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Mount Ruwenzori Climbing Uganda

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 - 25 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 20 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2900 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4160 US Dollar (USD)

The Rwenzori Mountains lie along the western border of Uganda and rise to a height of 5,1OO meters. Here are the legendary 'Mountains of the Moon', a World Heritage Site - and these incomparable, beautiful, mist-shrouded peaks provide a unique backdrop to one of our most magnificent national parks.

In the center of the range, which boasts Africa's third highest mountain, some of the peaks carry permanent snow and glaciers, while the lower slopes are covered with dense forest. Walking trails on the lower slopes do not call for mountaineering experience, although the higher you go the fitter you need to be. As early as 150 AD Ptolemy had written of the "Mountains of the Moon", where snows fed the lakes, sources of the Nile". The Rwenzori range lies along the western border of Uganda and represents a true mountain range composed of several massifs, it includes Africa's third highest summit, Point Margherita (5109m). These massifs offer great attractions to climbers, walkers and naturalists

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Kampala. Arrival by early flight into Entebbe from Nairobi. Your Guide meets you at the Airport and later drive to Fort Portal through a diverse landscape of forested valleys and large plantations of Tea. Lunch will be enroute. Dinner and overnight at the Chimpanzee forest Guest House.

Day 2: Drive to Kanayancu to track Chimpanzees for 2/ 3 hours. Lunch will be in the village. Afternoon walk in Bigodi swamp for Birds and Monkeys. Night at the Chimpanzee Forest Guest House.

Day 3: Transfer to the Crater lakes area. This an area with over 55 lakes formed by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. You walk around a few and get to know the local community and their activities. Your walk will help you get ready for the trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains. After the walk, transfer to the Rwenzori Mountain base. Night at the Base Camp Hotel.

Day 4: Rwenzori Mountain. Early breakfast, then drive a short distance to Nyakalengoja the start of the trek. At the base you weigh in your gear. Each of you will have two porters and one Guide. Each porter will carry 12.5 kgs of your gear (Total 25kgs) and food. Any extra weight will be paid extra. Your hike on this day is a 5/ 6 hour through first people's gardens then forest and valleys. Night at Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 5: Trek to John Mate, this is a long day trekking (6/ 7hours) through diverse landscapes and scenery, you will go through giant heather trees covered with Spanish moss. Cross the Kurt Shaffer swinging bridge and get into the giant lobelia zone where the John Mate Hut is. Night at John Mate Hut (3414m).

Day 6: Trek up to Lake Bujuuku Hut, this is an adventurous day (3/ 5 hours) you walk through boggy area and jump from tussock to tussock. Your hut is at foot of Mount Speke besides the spectacular looking Lake Bujuku. Night at Lake Bujuku Hut.

Day 7: Trek up to Elena Hut (4439m). This is the last point before the Peak Margarita The trail is rocky and slippery and slow, you will spend a night at Elena Hut to get ready for the start for the Peaks of the next day. Night at Elena Hut.

Day 8: Trek to Magharita peak (5016m). The 3rd highest peak in Africa, and trek down past Elena and Mt. Baker to Lake Kitandara Hut. (4372m) Night at Lake Kitandara Hut.

Day 9: Trek up to Guy Yeoman Hut. This is another tricky descent through boggy area but with very beautiful plants. Trek time is about 5/ 6 hours depending on weather conditions. Night at Guy Yeoman Hut.

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Skip Nyabitaba and hike up to Ibanda the base of the Mountains. Bid farewell to your Crew (Tips are expected) Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is one of the most beautiful Parks in Uganda. Your lodge is built on a peninsular in between Lakes Edward and George. Night at Mweya Hostel.

Day 11: Queen Elizabeth. Game drives and afternoon relaxing by the swimming pool. Night at Mweya Hostel.

Day 12: Kazinga Channel. Early morning game drive, breakfast the boat ride on Kazinga Channel. Night at Mweya Hostel.

Day 13: Lake Mburo. A 4 hours driver to Lake Mburo. Lunch will be in Mbarara Town. Drive through the Cattle keeping people, the Bahima with their big horn Cows. Meals and overnight at UWA tented Camp.

Day 14: Lake Mburo. A walking Safari in the National Park. Walk through Zebra, Impala, Eland, Topi and others. Return camp for lunch and relax whole afternoon. Night at the UWA Tented Camp.

Day 15: Lake Mburo. Go for a boat ride on lake Mburo to see Hippos, Crocodiles and birds, return and then depart for Entebbe, Your 5 hour drive is through Curio shop and gift shops. Meals and overnight at the Airport Guest House.

Day 16 Lake Mburo-Kampala. Transfer to the Airport to catch your flight.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel
- Gorilla trek and permit $500 each
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Full time safari guide and his associated expenses
- Park entrance fees
- Accommodation and meals
- Boat trips
- Forest walk
- Chimp viewing
- Cano ride
- Game drives and other related activities.

Price Excludes:
- Extra days or early return costs in the Mountains
- Visa Costs
- Travel Insurance
- Tips
- Laundry
- Evacuations.