12 Days Rwenzori Hiking Combined & Wildlife in Uganda

This Package gives you an opportunity to discover the Uganda’s pristine tropical rainforest the playground of chimpanzee and Mountain Gorillas. Visit Kibale National Park protecting a wealthy chimpanzee, Your Journey to the mystical challenge when you hike up to Baker Peak of Rwenzori Mtns With the breathtaking and majestic sceneries across entire mountain spectrum, learn the Uganda’s cradle of mankind, and witness the spirit of ancient Africa that lives on Culture, tradition and myth. Visit the vast open spaces full of oddities and secrets that are elastic thread of Natural wonders where you begin the journey into African wilderness the way Nature intended, get an opportunity to witness what is considered as one of the most exciting safari combined with spectacular landscape providing the setting for Africa’s most memorable visitor experience. Unforgettable encounters with Chimpanzee during a walk in Kibale forest, witness that Uganda is a home and meeting point of African savanna and West African tropical rainforest. Uganda’s vegetation is immensely diverse stretching from snow-capped peaks and Afro-Alpine moorland to dense rainforest mixed with the most delightful climate in the world as you drive across the Pearl of Africa. Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Ultimate mountain gorilla Experience and Queen Elizabeth National Park the medley of wonders when you see the tree climbing Lions in Ishasha and of the vast savanna of Africa is the perfect setting for a classic African safari experience.

Day 1:Pick from Entebbe International Airport & transfer to Kibale National Park
Meet Kenneth at Entebbe International Airport and drive via Mitya-Mubende-Kyenjojo-fort Portal. This drive gives you an opportunity to enjoy the diverse Tourism Circuit of western Uganda. This, of course, will give you a new hope that the next day will be better. It’s something that makes you think about the chances you were about to miss when your eyes see this beautiful country’s attractions as you drive. You will also have just a little bit of taste of the scenic view of Rwenzori Mountains ranges being extremely humid area and frequently enveloped in clouds gives you the best photo opportunities. Enjoy the green hills of Toro that support tea plantations, with rich cultural diversity of Batooro, and arriving in this Tourism City in western Uganda this is where you will stop over for early hot lunch and after proceed to Kibale National park for overnight.

Exciting Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
After early Lunch in Fort portal drive to Kanyanchu Visitor Centre for briefing to get set to go and meet the chimpanzee in the forest. Kibale forest is regarded as the playground of the chimpanzees and it is one of the few remaining areas of rainforest in Africa and offers the visitor the high percentage of viewing the 600 chimpanzees that rest in its tree canopy. The Afternoon tracking starts at 2.00pm and lasts 2 – 5 hours. You will go through this ritual accompanied by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Ranger Guides and being the highest Africa diversity at the primates in Africa and famously known as the primate capital of the world you will as well come across the Adam naked tree during the walk after tracking proceed to bigodi for the Swamp Walk which not far away from the briefing point at Kanyanchu Visitor center.

Transfer to Mt Rwenzori National Park
After Chimpanzee Tracking transfer to Rwenzori Mountains National via Fort Portal, this drive is scenic with the backdrop of Rwenzori mountain ranges before arriving at the starting point to join the Team and get to the briefing before setting off for the mystical challenge in Rwenzori Mountains.

Day 2: Hiking to Kilembe Trail
Start the hike on Kilembe trail (1,450m) to kalalama (3156) Altitude gain +1706m). The first day involves along steady climb through montane forest and Bamboo to a camp site at Kalalama in the heather zone, you will camp here which is the first day of this engaging Adventure activity. At Trekkers hostel kilembe the base camp at 1450 meters. Briefing from the guides and start the trek to sleep at Sine Camp 2596 meters following a height gain of 1146 meters.

Day 3: Hiking Kalalama to Mutinda
After early morning breakfast walk to the second point that is mutinda about (3810m) this walk gives you an opportunity to explore and photograph the attractions of this challenging but exciting Block Mountain.(Altitude gain +654m). The route follows the Kamusoni River to a campsite at the base of the4200m Mutinda Towers outcrop. Hike to Mutinda camp at 3688 meters, giving you a height gain of 1092 meters. In the afternoon at Mutinda one may wish to climb up Mutinda look out at 3975 metres of which apart from offering breathtaking views and it gives you good acclimatization since you would be continuing higher to the summit at 4842 metres

Day 4: Hiking Mutinda to Lake Kopello Overlook (Bugata Camp)
Walk from Mutinda and proceed to Kopello Overlook (4185m) (Alt gain +375m) above Mutinda, the trail traverses open Moorland to reach a Camp at the Lake Kopolle Viewpoint, here you have fantastic view and photographs are excellent Hike to Bugata camp at 4100 meters, with a height gain of 412 meters through the valley of amazingly unique beautiful plant species, streams and waterfalls while we head to Bugata camp at 4100 meters. The trek gets tougher and exhausting with the steep ridges,mud and boggy sections, high steps but the rewards are enormously beautiful.

Day 5: Hiking Lake Kopolle to Mt Baker Base Camp (Hunwick’s Camp)
Continue from Lake Kopolle to Mt Baker base camp A day of Ups and downs skirts the flank of Mt Luigi da Savoiato reach a camp beside a tributary of the Butawu valley; all these are trails of impressive views in rwenzori Mountains national park of western Uganda. Hike to Hunwick’s camp at 3974 meters, via Bamwanjara pass at 4450meters having excellent views of the main peaks whilst the trek.

Day 6: Hike Mountain Baker Base camp to Mt Baker
Hiking here at Mt Baker base camp (4160m) to Mt baker (4842m) (Alt gain +682m). You will be required to start up Very early in the morning to climb up to the fresh field pass and Mount Baker before clouds obscures the views. Descend to Lake Kopolloor Mutinda camp. And walk back to the start base. Wake up very early walking through the fresh field pass before taking turn and start to climb the rocky sections heading to the summit of Mount Baker 4842 metres. After the summit we will descend down to Hunwick’s camp at 3974 metres for the night.

Day 7: Hiking to Kiharo Camp
Take the loop and descend down to Kiharo camp at 3430 metres through Oliver’s pass. Overnight at Kiharo camp set in a deep valley with high cliffs and dense vegetation.

Day 8; Descend Dowhill back to Kilembe
Descend downhill past the moss covered rocks along rivers and beautiful forests back to the basecamp in Kilembe. Debrief and refresh

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do evening game drive
After Lunch drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park through Fort Portal. This drive gives you an opportunity to enjoy the scenic view of Rwenzori Mountains ranges being extremely humid area and frequently enveloped in clouds gives you the best photo opportunities. Stopover in Kasese town for hot lunch at selected Hotel/Restaurant before reaching Queen Elizabeth National Park for evening Game drive and afterwards drives to the lodge to check in for overnight.

Day 9: Morning Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After Early Morning Breakfast with your packed Lunch drive to Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park the medley of wonders and the vast savannah of Africa is the perfect setting for a classic African safari experience. With the breathtaking and majestic sceneries across entire mountain spectrum. Visit the vast open spaces full of oddities and secrets that are elastic thread of Natural wonders where you begin the journey into African wilderness the way Nature intended, to see the wild residents emerge for a drink from the busy waterhole as the sun begins to rise over the iconic bush veld scenery. it’s the one that engages all your senses from the very first moment Sparked to life when you first hear the distant roar of a lion, the laugh of a hyena in the night, or the song of a thousands of cicada beetles at midday, then experience the high lightening of these sense when you first spot a rare leopard hidden in a tree or feel the ground vibrate as a herd of elephants cross right in front of you. You will soon feel that this world moves at its own speed, and to witness it be part of it is something you won’t forget. Coming this close to nature is a vivid reminder of why we have always been inspired by the untouched wild. Photograph the attractions a poetry wrapped in beauty. Explore and witness the miracles of the green landscapes, fertile valleys, shimmering lakes, and witness these wildlife enjoy breathtaking experience, discover the rich humbling evidence of African culture, experience the most beautiful birds such as saddle-billed stork, shoebill. Larger Mammal expected to be seen includes, Elephants, Buffalo, Lions, Leopards, Kobs, Hippopotamus, Hyenas, Waterbucks, Warthogs, and many others. You will explore all the wildlife spotlight areas of Queen Elizabeth national Park such as Kasenyi plains, Channel Track, Craters.

Afternoon boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After lunch go for boat ride along Kazinga Channel. Mweya is Queen’s focal point. It is still jam-packed with birds and animals. Its elevated position commands gorgeous views of the Kazinga Channel. Cruise down the Kazinga Channel the most relaxing way to enjoy the wildlife safari here. This cruise gives an opportunity to view hippos, buffaloes and water birds as elephants stride along the banks. All you need to do sit back with your camera or binoculars at the ready and enjoy the incredible spectacle. This is the oasis for the many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park and it gives a chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffaloes while elephants linger on the shore-line. The cruise is only for two hours see how local fishing village stay alongside with wildlife, enjoy birds’ colony of cormorants, pelicans. After the boat cruise do another evening game drive in Kasenyi plains maybe you could be lucky to encounter what you might have missed out in the morning Game drive and afterward drive back to the lodge for overnight.

Day 10: Transfer to Ishasha Sector and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After morning breakfast transfer to Ishasha. This drive takes you through the Southern Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park with fantastic view. This drive is long but rewarding to view Bwindi endemic birds and primates along the way and provide expansive views across the plains of Western Rift Valley driving to Ishasha the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will purposely do game drive, here you will be rewarded with the sightings of Ishasha’s most famous residents the tree climbing lions-lounging in the branches while keeping a close eye on the herds of Uganda kobs and this is the only area. Here you can find topis as well as with many teaming herds of buffaloes and elephants, Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks in this magnificent natural arenas, enjoy the attendant cast of wildlife behaviors after game drive proceed to the Selected Hotel/Restaurant for hot lunch.

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
After Lunch drive through Kihiihi-Kayonza-Butogota-Ruhiija. This drive takes you through the Eastern Sector or part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with fantastic view. This drive is long but rewarding to view Bwindi endemic birds and primates along the way and provide expansive views across the plains of Western Rift Valley to the west, drive through tea plantations and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National park with stopover for the best photographs along the way you will drive through the forest of Bwindi Impenetrable before connecting to Kabale-Kisoro Road. Enjoy your journey while driving on the winding snake-like roads that shyly pass at the lips of the cliffs before reaching to the lodge to check in for Overnight.

Day 11: Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After early morning breakfast at lodge drive to the gorilla tracking briefing point, register and get general briefing before you see off to go and meet these beautiful majestic giant maintain gorillas in the forest. Tracking is captivating and unforgettable experience which is more than repays the effort needed to reach with a lot of hiking. Tracking starts at 8:30am and can last from a few hours to a whole day depending on where gorillas were left the previous day.
The park is characterized by tangled vegetation dropped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep slippery valleys and high-draughty ridges. It is ever chilly weather and challenging terrains offers the best experience in a trek though one of Africa’s most ancient rainforests in search of the endangered maintain gorillas ranks among the world’s premier wildlife encounters.
NB: You will go with packed lunch.
After tracking visit a craft shop and maybe you can check in there for hand craft items. Afterwards drive back to the lodge as you enjoy the breath taking views of Bwindi forest the Uganda’s most pristine tracts of rainforest.
Have your time and relax as you enjoy the perfect view of Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Enjoy the balcony view of the impenetrable forest from your room or on your private patio just outside at the shade besides the restaurant and the bar as you wait for dinner.

Day 12: Transfer to Entebbe
After early morning breakfast transfer back to Entebbe through Mbarara – masaka drive through this region, as one drives through this get amazed and impressed by the remarkable scenery that unfolds in sight. The Lowlands and Grassland savannas gradually give way to the cascading hills that seem never to end. You also enjoy the indigenous long horned Ankole Cattle in their land of milk and honey Water Experiment at Equator Crossing where you will stopover for lunch before proceeding to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with the flight.
Uganda is truly a country gifted by Nature and being a one of the few counties in the world where imaginary line that divide the earth into two halves passes enjoy and participate in the water experience and get certificates afterwards get your lunch at Equator from a selected restaurant before proceeding to Entebbe.

Enjoy your dream trip into the soul of Africa here in “Uganda the Pearl of Africa”