Rwenzori Mountains are fascinating mountains in the western Rift Valley one of the country's prime attractions. Ruwenzori's features include geothermal activity, numerous lakes and jagged, block mountains known as the "mountains of the moon". The mountains depict the Giant Roberia & Margherita glacier. Astride the mountains sits Queen Elizabeth National Park home to lions and elephants, many hippos, buffalo and other animals it's fantastic place
Drive from Kampala to Kasese Town. Shop all food needed up in the mountain. Register with RMS offices. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Magherita or Rwenzori Base Mountain Camp.
After breakfast, drive to Ibanda, the park headquarters and the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) at Nyakalengija (5400ft /1646 m) arrange payments, rent equipment and select guides and porters. Start hiking from this point up to Nyabitaba Hut (8700ft /2652m) and overnight. Hiking may take 5-7 hours.
Follow the trail from Nyabitaba hut leading to Kurt Shaffer Bridge crossing Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. From this point it is steep and slippery. Continue the hike up to John Matte hut (11200ft/3414 m) and overnight. Day's hiking may take 7 hours. Slow hikers can consider going back from this point.
From John Matte you will cross River Bujuku and enter the Bigo bog, cross the drier ground up to Lake Bujuku overlooking Mt. Baker and Speke to the north. Follow the trail up to Bujuku Hut (13000 ft 3962 m) the hike may take 3-5 hours.
From Bujuku Hut, hike to Scott Elliot leading to Elena Hut (14,700 ft /4430 m). This the end point for the central circuit. At the same time it is the starting point to climb Margherita Peak (16763 ft /5109m) or Mt Stanley. (You will need 2 extra days to climb to the peaks) Follow the central circuit through the alpine zone of sparse low vegetation to crater lakes and drop to Lake Kitandara hut and overnight.
Descend from Lake Kitandara hut leaving Megharita peak northwards and Democrat Republic of Congo westwards and on clear days you will see big area of Congo and the famous tropical forests of Congo. Descend up to Guy Yeoman Hut (10700ft/3261 m).
Descend to Nyabitaba Hut. The journey is long and may be difficult of deep mud and river crossing. This may take you 5 hours. Should you decide to descend up to Nyakalengija it may take you another 2-3 hours.
From Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija the park headquarters. You will meet your driver to drive you back to Kasese town to your hotel for warm showers and relax. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast drive to Kampala or Entebbe in case your flight falls on this day. End of Central Circuit
Cost Person for the Central Circuit
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If the night was spent in Queen Elizabeth park, morning will start with game drive and after proceed to Kampala or Entebbe OR opt to stay another night to explore more game and bird life.
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In case of more extra day/s needed or to climp to the peaks will call for top up on cost USD150 per day per person - includes park fees, porters fees, guide fees, accommodation, food, hiking and entrance fees Climbing to the Peaks: Megharita/ Stanley /Speke/Alexandria. 2 more extra days will be needed. This means that the whole journey/ trip will require 11/12 days Uganda Wildlife Authority is the charge of the hiking.
Trekking takes place throughout the time and starts from Ibanda (starting point)
Safari start and end from Kampala
Clients will carry hiking shoes, sleeping bags, warm clothes
Climbing to the peaks will require ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior booking arrangements.
Mountain hiking takes place throughout the year, however during months of April, May, October and November experience more rains but this does not stop hiking activities.
Accommodation in Kampala before and after the trek plus airport transfers can be arranged on request
The Safari Cost Includes:
8 nights accommodation and meals at full board
Park fees, hiking fees, Park fees, food and accommodation in Kasese , porters, guides and cook.
4x 4 WD vehicle with fuel and driver/guide
Add on safaris (Optional)
3 Days Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park
1 Day white water rafting on River Nile
1 Day visit to orphanage chimps - Ngamba Island
1 Day Nakasogora White Rhino Farm
3 Day Ssese Islands
Drinks, bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance, and expenses of personal nature like souvenirs, tips laundry, etc.