Ruwenzori Mountain Hiking, Bwindi Gorilla Tracking

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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.