Overview of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda

The 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda takes you to Uganda’s highest snow peak mountain; Mountain Rwenzori. This mountain is also referred to as the Mountain of the moon making it a unique destination for hikers who are interested in climbing safaris Uganda or mountaineering safaris Uganda over small, medium sized hills and high mountains.

The 12 Days Mountain Rwenzori climbing adventure Uganda takes you for a hiking adventure to the snow capped Rwenzoris’ highest peak; Margherita. During your hike, you will enjoy one of the most interesting and amazing mountain scenery, navigating up through bamboo forests into the mighty arena of the Margherita Peak. This once in a lifetime experience will not be attained elsewhere in Africa apart from Uganda on Uganda safari.  While in the Rwenzoris’, accommodation is only in camps while your ground transport will be in a comfortable 4WD safari van, 4×4 safari Land cruiser, 4×4 safari super custom, 4×4 safari mini van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring. After your Uganda mountaineering safari, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a boat cruise along the 45km Kazinga Channel; a river that joins Lake Edward to Lake George. You will do a Uganda wildlife safari game drive in this park as well as in Ishasha where you will search for the tree climbing Lions. This is where your safari will end and after you will return to Kampala where your safari will end with en route at the equator in Kayabwe.   

Highlights of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Mountain Rwenzori National Park in Kasese

Day 2: Depart from your lodge and climb to Nyabitaba(2650m) through Bakonjo homestead

Day 3: Leave Nyabitaba (2650m) and move to the John Matte hut (3350m)

Day 4: Hike to the Bujuku Hut

Day 5: Set off for Mount Stanley

Day 6: Hike to the summit Margherita

Day 7: Climb Mt Stanleyto Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)

Day 8: Climb Nyabitaba(2650m)

Day 9: Depart Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija and drive to your lodging facility

Day 10: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a boat cruise in the afternoon along the Kazinga channel

Day 11: Do a game drive early in the morning  along the Kasenyi trail and to Ishasha in the afternoon in search for the tree climbing lions

Day 12: Drive back to Kampala for your flight with en route at the Equator in Kayabwe and lunch in Mbarara at the Igongo cultural centre

Detailed Itinerary of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda

Day 1 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Transfer from Kampala to Mountain Rwenzori National Park in Kasese

Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at your hotel.  You be picked by your driver guide at your hotel at around 8am in the morning, meet and greet and after have a short briefing about your 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda by your Uganda safari guide. After the briefing, you will embark on your journey to Kasese to the Mountain Rwenzori National Park via the Kampala-Mubende-Fort portal road. On your way there, you will enjoying beautiful scenery of the rolling hills as you approach fort portal. Arrive at your lodging facility, check in, relax, dine and rest.

Day 2 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Climb- to Nyabitaba (2650m) using Bakonjo homestead

After your early morning breakfast at your lodging facility, you will transfer with your guide to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) that will act as your starting point for your hiking safari in Uganda. You will be briefed again by your hiking guide that will lead you up the mountain and after the briefing, he will lead you to begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut where you will spend your night. During your hike, you will walk through the banana sambas along the steep foothills, passing through the typical Bakonjo homesteads. You will follow the trail along the Mubuku River, cross the Mahoma River where you will climb steeply through break palm leaf slopes and podocarps forest to Nyabitaba Hut for diner and your overnight.

Day 3 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Leave Nyabitaba (2650m) and move to the John Matte hut (3350m)

In the morning after breakfast, you will depart Nyabitaba following the trail that slopes down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge situated below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Continue with your journey passing through the bamboo forest, where you will cross through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. As you approach the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen as your approaching the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Arrive at John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring swamp, for dinner and overnight at the Hut.

Day 4 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Depart John Matte Hut for Bujuku Hut

Have breakfast at the hut; John Matte Hut, use the trail that drops to cross the Bujuku River. Take the upper Bigo Swamp that will give you way to Bujuku Lake, giving you view of Mount Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the west. The Bujuku Hut is well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke. Arrive, have dinner and overnight there.

Day 5 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Leave Bujuku Hut for Mount Stanley

Have breakfast and embark on the trail that leads you to mountain Stanley climbing the steep slopes west of the lake. You will hike passing through the magical groundsels gully ascending to Scott-Elliot Pass situated about at 4372m. As you arrive at the gully, take a metal ladder that will take you over a steep section after which the trail splits into two. The right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders. The left path leads to Scott. Elliot passes and down to Kitandara Lakes. Arrive at Mount Stanley for your night.

Day 6 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Leave Mount Stanley and go to the Margherita summit.

On this day, you will climb to the Margherita peaks (5109m). you will use the trail that continues to the base of the Stanley Glacier. It is roughly a 4-7 hour walk to the summit of Margherita. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb which requires roping up, crampons and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions. It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4- two climbers and two guides; climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanly Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Returning to Scott- Elliot pass, descend to the Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes.

Day 7 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Climb Mt Stanleyto Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)

From Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the to Fresh field pass. From the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.

Day 8 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Climb Nyabitaba(2650m)

The path down can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. An overnight stop at the Nyabiaba Hut.

Day 9 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda : Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija

Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija is about 3 hours. Nyabitaba starts the 40 minutes trial to see Lake Mahoma and back to the hut for descending to the Park Head Quarters where you will connect with your driver / guide and transfer to your lodging facility where you will rest from the long hiking days.

Day 10 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a boat cruise in the afternoon along the Kazinga channel

Wake up to a relaxed breakfast at your place of stay, pack your packs and prepare to leave this part of the world and drive to your hotel/lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, arrive at the lodge, check in, relax and lunch. After your lunch, you will drive to Mweya for your afternoon boat at 2pm for about 2 hours. During your cruise, you will sight the highest hippo concentration in Africa, several crocodiles in the water, birds along the Kazinga channel, as well as animals that come to quench their thirst along the river banks. After the boat ride, you will do a simple game drive as you drive back to your lodge where you will dine and rest.

Day 11 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda: Do a game drive early in the morning  along the Kasenyi trail and to Ishasha in the afternoon in search for the tree climbing lions

Very early in the morning after a cup of coffee at the lodge, you will set out with your guide to the Kasenyi trail for your early morning game drive to catch the early morning risers as they set out to catch their prey.You will see lots of animals including Uganda Kobs, Waterbuck, Warthogs, Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Giant Forest Hogs and a great variety of antelopes. After your game drive, return to the lodge for proper breakfast, rest and have lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Ishasha, the only spot where you will find tree climbing lions. Later drive to your lodge, dine and rest.

Day 12 of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda: Drive back to Kampala for your flight with en route at the Equator in Kayabwe and lunch in Mbarara at the Igongo cultural centre

Have an early morning breakfast on this day, pack your bags and drive back to Kampala via the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara highway. On your way back, you will have an en route at Igongo cultural centre for a lunch and at the Equator in Kayabwe for a polar water experiment, and photographs with your legs standing in the different hemispheres. While there, you can purchase for yourself some souvenirs and after you set off for the final drive to Kampala/Entebbe at your hotel of stay or to the airport for your flight back home.

End of the 12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda

 

12 Days Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda & wildlife tour/ 12 Days mountaineering safari Uganda
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