Overnight: Irene lakes camp
Day 10; Margherita peak 5109Masl back to Bujuku/Bigo camp
Wake up at 4.30am early in the morning for a cup of coffee and thereafter, start the climb to the main Margherita peak summit 5109m the highest point in Uganda and third Highest Mountain in Africa. While on top and assuming the weather is clear, you will be able to see the rest of the peaks on the Rwenzori Mountain range like Vittorio Emmanuelle on Mt. Speke, Edward on Mt. Baker, Mt. Albert and if the weather is good you opt to climbing all the twin peaks of Margarita and Alexandra all on Mt. Stanley. Though distance looks short but it can take you long hours to reach the summit due to fog and mist. After a good time, have a view of DR Congo. Be one of the people who have left their foot prints on top of the Mountains of the moon and confirm your arrival on this point with a breath taking and say yes I have made it. After your successful view and pictures, descend to Bujuku/Bigo camp.
Overnight: Bigo camp
Day 11; Bujuku/Bigo to Nyabitaba Camp
From Bujuku/Bigo camp you walk down valley through John Matte, down to Nyamulenju rest shelter where you can have your lunch and stretch through mosh-covered rocks and follow the trail which drops you to Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers and reach Nyabitaba camp for dinner and overnight. The walk takes between 6-7hours.
Overnight: Nyabitaba camp
Day 12: Nyabitaba camp- Mihunga Park gate
After breakfast, descend through the heather zone route with beautiful views of the Rwenzori Mountains Range onto Mihunga Park gate to complete your adventurous trek of the Rwenzori at Mihunga Park gate. While on the trail, you will see more of the black and white Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, a lots of bird species like the starlings, sun birds, the great blue Rwenzori turaco, the Ross’s turaco and many of the butterfly family. It will take you 3-4 hrs. from Nyabitaba camp to Mihunga Park gate to join your driver to Kasese town for a shower and Wi-Fi before you can be hosted for a dinner by management of Rwenzori Ranges Hikers Association to welcome you back.
Overnight: Bethel guest house
Day 13 transfer to queen Elizabeth NP.
Leave Kasese in the morning after having breakfast heading to Queen Elizabeth NP through rolling hills with tea plantations. Arrive at the lodge and enjoy a relaxed evening.
Overnight: Elephant Hab
Day 14 – Game-drive in Kasenyi and Boat-cruise on Kazinga channel
Wake up early in the morning for a game-drive in the Kasenyi part of Queen Elizabeth national park.
Here you have the chance of seeing lions, elephants, buffaloes, an abundance of birds and more. After
lunch your guide takes you to the afternoon boat-cruise on Kazinga channel. This two- hour boat ride is
a great highlight was you for example can look for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and warthogs along the
shores of the channel.
Overnight Elephant Hab
Day 15 – Tree-climbing lions in Ishasha and transfer to Kampala
Head off to the Ishasha part of Queen Elizabeth national park in the morning. The drive there goes along
an adventurous road and you have the chance of seeing baboons and elephants along the way. In
Ishasha you find topis, buffaloes and search for the tree-climbing lions. The lions in this area are famous
for climbing up great fig trees to take a rest. After finishing your game-drive you transfer to Kampala /Entebbe where you will have a stopover on way for lunch and continue to Kampala/Entebbe which will be the end of your safari.
The price of this safari is $2250 per person on full board occupancy
All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
Drinking water (On all days)
International flights (From/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees