Ruwenzori Mountaineering

This protects the eastern slopes of the glaciated peaks of the 120km long Ruwenzori Mountains ' the mountains of the moon', a world class hiking and mountaineering destination whose significance as source of the Nile was first alluded to by the geographer Ptolemy circa 150AD. That rises from the rift valley floor to a wintry elevation of 5109m above sea level. The Ruwenzori supports large tracks of ever green and bamboo forest while the higher moorland zone is known for its other worldly cover of giant heathers, lobelias and groundsels. The mountain is proud of three boasting montane destination topping the 5000metres mark all protected within one national park and offers some of Africans top hiking and climbing possibilities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Entebbe Airport

On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe Air Port; he will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and your travel itinerary 

  • Arrival 
  • Drive to your hotel 30 min 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day 2

Drive to Rwenzori Mountain 8 hrs.

After breakfast you will drive to the Rwenzori Mountain via Fort portal through Uganda’s beautiful landscape; tea plantations, forests, road side fruits with good opportunities to seeing a variety of species of primates and birds. Have lunch en route and arrive Kasese before 6pm  
This is a massive block of Precambrian crystalline rock faulted up through the rift valley floor rising to a snowy summit of 5109m above sea level which is the 3rd highest point in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya but the highest mountain ranges with snow throughout the year. The name Ruwenzori is a local Lukonzo word “rwe” which means “of’’ and “nzururu” which means “snow” thus the word Ruwenzori means mountain of snow.

The Rwenzori massif is visible from too many locations while the reluctant snow is often seen around breakfast and sundowner time. If you can drag yourself up the mountain the central circuit meanders through magnificent glaciated scenery decorated by Africans bizarre high-altitude vegetation. Even up close the mountain is reluctant to reveal its secrets, but following Stanley’s 1888 discovery several European expeditions blundered around in bog and mist for another 18 years before the Italian duke of Abruzzi enjoyed sufficient clear weather to scale all the main peaks in June 1906.  

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Drive to kasese 8 hrs. 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation: midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 3

Hike Nyakalingiju to Nyabitaba / John Matte Hut, 3,414 m.

After breakfast shall hike westwards for half a kilometer then drops north steeply to Kurf Shafer Bridge. Have an 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 takes approximately 6 hours. Tired hikers consider this as a reasonable stopping point.  

  • Breakfast 
  • Hike to Nyabithaba hut 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation – Basic huts 
  • Dinner and overnight at Nyabithaba 

Day 4

Nyabithaba /John Matte - Bujuku Hut, 3,962 m

After breakfast shall Leave Nyabithaba /John Matte and cross the Bujuku River from where you will enter the lower two big bogs where your first real experience of jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is however muddy to the south until Bigo hut. This is the favorable spot for parties climbing Mt. Speke (with special equipment). Proceed to Bujuku Hut (3, 962m) for dinner and overnight. This day's hike can take up to 5 hours.  

  • Breakfast 
  • Hike to Bujuku hut 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation: basic huts 
  • Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut 

Day 4

Nyabithaba /John Matte - Bujuku Hut, 3,962 m.

After breakfast shall Leave Nyabithaba /John Matte and cross the Bujuku River from where you will enter the lower two big bogs where your first real experience of jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is however muddy to the south untilBigo hut. This is the favorable spot for parties climbing Mt. Speke (with special equipment). Proceed to Bujuku Hut (3, 962m) for dinner and overnight. This day's hike can take up to 5 hours.  

  • Breakfast 
  • Hike to Bujuku hut 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation: basic huts 
  • Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut 

Day 5

Bujuku - Elena - Kitandara

Wakeup early to proceed on with the hike after breakfast, leaving directly west of Bujuku Hut on new trails, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss-draped Groundsel Gully towards Scott Eliot 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); this however require special hiking gear.

  • Breakfast 
  • Hike to Elena hut 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation – basic huts 
  • Dinner and overnight at Elena hut 

Day 6

Elena - Kitandara Hut, 4,023 m.

Descent towards Kitandara lakes; having dropped a few hundred feet in elevation from Scott Eliot pass below the massive rock walls at the base of Mt. Baker. These dramatic craters have been caused by large fallen rocks, here your guide may caution you against loud noises. Pass by upper Kitandara through bad mud to the lower lake andKitandara hut where you will have dinner and overnight. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed to climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella.  

  • Breakfast 
  • Hike drop to kitandara hut 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation – basic huts 
  • Dinner and overnight at Kitandara Hut 

Day 7

Kitandara - Guy Yeoman Hut, 3,261 m.

With an early start to avoid overheating on the steep - long climb from the lake to fresh field, pass (4,282m) along the beautiful flat traverse of high alpine mossy glades (more mud). This is also considered as difficult as day two due to the seeming endless mud. May consider having an 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 more hours. The hut is surrounded by beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers. 

  • Breakfast 
  • Hike drop to Guy Yeoman hut 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation – basic huts 
  • Dinner and overnight at Guy Yeoman hut 

Day 8

Guy Yeomen - Nyakalengija and drive to Queen Elizabeth NP

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. Reach Kachuchu where the trail parallels and twice crosses the Mobuku River mostly in deep mud until the last few kilometers to Nyabithaba. May consider having an overnight at Nyabitaba Hut; you may however proceed on to Nyakalengija park headquarters from where you will be met by your driver guide to transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP for a warm shower and comfortable bed.  
Queen Elizabeth NP, set majestically in the shadow of the Ruwenzoris, this 2,465 SQ km enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George of lush savannah where a mosaic of habitats offer prime grazing for 95 mammal, specialties include giant forest hog and the legendry tree climbing lions of the Ishasha and a checklist of 612 bird species that testify to the extraordinary ecological diversity of this park. `There still exists no better introduction or a more inciting invitation to visit the park`, Douglas Warlocks remarked in 1952 owing to the Parks great mammal density by then.

  • Breakfast 
  • Hike drop to Nyakaligija 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Meet your driver guide 
  • Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP 
  • Accommodation – Mid range 
  • Dinner and an overnight at your hotel 

Day 9

Early morning game drive and afternoon Boar cruise on the Kazinga Channel

After an early morning breakfast, head to the floor of the rift valley teems with wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of Lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopard Waterbuck, Bushbuck Warthog and the unexpected Giant forest hog, the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open bushes.

In the afternoon, shall have a boat cruise on theKazinga channel; this  40km channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward VII and successor George V. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention the large numbers of resident and migratory bird species.  

  • Early morning break fast 
  • Morning game drive 
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel 
  • Accommodation – mid range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 10

Drive to Lake Mburo NP

After an early morning breakfast shall drive to Lake Mburo NP 
This is a special Park; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. Its sculpture landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore with a variety of mosaic habitats, forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamp support a wealth of wildlife. Its mammal diversity is second to none in western Uganda. It is the only place you can find the impala in Uganda and the only place you can find the Zebra, Eland, Oribi, Klipspringer Roan antelope in western Uganda. Surprisingly it has mammal similarity with KidepoNational Park - about 1000km away in North Eastern Uganda than Its neighbor Queen Elizabeth National Park only 150km away to the west. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Drive to lake Mburo 4 hrs 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Evening game drive 
  • Accommodation – mid range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 11

Drive to Entebbe and departure

Explore the park on foot, after breakfast transverse the acacia studded national park centered on series of swamp fringed lakes known for their rich bird life notably the African fin foot. The green acacia wood land surrounding the lake harbors dense populations of Zebras, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Impala and various other grazers including the last surviving population of Elands, the largest African antelope.  
There after meet your driver guide for your drive to Entebbe for departure. 

  • Breakfast 
  • Game viewing on foot 7 am -10 am 
  • Drive to Entebbe 6 hrs. 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Departure