Gorillas In The Mist: 3 Days in Rwanda

Rwanda is an extremely scenic country and offers travellers a safe and scenic passage through the impressive volcan Virunga chain, known as the “Land of a thousand hills”. This mountainous backdrop hosts the extraordinary experience of observing mountain gorillas in an intimate and serene environment. Endorsed by its unique habitat and abundant wildlife, Rwanda is regaining its reputation as the number one gorilla stop and a must see destination.

 


Day 1: Volcans National Park
Arrive Kigali, met and transferred to the Genocide Memorial Museum (optional) for a short tour. After lunch, transfer by road to your lodge in Ruhengeri near the Parc National des Volcans for overnight. Time to relax.

Accommodation: La Palme Hotel (Budget); Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Standard); Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Deluxe)
Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Kigali
Transfer to park headquarters. Begin your Gorilla Trek in search of these magnificent primates. When located, spend time with them, then descent the mountain back to the lodge. Check out and transfer back to Kigali for overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: Beau Sejour Guest House (Budget); Kigali Novotel(Standard); Kigali Serena Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3: Safari Ends
Transfer to Kigali airport for departure.

Accommodation: Tour Ends
Meals: Breakfast

Ruwenzori Mountain Hiking, Bwindi Gorilla Tracking

Trekking the mystic Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a truly incredible and unique experience, the wonder of the high glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heathers with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags and snow capped peaks. The wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres as you ascend through different vegetation zones creates the ultimate experience for trekking. Never before has this unique and beautiful trek been available, totally untouched and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the world.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the natural habitat for just over half the world’s last surviving population of mountain gorillas.
Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity. Experienced guides will accompany you on your trek which commences every morning from the park and there is a daily maximum of six (6) visitors to each gorilla group. Once gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one (1) hour with them.


ITINERARY
Tour duration 15days
Tour code :OAT002UG
Tour type: mountain climbing and gorilla tracking
Tour can be customized

 


DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On Arrival we meet and greet and provide a private transfer to Boma Guest House for overnight stay. (BB)


DAY 2: ENTEBBE - KASESE
Our guide will pick you in the morning hours for a transfer to Kasese town. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Magherita. (L, D)


DAY 3: NYAKALENGIJA (1615M) - NYABITABA HUT
The Central Circuit starts at the RMS offices at f\ You should arrive in the morning to allow ample equipment and meet your guides and porters. The by passing througl1 farmland to the park boundary bl it follows the Mubuku river, crossing its Mahoma trib starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ric Nyabitaba hut. Th-e hike takes around 5 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chim see black and white colobus, blue monkey and t coloured Rwenzori turaco. [B, L, D]


DAY 4: NYABITABA (2651 M) - MUBUKU RIVER (MATTE HUT (3505M)
This involves a demanding 7+ hour trek up to Johl The Central Circui t 'proper' starts a few hundred mE Nyabitaba where the trail divides. The right fork I peaks up the Bujuku valley while the path on the le1 the subsequent descent. The trail leads to the Kurt Shafer Bridge which Mubuku valley just below the river's confluence wit I valley. Beyond the river, a muddy, slippery trail clir up through bamboo forest. After a five hour trek is the start of the giant lobelia ar zone, a vegetation type limited to East Africa's highes The final hour's walk to John Matte hut passe! challenging bog full of extraordinary plants. [B, L, D]


DAY 5: JOHN MATTE (3505M) TO BUJUKU (3962M)
The route fords the Bujuku River as you cross the bog, A steep clim b follows to reach the Upper Bigc a boardwalk has been constructed to assist walk weather, there are superb views of Mt. Stanley at this cavernous, glacier-carved valley. Above the bog steady climb ovell" glacial moraine, criss-crossing t trail reaches the lovely Lake Bujuku. The last stage of the 3-5 hour hike to Bujuku Hut past Cooking Pot Cave is perhaps the muddiest stage of the expedition. The hut is well placed for parties climbing Mt. Speke. [B, L, D]


DAY 6: BUJUKU (3962M) - SCOTT ELLIOTT PASS (4372M) KITANDARA (4023M)
From Bujuku hut, the trail crosses more mud before climbing steeply through a forest of giant groundsels, climbing a short metal ladder to ascend the Groundsel Gully. Above the gully, a branch in the trail climbs directly to Elena Hut (4430m) for the ascent of Margherita peak on Mt. Stanley (5109m). This climb needs an ice axe, mountain boots, crampons and ropes.
The main trail continues up a steep scree slope over Scott Elliot pass, the highest point on the circuit. The pass provides fabulous views back down the Bujuku valley and of Mts. Stanley and Baker towering above. Beyond the pass, the route runs downhill beneath the massive cliffs of Mt. Baker. After passing Upper Lake Kitandara, the 3-5 hour hike ends at the hut beside Lower Lake Kitandara, a beautiful site surrounded by towering peaks. [B, L, D]


DAY 7: KITANDARA (4023M) - FRESHFIELD PASS (4282M) - GUY YEOMAN (3505M)
Freshfield is a long flat traverse through tracts of fabulously colourful moss (and more mud), beyond which the long descent to Nyakalengija begins. The hike to Guy Yeoman hut takes around 5 hours. The hut enjoys a lovely location close to the Mubuku River with terrific views of the looming Mt. Baker to the north. [B, L, D]


DAY 8: GUY YEOMAN (3505M) - NYABITABA (2651 M)
The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 5 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit. [B, L, D]
DAY 9: NYABITABA (2651M) - NYAKALENGIJA (1615M)
The descent from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija takes 2-3 hours. Later drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Drive through the picturesque country sides of western Uganda, via the magnificently placed Kigezi hills with nice terraces through the “scenic little Switzerland” of Uganda with good views of this beautiful evergreen area. You will have your lunch en route and arrive late in the evening at Bwindi national park for Dinner and overnight at Engagi lodge / L. Kitandara Luxury Camp (Full Board)


DAY 10: GORILLA TRACKING
Wake up very early in the morning and convene for briefing from the guides. Then later proceed to the forest for Gorilla tracking. The time taken to encounter the gorillas is unpredictable so you are advised to carry packed lunch. On encounter of a family of gorillas, one may be forced to say that it is exhilarating!! You will be privileged to spend some time with the endangered gorillas and after return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11: BWINDI – ENTEBBE/ MASAKA
After breakfast, transfer to Masaka OR Entebbe via Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Boma Guest house/ Agip Motel Masaka.


DAY 12: ENTEBBE – SSESE ISLAND
After breakfast, transfer to the landing site and take a ferry to Ssese Island. Check in at Pearl Gardens Beach/Ssese Palm Beach Resort for dinner and overnight.


DAY 13: SSESE ISLANDS
Have breakfast and then go for a forest walk for the whole day on the island. Expect lots of birds, butterflies, primates and other species. You will retire to the lodge for lunch and then in the afternoon go relax besides the shores, or build sand castles. Dinner and overnight at Palm Beach Resort /Ssese Palm Beach Resort.


DAY 14: TRANSFER BACK TO ENTEBBE FROM LAKE VICTORIA
Have breakfast to transfer to the landing site to board your ferry back to Entebbe. Lunch and Dinner at Boma Guest House.


DAY 15: ENTEBBE – BACK HOME
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home.


END OF THE TRIP


THE PRICE INCLUDES:
• 2 porters per person, guide, park fees, rescue and accommodation, mattresses, food, and gas cooker.
• One cook is assigned to each group of 4 people; porters take a maximum of 25kg per climber (12.5kg per porter), transport to and from the Rwenzoris.
• Transportation by a 4wheel drive vehicle plus fuel
• Full board accommodation
• One Gorilla permit per person TO BE SECURED AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE
• Ferry fees
• Park fees
• An English speaking Driver/guide.
• Meals
• Cultural walk

THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES EXPENSES OF PERSONAL NATURE LIKE:
• Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking,
• Climbing equipment, and sleeping bags which climbers have to come with their own.
• You can hire the climbing equipment like crampon, ice axe, rope, crambons, etc at $25 each item.

8 Days trip to the mountain of the moon

Trekking the mystic Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a truly incredible and unique experience, the wonder of the high glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heathers with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags and snow capped peaks. The wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres as you ascend through different vegetation zones creates the ultimate experience for trekking. Never before has this unique and beautiful trek been available, totally untouched and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the world.

ITINERARY

Tour duration 15days

Tour code :OAT003UG

Tour type: mountain climbing

Tour can be customized

8 DAYS MOUNT RWENZORI HIKING SAFARI

Mount Rwenzori is one of the block mountain found in East Africa, it lies on the boarder of Uganda and Democratic republic of Congo. The mountain serves as a trans-boundary resource between the two countries. The mountain receives an annual rainfall of 600MM which greatly assist the surrounding villages to support their crops. It was reserved as national park because of its interesting features

How to get there!
Mount Rwenzori national park is 235km away from Kampala on a tarmac road through Kasese fort portal road before climbing to River bujuku on the mountains north -western Branch off from hima cement factory roads Leeds off to Nyakalengija village sometimes known as ibanda road to reach the various trail heads.

To many it is regarded as Africas finest trekking Game Park. Animals and bird life are usually seen in abundance throughout the year. The most famous feature of the park is the spectacular concentration of plains game during the annual season. It is also well known for its unique wildlife and the beautiful granite outcrops or "kopjes" which rise out of the steep slopes by the Bakonjo tribes

Many different types of habitat exist on the gentle slopes of the mountain and this creates homes for a wide variety of species. Generally speaking, you can divide the park into four regions. In the north, it is hilly and wooded, in the southeast are short and long grass plains, in the western corridor are extensive woodlands and black clay plains and in the centre is the acacia woodland and savannah. Each vegetation area attracts different types of animals.

8 Days trip to the mountain of the moon


Day1: Depart for Kasese via Queen Elizabeth
Depart for Kasese, via queen Elizabeth National park. St off on the southbound road at 10am. On the way see the royal drum makers, stand on the Equator and bargain at the roadside markets. Descend to the Queen Elizabeth National park, keeping an eye out for game. Over night at Margherita Hotel, Kasese/ Volcanoes Queen Elizabeth site (FB).
 


Day 2: Climb- to Nyabitaba through Bakonjo homestead
Begin the climb- to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m). After breakfast drives to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Make final arrangements for a guide and porters. Begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut; walk through the banana sambas on the side of the steep foothills, past the typical Bakonjo homesteads with the children waving you on! Follow the trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides and up and down rocks and bluffs, Cross the Mahoma River and climb steeply through break fern slopes and podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut for overnight (FB).
 


Day 3: The trail from
Nyabitaba drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. A steep ascent through bamboo forest, traversing a long and exhausting stretch of slipper moss-covered rock. From Nyamileju rock shelter, on clear days, Mount Stanley and mount Speke can be glimpsed before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. The final stretch to the hut is across a tiring bog, the first of many for which the mountain is infamous (FB).
 


Day4: Enter the Lower Bigo Bog
Immediately after John Matte Hut, the trail drops to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The upper Bigo Bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the west. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Steinmann pass. A spectacularly setting but it can be very cold, even for the Rwenzoris. (FB).
 


Day5: Mount Stanley
Leaving Bujuku, through more bog, the trail climbs the steep slops west of the lake, passing through the magical Groundsels Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail splits into two. The right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders. The left path leads to Scott. Elliot passes and down to Kitandara Lakes. For those sleeping at the basic Elena Hut prepared for a cold and icy night (FB).
 


Day 6: Climbing the summit of Margherita.
For those climbing Margherita peaks (5109m) continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. Depending on the weather and the individual’s acclimatization, it can be a four to seven hour walk to the summit of Margherita. This is a tough walk over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb which requires roping up, crampons and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions. It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4- two climbers and two guides; (a supplement for the extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking.) climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanly Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Subject to altitude sickness, fog and weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita, crown of the Rwenzoris. Due to the altitude and the tough conditions not everybody will make it to the summit so do not be disappointed if you do not. Returning to Scott- Elliot pass, there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and sown to the Kitandara Lakes. Once over the pass the trail enters an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. Descend to the Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes. ( For those  who do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut 4,023.) (FB).
 


Day 7: Climb Mt Stanley
To Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m). 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 to Fresh field pass. On a clear day there are views into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. 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


Day 8: Morning return to Kampala via Kasese then transfer to the air port for the departure flight

 Inclusive:


  • Trekking permit
    Accommodation and Meals as per the itinerary
    Park entry fees
    Transport
    Professional driver guide and potter fees
    Enough baggage space
    All government taxes
     
    Excludes:

international air tickets, visas, hiking gears, any item of personal nature, tips /gratitude’s.