Safaris
9 DAYS WILDLIFE AND MT RWENZORI MINI TREK

Day 1 Arrival

 Day 2 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and boat trip

Day 3 Game drives and visit a Salt Lake

Day 4 Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Fort Portal

Day 5 explore the crater lakes, Nyakasura falls and Amabere caves

Day 6 Ascend mountain Rwenzori

Day 7 Ascend mountain Rwenzori

Day 8 Descend mountain Rwenzori

Day 9 Transfer to Kampala


Day 1 Arrival

On this Day you will be welcomed by your guide  for transfer to your accommodation in Kampala. You will then be briefed about your whole holiday. Depending on the time of arrival at Entebbe, you may go for a Kampala City tour leading you to The St Balikudembe Market, Bhai Temple, Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo, Kasubi Royal Tombs and the Kampala City Centre.

Accommodation – Hotel Accacia City/Platinum Royale Hotel

Meal Plan – Supper

Travel Time – Approx. 45 min

Day 2 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

This morning, you will be met by your guide for transfer to Uganda’s most famous National Park. You are to have picnic lunch on the Mweya peninsula and then begin your adventure with a boat trip on the Kazinga channel which will give you an opportunity to see many animals including; crocodiles, hippos, elephants, kobs, monitor lizards and so on. Also expect to see many bird species including; the marabou stalk, African Fish Eagle, pelicans, cormorants and so on. We then go for an evening game drive in the Kasenyi sector. This is a mating ground for antelopes and therefore a good hunting area for lions, leopards, hyenas and other predators. We later check in our lodge for overnight.

Travel time – Approx. 6Hrs

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation –Kazinga Channel View Resort/The Bush Lodge

Day 3 Game drives and boat trip

We wake up early for a morning game drive to search for the early risers. This is the best time to spot predators such as lions, leopards and the spotted hyena. We then drive back to our lodge for late breakfast and later visit Lake Munyanyange to see flamingos. We proceed to the Katwe Salt Lake. This Lake has been in existence since the 16th century and is responsible for the survival of people in Katwe village. You will see/get to know how local salt is extracted and made ready for consumption and sale in this area. We end our day with an evening game drive in the Kabatoro sector which is famous for large herds of elephants and is also a feeding ground for hippos. This evening, be ready to take a picture of a feeding hippo.

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Kazinga Channel View Resort/The Bush Lodge


Day 4 Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Fort Portal

After breakfast, we prepare ourselves for the once in a life time experience (chimpanzee tracking).You may track the chimps in the Kyambura Gorge or Imaramagambo Forest or Kalinzu Forest; the choice is yours. This activity is a bit challenging but very rewarding, so expect to walk for one to six hours depending on where the chimps will be on this day. Having encountered them, you will enjoy a full hour with them. The chimpanzees’ behavior can provide a clue to that of our early ancestors. We then embark on our journey back to Fort Portal.

Travel time – Approx. 2Hrs

Meal Plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Rwenzori Travellers’Inn

Day 5 Explore the crater lakes, Nyakasura falls and Amabere caves

Having had overnight and breakfast in Toro Kingdom, we shall visit the King’s palace. Their King took over when he was a 3 year boy and is now in his mid-twenties. We then visit the Amabere Caves also known as breasts of Nyinamwiru.(Stalagmites and stalachites) You will be given both geographical and cultural explanations of these rocks. We then hike to the nearby crater lakes and water falls. On this day it is advisable to rest early in preparation for the 3 days mini hike in the Rwenzori Mountains also known as mountains of the moon.

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Rwenzori Travellers’ Inn

Day 6 Ascend the Rwenzori (3 days mini hike) 

The Rwenzori mini trek will start at the local village of Kazingo 14
Km west of Fort Portal town in Kabarole district. From here you will
start your ascent along the unmarked paths meeting many locals along
the way. You will see how people in the Rwenzoris live in huts with no
electricity and running water.
You will also enter the Mountain Rwenzori National park where you will
 find a number of bird species and primates. 

Note that this is the third highest mountain in Africa and the only place in the world where it snows at the equator.
Very early this morning, you will be transferred from your camping ground to the base of the mountain/Kazingo. At around 08:30, hike into the Rwenzoris to your first
 campsite. (1500m). The first day shall take us about 6-8 hours before reaching the first camping site near Karangora Peak. 

 Experience the daily life of the Bakonzo people,
help with food preparation, and enjoy a local meal. In the evening, you
will be able to share and interact with locals and take part in
traditional tribal stories including learning some of their
history. The trek is through beautiful sceneries which Rwenzori is
 famous for.

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Camping in Rwenzoris

 DAY 7 Ascend the Rwenzori 

The second phase of the trek shall be aimed at climbing Karangora Peak, an excellent hike from the National Park Boundary, at about 2050m, following the Mpanga River up a beautiful valley; you will also get to see the source of this famous Fort Portal River. (River Mpanga). Continue climbing to the top of the mountain ridge at about (2300m), passing stunning views of the Rift Valley, Lake Albert, and western Uganda.

At the summit of Karangora, the highest peak of the Northern Rwenzori Mountains, views west to Bundibugyo and the Congo, south to Kasese, east to Fort Portal, and north to the Semuliki Rift Valley. 


The2nd day trek shall be through Mountain Rwenzori National
park starting from the forestry zone which is famous
for different vegetation zones, the three horned chameleon and several types of medicinal plants. You will get to know their uses to the locals. Expect to see many
 primates and birds.

On the second day of the trek, you will climb through the Rwenzori Mountains’ jungles on the other side of the mountains through the Bwamba pass to Bundibugyo. At the end of the forest you shall arrive at your next camping site, along the park boundary to stay another night. The second day trek shall take about 6-8 hours. 

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Camping in Rwenzoris

 DAY 8 Descend the Rwenzoris 

On the third day of the hike, you will descend to the Rift Valley floor and onto Bundibugyo Town. (This side is opposite to your starting point of the hike.)This morning, you will be overlooking the original Echuya Forest/The Congo basin. This is where the ancient Bantu people in East Africa (Baganda, Basoga, Bakiga, Banyakore, etc.) are said to have migrated from. Enjoy unique bird species and scenic views of the Rift Valley, Semuliki River, and the DR Congo. Your driver will already be this side for your transfer to your camping site/Hotel  hence end of the hike.

 

You will hike with 1 guide who has vast knowledge about this mountain,
4 to7 porters depending on what they will carry which includes food,
 water, and your luggage.

While in the National park, you will be escorted by an armed game ranger, this is for your safety.

 It is normally cold and wet in the Rwenzoris, so expect cold weather.

Accommodation –Rwenzori  Travellers’ Inn

Day 9 Transfer to Kampala

Having had breakfast at leisure, you will be transferred to Kampala or Entebbe to catch your flight. You are to have lunch on the way and arrival will be in the evening.

Travel time -  Aproximately 7 hours

Meal plan – breakfast and lunch

Accommodation – not included

COST

2 people –USD 1150 per person

4 people – USD 930 per person

6 People - USD 875 per person

Included in the cost are;

Airport Transfers

All meals

All accommodation

All park entrance fees

Game ranger fees

1 chimpanzee permit valued at US Dollars 100

4WD Safari vehicle suitable for game viewing

Porters for mountain hiking

 1 satellite phone when on  the Rwenzori hike

Visit to the salt lake

Enough Bottled drinking water while on safari

Contribution to the local community at Lake Katwe salt lake (US $10 Per person)

Comfortable canvas tents, comfortable matress , bed sheets,blacket and a pillow per person. (Bring your own sleeping bag if you need one)


Not included in the cost are

Porter for chimpanzee trekking (if you need one)

International flights

Visa (US Dollars 100)

Drinks besides water provided in safari vehicle

Packing list

A pair of water proof trousers and jacket.

A hat

Insect repellent

Sunshine repellent

A pair of sun glasses

Personal camera

A pair of binoculars

Good hiking shoes 

Note that weather at Bwindi/Kibale is un predictable, it can rain at any time.


A flying Air Balloon Safari in Queen Elizabeth can be arranged on request. (US Dollars 380 per person)

RWENZORI MINI HIKE

You will hike with 1 guide who has vast knowledge about this mountain,
4 to7 porters depending on what they will carry which includes food,
 water, and your luggage.

While in the National park, you may be escorted by an armed game ranger, this is for your safety.

It is normally cold and wet in the Rwenzoris, so expect cold weather.

You are also required to have sleeping bags, waterproof bags,
waterproof jackets, water proof trousers, headlamps, hiking
shoes, head socks, personal cameras and binoculars, warm
 clothes because it can rain any time in the Rwenzoris.

We shall provide the tents for your camping.

 

Trek Specific Risk Assessment

 However, there are no serious risks involved in this mini trek since
 some bits of it go through local peoples settlements, then through the National Park on the paths that local people have used for more than three centuries thus connecting people of Uganda and DR Congo.

A satellite phone will be provided to call for help in case of an
 emergency


You can remove the bits you do not want and add the ones that you want to meet your budget and interest.

UWA –Uganda Wildlife Authority