15 Days Hiking Rwenzori and Exploring Wildlife Safari

This 15 days safari will give you an opportunity to experience the scenery, nature and primates of Uganda as it will take you on a journey starting with Kibale forest national park where you will do chimpanzee trekking after which you will transfer to Kasese and start on the Mt. Rwenzori Hike/Mt. Stanley before transferring to Bwindi impenetrable national park and ending your safari in Uganda with a gorilla trek.

Safari Highlights

  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Hiking Mt. Rwenzori/ Mt. Stanley
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Game drive
  • Boat ride on Kazinga channel

Day 1: Arrival to Uganda
Your 16 days Uganda safari begins on this day with your arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be welcomed to Uganda by a Kagera Safaris representative. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Journey time– 20 minutes
Meal Plan –Dinner
Up market – Hotel No. 5
Mid-range – 2 Friends Guest House
Budget – Secrets Guest House

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest national park
Kibale forest national park is the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking. Enjoy viewing of the beautiful scenery and photography moments as you transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. On arrival you will check in to your lodge and rest as you look forward to tomorrow’s chimpanzee trekking activity.

Journey time– 6 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Up market – Papaya Lake Lodge
Mid-range – Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Budget – Chimpanzee Guest House

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Swamp walk
Today after breakfast you embark on the chimpanzee trekking activity, chimpanzees share 97% of man’s DNA and are referred to as man’s closest relatives.  The trek starts with a briefing from your ranger guide about your chimpanzee trek. The chimpanzee trek is an experience that offers you at opportunity to view these primates in their natural habitat. After locating the chimpanzees you are allowed to have one hour with them.

In the afternoon you will take on the Bigodi community walk which will allow you visit different homesteads and participate in beer brewing, learn about the process of making coffee, listen to the medicine man and visit the wetland for sighting of different bird and monkey species.

B, L & D

Day 4: Transfer to Kasese
Today you will transfer to Kasese where you will overnight in preparation for your hiking experience that starts tomorrow morning.

Journey time– 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Up market – Equator Snow Lodge
Budget – Sandton Hotel

Day 5: Briefing and Start the hike of Mt.Rwenzori/Mt.Stanley
After an early breakfast you will meet your guides for briefing after which you will drive to the start of the trail head (1667m) and then start the walk along a path that is above the Nyamwamba River. The journey will be 8.6 km ending at 3171 meters.

After lunch you continue to climb steadily passing a rock shelter at 2,785m,  which enters through the bamboo zone and becomes steeper. As you get out of the bamboo zone you will be treated to magnificent views of hills and to the far end Lake George and Queen Elizabeth. Today you overnight at Samalira Camp.

Samalira Camp

Day 6: Hike to Kiharo Camp
The climb today will be through small streams of water and moss covered ridges. After a relatively short climb the trail becomes less steep as we pass over Chavumba then cross a small flat valley to climb up a steady ridge through moss covered trees and misty forests to the top of the ridge. You will then descend steadily and have lunch at Polies Rock Shelter.

After lunch we climb to the Nyamwamba River for 1.6km though old giant heathers covered in moss to Kiharo Camp.

Kiharo camp

Day 7: Hike past Nyamwamba River and sleep at the third camp
Today’s hike will at start at 3380 meters. As you go along with your hike you will also pass by the Nyamwamba River and climb along the valley floor with giant lobelias. You will retire to the third camp at the end of the day which is at 4065 meters. Have dinner at the camp by the fire and then retire to bed.

Day 8: Hike to Camp 4
Today is another day of hiking enjoy the stunning scenery of the main peaks which you can see clearly on a good weather day. You will see Mt Stanley, Mt Speke in the center, Mt baker. At the end of the day you will climb to Camp 4 where you will retire for the night.

Day 9: Hike past Lake Bujuku and Mt Speke
Today’s hike will be less strenuous as you will walk past Kitandara lakes and hike past the valley to Lake Bujuku and Mt Speke. Your night will be spent at camp 5 today as you take your well-deserved rest as you look forward to tomorrow’s hike.

Day 10: Hike up to Magherita Peak and descend to Camp 4
Wake up very early so that you can hike up and catch the sun as it rises over Mt Baker for stunning views of the sun rise. Continue hiking till you get to the edge of the glacier, once you get here you put on crampons and harnesses for maximum safety. The Stanley plateau is mainly level surfaced. Reaching the top is rewarding as you view the Magherita peak and the Alexandra peak.

Descend to Camp 5 have lunch on arrival at the camp and descend to Camp 4(2-3 hours). Overnight at Camp 4.

Day 11: Hike to Camp 3
Today you will leave Camp 4 descending to Camp 3 via the Bamwanjara pass. Overnight today will be at Camp 3.

Day 12: Descend past the Namusangi Valley
Today you will descend past the Namusangi valley as you pass through large areas of grass. The descent will take you past waterfalls, moss covered valley eventually you will enjoy amazing views of Mutinda peaks. Overnight will be at Mutinda Rock Shelter where the rangers will set up a camp fire and then you will have dinner.

Day 13: Last day hiking and Transfer to Kasese
Today is the last day of your hike,  descend to Kalalama camp which overlooks the Kilembe valley and Kasese town. Walk down the final distance through the montane forest to the ranger’s post where you will receive a debriefing from the rangers and then end your hike.

Your driver guide will be waiting down for you to transfer you to your hotel Queen Elziabeth national park – the medley of wonders.

Journey time– 1 hours
Meal Plan – B, L & D
Up market –Kasenyi Safari Camp
Mid – range – Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Budget – Elephant Hab Lodge

Day 14: Game drive and Boat Safari
After your breakfast you will go for a game drive during which you will look out for sighting of elephants, water bucks, kobs and also look out for the elusive leopards and lions.This offers an excellent opportunity for photography moments during the game drive and opportunity to watch the animals feed and stroll in the national park.

In the afternoon you will take a relaxing boat ride on Kazinga Channel, you will have an opportunity to look out for different species of birds on the banks, hippos, crocodiles and many other experiences.

B, L & D

Day 15:  Transfer to Entebbe
Today morning you will transfer to Kampala/ Entebbe from Bwindi impenetrable national park as you end your safari in Uganda.

B & L

Journey time – 8 hours

Included in the Price
Park entrances
Chimpanzee Trekking
Game drive
Boat ride
Mt.Rwenzori Hiking/ Mt. Stanley
Ground transport per 4WD custom made for safari
Bottled water in the safari vehicle
Full board accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Service of an English-speaking driver guide
Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Excluded:
Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Tips to porters and driver/ guide
Insurance

Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation.
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