14 Days Rwenzori Hiking, Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Tour

14 Days Rwenzori Gorillas & Wildlife allows you to spend 2 weeks in Uganda for Rwenzori trekking, Gorilla trekking, and Wildlife viewing. This 2 weeks Rwenzori hiking, Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife adventure combines gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 8 days Mt. Rwenzori Trek to Margherita Peak along Central Circuit safari from Nyakalengijja through Nyabitaba hut, John Matte hut, Bujuku hut, Elena hut, Kitandara hut, Guy Yeoman, then back to  Nyakalengijja  in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, and wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This 14 days Rwenzori, Gorillas & wildlife brings you face to face with mountain gorillas, after which you expect to spot wildlife including spot lions, buffalo, kobs, elephant among other game and hiking Rwenzori Mountains up to Margherita peak on the Rwenzori Central Circuit trail.

Tour Highlight for 14 Days Rwenzori hike, gorilla trekking & wildlife Tour

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi National Park

Day 2: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi national park

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national Park

Day 4:  Morning Game Drive and transfer to Nyakalengija in Kasese

Day 5: Transfer to Nyakalengija

Day 6: Nyakalengija(1615m)–NyabitabaHut(2651m)

Day 7: Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)– Mubuku River (2600m) – John Matte Hut

Day 8: JohnMatte(3380m) to Bujuku(3962m)

Day 9: Bujuku(3977m) to ElenaHut(4541m).

Day 10: Elena Hut (4541m) to Margherita peak – Kitandara hut (4027m)

Day 11: Kitandara(4027m) – Freshfield Pass (4282m)–Guy Yeoman

Day 12: Guy Yeoman (3450m) – Nyabitaba (2651m)

Day 13: Nyabitaba (2651m) – Nyakalengija (1615m)

Day 14: Depart For Kampala

Detailed Itinerary of the 2 Weeks Uganda Wildlife, Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi National Park

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by Aloyo safaris expert & experienced driver guide who will brief you about your scheduled 12 days Rwenzori, wildlife &  gorilla trekking Safari Experience,  thereafter, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park– home to half the remaining Mountain gorilla in the world for gorilla trekking.  Arrive at the lodge in the late evening for dinner & overnight sleep.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi national park

On day 2 of the 14 days Rwenzori, Gorillas & wildlife tour, you will wake up early for your breakfast. Along with your packed lunch, you will  be transferred by the driver guide to the Park headquarters for registration and join other trekkers in a briefing about the rules and the regulations during your Gorilla Trekking at 7:45 am. You will be led by an experienced driver guide to  trek through thick creepers and undergrowth to search for the Gorillas, which can take you 2 to 8 hours of the day. The steeply forested landscape is magnificently thick but crisscrossed by various animal trails allowing access to tourists.

On finding the gorillas, you will be allowed to interact with them for 1 full hour, after which you will return to the headquarters for your certificates.

It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national Park

14 days Rwenzori trekking, Gorilla trekking &

Following your Morning breakfast, you will check out of the hotel, and travel North to Queen Elizabeth  National park through Isasha sector-famous for climbing lions. You will arrive at the hotel early for lunch, thereafter you will head for a 2 hours  boat cruise down the Kazinga channel that joins Lake Edward and George. The boat cruise leads you to the wide population of Hippos, Buffaloes, crocodiles among other aquatic animals as well as different animals drinking water by the water shores like Elephants. The cruise also rewards you with remarkable opportunities to take photos, watch other water animals as well as bird species.

Day 4:  Morning Game Drive and transfer to Nyakalengija in Kasese

Depart for your morning game drive instantly after breakfast, as you will be driven along the kasenyi plains and the queens mile where we will explore and spot various wild game including Ugandan kob, elephants, lions, buffalo, waterbuck, warthogs Lions,  different Antelope species, Hyenas, Zebras, Elephants, Leopards among others, not forgetting different bird species.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

Day 5: Transfer to Nyakalengija

Travel to Kasese after an early morning breakfast, and proceed with your journey to Nyakalengija to register with the Rwenzori Mountaineering services head offices for registration, after that, you will continues to your hotel for lunch, dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 6: Nyakalengija(1615m)–NyabitabaHut(2651m)

Duration: 5-6 hours

Following your breakfast, you will depart early for Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices in Nyakalengija for registration. Thereafter briefing about your 7 days central circuit will take place, followed by allocation of guide, porters, as well as renting requirements (only for those who don’t have hiking gear).

Shortly after, the trek begins, passing through bakonzo farmlands to the park boundaries, which follows the Mubuku river. The trail continues through Mahoma tributary, after which you will start ascending up a steep massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut.

While hiking, expect to spot black & white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, chimpanzees(though rarely seen), the 3 horned chameleon and the beautiful Rwenzoru Turaco.

Dinner will be served and ler on have a goodnight rest in the hut.

Day 7: Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)– Mubuku River (2600m) – John Matte Hut (3380m)

Duration: 6-7 hours

After a goodnight sleep, wake up early to a delicious breakfast, after descend down through the forest to Kurt Scuffer bridge,  just beneath the confluence of the Mubuku & Bujuku river.

You will trek through the bamboo forest, passing through the challenging stretch of slippery moss-covered rock, reaching the Nyamileju rock shelter where you will take a shot lunch break and relax. You will be amazed by the breathtaking scenic views of the magnificent Mount Stanley, Mount Speke.

From here, you will continue with your trek through the giant heather zone, Lobelia and groundsel. Proceed through the tiring bog, and ;later on arrive at John Matte for dinner & and an overnight.

Day 8: JohnMatte(3380m) to Bujuku(3962m)

Duration : 5-6 hours

Wake up early for breakfast, and leave John Matte behind descending along the trail to cross the Bujuku River. From here, you will enter the Lower bigo bog (known as the home of Giant Lobelias), as jump from tussock to tussock, until you finally cross to the Upper bigo Bog.

The upper Bigo Bog leads to Bujuku Lake, coupled with spectacular views of  Mount Baker to the South and Stanley to the West.  Arrive at Bujuku Hut, located under the shadows of Mount Baker and Speke. The hut settles in a narrow valley below the Stuhlmann Pass.

Dinner & overnight at Bujuku hut

Day 9: Bujuku(3977m) to ElenaHut(4541m).

Duration: 4-5 hours

Depart Bujuku instantly after an early breakfast, following the trail through more bog, west of lake Bujuku, though the magnificent  Groundsel gully as it ascends  up the Scott Elliot Pass at 4372m. You will proceed with your climb up through a metal up the gully head, which takes you over a steep section, where the trails divide into right and Left.

The right trail takes ascends up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley trekking over large boulders, whereas the trail on the left descends down to Scott Elliot Pass, through Kitandara Lakes, up to Kitandara hut. This trail leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak.

Yet for those who will climb Margherita, will rest at Elena hut after having a delicious and tasty dinner.

Day 10: Elena Hut (4541m) to Margherita peak – Kitandara hut (4027m)

Duration: 5 – 7 hours depending on the weather, physical Strength and the climbing pace of the group

On this day 5, you will reach Margherita peak (5109) on Mount Stanley.

Duration: 5-6 hours

You will wake up early to a cup of hot tea or coffee at 2:00pm, after then you will depart for Margherita peak hike.  You will continue to the base of the stanley where you will trek over three glaciers, including the slippery  rock, ice and  and more open regions. This climb is truly a mystical challenge, that require proper acclimatization, enough physical strength.

 

You will then continue with your climb on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and ascend upwards. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness, and cool weather, you will scramble up to the Peak of Mount Stanley-the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains.

At this point, You will spend time celebrating your victory at the peak while enjoying a few bites, as well as taking great pictures while at the peak. After a short while, you will embark on your descent, due to the high altitude and the tough conditions. You will then descend through the scott Elliot pass, which offers beautiful views of the Bujuku Lake & Mount Speke. You will slope down to Kitandara Lakes, passing through the alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. After that, slope  further past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and an overnight at the Kitandara hute.

Day 11: Kitandara(4027m) – Freshfield Pass (4282m)–Guy Yeoman

(3450m)

Wake up very early in the morning for breakfast, and take on the trail that descends steeply up the head wall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker, and proceeding along the southern side of the mountain down to the fresh field pass.

It is from this point, that you have magnificent views of Congo to the West, Mount Stanley to the North.

After the fresh field pass, take on the trails leading through the rock shelter at Bujongolo – the base camp for the historic excursion by the Duke Of Abruzzi in 1906

Dinner & Overnight at Guy yeoman.

Day 12: Guy Yeoman (3450m) – Nyabitaba (2651m)

Duration: 6-7 hours

Following your morning breakfast, you will depart for Nyabitaba. You will descend down beneath Guy Yeoman, trekking down the cliffs of Kichuchu. After then cross the Muddy path passed the Mubuku River, before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete a round loop

Day 13: Nyabitaba (2651m) – Nyakalengija (1615m)

Duration: 3-4 hours

You will then descend from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija, till you reach the main head office to receive your certificate of success, after which you will head back to the lodge.

Day 14: Depart For Kampala

We come to the end of your 3 days Uganda Gorilla Safari.  Wake up early for breakfast and We will journey back to Kampala then proceed to Entebbe airport, with lunch en-route and stopover at the Equator on Masaka road, before your evening departure, back home.