12-Days Rwenzori Mountains and Primates

Overview

The 12-Days Rwenzori Mountains and Primates:  The Tour will take you to Kibale forest for Chimps, Bwindi forest for a Gorilla trek, and Rwenzori to hike the mountains of the moon one of the liked highest points in Africa.

Day 1: Kampala/Entebbe to Bwindi national park

On your arrival at the airport, you will find our Guide to welcome you, and he will pick you up to your hotel in Entebbe for check in  and then transfer you to Bwindi forest national park. The drive to Bwindi will take 8 or 7 hours according to the road situation.

Day 2: Gorilla tracking

After your early morning breakfast at the hotel our driver guide will drive you  to the headquarters of the park to have a short briefing about the gorilla trekking rules and regulations, and then enter into the jungle for the Gorilla Trekking that will take you around 4 hours or more and the allowed time to spend with Gorilla is an hour  then after we will return to the park headquarters for the gorilla trekking certificate,

Day 3: Transfer to kasese-Nyakalengija

After enjoying your early morning breakfast, you will also enjoy the drive to Rwenzori National park and passing through the Queen Elizabeth national park for a bit game drive to look for the buffalos, warthogs, elephants, tee climbing lions and different antelopes like kobs, waterbucks, and topi among others. As we proceed to Nyakalengija. Check-in at Mihunga lodge or any other lodge of your choice

Day 4: Nyakalengija (1600m)-Nyabitaba hut (2660m)

In the morning After breakfast at the camp, you will go to RMS headquarters to be briefed about the whole hike. Start the hike from Nyakalengija through the Bakonzo settlements to Rwenzori mountains national park gate where you will be registered before entering the park. You will start the central circuit trail trek through the thick tropical with high elephant grass and dense bushes.

This forest is highlighted by so many tourists who ever been in for it is a home to various animal species like forest elephant, chimpanzee, hyrax, black-and-white colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, duiker, and three-horned chameleon among many more. Some of the bird species include; Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Strange Weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat, Rwenzori Batis among many others, such as various tree and plant species. You will expect to see some of them.

It’s about 8km from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut.

Dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba hut.

Day 5: Nyabita hut (2660m)-John Matte hut (3420m) Between almost 6hours

You’ll Have breakfast at the hut, then you move through thick shrubs and forest for about 30 minutes to the Kurt Shafer bright which is at the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. You will then move through the bamboo mixed with montane forests and slippery moss-covered rocks for a couple of hours. As you hike you will also expect to see various bird species that live in the forest.

Therefor you will continue to move up to Nyamulejju rock shelter where the first hikers used to camp and also spend the night, you will have a stopover here for lunch. At this point, you will have a view of Mount Stanley and Mount Speke if the weather is clear. You will then continue to move through the alpine forest to John Matte hut where you will have meals and spend the night. The hut is near river Bujuku and most hikers take a bath there, the water is so cold but so refreshing as well for the hikers really liked them. You will also have a view of the Margherita glacier which is on Mount Stanley between Alexandra and Margherita peaks.

Note: Nyabitaba to John Matte is about 11km.

Day 6: John Matte hut (3420)-Bujuku hut (3930m)- Between 4 -6 hours

Again After breakfast at the hut, you will cross river Bujuku and through the forest to the lower bigo bog. This is a swampy area in a valley and is home to the giant lobelias. This area used to be the hardest part of the Rwenzori since the area is so boggy, jumping from one tussock to another was not so easy for most hikers more so females but our guide will be there to help.

Now, there is a boardwalk up to Lake Bujuku. After the boardwalk, you will try to move through the remaining small boggy area with no walk boards to Bujuku hut. At this point, you will have a view of Lake Bujuku, Mount Speke, Mount Baker, and Mount Stanley. At this point, you are able to ascend mount Speke and Mount Stanley.

Again there is a walk board up to the end of the boggy area which makes the walk much easier for trekkers. As you move you will expect to see giant lobelias, everlasting flowers, and groundsels. You will then take a steep hike along a ridge which will lead you to the start of the upper bigo bog.

Note: Distance from john matte to Bujuku is about 5km.

dinner and overnight at Bujuku.

Day 7: Bujuku hut (3930m)-Elena hut (4563m)

Sometimes it is hard to view these two mountains because they are covered by fog.

Have breakfast at Bujuku hut then continue with the hike to Elena hut, which is 5-7 hours hike. You will move through the sides of the upper Bigo bog. You will then hike through the steep slopes of Lake Bujuku. Elena hut is at the rocky part of Mount Stanley and the area is too cold. At this point, you are at the highest mountain of the Rwenzori and you will have a direct view of Mount Baker and Mount Speke.

Have dinner at Elena hut then spend the night.

 Day 8: Elena hut (4563m) – Kitandara (3979m); Full Day 10-12 hours

This day will be a unique day for we will wake up as early as possible like 2am, and you get served breakfast at Elena hut, (thus it will be great to give the breakfast order at the prior day before sleeping) then hike to the top of Mount Stanley, Magherita peak, through the Stanley plateau and Magherita Glaciers. The guide will teach you how to use the equipment while on the ice. At the top, you will have a view of mount Speke, Irene Lake, and the surrounding environment.

After we shall enjoy our lunch at Elena Hut and later proceed to descend to Kitandara through the Scott Elliot pass to Kitandara, this is the most beautiful point of the Rwenzori. dinner and the night will be spent at Kitandara ,

Note: If the group is big, you might spend another night at Elena hut and continue the following day.

Day 9: Kitandara hut (3979m) – Guy Yeoman hut (3505m)-

After breakfast at Kitandara we will move through the base of Mount Baker, that require you to be much concern due to its slippery. From Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the Mountain Rwenzori. Then from the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo,

The base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. This will take you around 4-6 hours then reach Guy Yeoman hut which is located at the banks of river Mubuku, where you will have dinner and spend a night.

Day 10: Descend back to Nyakalengija- Kibale Forest

Have breakfast at Guy Yeoman hut then descend back to Nyakalengija which is about 6 hours. our Guide will be ready to pick you up from Nyakalengija transfer to Kibale forest National park passing through the crater lakes and arriving at the hotel in a bit late evening and enjoy Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp.

Day 11: Chimpanzee tracking

After breakfast at the lodge On your 11th day of your 12-Days in Uganda, our driver guide will drive you to Kibale forest national park headquarters where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking and all about the park.

Most tourists visit the park to trek chimpanzees. But apart from the chimpanzees, the forest is rich and home of several primates like monkeys, mangabey, baboons, wild pigs, various fish species among others. Most tourists like to do chimpanzee trekking in the morning; like at 8 am, mid-morning (at 11 am) and in the afternoon; starts at 2 pm.

Thus, you will start the trek through the forest to search for the chimps. Unlike gorillas, chimpanzees keep moving around the forest and jump from one tree to another as they go about their daily life hustle. So do not expect to find them in one place. As you trek the chimps, you will expect to see other primates that live in the forest and various bird species like the great blue turaco, Sunbirds and etc. after you will turn to the lodge to refresh and enjoy lunch, and Dinner and overnight will be spent at the lodge still.

Day 12: Transfer from Kibale forest national Park-Kampala

After Morning breakfast, you will start the back the journey to Kampala at a relaxing peace; Arriving in Kampala in the afternoon hours, enjoy Dinner and spend a night at the lodge.

As early as possible you will have Breakfast and at 7 am, check out and drive back to Kampala, where the 12 Days in Uganda journey End

Included/Exclude

  • Pick and Drop Services
  • 1 Meal Per Day
  • Cruise Dinner & Music Event
  • Visit 7 Best Places in the City With Group
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Food & Drinks
  • Tickets

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

On your arrival at the airport, you will find our Guide to welcome you, and he will pick you up to your hotel in Entebbe for check in  and then transfer you to Bwindi forest national park. The drive to Bwindi will take 8 or 7 hours according to the road situation.

After your early morning breakfast at the hotel our driver guide will drive you  to the headquarters of the park to have a short briefing about the gorilla trekking rules and regulations, and then enter into the jungle for the Gorilla Trekking that will take you around 4 hours or more and the allowed time to spend with Gorilla is an hour  then after we will return to the park headquarters for the gorilla trekking certificate,

After enjoying your early morning breakfast, you will also enjoy the drive to Rwenzori National park and passing through the Queen Elizabeth national park for a bit game drive to look for the buffalos, warthogs, elephants, tee climbing lions and different antelopes like kobs, waterbucks, and topi among others. As we proceed to Nyakalengija. Check-in at Mihunga lodge or any other lodge of your choice

In the morning After breakfast at the camp, you will go to RMS headquarters to be briefed about the whole hike. Start the hike from Nyakalengija through the Bakonzo settlements to Rwenzori mountains national park gate where you will be registered before entering the park. You will start the central circuit trail trek through the thick tropical with high elephant grass and dense bushes.

This forest is highlighted by so many tourists who ever been in for it is a home to various animal species like forest elephant, chimpanzee, hyrax, black-and-white colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, duiker, and three-horned chameleon among many more. Some of the bird species include; Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Strange Weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat, Rwenzori Batis among many others, such as various tree and plant species. You will expect to see some of them.

It’s about 8km from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut.

Dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba hut.

You’ll Have breakfast at the hut, then you move through thick shrubs and forest for about 30 minutes to the Kurt Shafer bright which is at the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. You will then move through the bamboo mixed with montane forests and slippery moss-covered rocks for a couple of hours. As you hike you will also expect to see various bird species that live in the forest.

Therefor you will continue to move up to Nyamulejju rock shelter where the first hikers used to camp and also spend the night, you will have a stopover here for lunch. At this point, you will have a view of Mount Stanley and Mount Speke if the weather is clear. You will then continue to move through the alpine forest to John Matte hut where you will have meals and spend the night. The hut is near river Bujuku and most hikers take a bath there, the water is so cold but so refreshing as well for the hikers really liked them. You will also have a view of the Margherita glacier which is on Mount Stanley between Alexandra and Margherita peaks.

Note: Nyabitaba to John Matte is about 11km.

Again After breakfast at the hut, you will cross river Bujuku and through the forest to the lower bigo bog. This is a swampy area in a valley and is home to the giant lobelias. This area used to be the hardest part of the Rwenzori since the area is so boggy, jumping from one tussock to another was not so easy for most hikers more so females but our guide will be there to help.

Now, there is a boardwalk up to Lake Bujuku. After the boardwalk, you will try to move through the remaining small boggy area with no walk boards to Bujuku hut. At this point, you will have a view of Lake Bujuku, Mount Speke, Mount Baker, and Mount Stanley. At this point, you are able to ascend mount Speke and Mount Stanley.

Again there is a walk board up to the end of the boggy area which makes the walk much easier for trekkers. As you move you will expect to see giant lobelias, everlasting flowers, and groundsels. You will then take a steep hike along a ridge which will lead you to the start of the upper bigo bog.

Note: Distance from john matte to Bujuku is about 5km.

dinner and overnight at Bujuku.

Sometimes it is hard to view these two mountains because they are covered by fog.

Have breakfast at Bujuku hut then continue with the hike to Elena hut, which is 5-7 hours hike. You will move through the sides of the upper Bigo bog. You will then hike through the steep slopes of Lake Bujuku. Elena hut is at the rocky part of Mount Stanley and the area is too cold. At this point, you are at the highest mountain of the Rwenzori and you will have a direct view of Mount Baker and Mount Speke.

Have dinner at Elena hut then spend the night.

This day will be a unique day for we will wake up as early as possible like 2am, and you get served breakfast at Elena hut, (thus it will be great to give the breakfast order at the prior day before sleeping) then hike to the top of Mount Stanley, Magherita peak, through the Stanley plateau and Magherita Glaciers. The guide will teach you how to use the equipment while on the ice. At the top, you will have a view of mount Speke, Irene Lake, and the surrounding environment.

After we shall enjoy our lunch at Elena Hut and later proceed to descend to Kitandara through the Scott Elliot pass to Kitandara, this is the most beautiful point of the Rwenzori. dinner and the night will be spent at Kitandara ,

Note: If the group is big, you might spend another night at Elena hut and continue the following day.

After breakfast at Kitandara we will move through the base of Mount Baker, that require you to be much concern due to its slippery. From Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the Mountain Rwenzori. Then from the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo,

The base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. This will take you around 4-6 hours then reach Guy Yeoman hut which is located at the banks of river Mubuku, where you will have dinner and spend a night.

Have breakfast at Guy Yeoman hut then descend back to Nyakalengija which is about 6 hours. our Guide will be ready to pick you up from Nyakalengija transfer to Kibale forest National park passing through the crater lakes and arriving at the hotel in a bit late evening and enjoy Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp.

After breakfast at the lodge On your 11th day of your 12-Days in Uganda, our driver guide will drive you to Kibale forest national park headquarters where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking and all about the park.

Most tourists visit the park to trek chimpanzees. But apart from the chimpanzees, the forest is rich and home of several primates like monkeys, mangabey, baboons, wild pigs, various fish species among others. Most tourists like to do chimpanzee trekking in the morning; like at 8 am, mid-morning (at 11 am) and in the afternoon; starts at 2 pm.

Thus, you will start the trek through the forest to search for the chimps. Unlike gorillas, chimpanzees keep moving around the forest and jump from one tree to another as they go about their daily life hustle. So do not expect to find them in one place. As you trek the chimps, you will expect to see other primates that live in the forest and various bird species like the great blue turaco, Sunbirds and etc. after you will turn to the lodge to refresh and enjoy lunch, and Dinner and overnight will be spent at the lodge still.

After Morning breakfast, you will start the back the journey to Kampala at a relaxing peace; Arriving in Kampala in the afternoon hours, enjoy Dinner and spend a night at the lodge.

As early as possible you will have Breakfast and at 7 am, check out and drive back to Kampala, where the 12 Days in Uganda journey End

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