10 Days Mt. Rwenzori and Primates/ Chimps
Hike Uganda’s Mountain Rwenzori while on vacation holiday in Uganda to enjoy viewing the numerous beautiful vegetation zones along the slopes, snow peaks as well as the primates of Kibale National Park for the best. This is a remarkable safari package for all travelers looking for exceptional Adventure Tours in Uganda while on holiday.
- Day 1: Transfer to Kasese
- Day 2: Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba
- Day 3: Nyabitaba to John matte
- Day 4: John matte to Bujuku
- Day 5: Bujuku to Elena
- Day 6: Elena to Kitandara
- Day 7: Kitandara to Guy Yeoman
- Day 8: Guy yeoman to Nyakalengija via Nyabitaba for lunch
- Day 9: Transfer Kibale Forest National Park
- Day 10: Chimp tracking and transfer to Kampala
Day 1: Transfer to Kasese
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Entebbe at around 9am, and then drive to Kasese – Nyakalengija. The journey is about 6-7hours. You will have a stopover in Mubende for lunch then proceed with the journey. You will then check in at Ruboni Community Camp, have dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba
You will have breakfast and then get ready for the hike. You will start the hike through the bamboo, high elephant grass, dense bushes, climbing rocks and bluff, crossing river Mahoma then finally to Nyabitaba. Along this route, you will expect to spot animals like white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, three horned chameleon and also various birds species like the famous Rwenzori Turaco. The hike will take you 4-5 hours. You will then reach Nyabitaba hut where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 3: Nyabitaba to John matte
After your breakfast at Nyabita hut, you will hike through the forest for about an hour to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, the conference of the Mubuku River and Bujuku rivers. You will then proceed with the hike through the bamboo forest, slippery moss covered rocks for a couple of hours. At Nyamulegeya rock shelter, you will have a view of mount Stanley and Mount Speke. Then you will continue with the hike to john matte hut where you will have dinner and spend the night. While here, if the weather is clear, you will have views of the Margherita glacier.
Day 4: John matte to Bujuku
After your breakfast, you will hike and then reach Bujuku River which you will cross, and the head to the Bigo Bog where you will spot many giant lobelias. At this point, you will start feeling the freezing ooze. Along this route, you will have a view of Lake Bujuku, Mount Baker, Mount Speke and the narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. You will reach Bujuku hut, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 5: Bujuku to Elena
You will ascend to the Elena Hut, which was once besides the Elena Glacier at 4540 meters. This will take you several hours to make the steep ascent. One part of the climb has a prolonged ladder, whereby the top portion of the climb is on steep moss covered slabs. After this point, there is a wonderful vantage point to survey the valley. You will then reach Elena hut where you will have dinner and spend the night. The view from the hut is usually fog but it can be spectacular if the weather clears because you will be able to spot the Portal Peaks and the Mt. Baker as well as an impressive view of the Coronation Glacier on Mt. Stanley.
Day 6: Elena to Kitandara
On this day you will wake up so early to climb Mt. Stanley by ascending up steep slabs to the Elena Glacier and the Stanley Plateau, which is Africa’s largest ice field. Then from here climb to the summit of Margherita Peak on snow trending left somewhat, then generally wet or icy rock. After reaching the peak, then you will Descend back to the Elena hut then continue down to the beautiful Kitandara Lakes. There is a large area out of site down the valley from here where all of the vegetation was denuded.
If you do not wish to climb Mt. Stanley, you can combine days 4 and 5 into a single day by taking a different trail from the Bujuku Hut up to Scott-Elliot Pass. At the pass, there is a trail junction with one that goes up to the Elena Hut. The stretch of the trail just to the south of the pass is very rough, but after a short stretch, it becomes mellower and continues to Kitandara Lake Hut.
Day 7: Kitandara to Guy Yeoman
After your breakfast, you will then climb over Fresh field Pass (300 meters elevation gain, where you will feel all the air of the Rwenzori) then descend to the Guy Yeoman Hut (3500 m). From near the pass it is possible to climb Mt. Baker or Mt. Liugi Di Savoia. The vegetation is phenomenal. On the descent, you pass by an old campsite of the Duke of Abruzzi. You will reach Guy Yeoman Hut where you will spend the night. From here, it is possible to climb Mt. Cagni up the steep ravine to the north, then east and back south.
Day 8: Guy yeoman to Nyakalengija via Nyabitaba for lunch
You will then proceed to descend to Nyabitaba hut a distance of about 3 hours. When you reach Nyabitaba you will have lunch then you may choose to spend the night or proceed to Nyakalengija which is about 2 hours from Nyabitaba, then have dinner and spend the night at Ruboni Community Camp.
Day 9: Transfer Kibale Forest National Park
You will have breakfast at the camp at around 8 or 9am, check out and then transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. You will then check in at Kibale Forest Camp where you will have lunch. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 10: Chimp tracking and transfer to Kampala
You will have breakfast at the lodge then at 7am you will go to the park headquarters for a short briefing about the activity then start the activity. The activity will take you around 4 hours or even more depending on the location of the chimps. You will then return to the lodge refresh and have lunch. You will then check out of the lodge and drive back to Kampala.