10 Days – Mount Rwenzori Hiking & Queen Elizabeth National Park

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This 10 day uganda tours offers  the best of  uganda wildlife safari and   Rwenzori mountain hiking,uganda gorilla tours, boat trips,hiking safaris   and nature walks  giving you ample and time to explore all the possibilities in uganda .

PARK INFORMATION
Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Uganda tours ,The focal point of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park are the Rwenzori Mountains themselves. The 120 km Rwenzori Mountain chain has also been referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon”, originally labelled such by Ptolemy in A.D.150. Reaching an elevation of 5,109 meters, it is Africa’s 3rd tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free standing Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The distinctive glacial peaks are visible for miles around, but the slopes above 1,600 meters are the preserve of experienced hikers, who rate the Rwenzori to be the most challenging of all African mountains.

A variety of large mammals inhabits the lower slopes, but the Rwenzoris are more notable for their majestic scenery and unusual vegetation. The trails lead through rain forests full of monkeys and birds then on to tall bamboo forests, before emerging on the high altitude moorland zone, a landscape of bizarre giant lobelias, towered over by black rock and white snowy peaks.

The activities offered in the Rwenzoris include a 6-day loop trail, which is a tough but rewarding hike, taking in all the vegetation zones, with the exception of the glacial peaks. Shorter, more popular hikes can be arranged as well. The high peaks should be attempted only by experienced mountaineers as they can be extremely challenging.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Queen Elizabeth National Park was founded in 1952 and is Uganda’s most popular park.  The park, with its diverse ecosystems include huge Savannah areas, shady humid forest, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands.  The Big 5 live here, as well as 10 primate species and over 600 bird species.  The Kazinga Channel’s banks are lined with Hippos, Elephants and Buffaloes.  The fig trees of the endless Ishasha Plains are habitat for the elusive tree climbing lions.  In addition to the wildlife opportunities, there are many cultural encounters with local communities, whose people will entertain you with dances, music and storytelling.

Activities in the park are many; birding, visiting Bat Caves, Chimp Tracking, Game Drives, Hiking and Nature Walks, Launch Trips plus working with the Wildlife Research Center, who monitors the bird life and mammals in the Park.lions


  ITINERARY

Day1: Depart for Kasese, via Queen Elizabeth National Park

 Depart Kampala at 8 am.

The guests will be driven west on the Masaka Road towards the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  The first stop will be to see the royal drum makers, about an hour outside of Kampala.  Nest a stop at the spot where the Equator crosses the road; photo opportunity and possibly a coffee break at the Equatorial Cafe.

Proceed towards the Queen Elizabeth National Park, with a lunch stop en route. Descending through Queen Elizabeth National Park, looking out for game on the sides of the road.

Arrive in Kasese in the mid afternoon.game-viewing-by-boat-mweya-safari-lodge-queen-elizabeth-national-park-uganda-4


Day 2: Climb to Nyabitaba through Bakonjo Homestead:

Early breakfast and depart for the Nyakalenglja trailhead at 7 am.Proceed to the Nyakalenglja 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 (shambas) on the side of the steep foothills.  The trail passes many typical Bakonjo tribe homesteads; many children waving you on.  The trail follows the Mubuku River through steep hills and over large rocks and bluffs.  Crossing 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.

Dinner will be served in the hut.

Day 3:  The Trail from Nyabitaba hut to John Matte Hut.

Early breakfast and 7 am start.

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 a long 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 a tiring bog area; one of many on this mountain trail.

Arrive at John Matte hut in the early afternoon.

Lunch and Dinner at the John Matte hut, where the guests will overnight.

Day 4:  Enter the Lower Bigo Bog:

Early breakfast and a 7 am start.

The trail drops immediately after leaving the John Matte Hut.  One crosses the Bujuku River and enters the Lower Bigo Bog, home of 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 Bigo Bog then gives way to Bujuku Lake.  Here one can see Mount Baker to the South and Mount Stanley to the West.

Bujuku Hut is set in a narrow valley below Steinmann pass, in the shadows of Mounts Baker and Speke.  Although a most spectacular setting, this area can be very cold, even for the Rwenzoris.

Lunch and Dinner at Bujuku Hut and overnight.

 

Day 5: Mount Stanley

Early breakfast and 7:00 am start.

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, elevation is 4,372 meters.  A 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 Scott-Elliot pass and down to Kitandara Lake.

Lunch and Dinner at Elena Hut; overnight will be a cold night in the hut..

Day 6: Climbing the Summit of Mount Margherita.

Early breakfast and a 6:00 am start.

For those climbing  to the peaks of Mount Margherita (5109m) 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 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; (a supplement for the extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking).  Climb on to the glacier, across the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. The time taken will be subject to altitude sickness, fog and the weather conditions, This is the final ascent to the summit of Margherita, the crown of the Rwenzoris. Due to the altitude and the tough conditions not everybody 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 (4,023.) is available.

Then the descend begins, returning to Scott- Elliot pass.  Here there are spectacular views en route back 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 for overnight, just past the Kitandara Lakes.

Dinner at the Kitandara Hut and overnight.P1070054-1030x579


Day 7: Climb Mt Stanley

Early breakfast and a 7:00 am start.

Follow the trail to Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m). From Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up the head-wall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to 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 in 1906.

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Day 8: Climb Mount Nyabitaba

Early breakfast and a 7:00 am start.

Continue on 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 rest after the exertion of the previous days.

Dinner at the Nyabiaba Hut and overnight.


Day 9: Game Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Early breakfast and a 7:00 am start.

Continue on the trail to the Nyakalengija trailhead (1600M). A gentle descent down the muddy paths to the trailhead, arriving late morning.

Lunch in Kasese at a local restaurant.

After lunch, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, game viewing on the way.

In the afternoon time permitting, a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where the hippos, buffaloes and elephants line the shoreline, as well as a vast array of birds come to drink.

Dinner and overnight.SD14Uganda2-971


.Day 10: Back to Kampala

After breakfast an 8:00 am departure.

Early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, followed by the drive to Kampala/Entebbe.

Lunch en route at a local Ugandan restaurant; arriving late afternoon in Kampala..

ACCOMMODATION

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HOTEL MARGHERITA

HOTEL Margherita is located a few kilometers west of the town of Kasese, in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. The hotel has 36 rooms, Singles, Doubles and Suites.  There is also an apartment that accommodates a family of 5 persons.

Facilities:

  • Bar &  Restaurant
  • Gardens

Rwenzori Base Camp.

Rwenzori Base Camp Guesthouse is located in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, 4 kilometeres from the National Park Headquarters, in the village of Ibanda.(20 kilometers from Kasese).  The Base Camp has 15 rooms; singles and doubles.IMG_1066.......


QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
JACANA LODGE

Jacana Lodge is located in the Maramagambo Forest; overlooking Lake Nyamusingiri.  The location is somewhat isolated, but a most beautiful site.

Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Sauna
  • Kayaking on the lake
  • Lakeside dining
IHAMBA LAKESIDE SAFARI LODGE

IHAMBA LAKESIDE SAFARI LODGE is within the borders of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, on the shores of Lake George.  All the accommodation is private suites, with verandahs and sitting areas.  Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge is near the fishing village of Kahendero, in Muhokya sub-couty, within the gates of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the shores of Lake George.

Features:

  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Parking
  • Laundry service717_ihamba_lakeside_safari_lodge_2

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A 3 DAY MURCHISON FALLS SAFARIS

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Day 3The Game Drive and Boat Cruise
After breakfast, you will be driven to northern part of the park for a game drive. View Buffaloes, Elephants, Lions, Bushbucks, Leopards, Oribs, Jackson heartbeast and a variety of bird species. In the afternoon, take a boat ride to the base of the falls. This will allow you to you to get close with the animals. Among them, you will see the hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles.
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12 DAYS SUPER GORILLA SAFARI UGANDA

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Day 3The Uganda gorilla safari tracking
In the morning,  encounter the gorilla tracking which can take you the whole day, here you will go with packed lunch come back, afternoon you can do community walk dinner overnight to the Gorilla resort[Click here for details of this tour….]

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10 DAYS TREKKING TOUR MOUNTAIN RWENZORI HIKING

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Day 3: Climb- to Nyabitaba through Bakonjo homestead
After breakfast we shall begin to climb- to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m) and proceed to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Make final arrangements for a guide and porters. Begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut; walk through the banana shambas on the side of the steep foothills, past the typical Bakonjo homesteads with the children waving you on…..Click here for details of this tour….

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4 DAYS KIBALE FOREST TOUR AND QUEEN ELIZABETH

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Day 3
After break fast, we shall move into the Forest, for Chimpanzee trekking. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. An half day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobus, Blues, Redtailed and grey cheeked Mangabey swinging through the dense forest and Birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora……[Click here for details of this tour….]

Accommodation is either the Margherita Hotel in Kasese or the Rwenzori Base Camp.

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1 DAY TOUR TO JINJA (SOURCE OF THE NILE)

 

In order for you to enjoy this safari you are supposed to arrive early in the morning at Entebbe international airport. This is where you shall meet with our guide for a small briefing. The Jewel Safari guide will drive you to Jinja, East of Kampala passing coffee, tea and sugar plantations. The first stop is the Mabira forest, here you will be able to see the primates, birds and butterflies. Continue to the Source of the Nile……[Click here for details of this tour….]

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