18 Days Hiking Rwenzori and Exploring Uganda

This 18 days safari will give take you through Uganda as you trek the primates of Uganda and hike the Mt Rwenzori. Start with Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park after which you will transfer to Kasese and start on the Mt.Rwenzori Hike/Mt. Stanley and end with Bwindi impenetrable national park with a gorilla trek.

Safari Highlights

  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Hiking Mt. Rwenzori/ Mt. Stanley
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Lake Bunyonyi Islands Tour

Day 1: Arrival to Uganda

Your 18 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 – The Boma
Budget – Secrets Guest House

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest national park

Kibale forest national park is the best safari destination in Africa for chimpanzee trekking. Enjoy 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 – Turaco Treetops
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.  The trek starts with a briefing from your ranger guide. 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 visit the Bigodi village that has a wetland rich in bio diversity with several primates’ species like mangabey, red tailed monkeys, and black & white Colobus monkeys. In addition you will have opportunities of visiting homes to have a coffee experience, banana beer making, basketry, medicine man etc.

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 head to the briefing area where you will meet your guides for briefing. You then drive up to the trail head (1667m) and then start the walk along a path that is above the Nyamwamba River to the UWA rangers post at 1727 meters. Today you will wak starting at a height of 1,667 meters climbing to 3,171 meters(8.6 km).

You will climb through the prestine montane forest for the first 2 kilometers and then climb up a main ridge with few rocks.  As you climb you will be taken through grassland and trees as you look out for bird species as well. You will cross small streams and rivers then start climbing the ridge.

Day 6: Hike up to Kiharo Camp

Breakfast today morning will prepare you for another day of adventure as you climb steadily eventually crossing a small stream. The climb becomes steep for about 200 metres up a narrow moss covered ridge. 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. Here we descend steadily and have lunch at Polies Rock Shelter.

Kiharo camp.

Day 7: Hike past Nyamwamba River and sleep at the third camp

Today is yet another day of hiking as you start at a height of 3380 meters. You will ascend past Bamwanjara pass and then descend to Kachope lakes.  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: Transfer 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 Kitandara and sleep at Camp 5

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 for a 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 at 2 am so that you can hike up and catch the sun as it rises over Mt Baker for stunning views of the sun rise. Margherita glacier has suffered with global warming and as the outer edges of the glacier recede the ice is becoming steeper with one section of about 200 meters more than 60% grade. Combined with this much of the blacker has melted underneath causing caves under the ice and as it get thinner eventually caves in. So is necessary that clients understand and take advice of where the guides suggest to pass. 

For those clients with less mountaineering experience we suggest that you stay on Stanley glacier and climb up to a good vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to enjoy fantastic views over Congo and the lower mountain ridges

After ascending the peak at 5,109 metres you then pass directly down to Hunwick’s Camp at 3874 metres.

Day 11: Hike to Kiharo Camp

The distance from Hunwick’s Camp to the top of Olivers Pass is 3km The trail then cuts across below Weismann’s Peak to the confluence of the Nyamwamba River which flows down thought Kilembe and Kasese to Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After crossing the confluence the trail meanders down the valley to Kiharo Camp at which is situated in a deep valley with high cliffs and dense vegetation. On the way down the valley after each bog you will climb over a ridge of stones and earth which seems out of place but actually was pushed there by slow moving glaciers which eventually stopped moving, melted and left a pile of rocks and debris in front of where the glacier once stood.

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 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

Midrange – Equartor Snow Lodge
Budget – Sandton Hotel

Day 14: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On this day you will transfer to the home of mountain gorillas Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi impenetrable National Park is also home to bird species, butterflies, primates and mammals. As you travel enjoy the beautiful scenery to get a real feel of Uganda and enjoy the terraced hills of Kigezi highlands. Lunch will be along the way or at the lodge depending on the time of arrival.

Journey time– 4 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Up market – Buhoma Lodge
Mid-range – Buhoma Haven Lodge
Budget – Ichumbi Gorillla Lodge – Standard rooms

Day 15: Trekking the giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today you will hike through the impenetrable forest in search of the endangered mountain Gorillas. After briefing from the ranger guide you start your hike into the forest, however some Gorilla groups are away from the briefing point so your guide will drive you to starting point.

Enjoy the day in the impenetrable forest, you have up to one hour with the gorillas once you locate them. You are advised to keep reasonable silence while watching them.

B, L & D

Day 16: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Today we depart for Lake Bunyonyi, the 2nd deepest lake in Africa. Enjoy stunning scenery – interlocking hills terraced by the locals as they practice farming named the “Switzerland of Africa” by Churchill, the great British diplomat.

Journey time– 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Mid-range – BirdNest
Budget – Crater Bay Cottages

Day 17: Lake Bunyonyi Islands Tour

Today after a good night sleep, wake up and enjoy the rays of the sun over Lake Bunyonyi. It is surrounded by beautiful hills terraced by the locals as they grow potatoes and other crops for their food and excess for sale.

Take a canoe ride to some of the 29 Islands that will give you an overview of the cultural and history of the area. Most notable is the story of the ‘punishment island’ your guide will share this story while on your boat ride.

In the afternoon, you can dive in the lake for a swim or hike up a steep hill for more views of the lake and its islands. Alternatively, you can set by the lake shores and enjoy reading a book.

B, L & D

Day 18:  Transfer to Kampala/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
Gorilla trekking
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.
Terms and Conditions – https://www.kagerasafaris.com/index.php/terms-and-conditions

Other Rwenzori Hiking Safaris

10 Days Hike Rwenzori mountains Safari

11 Day Summit Margherita Peak on Rwenzori Mountains

15 Days Hiking Rwenzori And Primates Safari

20 Days Hiking Rwenzori and Wildlife Experiences