10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This 10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Safaris Tour will lead you to a number of interesting places with natural beauty and amazing scenery like the Queen Elizabeth National Park offers the best of Uganda Wildlife Safaris tour and Rwenzori mountain Hiking safari. This experience will take you 8 days of mountain hiking and a day at a wildlife and boat cruise experience which will leave you mesmerized with the series of unveiling encounters on the trip.
10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari Highlights
- Transfer for Kasese, via Queen Elizabeth National Park.
- Climb to Nyabitaba through Bakonjo homestead.
- The trail from Nyabitaba hut to john matte hut.
- Enter the Lower Bigo Bog
- Mount Stanley
- climbing the summit of mount Margherita.
- Climb Mt Stanley
- Climb mount Nyabitaba.
- Game viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Transfer back to Kampala
Detailed 10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 1: Transfer to Kasese via Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast early in the morning, our professional driver will be at your hotel to pick you up before briefing you about the trip and the activities of the day.
After the briefing, you will start off with the journey through the west on Masaka road towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. The first step will be to see the royal drum makers, about an hour’s drive outside from Kampala.
The next stopover will be at the spot somewhere where the equator crosses. Here you will have a photo moment so you can take as many pictures as you can. You may opt for a cup of coffee before you embark on the road. The next stop will be in Mbarara for lunch. Descending through Queen Elizabeth National Park afternoon game drive; you will arrive in Kasese mid-afternoon!
Day 2 of 10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour: Climb to Nyabitaba Through Bakojo Homestead
On the second day of your 10 days of Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari and wildlife tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will start off your day with early breakfast and depart from the Nyakalengija trailhead at 7 am.
Proceed to the Nyakalengija trailhead (1,600 meters) to make the final arrangements for the porters and a guide. After a short briefing, the guests will begin hiking to Nyabitaba hut, walking through the banana gardens on the side of the steep foothills.
The trail passes many typical Bakonjo tribe homesteads; with many children waving at you. The trail follows the Mubuku river through the steep hills and over the Mahoma river, one climbs steeply through the fern-covered slopes and Podocarpus forest, finally reaching the Nyabitaba hut, the first overnight spot.
- Arrive at the Nyabitaba hut early afternoon (elevation: 2,650 meters).
- Lunch will be either en route in the forest or at the hut, depending on how the hike progresses.
Day 3: The Trail from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut
You will be served early breakfast at around 7:00 am then continue the hike from Nyabitaba hut down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers.
Then a steep ascent through the Bamboo forest, across along and possibly exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock, reaching the Nyamileju rock shelter.
From here on a clear day, one can glimpse Mount Stanley and Mount Speke. One then passes through a zone of giant heather, lobelia, and groundsel. Then the final stretch across the tiring bog area; one of many in this mountain trail.
- Arrive at John Matte’s hut in the early afternoon.
- Lunch and dinner at the John Matte hut, where the guests will spend the night.
Day 4 of 10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour: Enter the Lower Bigo Bog
Early breakfast will be served probably by 7 am before the start of the trail drops immediately after leaving the John Matte Hut. One crosses the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home to the giant lobelias.
Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed between the tussocks, one usually gets very cold wet feet from the ooze below the short grasses. The upper Big Bog then gives away Bujuku lake.
Here one can see mount Bakers to the south and Mount Stanley to the west. Bujuku Hut is a narrow valley below Steinmann pass, in the shadows of mountains Baker and Speke. Although a most spectacular setting, this area can be very cold, even for Rwenzorians.
- Lunch and dinner at Bujuku Hut and overnight.
Day 5: Mount Stanley
On this fifth day of your 10 Days on mountain Rwenzori hiking and wildlife safari, you will have an early breakfast by around 7: 00 am, the trail continues from Bujuku, through more bog, climbing the steep slopes west of the lake.
One passes through the magical groundsels gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot pass, with an elevation of 4,372 meters. The metal ladder at the head of the gully takes you over a steep section; after which the trail splits into two. The right fork leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over many large boulders. The left fork leads you to the Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lake.
- Lunch and dinner will be served at Elena Hut whilst the overnight stay will be a cold night in the hut
Day 6 of 10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour: Climbing the Summit of Mount Margherita
Breakfast will be served earlier than usual. You need to have your breakfast as early as 6:00 am. For those climbing to the peak of the mountain Margherita which is (5,109) continue on the path to the base of the Stanley Glacier. Depending on the weather and the individual’s acclimatization, it can be a four to seven-hour walk to the summit of Margherita.
This is a tough walk over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice, and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb that requires roping up, crampons, and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions.
Altitude of Mountain Rwenzori
It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4; two climbers and two guides; (a supplement for an extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking). Climb on the glacier, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with ascent. The time taken will be subject to altitude, sickness, fog, and weather conditions; this is the final ascent to the summit of Margherita, the crown of the Rwenzori.
Due to the altitude and tough conditions not, everyone will make it to the summit so do not be disappointed if you do not. (for those who do not wish to climb the peak, an easier walking trail from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut (with an elevation of 4,023m) is available.
The descent begins returning to Scott- Elliot pass. Here there are spectacular views en route to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, and then up to Mount Stanley and down again to the Kitandara Lakes. Once over the pass, the trail enters an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. Descend to the Kitandara Hut overnight just past the Kitandara Lakes.
- Dinner at the Kitandara Hut and overnight stay characterized by coldness.
Day 7 of 10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour: Climb Mt Stanley
As a norm, wake up as early as possible, prepare yourself, and take breakfast. By 7: 00 am, begin the hike. Follow the trail to Guy Yeoman Hut (with an elevation of 3260 m) from Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up.
The headwall spreads out from the base of mountain Baker and continues along the south side of the mountain to the Fresh field pass. On a clear day, there are views into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo.
- Overnight at the base camp for the historic expedition by the duke of Abruzzi in1906.
- Dinner and overnight at the base of the camp.
Day 8: Climb Mount Nyabitaba
Breakfast as usual very early in the morning and by 7: 00 am you are good to start. Continue to the path; the descent can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and requires careful balancing over the vertical mud and steep rock. The Nyabiaba Hut (2,650 meters) is a pleasant resting after the exertion o the previous days.
- Dinner at the Nyabiaba Hut and overnight.
Day 9 of 10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour: Game Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast at 7: 00 am you will start off with the journey to continue to the trail leading to Nyakalengija trailhead (with an elevation of 1,600m) with a gentle descent down the muddy paths to the trailhead arriving late morning. After lunch, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, game drive on the way.
In the afternoon, a boat cruise at the Kazinga channel where you will spot the Buffalos, hippos, crocodiles, and elephants. This will depend on the time available and may not be guaranteed. You will also spot an array of birds that came to drink water. You will return to the lodge and have dinner and overnight.
Recommended Accommodation facilities:
- Ihamba Safari Lodge
- Mweya Safari Lodge
- Kingfisher lodge
Day 10: Game Drive and Transfer Back to Kampala
After an early breakfast, you will have an early morning game drive to spot some animals like elephants, antelopes, Uganda kobs, lions, and buffalo among others. You will also spot many species of birds. After the game drive, you will return to your lodge and check out.
Time to hit the road and return to Kampala; lunch will be en route on your way back to Kampala. If your trip is on this very day, your guide will drive you to Entebbe for your departure flight back home!
End of the 10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour
10 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour Inclusions
- Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
- Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver.
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary.
- Park admissions
- Accommodation on full board
- Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program.
- Transfer to and from the airport.
- All activities not mentioned in the program.
- Phone calls bills
- International transfers.
- Gratitude to tour guides
- Personal insurance.
- Personal effects of any nature
- Hotel fees before and after the safari.