Wildlife & Culture Tour

10 Days Uganda Tour - Hiking Rwenzori and Queen Elizabeth National Park

 Kasese, Uganda
 12th Feb - 12th Feb

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This 10 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking Safari and Wildlife tour takes you to  Queen Elizabeth National Park  for the best Uganda wildlife safari and  as well Rwenzori mountain hiking, and another option is either combining mountain Rwenzori with an Uganda gorilla tours or just have 9 Days Mount Rwenzori Hiking and Queen Elizabeth National Park

VISIT RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Rwenzori Mountains National Park has the highest mountain ranges in Africa. The Rwenzori Mountains National sPark's highest point lies at 5109m above sea level on Mt Stanley’s Margherita Peak which is the third highest in Africa. Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies astride the equator with six peaks and three of these i.e. Mt Stanley, Mt Baker, and Mt Speke are permanently covered with snow. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers an area of 996 km2. Rwenzori Mountains National Park was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994 and was listed by world geographic among the best hikes in the world. Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies in western Uganda about 6 hours’ drive from Kampala.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is known as ‘mountains of the moon’ a name given to it by Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150. Locally known as Ruwenzori, is translated as “rainmaker” or “cloud-king.” The Rwenzori Mountains National Park is not volcanic like East Africa’s other major mountains but is a block of rock faulted through the floor of the western Rift valley. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park hike will take you through varied vegetation covers which include montane forest, bamboo forest, tree heath, hagenia-rapanea scrub, and afro-alpine moorland.

THINGS TO DO AT RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

1. Wildlife in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Animals of Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park hosts 70 mammal species including Elephants, Giant forest hogs, Rwenzori Otter, duikers, bushbucks, and Leopard -but are hardly seen. Primates such as blue monkeys, Angola colobus monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and Chimpanzees.

2. Birds of Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park is home to over 177 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics. Most are found in the forest zone, they include; Rwenzori Mountains National Park Turaco, Long-eared owl, Archers’ Robin-chat, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Blue-headed, and Golden-winged Sunbird, white-starred Robin, Slender-billed Starling, and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, etc.

3. Lakes Of Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park ranges boast 20 lakes with Lake Mahoma being the most accessible. Lake Bajuku lies in the valley of Mts Stanley, Baker, and Speke. Dams created a string on 8 beautiful lakes on the Nyamwamba trail including Lake Kitandara. 

4. Mountain Hiking At Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Hikers should consider symptoms and treatment of hypothermia and other forms of altitude sickness. Above 2500 m, altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of age, fitness, or previous mountain hiking experience. The most effective treatment is descent to lower altitude. Carry the following basic items for your hike, sleeping bag, warm clothing

A trip into the Rwenzoris is an exhilarating and rewarding experience but adequate preparation should be made. The key to an enjoyable visit is to be prepared! The conditions on the mountain are a challenge to even an experienced hiker. The central hike circuit takes six nights or seven days and reaches an altitude of 4,267m above sea level. While on the hike you will spend nights at various huts which are well maintained and you will have porters to help with the luggage you need to go along with. There are different starting points for different trails; Nyakalengija central circuit and Kilembe trail are located near Kasese town whereas Kazingo (nature walk trailhead) is located near Fort portal town. For those not in for the entire trail, you can have 3 days in the lower foothills of the mountains that take you through beautiful scenery and birding spots.

Carry a sleeping bag, warm clothing, raincoat, waterproof over trousers, plastic bags for wet clothing, and plenty of snacks.

5.  Bird watching in Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Rwenzori Mountain is one of the best birding spots in Uganda being a habitat for some of the Albertine rift endemics. Rwenzori Mountains National Park has varied vegetation which enables different bird species to call it home; the best bird watching is in the montane forest. Do not miss out on the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Bearded vultures, and swifts.

6. Nature and Hiking walks in Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The communities adjacent to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park offer guided walks along the slopes of the mountain Rwenzori. One can follow River Mubuku for views of Baker and Portal peaks or sometimes views of the highest peak – Margherita. Look out for squirrels, Vervet monkeys, chameleons, and several spectacular birds.

7. Cultural encounters and Community trails in Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Engage with the Bakonzo living on the foothills of the Rwenzoris. Take a trail where you watch them as they demonstrate their daily activities like gardening and animal husbandry, preparing daily meals – from farm to meal. Take a visit to the blacksmith, traditional healer, basket weavers, and dance and storytelling performances. Alternatively, you can take a trail to cultural sites of the Bakonzo through the holy valley; this trail takes in total about 7 hours.

How To Access Rwenzori Mountains national park

You can reach the Rwenzori Mountains National Park from Kampala via Fort portal or via Mbarara to Rwenzori Mts National park. You can also take a scheduled or chartered flight from Entebbe to Kasese Airfield.

Where To Stay / Safari Lodges and Camps In the Rwenzori Mountains national park 

  • Equator Snow Lodge

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Itinerary In Summary

Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Kasese

Day 2: Travel to Nyakalengijo.

Day 3: Start your trekking to John Matte (3550M).

Day 4: proceed with hiking,

Day 5: Rwenzori Hiking

Day 6: Climb Mt. Baker

Day 7: Proceeding with Hiking

Day 8: Coming back from hiking

Day 9: Game drive and boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 10: Transfer from queen to Kampala

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Tour Overview

Availability

January 01 - December 31

Duration

10D/9N

Pickup Location

pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise

Language

English

Car PickUp

Available

Tour Guide

Included

Included

  • Ground Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals and bottled water
  • All Government Taxes
  • All Tourist attractions and activities charges charges
  • English-speaking driver/guide

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Airport Taxes
  • Items of personal nature like Laundry
  • Bar bills
  • Tipping and any extra expenses not included above.

Itenary

Day 1
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Kasese
    Pick up from either Kampala or Entebbe by our driver guide, drive via Masaka with a stop in Mbarara town where you will have lunch from. Then embark on the road to Kasese enjoying the magnificent views of Rwenzori Mountain and finally relaxation/dinner at your booked lodge.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Mweya Safari Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Enganzi Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Pumba Safari Cottage - Budget option).

Day 2
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 2: Travel to Nyakalengijo.
    A starting point of hiking the Mountain with a view of the portal peaks which raise above 4000M above sea level. Overnight at Nyabitaba huts.From Rwenzori Mountains National Park Mihunga gate to Nyabitaba Camp is 6.4km.

Day 3
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 3: Start your trekking to John Matte (3550M).
    The trail is a mixture of descend and ascend through the Nyamuleju boggy areas, hiking to John matte may take 7 km for a 5-7 hours hike depending on your mountaineering fitness. After a cup of coffee get ready to set off to Bujuku through the beautiful valley filled with giant lobelias, giant heather trees-have a rest at Bujuku Mountain hut. As from John Matte Camp to Bujuku camp is about 6km hike.

Day 4
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 4: Proceed with hiking.
    It is from here that if you are not a climber you opt to climbing through to Scott-Eliot pass to Kitandara lakes overlooking Mt. Baker and Stanley, it is about 4 km hike while Bujuku to Elena Camp is 2.5km hike. Mountaineers hike to Elena hut 4.899M and prepare themselves for Climbing to Margarita peaks the following day.

Day 5
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 5: Hiking
    Start as early as 5.00am to be able to reach the summit Margherita early enough. The weather here is always clear in the early mornings and late evenings for most of the time Rwenzori will be shy to open up for the visitors. Peak is 5109m from Elena camp to the summit is about 1 km hike to have a clear view of Mt. Speke, Mt. Baker, Mt. Albert.

Day 6
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 6: Climb Mt. Baker.
    Continue climbing Mt.Baker as from Kitandara which is 2km hike and there after descend to Guy Yeoman Camp. Otherwise from Kitandara to Guy Yeoman Camp is 5.4 km. The vegetation here is beautiful of heather trees mixed with moss and Helichrysum.

Day 7
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 7: Proceeding with Hiking,
    Descend to Nyabitaba as from Guy Yeoman Camp 5.3 km walking through boggy areas of Kamatu and Kichuchu and a zone of bamboo forest near Lake Mahoma for an overnight rest at Nyabitaba camp.

Day 8
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 7: Coming back from hiking
    After breakfast, descend and onward to the base where you and your porters welcome each other back to crown the end of the expedition.Lodging in Queen Elizabeth national park.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Mweya Safari Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Enganzi Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Pumba Safari Cottage - Budget option).

Day 9
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 9: Game drive and boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth national park.
    Early in the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred by our driver guide for an early game drive where you will be welcomed by animals like Buffaloes, lions, various Antelopes, elephants, warthogs, and various bird species.

    After the game you will be transfer to your lodge for lunch as you warm up for the afternoon boat cruise that always takes 2 hours on the Kazinga channel; you will closely see giant crocodiles, very many hippos, buffaloes, elephants and many beautiful birds. Have dinner and sleep at your booked lodge.

Day 10
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 10: Drive back to Kampala
    After breakfast, you will be transferred by our driver guide from Queen Elizabeth national park to Kampala with a stop at the Equator to take photographs and lunch. Your driver guide will drop you off at either your hotel in Kampala or at the Airport in Entebbe if your flight is on that very day!