10 days hiking and wildlife experience
DAY 1: KAMPALA- KIBALE NATIONAL PARK (Travel Time: +5hrs)
After an early breakfast, drive North West to Fort portal which is the largest city in the western region. Arriving in time for healthy lunch in Fort Portal, after which you will have an opportunity of visiting the three surrounding explosion craters. This is a unique place in western Uganda that most find most enjoyable and is a combination of a nature walk, cave exploration and local culture as portrayed in the folklore that you will hear from your guide. Time permitting; you will also have a chance of visiting the famous Amabere Caves with an interesting folklore behind it. Drive to your lodge for dinner and relaxation. Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge (High–end) or Fort Motel (Mid range) Meal plan (Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 2: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK-MT RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK (Chimp trekking)
Start the day with an early breakfast and thereafter drive to Kibale National Park which is home to over 1000 chimpanzees including the black and white colobus monkey, grey cheeked Mangabey and red tailed monkey. Here you will be allowed to spend some time with these mesmerizing creatures, as you observe them swing from one tree to another, feed, play around or progress steadily on the ground right in front of you. Return to your lodge for lunch and thereafter drive south west to Mt Rwenzori National Park. Dinner and overnight at Equator Snow Lodge (High-end) or Hotel Margherita (Mid range) Meal plan (Full Board)
DAY 3: MT RWENZORI HIKE-1,667 METERS CLIMBING to 3,171 METERS
The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjoki 12 kilometers from Kasese past Kilembe. Best to start by 8.30am but can leave as late as 10am. Meet your guides and briefing. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727metres. Here the rangers brief you on the day’s activities and rules of the National Park. Today’s walk 8.6 km expected time 5 to 6 hours Start height is 1,667 meters climbing to 3,171 meters The first two kilometers climbs steadily through pristine montane forest, with tall trees thick undergrowth and a multitude of different species of birds and primates. Then a fairly strenuous climb up a main ridge with few rocks and firm footing except immediately after a heavy downpour climbing to your first night at Samalira Camp. As you leave the rangers post you walk along a path through tall grassland and ferns which gives way to magnificent pristine forests. As this is a new route the forests are untouched and carry a wide variety of trees and plants. Many species of birds can be heard and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometers climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers then we start climbing the ridge. As we climb the trees become taller and straighter and it is common to see and hear many types of primates, on the left you may hear troupes of chimpanzee echoing around the valleys. Particularly around our lunch spot at 2,570m it is possible to see troupes of 15 to 20 black and white Colobus monkeys or Blue monkeys as they dash through the trees. After lunch we continue to climb steadily passing a rock shelter (2,785m) previously used by poachers to hunt primates and dika (small antelope) after the rock shelter the climb enters the bamboo zone and becomes steeper. As we near the top we break out of the bamboo to fantastic views of the valleys and hills below looking across to Lake George and Queen Elisabeth National Park in the distance. The equator lies just north of Lake George. Samalira Camp is at 3,147 meters, meaning views or lookout and offers great views of the surrounding landscape and Kasese town. (Mobile network available at this camp) Dinner and overnight at Samalira Camp.
DAY 4: MT RWENZORI HIKE-3,171 METERS CLIMBING to 3,515 METERS
6.9 kilometers for 4 to 5 hours. After a hearty breakfast we commence walking at 8.15am and initially climb steadily then cross a small stream and the climb becomes steep for about 200 meters up a narrow moss covered ridge. The thick moss covering the ground and rocks under the giant heather trees is spectacular and we ask you to help preserve this pristine environment by keeping to the pathway. The views give us the impression that we could fly as we look across the many ridges and valleys far below. You can see Kilembe village deep in the valley and across Lake George. After a relatively short climb the trail becomes less steep as we reach Chavumba (meaning heaven) at 3,316m then walk down to a small valley where you may see Giant Lobelias (lobelia gibberoa). From here we continue climbing passing through trees covered with deep green moss and a host of plants which thrive is the ever misty environment to 3,515 meters where we take a left turn on a path leading to trail to Kalalama. At Kalalama Camp we prepare our evening meals while overlooking Kasese and Lake George from a different perspective. To the south is the rugged cliff faces of Rwatamaguta and Karasimbi rising far above us and creating the wonder of the diversity of the Rwenzori Mountains. Dinner and overnight at Kalalama Camp.
DAY 5: MT RWENZORI HIKE- DECENDING
We slowly descend down through the bamboo forests. Here the bamboo zone is much wetter than the climb up to Samalira Camp as the trail is on the southern windward side of the mountain and gets much more rain. At around 2,600 meters the bamboo gives way to Afro Montane forests as we pass just above Sine Rock Shelter. This rock shelter was the home to a gentleman called Sine who spent over thirty years in the mountains poaching animals. As we reach the bottom of the ridge we cross a rather large fast flowing stem and on the Musenge rock shelter. Here we have lunch and a short break before we walk the final 6 km through thick mountain Montane forest to the rangers post. After a short debriefing, we sign off and walk the 1.2 kilometers to
our waiting vehicles and down to Trekkers Hostel. Dinner and overnight at Equator Snow Lodge (High–end) or Hotel Margherita (Midrange) Meal plan (Full Board)
DAY 6: MT RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK-QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (Travel time +5hrs)
After breakfast, early morning drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is Uganda‘s most popular tourist destination. After relaxation, lunch will be served at the lodge and thereafter visit the famous bat caves at Maramagambo Forest. The cave has a viewing room built through funding from the Center for Disease Control in
which visitors can observe the bats as well as the pythons that live alongside them. Enjoy a guided nature walk through the forest and head back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (High end) or Parkview lodge (Mid range) Meal plan (Full Board)
DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (Game Drive, Boat Cruise)
With wonderful memories of the previous day, you will have an early breakfast as you prepare for a game drive in the Kasenyi area of the park. During the drive, you will be able to view and take photos of the Elephants, Lions, antelopes and buffalo among others. Return for lunch at your lodge. In the afternoon you will enjoy a 2 hour boat ride along the Kazinga channel which is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park, and taking a boat tour along it gives visitors the chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shoreline. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (High end) or Parkview lodge (Mid range) Meal plan (Full Board)
DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK- BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK (Ishasha Sector) (Travel Time: +5hrs)
After breakfast, drive south to the Ishasha sector which is notably recognized for its resident Tree climbing lions that are an exceptional attraction and one among the highlights on all safaris taken within Queen Elizabeth National park. In addition to the fascinating population of the Tree Climbing Lions within the Ishasha visitor will also come across huge buffalo herds, numerous antelopes that keep crossing your path. After lunch, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge (High end), or Haven lodge (Mid range) Meal Plan (Full Board)
DAY 9: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK (Gorilla Tracking)
After an early breakfast, head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there you will set off for your thrill experience of the Gorillas in the Mist. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas. The wildlife including additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds, will certainly be very beautiful and really enhance this extremely special experience. The tracking / trekking can entail some thorough climbing as well as hiking although when you come face to face with the tranquil yet potent Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away from you observing the group, the baby with
the mothers, the gorillas partaking their everyday routine just right in front of you is all very overwhelming. You can never find any mountain gorillas living in the zoo, save for just in this not large area of Africa where a number of the remnant mountain gorillas can be seen. Luckily because of too many efforts, this population is thriving and well surviving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and visitors get the opportunity of observing them at close proximity. Time permitting; thereafter visit the famous batwa community for a community and cultural experience. You will learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Batwa, from brewing of the local beer to medicines made from this very forest. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge (High end), or Haven Lodge (Mid range) Meal Plan (Full Board)
DAY 10: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK –KAMPALA (Travel Time: +9hrs)
After breakfast, early morning drive back to Kampala with lunch en-route. Later proceed to Kampala or Entebbe to a place or hotel of choice where your guide shall drop you or be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your out bond flight back home or to your next destination. Meal plan (B&L)
END OF THE TOURS
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Hiking Mt Rwenzori
1 Gorilla permits per person Bwindi
1 Chimpanzee permit
2 Game Drives (Ishasha section, Mweya section)
Boat trips as per the itinerary
Maramagambo forest visit
Park entry fees
Transportation on a 4x4 vehicle
English speaking Driver
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
Potter Fees while hiking
Climbing ropes and harnesses with carabinas and crampons
Rubber boots free
Activities not included in the itinerary
Personal Hiking gear like: Sleeping bag, Warm jacket/sweater, and Gloves
- Your guide will manage all programs’ timing
- During the trip, the following dietary requirement(s) are served: Regular (typically includes meat, fish, milk, sea food, …). If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to us
- Please note that the feasibility of the tour will depend on the availability of the proposed accommodations
- We do not take responsibility for any airline schedule changes that may occur after quoting or booking. We will do everything we can to alleviate any disruption of your itinerary or holiday but cannot be held responsible for any loss of funds, bookings, missed connections or other prebooked/paid services.
Hiking Mt Rwenzori
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth
Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National park
Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National park
- For safe operation
- Given the fluid nature of local COVID-19 protocols, our itineraries are regularly reviewed and will be modified based on local requirements to ensure a safe experience. If a major change is necessary, we will let you know before departure.
- Our guide will use their judgment during the trip to modify the itinerary if physical distancing cannot be achieved
- Our guide will receive in-depth training on COVID-19 protocols and how to conduct our journeys in the “new normal”.
- Our guide will brief you upon arrival on the use of face masks and physical distancing during the trip, based on local government guidelines.
- Only restaurants with strict protocols that comply with local food hygiene and physical distancing requirements will be used. We will encourage outdoor dining areas where possible.
- All of our staff and third party suppliers will be continually informed of new health and safety protocols.
- Transportation Protocols
- Our drivers will follow local protocols on the use of face masks and physical distancing required.
- Our drivers will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues in the vehicle and encourage customers to wash their hands when getting into the vehicle.
- All vehicles will be disinfected (seats, door handles, etc.) regularly throughout the day.
- Protocols for Hotels
- We will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines.
- We will ensure that these measures include; improved room cleaning, ventilation, physical distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff retraining and minimization of contact within properties
- If You Get Sick
- All of our leaders are trained to help any guest who becomes ill while traveling.
- We also have an “action plan” in case of suspected COVID-19 cases within the group and are ready to seek medical support at any time.
- Our guides are supported by our 24/7 based operations team and local partners across the country
- Our recommendations
- We recommend you to bring your own face masks (at least 2 reusable) and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- We recommend you to check with the airline for their individual COVID-19 requirements prior to departure.
- We recommend you to check your own government travel advice and meet entry requirements including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing, pre-arrival health questionnaires, and tracking and traceability in the country, etc