Planning for a Rwenzori mountain trekking safari? Want to trek Mt. Rwenzori (Mt. Stanley) and hike the various peaks of the famously referred to as the “mountains of the moon”? This 11 Days Rwenzori hiking safari rewards you with the best physical challenge you can ever experience of a Uganda hiking safari.
Day 1, Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
On your arrival, our tour representative/guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your Hotel in Entebbe/Kampala for dinner and overnight stay at Holiday Express Hotel/Entebbe Central Inn for Budget or Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel/ Imperial Botanical Beach hotel/Kampala Serena Hotel/Sheraton Hotel for Luxury or The Boma Guest house/ Imperial royale/Grand Imperial for Mid range.
Day 2, Transfer to Kasese (Rwenzori National Park) 7-8 hours drive
After a served breakfast at your Hotel in Kampala/Entebbe, you will set off for Rwenzori Mountain national Park. You will reach Kasese town in time for lunch and after transfer to the Rwenzori Mountaineering services (RMS) offices for registration. Dinner and overnight at Rwenzori Base Camp
Day 3, Start Hiking from Nyakalengija to Nyabithaba hut
After breakfast, you will report to the park headquarters to be allocated your guides and porters. You will then set off for hiking from the trail head (1646m) passing via the typical mud Bakonjo homes. Start hiking from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut. This may take 5-7 hours. Have dinner and overnight stay at Nyabitaba hut.
Day 4, Nyabitaba to John Matte hut
Breakfast will be served early in the morning. You will then follow the trail from Nyabitaba hut to Kurt Shaffer Bridge crossing Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. From this point, the trail becomes steeper and very slippery. Then continue and hike up to John Matte hut for dinner and overnight. Hiking time may be 6-7 hours.
Day 5, John Matte- Bujuku Hut
Early morning breakfast, Hike from John Matte and cross River Bujuku to enter the Bigo bog. There is a steeply section from the hut which will lead you to upper Bigo bog. You will then cross the drier ground up to Lake Bujuku which overlooks Mt. Baker to the south, Mt. Stanley to the west, and Mt Speke to the North. Hike until you reach Bujuku Hut for dinner and overnight stay. This will take like 4-5 hours.
Day 6, Bujuku Hut – Elena Hut
From Bujuku Hut, hike to Scott Elliot and Elena Hut. This is the end point for the central circuit and the starting point to climb Margherita Peak or Mt Stanley. The hike to Elena is a steep rock trail which when wet can be slippery. Follow the central circuit through the alpine zone of sparse low vegetation to crater lakes and drop to Lake Kitandara hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 7, Kitandara hut- Magherita
After breakfast in the morning, you will climb up to the summit of Margherita (5109m). There might be need for use of crampons and ropes. Descend from Lake Kitandara hut leaving Margarita peak northwards and Democrat Republic of Congo westwards. On clear days you will see big area of Congo and the famous tropical forests of Congo. Descend up to Guy Yeoman Hut for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8, Nyabitaba Hut- Nyakalengija
Descend to Nyabitaba Hut and this may take you 5 hours. Relax at the hut while preparing for dinner and overnight stay
Day 9, Descend to Kasese
From Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija the park headquarters and this may take 2-3 hours. Meet with your driver and drive back to Kasese town at your hotel for warm showers and relaxation. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margarita/Rwenzori View Guest House
Day 10, Transfer back to Kampala
After breakfast head for Kampala. You will have your lunch enroute in Mubende town. Reach Kampala in the afternoon, Relax at your Hotel before having dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11, Departure
Depending on your time of flight, you will have a short Kampala city tour and after transfer to the Airport at Entebbe to catch up your departure flight back home.
End of 11 Days Rwenzori safari