20 Days Hiking Rwenzori and Wildlife Experiences

This 20 days safari will give you an opportunity to experience the scenery, nature and wildlife of Uganda. You will start with Murchison falls national park the largest national park well known for its thunderous water falls. You will then proceed to 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
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Rhino Trekking
  • Hiking Mt. Rwenzori/ Mt. Stanley
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Game drives in Murchison Falls & Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Boat Safari on River Nile
  • Boat Safari on Kazinga channel

Day 1: Arrival to Uganda
Your 20 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 Murchison falls national park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Have an early breakfast and depart for Murchison Falls National Park. The journey is a magical adventure with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary route to track Rhinos.

After this fulfilling experience and photo session, we proceed to the ‘top of the falls’ where River Nile is forced through a 7-meter gorge with a thunderous fall. Proceed to your lodge for the night.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Journey time – 4 hours
Up market – Baker’s Lodge
Mid-range – Pakuba Safari Lodge
Budget – Murchison River Lodge – Comfortable Camping tents

Day 3: Game drives and Boat cruise on River Nile
Murchison Falls National park is the biggest in Uganda and offers fulfilling game viewing. The game drives start early morning right after breakfast which increases the chances of sighting different animals especially the predators that tend to go into hiding during the heat of the day. The game drive happen in the northern bank of River Nile, where we look out for giraffes, elephants, hartebeest, Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions and different bird species.

In the after-noon, the safari will continue on River Nile – Nile boat safari towards the mighty Murchison falls. The relaxed boat safari provides more opportunities for spotting a variety of animals and birds and falls from. You have an opportunity to watch the falls from below.

B, L & D

Day 4: 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 5: 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 visit the Bigodi wetland sanctuary a fascinating area owned and run by the community. It is rich in bio diversity with several primates’ species like mangabey, red tailed monkeys, and black & white Colobus monkeys. In addition the wetland is home to several bird species including the magnificent great Blue turaco.

B, L & D

Day 6: 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 7: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 walk starting at a height of 1,667 meters climbing to 3,171 meters(8.6 km).

After lunch you continue to climb steadily passing a rock shelter (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 at 3,147 meters.

Day 8: Hike up to Kiharo Camp
Breakfast today morning will prepare you for another day of adventure as you climb steadily then cross a small stream. The climb becomes steep for about 200 metres up a narrow moss covered ridge. The thick moss covering the ground and rocks under the giant heather trees is spectacular. 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.

After lunch we climb to the Nyamwamba River for 1.6km though old giant heathers covered in moss to Kiharo Camp. The night will be spent at Kiharo camp.

Day 9: Hike past Nyamwamba River and overnight 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. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you pass the top of some trails, you also have an opportunity to capture some good photos. 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 10: Transfer to Camp 4
This morning you start the day off early after your breakfast. 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 clumb to Camp 4 where you will retire for the night.

Day 11: Hike past Kitandara Lakes and overnight 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 as you take your well-deserved rest as you look forward to tomorrow’s hike.

Day 12: Hike to the Magherita Peak and descend to Camp 5
Today you will wake up very early in the morning so that you can hike up and catch the sun as it rises over Mt Baker, enjoy the stunning views of the sun rise and take some photos. After this continue hiking till you get to the edge of the glacier, once you get here you put on crampons and harnesses for maximum safety. Descend to Camp 5 have lunch on arrival at the camp and descend to Camp 4(2-3 hours).

Overnight at Camp 4.

Day 13: Transfer to Camp 3
On this day you leave Camp 4 and head towards Camp 3 via the Bamwanjara pass. Overnight today will be at Camp 3.

Day 14: Descend past the Namusangi valley
Today you will descend past the Namusangi valley as you will pass through large areas of grass. This valley is wet especially during the wet season. The descent will take you past small waterfalls, moss covered valley and when you reach a steep section with rocks you will be treated to stunning 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 15: Last Day Hiking via Kalalama Camp
Today is the last day of your hike as you will descend to Kalalama camp which overlooks the Kilembe valley and Kasese town. You will have lunch and then continue descending down through the forests. You will 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 in Kasese for overnight. On arrival at the hotel check in, have dinner and take your well-deserved rest.

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

Day 16: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park
On this day we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park, the medley of wonders. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Uganda along the way.

On arrival at the lodge you will check in and spend the afternoon at the lodge at leisure.

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

Day 17: 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 18: 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 – Bwindi Lodge
Mid-range – Buhoma Haven Lodge
Budget – Ichumbi Gorillla Lodge – Standard room

Day 19: Trekking the gentle 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 20:  Transfer to Kampala
Today morning you will transfer to Kampala 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
Game drives
Boat rides
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 in the price:
Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Tips to porters and driver/ guide
Insurance

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