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10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Uganda Safari

Jevine Motel, Nabunya Road, Kampala, Kampala District, Uganda

Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Green World Safaris will take you to one of the most exciting destinations in Uganda, Rwenzori National Parks. Rwenzori Mountain is the highest mountain range in Africa with six glacial peaks which include Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, Mount Emin Pasha, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi da Savoia, and Mount Baker. You will enjoy hiking activities in some of the mentioned areas and this will allow you to see the main mountain, Alexandra's Peak. Climb Rwenzori to see great animals!

Highlights

  • 5 to 6-hour hike into Nyabitaba
  • Ascend to snowy Alexander's Peak
  • Morning hike through Kurt Sharfer Bridge
  • Ascend to the Bigo Bog and scenic landscape
  • Scale further through the Scott Elliot Pass
  • Hike to Mount Victoria and Mount Speke
  • Park fees and safari transportation
  • 9 nights' accommodation

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8 activity days
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at Jevine Motel (budget) or Hotel Le Bougainvillea (mid-range) or Imperial Royal (luxury) on day one, Rwenzori International (budget) or Hotel Margheritah (mid-range) on day two, Nyabitaba Hut on day three, John Matte on day four, Bujuku Hut on day five, accommodation in Mount Speke on day six, Elena Hut on day seven, Kitandara Hut on day eight, and Guy Yeoman Hut on day nine and ten.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

You will be met by Green World Safari’s representative at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer to your hotel in Kampala. Then, you will check in at Jevine Motel (budget) or Hotel Le Bougainvillea (mid-range) or Imperial Royal (luxury).

Day 2: Kampala - Kasese

You will be transferred to Kasese town through Kampala before heading for the foothills of the mountains of the moon. Then, you will check in at Rwenzori International (budget) or Hotel Margheritah (mid-range) for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Climb Nyabitaba

You will begin by heading to Nyakalegija (1,600 meters to start your five to six-hour climb into the mountains. Your climb will take you through thick Equatorial vegetation before arriving at the Nyabitaba Hut (2,650 meters) in the late evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: John Matte

You will enjoy your early breakfast and then start a morning hike through the Kurt Sharfer Bridge to marvel at the sparkling Mobuku River confluence. You will enjoy a climb through the open patches, lobelia, and heath moss forest before proceeding up to the John Matte Hut for overnight.

Day 5: Bigo Bog

You will depart early through the giant lobelias and heath trees. You will then ascend to the Bigo Bog and scenic landscape of lobelias and giant groundsels. Dinner and overnight stop will be at Bujuku Hut (3,997 meters).

Day 6: Mount Speke

You will head off from the valley in with scenic alpine vegetation consisting of giant groundsels and lobelia and head on to ascent Mount Victoria and Mount Speke at 4,890 meters.

Day 7: Proceed to Elena Hut

You will depart through the lovely views of the Savoia and Elena glaciers. Then, you will scale further through to the Scott Elliot Pass (4,372 meters) and proceed through the snow to the Elena Hut for overnight.

Day 8: Alexander Peak

In the early morning, you will ascent to the snowy Alexander Peak (5,092 meters) and then onwards to the highest peak at 5,109 meters. Great photo opportunities are available. Thereafter, you will descend to the beautiful Lake Kitandara for an overnight stay at Kitandara Hut (3,900 meters).

Day 9: Guy Yeaman

After early breakfast, the descent will begin. Picnic lunch will be on the way and after which, you will resume the journey to Guy Yeoman Hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Back to Nyabitaba

You will be back to Nyabitaba and be transferred to Kampala to catch your flight back home. This day will be the end of the safari.

Location

Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers 996 kilometers-square and it protects the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains which run for 120 kilometers along the Congo border. The mountains raised from the formation of the rift valley. The main peaks, Margarita (5,109 meters and Alexandra 5,083 meters on Mount Stanley), are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

The Rwenzori mountains are located in Kasese and thought to have been the source of the legend of the Mountains of the moon, the snow-capped range cited as the source of the Nile by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy. The first Europeans to see these legendary mountains were Arthur Jephson and Thomas Parke, members of Stanley’s cross-continental expedition led by Luigi da Savoia conquered all the major peaks.

The Rwenzori Mountain is the highest mountain range in Africa and are unique among East Africa’s major peaks in that they are not volcanic in origin but they do rise directly from the Rift Valley floor. The Rwenzori is known primarily for its challenging hiking and climbing possibilities but the range also supports a diversity of animals including 70 mammals and 177 bird species, several of the latter being Albertine Rift endemics.

It is the only national park in Uganda where the Angola colobus has been recorded and through identification of this, the localized monkey will require careful examination as the similar and more widespread black-and-white colobus also occurs on the mountain. Hiking is one of the activities carried out on the Rwenzori Mountains.

Two routes lead into high Rwenzori. The more established and the only option ascends the Mubuku and Bujuku valleys from Nyakalengija to the central circuit that winds between the main peaks. The new Kilembe Trail also offers rather more flexibility. Climbing the mountain is also carried out.

When climbing the mountain from Nyakalengija, it is 22 kilometers northwest of Kasese. The Rwenzori Mountain National Park is signposted off the tarmac Fort Portal Highway about seven to eight-kilometer out of Kasese by an electric substation between the road bridges over the Mubuku and Sebwe River.

Food

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 to 6-hour hike into Nyabitaba
  • Morning hike through the Kurt Sharfer Bridge to marvel at the sparkling Mobuku River
  • Ascend to the Bigo Bog and scenic landscape
  • Hike to Mount Victoria and Mount Speke
  • Scale through the Scott Elliot Pass
  • Ascend to the snowy Alexander's Peak
  • Journey to Guy Yeaman
  • Transportation with fuel
  • Food and chef
  • Food for porters and guides
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Fees for porters and guides
  • National park entrance fees, government taxes, and franchise fees

What's not included

  • Air ticket
  • Personal insurance
  • Laundry services
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Green World Safari will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Pricing information

If you wish to come with a larger group of ten persons, the cost of the safari will apply for 26,000 USD. For more information, please send Green World Safari an inquiry.

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