13 Days Rwenzori Uganda Safari

TOUR CODE: JEH13MTR

Day 01: Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and you will be met by Jehovah Tours and Travel Guide who will transfer you to Kampala for over night at Speke Hotel or Similar.

Day 02: Kampala

After breakfast, you driver will transfer you to Kabira Club for Gymnastics. This is to phyiscally prepare you for the trek that is yet to come. After your exercise session, you may choose to go back to the hotel for relaxation or go for a half day city tour that might take you to Uganda Musuem, Nakasero market and so many other places of Interest. Overnight at Speke hotel or similar. Full board

After breakfast, you will transfer to Kabale approximately 8-9 hours drive several stop overs at the Equator for photography and Lunch at either Igongo Cultural center or Agip motel in Mbarara. Proceed to Kabale arriving late in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages. Full Board.

Day 03-04: Acclamatization.

Your two days in Kabale, commonly known as “ The Switzerland of Uganda” will be spent on aclamatization and hill climbing to prepare you for your  Rwenzori trekking adventure. Overnight at Arcadia cottages on Full Board Basis.

Day 05 Transfer to Kasese

After breakfast, you will transfer to Kasese town via Queen Elizabeth National Park which is approximately 7-8 hours drive. Lunch will be served en route and you will drive at leisure arriving late in the evening. You may choose to do a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park or proceed direct to Kasese which is the nearest town to Rwenzori Mountain. Dinner and overnight at Margherits Hotel or Rwenzori Base Camp.

Day 06: Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m.

Drive from Margherita hotel or Rwenzori Base Camp to the park headquarters at Nyakalengija in the early morning from where you will receive a briefing from the guides, rent equipment and select porters. The hike begins by leaving the park headquarters 1,646m). Walk past typical “watt and mud daub” Bakonjo homes, through elephant grasses then arrive at the park boundary in about 40 minutes. The trail follows the Mubuku River crossing recent landslide areas. Reach the Makoma River after 2½hrs.

After crossing the river you will have a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2,652 m., which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. Have dinner and overnight.

Day 07: Nyabitaba – John Matte Hut, 3,414 m.

Leave Nyabitaba Hut on the trail leading westwards for half a kilometer then drop north steeply to Kurf Shafer Bridge. Can overnight at Nyamileju Hut or proceed. The Hut marks the start of the giant leather, lobelia and groundsel zone; the remarkable vegetation types found only on high altitude tropical African Mountains. If you decide to proceed, arrive at John Matte for dinner and overnight.
From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte, it can take approximately 6 hours. Tired hikers consider this as a reasonable stopping point.

Day 08: John Matte – Bujuku Hut, 3,962 m.

Leave John Matte and cross the Bujuku River from where you will enter the lower two Bigo- Bogs where your first real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins.

The trail is muddy to the south until the Bigo Hut. This is the favorable spot for parties climbing Mt.Speke (with special equipment). And is very cold for hikers. Proceed to Bujuku Hut (3, 962m) for dinner and overnight. This day’s hike can take up to 5 hours.
Day 09: Bujuku – Elena – Kitandara

To continue the circuit you leave directly west of Bujuku Hut on newer trails, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss-draped Groundsel Gully towards Scott Elicot Pass (4,372m)., the highest point of the loop trail. After the Gully head to Elena Hut (4,372m). This is the base camp for climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), and will require special hiking gear).

Day 10: Elena – Kitandara Hut, 4,023 m.

Do not delay your descent towards Kitandara lakes below. Having dropped a few hundred feet in elevation from Scott Eliot pass you cut below massive rock walls at the base of Mt. Baker. Here “dramatic craters” have been caused by large rocks fallen from above and your guide may caution you against loud noises. Pass by upper Kitandara Lake through bad mud to the lower lake and Kitandara Hut where you will have dinner and overnight. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella.

Day 11: Kitandara – Guy Yeoman Hut, 3,261 m.

Advisable to start early to avoid overheating on the steep- long climb from the lake to fresh field pass (4,282m). Fresh field is along flat traverse through beautiful high alpine mossy glades (more mud). This is also considered as difficult as day two due to the seeming endless mud. May overnight at Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters but it is better to push on to Guy – Yeomen Hut (3,261m) which can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers.
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Day 12: Guy Yeomen–Nyakalengija – Rwenzori Base Camp/Margherita Hotel.

In order to make it to the park Headquarters begin your trek very early in the morning. The path from Guy Yeomen is very dangerous a spot. Reach Kachuchu where the trail parallels and twice crosses the Mobuku River mostly in deep mud until the last few kilometers to Nyabitaba. May overnight Nyabitaba Hut if you wish or proceed to Nyakalengija park headquarters from where you will transfer to Margherita Hotel or Rwenzori Base Camp for a warm shower and comfortable bed.

Day 13: Return to Kampala

After breakfast and at your leisure, transfer to Kampala or Entebbe for your flight out.

 

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