17 Days : Rwenzori Mountaineering Safari – Margherita Central Circuit Trail (Sleep In Cabins)
Rwenzori Mountain Central Circuit Trail

“Discover Uganda’s Adventures Before Becoming Household Words”   Although little was known about  the Rwenzoris , are Africa’s largest group of snow mountains. In ancient times the Greeks believed that the legendary source of the Nile was a great African mountain range. They called them the “Mountains of the Moon”. Today these mist-enshrouded and snow capped peaks offer a challenging trek in the heart of Africa. Further south in Bwindi National Park we’ll track mountain gorillas on foot – a thrilling wildlife encounter and perfect end to a Ugandan trek. From forests of giant heather, groundsel and lobelias (up to ten times their normal height!) to glaciers, waterfalls and lakes – join us and discover some of Uganda’s diverse secrets for yourself.

Safari Highlights
Day 1: Airport Transfer
Day 2: Kampala -MurchisonFallsNational Park.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park.
Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Fort Portal /Kasese
Day 5 of Day 1 of mountain hiking: Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba Hut (2650m).
Day 6 of Day 2 of mountain hiking: John Matte Hut (3350m).
Day 7 of Day 3 of mountain hiking: Bujuku Hut
Day 8 of Day 4 of mountain hiking: Elena Hut (4541m).
Day 9 of Day 5of mountain hiking: Margherita peak (5109m)
Day 10 of Day 6 of mountain hiking: Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
Day 11 of Day 7 of mountain hiking: Nyabitaba (2650m)
Day 12: Queen Elizabeth National park.
Day 13: Queen Elizabeth National park – Bwindi.
Day 14: Gorilla TrackingBwindi
Day 15: Bwindi–Bunyonyi.
Day 16: Bunyonyi.
Day 17: Bunyony-Kampala/Airport.

Day 1: Airport Transfer
You will be met by our driver /guide at Entebbe International Airport on your arrival  flight who will drive you to Kampala the Capital City of Uganda. Check in at  hotel  in the city center dinner and overnight. BD

Day 2: Kampala  -MurchisonFallsNational Park.
Morning at 7.00am your driver/guide will pick you from  Kampala where you will start the drive to Murchison Falls National Park with lunch en route stopping at Masindi town. After lunch proceed to Murchison falls national park.
Arrive at  Murchison Falls National Park  gate and proceed to visit the top of the falls for a breathtaking sight of the raging Nile as it forces its way through a rocky gap barely six meters wide. This is the point where the Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river. Enjoy nice views of the falls while taking photographs.

Murchison falls National Park covers 3,840-sq km and has recorded 76 mammal species and 450 bird species. The altitude is 619m at the delta and 1,292 at Rabongo Hill. The mean temperature is 29 ºC-high and 21 ºC-low.
After proceed to  check in at Either Paraa Safari Lodge or Murchison Falls River Lodge    dinner and overnight at Redchili facility.

 Day 3 : Murchison Falls National Park.
Morning after an early breakfast  . Cross with ferry and drive in the northern bank of River Nile  start the day with an early morning game drive. You will most likely be able to view those animals that are unique to the African Savannah like giraffe, antelope, lion, elephant, hyena, buffalo  and the Uganda Kob and many more..

After  lunch you will take on a launch cruise on the NileRiver. The cruise takes you to the Bottom of the thundering falls where you will see huge crocodiles, schools of hippos, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, kingfishers, skimmers, fish eagles and sometimes the rare shoebill. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnightat  the chosen facility as per day 1 (Full Board).

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Fort Portal /Kasese
After breakfast, will depart for Fort Portal or Kasese . This is a day’s long drive and will be arriving for dinner time. Overnight.


Day 5 of Day 1 of mountain hiking :Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba Hut (2650m).
 Early in the morning, after having a cup of coffee, drive to Nyakalengija Trailhead (1600m). Meet porters and guides and begin hiking up toNyabitaba hut. Walk through the matooke / Banana plantations on the sideof the steep foothills, past the local Bakonjo homesteads. Continue withthe trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides. After crossing theMahoma River, climb steeply through bracken fern slopes and Podocarpusforest to Nyabitaba Hut. Dinner and Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 6 of Day 2 of mountain hiking: John Matte Hut (3350m).
From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to theKurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujukurivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long andexhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rockshelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into thezone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John MatteHut after passing through the tiring bog, for Dinner and Overnight at the Hut.

 Day 7 of Day 3 of mountain hiking: Bujuku Hut
From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River andenters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock totussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet samplingsome of the freezing ooze below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to BujukuLake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West.Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, isset in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at the hut.

Day 8 of Day 4 of mountain hiking: Elena Hut (4541m).
Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing thesteep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully asit ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metalladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanleyon a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads

to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. Dinner and Overnight atthe Coolly and Icy Elena Hut

Day 9 of Day 5of mountain hiking: Margherita peak (5109m)
For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the baseof the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takesabout 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace ofclimbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers,slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides.Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers.

Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed withthe ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather,scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzoris.Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reachthe peak, don’t get disappointed. Prepare for you return through theScott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lakeand Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes.After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparsevegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinnerand overnight at the Kitandara Hut.

Day 10 of Day 6 of mountain hiking:  Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall,spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the southside of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point you can view intothe Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, takeon the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp forthe historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 906.Dinner andOvernight at Guy Yeoman Hut.

Day 11 of Day 7 of mountain hiking: Nyabitaba (2650m)
Take on the path down to Nyabitaba hut. The path can be slippery and muddy and therefore requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. Remember this is part of the adventure with in this mountain, and you continue with the descend gently down the muddy paths to the trailhead, finally getting out of the park at about 15hours and continue to your hotel for a bath and rest.

Continue to Queen Elizabeth and  Bwindi Park for  Gorilla tracking and Visiting Lake Bunyonyi Relaxing
Queen Elizabethpark is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda, and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO auspices. It borders Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel in the western area of the Great Western Rift Valley escarpment.

Day 12:Queen Elizabeth National park .
Early morning will carry out a game drive to see more animals that habit this park, that include predators –  lion, leopard and other game – elephant buffalo, hyena, antelopes etc. also will watch hundreds of different bird species. Over 500 bird species have been identified here, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the black bee–eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors.  Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda, and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO auspices. It borders on Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel.

Then relax a bit and take on a 2-hour launch cruise at 3.00pm on the Kazinga channel. This waterway joins Lakes Edward and George and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks. You are likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas and leopards, bushbuck, waterbuck and stripped jackal, and of-course the several warthogs.Retire to the lodge for dinner and over night FB.

Day 13: Queen Elizabeth National park – Bwindi.
After breakfast you will be driven to Kyambura gorge for Chimpanzee tracking while on a nature walk. After  Kyambura gorge for a primate walk where your will see chimps and other primates e.g Columbus & velvet monkeys and baboons walk out of the gorge to  proceed to Bwindi after picnic lunch.

Then proceed toBwindiNational Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. It is estimated to half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas –300 live within these boundaries shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The drive is long but enjoyable. Proceed south to Bwindi, viewing the terraced hills of Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa.

After picnic lunch will proceed to the southern part of the this park the Ishasha area famous for climbing lions .Where time allows will have an evening  drive looking for climbing lions and after proceed to Bwindi . Arrival at Buhomawill be in the evening. You will then settle in at  Buhoma  Community Camp. Dinner and overnight as you prepare for tomorrow’s event! FB

Day  14: Gorilla TrackingBwindi

Morning after breakfast with packed lunch, you will be  escorted to the starting point for briefing by your guide. You will be allocated guides to track gorillas with, and then will be off to begin your adventure. A briefing from your local guides and then it’s off! The time taken and the terrain varies (1- 8 hours) this depends on the movement of these gentle giants. The thrill of meeting face to face takes away the pain of some times long and arduous trek.  Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in delightfully playful manner.  After tracking will walk back to your lodge for overnight stay FB.

You will need to carry long pants like jean type, sturdy shoes to help you hiking steep and slippery slopes, long sleeved shirts and blouses to protect your bodies from thorns and itching plants. You may not rule out raining on you and at least a rain coat is needed to protect your bodies and any equipment carried along with like cameras. Also carry insect repellants and sun cream

Day 15: Bwindi–Bunyonyi.
Morning after breakfast with packed lunch  will be driven through back to Kabale for sight seeing and relaxing at lake Bunyonyi . Dinner andovernight.

Day 16: Bunyonyi.
Morning after breakfast with will go for boatride on lake bunyonyiexpolringthishihhen treasure for sightseeing  bird watching and community interaction, The rest of the day will be forrelaxing at the lake beach side. Overnight.

Day 17: Bunyony-Kampala/Airport.
Morning after breakfast with will be driven back to Kampala. Will be stopping at  other points of interest as your driver guide will be  pointing out like the equatorcrossing. Proceed to  Kampala arriving in the evening. Will  be dropped at  your hotel in Kampala or at the airport END OF SAFARI


2 PAX$ 4445  pp
4 PAX $  3982 pp
6 PAX $ 3475 pp

Please Note the safari cost  for both options will include:

  • Meals and accommodation at full board
  • Full time safari driver /guide
  • Park fees, boat cruise, game drive
  • Applicable government taxes
  • Drinking bottled water while driving on safari
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Rwenzori Park fees, Rwenzori Permit, government taxes, porters’ and guides’ wages, chef/cook, camping gear, meals while in the mountains and what is not mentioned above shall directly be paid directly And these may include;

Excluded are:
Beverages and bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance and any other services of personal nature like souvenirs, tips, laundry etc

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