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14 Days Rwenzori and Gorilla Trek

Day 1, Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our representative from Span safaris will pick you up and transfer you to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay or for a short city tour depending on the time of your arrival flight. Dinner and overnight at Imperial Royale Hotel/Kampala Serena Hotel/Cassia Lodge/Ministers Village Hotel/G-One Hotel/Hotel Sojovaro

 Day 2, Transfer to Kasese (Rwenzori National Park) 7-8 hours drive
After a served breakfast at your Hotel in Kampala, you will set off for Rwenzori Mountain national Park. You will reach Kasese town in time for lunch and after transfer to the Rwenzori Mountaineering services (RMS) offices for registration.  Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita (FB)

Day 3, Start Hiking from Nyakalengija to Nyabithaba hut 2.652 m.
After breakfast, you will report to the park headquarters to be allocated your guides and porters. You will then set off for hiking from the trail head (1646m) passing via the typical mud Bakonjo homes. Start hiking from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut. This may take 5-7 hours. Have dinner and overnight stay at Nyabitaba hut. (FB)

Day 4, Nyabitaba to John Matte hut 3.414 m.
Breakfast will be served early in the morning. You will then follow the trail from Nyabitaba hut to Kurt Shaffer Bridge crossing Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. From this point, the trail becomes steeper and very slippery. Then continue and hike up to John Matte hut for dinner and overnight. Hiking time may be 6-7 hours. (FB)

Day 5, John Matte- Bujuku Hut 3.962 m
Early morning breakfast, Hike from John Matte and cross River Bujuku to enter the Bigo bog. There is a steeply section from the hut which will lead you to upper Bigo bog. You will then cross the drier ground up to Lake Bujuku which overlooks Mt. Baker to the south, Mt. Stanley to the west, and Mt Speke to the North. Hike until you reach Bujuku Hut for dinner and overnight stay. This will take like 4-5 hours.

Day 6, Bujuku Hut - Elena Hut 4.540 m.
From Bujuku Hut, hike to Scott Elliot and Elena Hut. This is the end point for the central circuit and the starting point to climb Margherita Peak or Mt Stanley. The hike to Elena is a steep rock trail which when wet can be slippery. Follow the central circuit through the alpine zone of sparse low vegetation to crater lakes and drop to Lake Kitandara hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 7, Kitandara hut- Magherita (5109m)
After breakfast in the morning, you will climb up to the summit of Margherita (5109m). There might be need for use of crampons and ropes. Descend from Lake Kitandara hut leaving Margarita peak northwards and Democrat Republic of Congo westwards. On clear days you will see big area of Congo and the famous tropical forests of Congo. Descend back to Kitandara Hut for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8, From Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut,
From Lake Kitandara you climb to Freshfield Pass, 4.282 m., a long flat of high alpine mossy glades, before descending the circuit among rocky and boggy areas. The panorama is dominated by the glaciers of Mounts Stanley and Baker and Mount of Savoy. A muddy trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where starts the Kabamba valley down to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. This can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, vegetations and rivers.

Day 9, From Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba Hut
Hikers may be required to begin their journey early enough so as to get to Nyabitaba hut before dark, since this path can be somehow challenging in some spots. So descending slowly facing the slope instead of outward is the only best way. Lake evening can also be good for taking a walk and viewing some of the birds and the occasional blue tailed monkey. For the Typical hikers the descending process will take 5-6 hours. Stay at Nyabitaba hut. (2650m)

Day 10, Nyabitaba Hut- Nyakalengija
Descend to Nyakalengija the park headquarters and this may take 2-3 hours. Meet with your driver and drive back to Kasese for lunch and after you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Upon entering the park you will enjoy a game drive en route. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Simba Safari Camp .

Day 11, Transfer to Bwindi
After breakfast, you will go for the morning game drive in the park and search for different wildlife such as Lions, Elephants, buffaloes, leopards, antelopes and a lot of Kobs. After the game drive you will transfer to Bwindi via Ishasha sector which is commonly known for its rare tree climbing lions. Later transfer to Bwindi where you will have dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Safari Camp for Budget/ Nkuringo Gorilla Camp or Buhoma Lodge for Mid range / Mahogany Springs or Gorilla Resort or Gorilla Forest Camp for Luxury

Day 12, Bwindi Gorilla Trek
You will wake up very early in the morning for breakfast and transfer to your starting point for the Gorilla trek briefing which is made by the Uganda Wildlife Authority wardens. You are advised to travel with your lunch boxes and bottled water.  Your ranger guide will lead you to the forest and will guide you along the way about the flora and fauna existing in the forest until when you reach the Gorilla family allocated to you. The Mountain Gorillas are so extra ordinary and they are one of the most elating primate encounter in the world. There are currently only almost 700 still existing in the world and almost half of these Gorillas are found in Bwindi in Uganda. Depending on where the Gorillas were last night, the trek takes between 2 to 8 hours. However an encounter with these friendly primates will be so exciting and wonderful (Once a life time encounter and experience which is hard to forget). Their encounter will enable you to forget all the steep slopes and valleys you have gone through. After meeting them, you will return back to your lodge for relaxation, refreshments, dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Safari Camp for Budget/ Nkuringo Gorilla Camp or Buhoma Lodge for Mid range / Mahogany Springs or Gorilla Resort or Gorilla Forest Camp for Luxury

Day 13, Transfer to Kampala
After a morning breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kampala via Kabale commonly known region as the “Switzerland of Africa” Have lunch in Mbarara town and later proceed to Kampala. Drop off will be at your Hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight stay at Imperial Royale Hotel/Kampala Serena Hotel/Cassia Lodge/Ministers Village Hotel/G-One Hotel/Hotel Sojovaro

Day 14, Departure
Depending on the time of your departure flight, you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your departure flight back to home.

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