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13-Day Rwenzori Mountain and Bwindi Gorilla Safari

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13-Day Rwenzori Mountain and Bwindi Gorilla Safari

This 13-Day Rwenzori Mountain and Bwindi Gorilla Safari has two major highlights: Rwenzori mountain hiking and Gorilla trekking. Mt. Rwenzori is the third highest mountain in Africa. The 8-days hike will take you through the fascinating vegetative zones of the mountain to the Margherita peak. You will be able to encounter many birds species as well as other animals on the mountain. Upon descending from the mountain you will experience Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after finalizing the formalities, you shall be welcomed by your guide, who will drive you to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you may choose to do a number of optional activities with in Entebbe airport while on this 13-Day Rwenzori Mountain and Bwindi Gorilla Safari.
Main Destination:  Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation Option:
 Luxury: Serena Hotel.
Mid-range: via via guest house
Budget: via via guest house
Meals plans
Water and fruits throughout Break first, lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Drive to kasese

Today you proceed to Kasese early in the morning. Kasese is located in western Uganda at the foot of Mt. Rwenzori and near Queen Elizabeth National park. Along the way you will enjoy spectacular landscape views as well as a photo stop at the equator.

Main Destination:
Kasese (Town)
Accommodation:
Sandton Hotel Kasese

  • Mid-range hotel located in or near Kasese
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 3: Start hiking up to Nyabutaba hut (2651m)

The central circuit starts at the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija. You will arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes around 6 -7 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turaco.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
Nyabitaba Hut

  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 4: Hike to John Matte Hut (3505m)

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. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for dinner and overnight at the hut.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
John Matte Hut

  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 5: Hike to Bujuku Hut

From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the 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 Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
Nyabitaba Hut

  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 6:Hike to Elena Hut

Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel 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 is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes the trail on he left leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak to Kitandara Hut. Those climbing the peak will have their Dinner and overnight at the coolly and Icy Elena Hut.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
Nyabitaba Hut

  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drink

Day 7: Hike to Margherita Peak

For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides.

Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzori. Prepare for you return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
Nyabitaba Hut

  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 8: Descend from Kitandara (4023m) to Guy Yeoman

From Kitandara, take on the trail that 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. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Over night at Guy yeoman.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
Nyabitaba Hut

  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 9: Descend to Nyabitaba Hut

The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 6 -7 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. Hiking back and complete your trek by the evening.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
Nyabitaba Hut

  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Rwenzori Mountains
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 10: Complete Mountain Hiking

The descent from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija takes 3 – 4 hours. Start hiking back and complete your trek by the evening. A warm, beer and celebration await you at local restaurant, before proceeding to your Hotel. You will relax at the accommodation and prepare for the next day’s drive.

Main Destination:
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range)
Accommodation:
Ataco Country Resort

  • Mid-range hotel located in or near Fort Portal
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 11: Drive to Bwindi National park

Today you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park is home to the endangered mountain gorillas. This fascinating mountain forest hosts chimpanzees and spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species including Blue-throated Broadbill, bar-tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You shall go to bed earlier this evening, since you should be fit for gorilla trekking the next day.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Best Time To Visit: June to August and December to February
High Season: June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation:
Gorilla Mist Camp

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fence
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 12: Gorilla Trekking

This morning you will get up very early and go for gorilla trekking. Trekking the Mountain Gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The trek will take between 2 and 6 hours, but is well worth the effort. You will be led by an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. As an alternative to gorilla trekking, there are several walks that can take you. The Mubwindi Swamp Trail takes about 3 hours and goes through parts of the park where there are elephants. Another 6-hour hike leads up to the peak in Rwamunyoni to 2.607m.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Accommodation:
Gorilla Mist Camp

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 13: Drive to Entebbe and departure

After an early breakfast in Bwindi, you will start your journey back to Kampala. Cross the equator and have time to take photos at the equator. Buy a few souvenirs and have a quick picnic lunch. Later you depart for the Airport and take your flight back home. Thus the end of 13-Day Rwenzori Mountain and Bwindi Gorilla Safari.

Main Destination:
Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

The package price includes:

Return airport transfers (pick up and drop off)

Private transport for 6 days in a well-modified safari land-cruiser (4WD, air-conditioned and pop-up roof)

Flue for 6 days

English safari guide for 6 days

Private mid-range accommodation for 6 nights on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

All en-route meals and bottled mineral water throughout your tour

All park entrance and activities feel and all applicable government taxes

Bigodi sanctuary swamp and community safari

1 chimpanzee tracking permit per person (Kibale forest national park)

A visit to katwe salt mining village

Morning and evening game drive safari at Queen Elizabeth national park

2 hours afternoon boat cruise along the kazinga channel

A visit to the Equator landmark

The package price excludes;

International and domestic flights

Country entry visa

Personal travel insurance

Items of personal nature/laundry/telephone charges

Souvenirs and gifts

Tips

Alcoholic and other soft drinks (sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)

 

Best of 13-Day Rwenzori Mountain and Bwindi Gorilla Safari

Tour Details

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Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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