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9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Safari in Uganda Tour

9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Safari in Uganda Tour – Overview

Mountain Ruwenzori is ancient highlands that were formed by early earth movements and was recorded in the ancient writings by the Greek geographer Ptolemy around AD150 as the legendary mountains of the moon. Summiting the highest Margarita peak at 5,109m is one of the rewarding thrilling adventures that you can ever have in your life time. The trek exposes you to various vegetation zones that characterize the mountain environment. A range of wildlife may not be missed during the trek including monkeys and forest hogs while birds including the famous Rwenzori Turaco may not be missed.

9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Safari in Uganda Tour – Highlights

  • Day 1: Transfer to Mount Rwenzori National Park
  • Day 2: Climb from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut
  • Day 3: Climb from Nyabitaba hut to John Matte hut
  • Day 4: Climb from John Matte hut to Bujuku hut
  • Day 5: Climb from Bujuku hut to Elena hut
  • Day 6: Climb from Elena hut to Margarita peak & then to Lake Kitandara hut
  • Day 7: Descend from Lake Kitandara to Guy Yeoman hut
  • Day 8: Descend from Guy Yeoman hut to Nyakalengija
  • Day 9: Transfer back to Kampala.

9 Days Mount Rwenzori Trekking Safari in Uganda – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Rwenzori

After breakfast, embark on the drive to Ruwenzori National Park. You will drive through the lush country side traversing the rural towns of Mityana, Mubende before approaching Fort portal and eventually Kasese in the afternoon. You will have lunch en route while the magical sights of Ruwenzori Mountains will welcome you at distance.
Drive distance: 440km Drive time: 7hrs

Accommodation: Equator Snow Lodge (Luxury/upmarket), Ruboni Community Camp (Basic/budget) or Mihunga safari Lodge (Midrange/standard).

Day 2: Climb From Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut

After having breakfast, you will gather at Nyakalengija for briefing about the forthcoming adventure that will see you eventually summit the 5,109m Margarita peak. Depart Nyakalengija for 4 – 5 hour climb up to Nyabitaba hut (2,652m). You will cross River Mahoma amidst bird sights and proceed through the Bakonjo farmlands and settlement areas before approaching the a bit raised slopes of Ruwenzori Mountains to rest for overnight at Nyabitaba hut.

Day 3: Climb From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut

Embark on the trek through the Bamboo forest and the steepy rocky area. You will cross the Kurt Shaffer Bridge and traverse the muddy slopes along Mubuku River passing by Nyamuleju hut. You will eventually arrive at John Matte hut (3,414m) after 5 – 6 hours of climb.

Day 4: Climb From John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut

Embark on the climb crossing the Bujuku River and traverse the low grassed Bigo bog. The jumps between the tussocks make it interesting before approaching Bujuku hut (3,962m) about 4 – 5 hours for overnight.

Day 5: Climb From Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut

This takes you through moss draped groundsel vegetation amidst Mt. Stanley and Mt. Baker, passing by Scott Elliot at 4,372m before approaching St. Elena Hut (4,541m) to mark the end of the central circuit. You will have an overnight at Elena hut.
Day 6: Climb from Elena hut to Margarita peak & then to Lake Kitandara hut
Embark on the trek to Margarita peak 5,109m which is covered by snow. It is a whole day climb after which you will summit the Margarita peak. You will descend to Lake Kitandara hut (4,023) for overnight.

Day 7: Descend From Lake Kitandara to Guy Yeoman Hut

Descend to Guy Yeoman’s hut 3,261m about 5 – 6 hours. You will enjoy the stunning views of Democratic Republic of Congo, rock shelters of Kabamba and Bujongolo before resting for overnight at Guy yeoman.

Day 8: Descend From Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyakalengija

Descend from Guy Yeoman hut to Nyakalengija about 5 – 6 hours. You will pass by the Mubuku valley and Kichuchu River amidst great lush of montane flora. Arrive at Nyakalengija where you will go to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Equator Snow Lodge (Luxury/upmarket), Ruboni Community Camp (Basic/budget) or Mihunga safari Lodge (Midrange/standard).

Day 9: Transfer Back to Kampala.

After a relaxed breakfast embark on the transfer to Kampala. You will pass through the rewarding views of Fort Portal area and Mubende inselbergs. Have lunch en route before continuing to arrive in Kampala in the afternoon.
Drive distance: 440km Drive time: 7hours

End of The 9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Safari in Uganda Tour

Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)