10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking & Wildlife Safari Uganda
Safari Overview: 10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari
10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari and Wildlife tour Queen Elizabeth National Park 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.
Check out this 10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking and Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Uganda itinerary.
Brief Itinerary – 10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking safari Uganda
- Day 1: Drive to Kasese via FortPortal
- Day 2: Climb to Nyabitaba through Bakonjo Homestead.
- Day 3: The Trail from Nyabitaba hut to John Matte Hut.
- Day 4: Enter the Lower Bigo Bog.
- Day 5: Mount Stanley.
- Day 6: Climbing the Summit of Mount Margherita.
- Day 7: Climb Mt Stanley
- Day 8: Climb Mount Nyabitaba
- Day 9: Game Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
- Day 10: Back to Kampala
Detailed Itinerary – 10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari Uganda
Day 1: Drive to Kasese via FortPortal
After breakfast, we drive to Kasese via FortPortal. The journey can take about 5-7 hours depending on the productivity of the journey since we have a lot of things to see along the way like Lake Wamala, Matiri forest, Rwenzori tea plantations, and driving through Kibale forest. Have lunch in FortPortal before arriving at Mount Rwenzori for your overnight.
Day 2: Climb to Nyabitaba through Bakonjo Homestead
Have an 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 through many typical Bakonjo tribe homesteads with many children waving at you. 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 for the first overnight.
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 at 7 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 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. You will then pass 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 have an overnight.
Day 4: Enter the Lower Bigo Bog
Early breakfast at 7 Am and continue with the trail.
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. Though with a spectacular setting, this area can be very cold.
Lunch and Dinner at Bujuku Hut and an overnight.
Day 5: Mount Stanley
Mount Rwenzori 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 and cold overnight.
Day 6: Climbing the Summit of Mount Margherita.
Early breakfast and 6:00 Am.
For those climbing to the peaks of Mount Margherita (5109m), you will continue on the path to the base of the Stanley Glacier. Depending on the weather and the individual’s acclimatization, it can be a 4-7 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. 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 onto the glacier, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the 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 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, and 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 path, 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.
Day 7: Climb Mt Stanley
Have an early breakfast and a 7:00 am and then follow the trail to 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 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 path, the long muddy descend continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo.
Overnight at the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.
Dinner and overnight at the Base Camp.
Day 8: Climb Mount Nyabitaba
Early breakfast and a 7:00 Am.
Continue on the path. The descend can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and requires careful balancing over the vertical mud and steep rock.
The Nyabitaba Hut (2,650 meters) is a pleasant rest after the exertion of the previous days.
Dinner at the Nyabitaba Hut and overnight.
Day 9: Game Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park:
Early breakfast and a 7:00 Am.
Continue on the trail to the Nyakalenglja 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.
Day 10: Back to Kampala
After breakfast at 8:00 Am, we depart to Kampala.
On the last day of your 10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari and Wildlife tour Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will have an 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.