This 12 Days Rwenzori Trekking and Wildlife Safari will take us to two amazing national parks that is Kibale national park and Rwenzori national park. Kibale Forest National Park was designated as a forest reserve and gazetted in 1932 to save a sizable forest area. It took over 61 years for the region to be raised to National Park status, which was formally established in 1993. The park spans 795 square kilometers of tropical rainforest and is situated in western Uganda’s Kabarole area, close to Fort Portal town. Thus, it is the largest forest National Park in Uganda and is well-known for housing a variety of giant primates, including the largest population of chimpanzees in the country. The ‘Capital of monkeys’ and a paradise for lovers of monkeys, it is known to have the biggest concentration of primates in the entire globe.
12 Days Rwenzori Trekking and Wildlife Safari, After Kibale national park will proceed to the “Mountains of the Moon”. Its highest point is Mt. Stanley’s Margherita peak, which rises to 5,109m and ranks third in Africa. The Rwenzori Mountains were designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 due to its beauty and diversity, and World Geographic ranked them one of the top hikes in the world. Untouched and without a doubt one of the most stunning treks in the world. There are 996 square kilometers in the park. It may be reached by car from Kampala in around 6 hours in western Uganda.
Today you will have breakfast in Kampala before driving to Kibale National Park. The northern route is quicker and shorter, covering around 300 km on a tarmac road to Fort Portal and another 36 km on murram to Kanyanchu. You can explore the Crater Lake area when you get there.
After breakfast, you will go chimp trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, which is one of the greatest safari places in Africa for chimp tracking. One of Uganda’s most stunning and diverse expanses of tropical forest can be found within the 795km2 Kibale National Park. Numerous woodland animals, most notably 13 species of primates and chimpanzees, can be found here. After your hike, you’ll have lunch before visiting the Bigodi wetland, which is home to a variety of bird species. Return to the hotel for dinner before traveling to Kasese town to get ready for the ascent the following day.
After eating breakfast, go to the Nyakalengija trailhead (1600 m), where you can begin your ascent to Nyabitaba hut by strolling through banana sambas on the steep hillsides’ side and past characteristic Bakonjo homesteads. Follow the Mubuku River route amid landslides, climbing and descending boulders and bluffs, Cross the Mahoma River, then climb arduously through a pod carpus forest and break fern slopes to the Nyabitaba Hut, where you can spend the night.
Follow the path from Nyabitaba that ascends through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, which is located just below where the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers converge. Travel across a tiresome length of moss-covered rock as you pass through the bamboo grove. Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen from the Nyamileju rock shelter before entering the area with the gigantic heather, lobelia, and groundsel. After trudging through the exhausting muck, you will arrive at John Matte Hut, where you can have dinner and spend the night.
Today, the trail ascends to cross the Bujuku River after John Matte Hut. Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt. Baker to the south and Mt. Stanley to the west, is reached after crossing the upper Bigo Bog. Bujuku Hut is situated in a little valley just below Steinmann Pass, in the shade of Mount Baker and Mount Speke.
After leaving Bujuku, the trail ascends the rocky terrain to the west of the lake, passing through the enchanted Groundsels Gully on the way to the 4372m Scott-Elliot Pass. After climbing a steep part on a metal ladder at the gully’s entrance, the trail divides in two. A difficult track that crosses significant stones ascends to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on the right. The route to Scott is on the left.
Today we will hike to Margherita, which can take anywhere from four to seven hours. It is a technical climb that involves roping up, crampons, and adequate equipment for cold, windy, and icy conditions. It is exclusively for the physically fit. It is preferable to try the last climb in a party of at least four people, two climbers and two guides; climb onto the glacier, cross the Stanly Plateau, and begin the ascent. Return to Scott- Elliot Pass and descend to Kitandara Hut for the night, passing through the Kitandara Lakes.
The route departs from Kitandara, descended sharply up the headwall, fanned out from Mount Baker’s foot, and continued up the mountain’s southern flank to Fresh Field Pass. The base camp for the famous expedition led by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906 is now passed by the long, muddy descent from the pass, which passes Bujangolo’s rock shelter.
The descent may involve careful balancing over sheer muck or steep rock because there may not be anything to grip onto. a stay the night at Nyabiaba Hut.
Descend Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija, which takes approximately 3 hours. Begin the 40-minute trek to Lake Mamoha and then return to the Park Head Quarters at Nyabitaba. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth for dinner and stay.
Enjoy a wildlife drive in the Kasenyi region early in the morning; you might see elephants, Uganda kobs, leopards, among other creatures. After a leisurely breakfast, head back to the resort. Later that day, you’ll embark on a launch cruise on Kazinga Chanel to see a variety of wildlife, including as hippos and crocodiles. You’ll also learn about a variety of birds along the sand banks.
After breakfast, depart for Kampala, stopping along the way for lunch in Mbarara and an experiment and photography stop at the equator. Continue on and arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon. Go to your hotel or the Entebbe airport to catch your next flight.
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