Highlights; Rwenzori Hiking
Accommodation level: Budget
National Parks: Rwenzori National Park
Day 1; Arrival and Hotel Transfer in Kampala;
On your arrival for your long Uganda safari, you will be met by our company representative together with your driver / guide and you directly transfer to the hotel where you will relax and recover from the jet-lag: Dinner and over-night at a lodge.
Overnight: Acactus hotel
Day2: Transfer to Kasese town from Kampala
After breakfast and if you are traveling by public means we advise you come by bus and set off with the 8:00am bus so that you arrive in Kasese town on time. Traveling from Kampala to Kasese by bus takes between 7-8hours but if you are using a private car, it takes you a minimum of 7hours including a stop-over for lunch in Fort Portal town. Overnight and Dinner in a hotel.
Overnight: Bethel guest house
Day3: 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 the matooke / Banana plantations on the side
of the steep foothills, past the local Bakonzo 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.
Overnight: Nyabitaba Hut.
Day4: 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.
Overnight: John Matte Hut
Day5: 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 sampling
some of the freezing ooze 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 Shulman Pass. Dinner and overnight at the
Overnight: Bujuku 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.
Overnight: Coolly and Icy Elena Hut
Day7: Margherita peak (5109m)
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 on to 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 you 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
overnight: 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 into
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.
Overnight: 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 with in this mountain. Dinner
Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut
Day 10: Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) – Queen Elizabeth National Park/Kampala
Descend gently down the muddy paths to the trail head, finally arriving in
Kasese towards lunch time.
Overnight: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge
Day 11 transfer to Kampala/Entebbe.
The price of this safari is $1995 per person on full board occupancy
Park fees (For non-residents)
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