12 Days Rwenzori Trekking and Crater Lakes Safari

12 Days Rwenzori Trekking and Crater Lakes Safari

Mountain Rwenzori trekking safari and hiking adventure Uganda mountain 12 days tour, Rwenzori trekking to margherita peak.

Explore crater lakes as you enjoy game viewing. You will have stop over at the equator for photographs before proceeding for afternoon game drive.

Uganda 
Start Kampala (Day 1)
Day 1-2 Kibale NP
Day 3-6 Rwenzori Mountains
Day 7 Margherita Peak (Mt Stanley)
Day 8-10 Rwenzori Mountains
Day 11 Queen Elizabeth NP
End Entebbe (Day 12)

 

Tour Features

Budget tour

This budget tour uses mountain huts and lodges.

Private tour

This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won't be shared with others.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Can be customized

You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.

Suitable for solo travelers

Solo travelers can book this private tour.

12

Minimum age of 12 years

The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.

Day 1
Kampala – Kibale National Park

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

• You'll be collected from the airport.

• Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Have breakfast in Kampala and then drive to Kibale national park. The northern route is shorter and faster and has a distance of about 300km with a tarmac road going to Fort Portal and also a distance of 36km on murram to Kanyanchu. On arrival, you may visit the Crater Lake around.

Main Destination:

Kibale National Park

Best Time to VisitDecember to February and June to July

High SeasonJune to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best WeatherJune to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP

ChimpanzeeCommon

ElephantOccasional

BuffaloOccasional

LeopardVery Rare

HippoRare

Accommodation:

Rweteera Safari Park

• Budget lodge located just outside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

• Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2
Chimpanzee trekking

After breakfast you will go for chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale’s 795km2 National Park contains one of the most beautiful and with the most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is place to a number of forest wildlife, most especially 13 species of primate coupled with chimpanzees. After trekking you will have lunch and then visit Bigodi wetland well known for various bird species. Return for lunch at the hotel and later transfer to Kasese town in preparation for the next day’s ascent.

Main Destination:

Kibale National Park

Accommodation:

Rweteera Safari Park

• Budget lodge located just outside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3
Climb – to Nyabitaba (2650m)

Have breakfast and then drive to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) where you will start hiking up to Nyabitaba hut; walking through the banana sambas on the side of the steep foothills, past the typical Bakonjo homesteads! 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.

Main Destination:

Rwenzori Mountains

Accommodation:

Nyabitaba Hut

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4
John Matte hut (3350m)

From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. You will reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog.

Main Destination:

Rwenzori Mountains

Accommodation:

John Matte Hut

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5
Bujuku Hut

After John Matte Hut, the trail drops to cross the Bujuku River. 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.

Main Destination:

Rwenzori Mountains

Accommodation:

Bujuku Hut

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6
Mount Stanley

Leaving Bujuku, the trail climbs the steep slopes 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.

Main Destination:

Rwenzori Mountains

Accommodation:

Mount Stanley

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7
Summit Margherita

When climbing Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. It can be a four to seven hour walk to the summit of Margherita. 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; climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanly Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Returning to Scott- Elliot pass, descend to the Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes.

Main Destination:

Margherita Peak (Mt Stanley)

Accommodation:

Margheriat

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Margherita Peak

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8
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. 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.

Main Destination:

Rwenzori Mountains

Accommodation:

Guy Yeoman Hut

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9
Climb Nyabitaba (2650m)

The path down can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. An overnight stop at the Nyabitaba Hut. Take stunning photos of the beautiful sceneries as you descend. The forests and river have a fantastic beauty.

Main Destination:

Rwenzori Mountains

Accommodation:

Nyabitaba Hut

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10
Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija

Descend Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija, about 3 hours. At Nyabitaba starts the 40 minutes trial to see Lake Mamoha and back to the hut for descending to the Park Head Quarter. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park enjoying scenic drive passing via the Equator before the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:

Rwenzori Mountains

Accommodation:

Nyabitaba Hut

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11
Game drive and launch cruise

Enjoy an early morning a game drive in the Kasenyi sector, you may spot various animals like the elephants, Uganda kobs, leopards among others. Return to the lodge for late breakfast and in the afternoon, you will go for a launch cruise on Kazinga Chanel where you will spot various animals including Hippos and crocodiles, the cruise will also enrich you with various birds along the sand banks.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Time to VisitJanuary to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High SeasonJune to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best WeatherJune to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP

ChimpanzeeOccasional

ElephantCommon

LionCommon

BuffaloCommon

HippoAbundant

LeopardOccasional

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Accommodation:

Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

• Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12
Transfer to Kampala

Enjoy breakfast and transfer to Kampala with lunch en-route in Mbarara town and a stopover at the equator for photography and the experiment. Proceed to Kampala arriving in the late afternoon. Proceed to your hotel or transfer to Entebbe airport.

Main Destination:

Entebbe

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

• Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.

• You'll be dropped off at the airport.

Important to Know

• Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.

• This tour accepts children who are 12 years and older.

Included

  • • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • • A professional driver/guide
  • • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All Taxes/VAT
  • • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • • Drinking water(On all days)

Excluded

  • • Porterage
  • • Rescue fee
  • • Climbing gear
  • • International flights(From/to home)
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)

Accommodation & Meals

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
  • Day

Accommodation

Meals

  • 1-2

Rweteera Safari ParkBudget lodge just outside Kibale NP

Day 1: Dinner Included
Day 2: All Meals Included

  • 3

NyabitabaHutBudget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains

All Meals Included

  • 4

John Matte HutBudget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains

All Meals Included

  • 5

BujukuHutBudget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains

All Meals Included

  • 6

Mount StanleyBudget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains

All Meals Included

  • 7

MargheriatBudget mountain hut in or near Margherita Peak (Mt Stanley)

All Meals Included

  • 8

Guy Yeoman HutBudget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains

All Meals Included

  • 9-10

NyabitabaHutBudget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains

All Meals Included

  • 11

Irungu Forest Safari LodgeMid-range lodge just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

All Meals Included

  • 12

End of tour(No accommodation)

Breakfast Included

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