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10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari − SAFARI OVERVIEW

10 days rwenzori mountains hiking safari

Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Uganda Tour 9 Days

This 10 days Rwenzori mountains hiking safari is a 9nights/10 days Rwenzori Mountains climbing/trekking Uganda tour which takes you to the third highest point in Africa that is Margherita Peak (5109m) on Rwenzori Mountains-a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site since 1994. Rwenzori meaning ‘rainmaker’ in the local language is befitting as the range is notorious for being one of Africa’s wettest places. For the local Bakonjo people, the mighty Rwenzori is a throne of their God, Kitasamba and there are a few simple rituals to follow while on this mountain, for example, don’t speak about rain, don’t eat the blackberries and don’t have sex.

Since the dawn of civilization, one of man’s biggest mysteries was where the source of the Nile – the world’s longest river that runs through the hottest desert on earth – received its water. Around 150AD, a renowned Greek geographer Ptolemy, wrote of the great lakes of Africa that flowed into the Nile and were fed by water that came from snowcapped mountains that he famously referred to as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

Our 10 days Rwenzori Mountains hiking safari adventure starts and ends in Kampala and follows the Central Circuit. The trek to Margherita Peak offers a truly fantastic and unique Africa mountain climbing safari experience. It involves hiking through tropical montane rainforest on lower slopes ranging from 1,800m – 2,500m inhabited by shy forest elephants, chimpanzees, three-horned chameleons, a wealth of monkeys and bird species, then beautiful bare black rocks and tussocked moorland studded with surreal giant lobelias and groundsels on the mountain’s upper slopes. On reaching the summit you will be fascinated by a series of craggy black peaks coated in permanent equatorial snow and ice.

In fact, summiting the Margarita allows you to follow the footsteps of the great Duke of Abruzzi Luigi de Amadeo who was the first to summit it at 9:30am on June 18th 1906.

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10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari –PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITY

  Hike/climb the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rwenzori Mountains

  Marvel at views from the summit of Margherita Peak (5109m)

  Discover the spectacular glacial landscapes

  Experience pristine tropical rainforests

  Trek through Giant Lobelia forests

  Delight in the diverse flora of the region

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10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari −SAFARI HIGHLIGHT

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Rwenzori Mountains

Day 2: Climb from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut (2,652m)

Day 3: Hike from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut at 3.414 m.

Day 4: Hike from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut at 3.962 m.

Day 5: Hike from Bujuku to Elena Hut (4,430m)

Day 6: Summit the Margarita Peak and descend to Lake Kitandara hut

Day 7: Descending from Kitandara Hut (4,023m) to Guy Yeoman Hut (3,505m)

Day 8: Descend from Guy Yeoman Hut back to Nyabitaba Hut at 2.652 m.

Day 9: Descend from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija.

Day 10: Transfer back to Kampala

10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking SafariDETAILED ITINERARY 

Day 1 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Transfer From Kampala To Rwenzori Mountains

At around 6.00am, after breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, we will embark on a 440km (7-8hours) drive to legendary Rwenzori Mountains. We will pass through impressive rural landscapes of Uganda with lush green cover, scattered human settlement, towns and markets where you will see people going on with their daily life. Here you can make a stop and take a photo or buy a snack. You will also see several impressive natural features such as the Inselbergs of Mubende and the scenic views of Fort Portal area before being welcomed by the towering Rwenzori Mountains. You retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Equator Snow Lodge

Moderate/Mid-range:- Sandton Hotel Kasese

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 440km or 7-8hours

 

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Rwenzori Mountains

 

Day 2 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Climb From Nyakalengija (1,615m) To Nyabitaba Hut (2,651m)

At around 6.30 am, you set off from the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Headquarters at Nyakalengija standing at 1,615m following briefing from the Rwenzori Mountaineering services in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority. At this point, you have the opportunity to hire the mountaineering equipment if you didn’t have any. The hike commences with an encounter of the Bakonzo farmlands – the famous mountain people traversing their garden plots and the elephant grass.

You will then pass through the forest which hosts several animal species such as Elephants, Chimpanzees, Angola colobus, Black-and-white colobus, blue monkeys, bushbucks and unusual reptiles such as the three-horned chameleon. It is also home to some of the bird species including Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori turaco, strange weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat and Rwenzori batis and several others as well as various tree and plant species. You will expect to see some of them.

It’s about 10km from the trailhead at Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut at 2,651m. You will have dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba hut.

Accommodation:-

  • Nyabitaba Hut. There is piped water supply at the hut.

 

Hiking distance and time: – Approx. 1615m -2651m or 5 hours

Altitude gain: – 1,036m

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities and services:-

  • Hiking from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut

 

Day 3 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Hike From Nyabitaba Hut (2,651m) To John Matte Hut (3,505m).

At around 7 am after breakfast, depart Nyabitaba hut. This is the longest and most strenuous day’s hike. From Nyabitaba hut, you will the hiking trail descends through forest for short time before it crosses the Bujuku River at Kurt Shaffer Bridge. Between bridge and Nyamileju hut, the path is good for the first couple of hours, but it becomes steeper and very rocky as you enter the moorland zone where the impressive heather plants are prolific.

After about 5 hours you will emerge at Nyamileju where the little used hut is supplement by a rock shelter, and we will have a lunch stop here. From Nyamileju, we will hike through a giant heather forest and follow the Bujuku River for 2 hours to John Matte Hut which is in good condition and stands about 200 meters from Bujuku River, where water can be collected.

Here you will have a view of the Margherita glacier which is on mount Stanley between Alexandra and Margherita peaks. You will have dinner and overnight stay at John Matte hut.

Accommodation:-

  • John Matte Hut

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Hiking distance and time:

Approx. 2,651m -3,505m or 7hours

Altitude gain: – 854m

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities and services:-

  • Climbing from Nyabitaba hut to John Matte Hut

 

Day 4 Of The 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Hike From John Matte Hut (3,505m) To Bujuku Hut (3,962m).

At around 7 am, after breakfast at John Matte Hut you will cross river Bujuku and hike through forest to the lower Bigo bog. This are used to be hardest part of the Rwenzori since the area is so boggy. Currently, there is a walk board up to the end of the boggy area which makes the walk much easier for hikers. As you move you will expect to see giant lobelias, everlasting flowers and groundsels.

You will then take a steep hike along a ridge which will lead you to the start of the upper Bigo bog. There is also a board walk up to Lake Bujuku. Lake Bujuku has magnificent setting between mounts Stanley, Speke and Baker. The lake also acts as the acts as the beginning of alpine savannah zone of little vegetation. You will eventually arrive at Bujuku Hut standing at 3.962 m. You will have dinner and overnight at Bujuku Hu

Accommodation:-

  • Bujuku Hut

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Hiking distance and time:

– Approx. 3,505m – 3,962m or 5hours

-Altitude gain: – 457m

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities and services:-

  • Climbing from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut

 

Day 5 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Hike From Bujuku (3,962m) To Elena Hut (4,430m).

After breakfast at around 7 am, you will depart Bujuku and continue with the hike to Elena hut, which takes about 5-7 hours. You will hike through the sides of the upper Bigo bog then through the steep slopes of Lake Bujuku. As you climb Lake Bujuku’s steep slopes on the west, the trail ascends the 4,372m Scott-Elliot pass and you will pass through more swamps and the thrilling ground gully. You will go over a steep section at the top of the gully using a metal ladder.

The trail is then divided into two. The two trails, the left trail leads to Scott-Elliot pass descending to Kitandara Lakes while the right trail heads to the Elena Hut and on a steep trail above large boulders to Mt Stanley. Elena hut is at the rocky part of Mount Stanley and the area is too cold. At this point, you are at the highest mountain of the Rwenzori and you will have a direct view of Mount Baker and Mount Speke. You will have dinner and overnight stay at Elena hut.

Accommodation:-

  • Elena Hut

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Hiking distance and time:

– Approx. 3,962m-4,430m or 5-7hours

-Altitude gain: – 468m

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities and services:-

  • Climbing from Bujuku Hut to Elena hut

 

Day 6 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Summit The Margarita Peak (5,109m) And Descend To Lake Kitandara Hut (4,023m).

This day you will have to wake up as early as 2 am, have breakfast at Elena hut, be ready in your warmest gear, put on your harness, warm hand gloves and headsock, have your headlamps and helmets and make sure you have sunglasses in the day pack on. Hike to the top of mount Stanley, Margherita peak, through the Stanley plateau. On steep rocky areas, you will use the ropes to help you move. The guide will teach you how to use the equipment while on the ice.

After moving for a couple of hours after the Stanley plateau glacier, you will reach the bottom of the Margherita glacier. This is the most challenging part of the entire hiking Rwenzori experience. You will hike through this glacier up to the top of mount Stanley, Margherita peak (5109m). At the top you will have a view of Ireen Lake, mount Speke and the surrounding environment. Then descend to Elena Hut for Lunch and later proceed to descend to Kitandara. You will have dinner and overnight stay at Kitandara hut.

Accommodation:-

  • Kitandara hut

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Ascent distance and time:

– Approx. 4,430m – 5,109m or 7-8 hours

-Altitude gain: – 679m

 

Descent distance and time:

5,109m – 4,023m or 2-3 hours

Decent: – 1086m

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities and services:-

  • Summiting Margherita peak
  • Descending to Lake Kitandara hut

Day 7 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Descending From Kitandara Hut (4,023m) To Guy Yeoman Hut (3,505m)

After breakfast at around 7: 30 am, depart Lake Kitandara Hut to climb the fresh field pass standing at 4,282m traversing the extended flat of high alpine mossy glades before descending the circuit among the boggy and rocky areas. The panorama is greatly covered by the glaciers of Mount Baker and Mount Stanley.

The muddy trail takes you to Bujongolo, Akendahi, Kabamba rock shelters where the Kabamba valley starts heading down to Guy Yeoman Hut standing at 3.261 m. The Guy Yeoman Hut is surrounded by impressive vegetation, mountains and rivers. You will have dinner and overnight stay at Guy Yeoman hut.

Accommodation:-

  • Kitandara hut

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Descent distance and time:

Approx. 4,023m – 3,505m or 6-7 hours

Decent: – 518m

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities and services:-

  • Descending from Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut

 

Day 8 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Descend From Guy Yeoman Hut (3,505m) Back To Nyabitaba Hut At (2,651m).

From Guy Yeoman descend back to Nyabitaba Hut through the bamboo forests. 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. After about 5 hours of trekking you will reach Nyabitaba hut for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation:-

  • Nyabitaba Hut

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Descent distance and time:

Approx. 3,505m 2,651m or 5 hours

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities and services:-

  • Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba Hut

 

Day 9 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Descend From Nyabitaba (2,651m) To Nyakalengija (1,615m).

Here, you proceed on the descent back to Nyakalengija to mark the end of your experience. Upon arriving at Nyakalengija, you get to your vehicle and transfer to the lodge for relaxation and overnight. You will then continue to descend for more 3 hours to Nyakalengija.

Accommodation

Upmarket/Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Moderate/Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Basic/Budget: Ruboni Community Camp

 

Descent distance and time:

Approx. 2,651m – 1,615m or 3 hours

Descent: – 1036m

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services

  • Descend the mountain

 

Day 10 Of The10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Transfer Back To Kampala

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala. Drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park with its impressive savannah and its game such as Elephants, Buffalos, Warthogs, antelopes, and several bird species, the Bunyaruguru crater field, the lush Kalinzu forest, Mbarara town before making a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km from Mbarara for traditional lunch.

We will make another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots, the water experiments to evidence the divide between the north and south spheres and the purchase of memorabilia from any of the gift shops at the site. Continue for 77km arriving in Kampala in the evening to mark the end of the safari.

Meal plan: – Breakfast and lunch

Drive distance and time:

Approx. 440km or 7-8 hours

Activities and services

  • Transfer back to Kampala
  • Photo shoots at the Equator

End of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari

4 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari−SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  Full time English professional safari driver guide

  4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with poop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C

  Full board accommodation

  Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle

  Bottled water

4 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

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  Visa fees

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