Rwenzori Mountains Peak Tour 13 days

Tour Outline
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Starting Point
Entebbe Airport
Means of Transport
Private vehicle
Destination
  • Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Rwenzori Mountains NP

Activities
Boat trip
Game drive
Mountain climbing
Option
  • Domestic flight
  • Night game drive

Destination Guide
Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The highest mountain in Uganda, third highest in Africa continent. The highest peak, Margerita is 5,110m. This folded mountain is famous for diversity of nature, it starts with rainforest and ends in glacier just under the equator. Scenery of moss-covered heath forest, swamp with lobelia and slopes with senecio is solemn and mysterious.

Geographic features: Mountain, forest. Size: 996km2

Activity: Mountain climbing

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The second largest national park in Uganda with 95 species of mammals and 610 species of birds. Savanna in north and south are home for large mammals like lion and elephant, Kazinga Channel is for birds, crocodile and hippo, Kyambura Gorge is for Chimpanzee.

Geographic features: Savannah, forest, lake, river Size: 1,978km2

Activity: Game drive, night game drive, boat trip, chimpanzee tracking, nature walk, balloon safari

Tour Itinerary
Day
1
PM
Arrive at Entebbe Airport, transfer to Kampala

Our driver guide will welcome you at Entebbe Airport. Our sales and reservation staff will brief you the itinerary after your arrival at Kampala. It normally takes 1-2 hours to reach Kampala.

Movement
Entebbe
2hr drive
Kampala
Meal
  • B Nil
  • L Nil
  • D Hotel
Overnight Kampala
Cassia Lodge
HB
Day
2
AM
Shopping
PM
Transfer to Fort Portal
Movement
Kampala
6hr drive
Fort Portal
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Hotel
Overnight Fort Portal
Mountain of the Moon Hotel
HB
Day
3
Early morning
Registration and briefing at Nyakalengija Office
After registration process and briefing, meet your guide and porters and hand over your luggage.
Whole day
Hike from Nyakalengija Office (1,646m) to Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) / 10km
Walk in beautiful rainforest. Temperature is high so carry 2 litters of drinking water or more, half-sleeve shirts will be suitable for this day. You may encounter pretty birds or chameleons along the trail.
Movement
Fort Portal
2hr drive
Nyakalengija
6hr walk
Nyabitaba
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Other
  • D Other
Overnight Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Nyabitaba Hut
FB
Day
4
Whole day
Hike from Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) to John Matte Hut (3,414m) / 7km
Go down from Nyabitaba Hut to the bridge over Bujuku River, then start climbing up continuously. You may see Margherita Peak at rocky area far ahead on your left. Thereafter, you will enter mossy heath forest, also find some alpine plant like lobelias and everlasting flowers. Rain boots could be more advantageous for this day, as trail is muddy in cloud forest.
Movement
Nyabitaba
6hr walk
John Matte
Meal
  • B Other
  • L Other
  • D Other
Overnight Rwenzori Mountains National Park
John Matte Hut
FB
Day
5
Whole day
Hike from John Matte Hut (3,414m) to Bujuku Hut (3,962m) / 6km
Start walking with rain boots as bogs starts right behind the hut. View of bogs called lower and upper Bigo Bogs with lobelias and senecios are one of the most beautiful scenery in Rwenzoris. You will climb steep slope after the bogs, then find Lake Bujuku, which is surrounded by Mt. Baker, Mt. Stanley and Mt. Speke. Scenery of the lake and bogs on its shore is still and mysterious. You may see Margherita Peak from the shore of the lake.
Movement
John Matte
5hr walk
Bujuku Hut
Meal
  • B Other
  • L Other
  • D Other
Overnight Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Bujuku Hut
FB
Day
6
Whole day
Hike from Bujuku Hut (3,962m) to Elena Hut (4,430m) / 4km
The slope from Bujuku Hut to the viewpoint overlooking Bujuku Lake is very steep, you will use ladder at some points. Thereafter, number of plants decrease suddenly, and you will enter rocky area without soil. Be careful as rocks are very slippery when the surface is wet.
Movement
Bujuku
4hr walk
Elena
Meal
  • B Other
  • L Other
  • D Other
Overnight Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Elena Hut
FB
Day
7
Whole day
Climb Margherita Peak (5,109m) / 2km one way
Hike rocky area for 2-3 hours from Elena Hut, then enter glacier near northern side of Stanley Plateau, and walk on glacier. Thereafter, walk rocky ridge come from Alexandra Peak, then enter glacier between Alexandra Peak and Margherita Peak. This glacier is very steep and have many large crevasses. After climbing glacier, then climb the last rocky area, that is the peak.
Movement
Elena
6hr walk
Margherita
4hr walk
Elena
Meal
  • B Other
  • L Other
  • D Other
Overnight Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Elena Hut
FB
Day
8
Whole day
Hike from Elena Hut (4,430m) to Guy Yeoman Hut (3,261m) / 8km
After completing the rocky area, you will walk on soil again. A lot of alpine plant like senecios inhabit at the valley between Mt. Baker and Mt. Stanley. After passing Kitandara Hut, you climb up the Freshman Field up to 4,200m, then start descending. Thereafter, you will enter the bog with many lobelia, then find Guy Yoman Hut along a river.
Movement
Elena
8hr walk
Guy Yeoman
Meal
  • B Other
  • L Other
  • D Other
Overnight Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Guy Yeoman Hut
FB
Day
9
Whole day
Hike from Guy Yeoman Hut (3,261m) to Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) / 6km
After walking through the beautiful heath forest, you descend a very steep fall with river-water. After this rocky area, you will enter the rainforest again, though ground remains muddy and slippery. This will be the last night in Rwenzori, it could be a good idea to have dinner with guides and porters.
Movement
Guy Yeoman
5hr walk
Nyabitaba
Meal
  • B Other
  • L Other
  • D Other
Overnight Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Nyabitaba Hut
FB
Day
10
AM
Hike from Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) to Nyakalengija (1,646m) / 10km

Descend the same route you passed on the first day.

Movement
Nyabitaba
4hr walk
Nyakalengija
2hr drive
QENP
Meal
  • B Other
  • L Other
  • D Hotel
Overnight Queen Elizabeth National Park
Mweya Safari Lodge
FB
Day
11
AM
Free
PM
Boat trip at Kazinga Channel

Take a boat ride along the channel which connects two lakes. Its banks are habitats for reptiles like crocodiles and many species of birds like kingfisher and pelican, also resting place for hippo and buffalo. It starts at 3pm and takes about 2 hours.

Movement
QENP
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Queen Elizabeth National Park
Mweya Safari Lodge
FB
Day
12
AM
Game drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive with an open roofed vehicle in vast savannh and look for large mammals like lions, elephants, buffaloes and antelopes. Morning game drive starts at 6:30am, it takes 3-4 hours. Tell your rangers, if you have your favorite mammal before you take off.

PM
Transfer to Kampala
Movement
QENP
7hr drive
Kampala
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Kampala
Cassia Lodge
HB
Day
13
AM
Free
PM
Transfer to Entebbe

Leave Kampala for Entebbe Airport 4 hours before the departure time of your flight.

Movement
Kampala
2hr drive
Entebbe
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Nil
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