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On the only secrete trail of Rwenzori, you will be guided by the indigenous people as they share with you their secret of living in the mountains. You will be rewarded with some of the best scenery, lush vegetation, and the maximum calm enabling you to absorb nature in the most untouched mountain habitat. On the trek, you may spot animals including primates, rock hyrax, antelopes, and a good variety of unique colorful birds. In total, Rwenzori has a total of 70 mammals and 217 bird species. This and more, qualify Rwenzori to be both a world heritage site and Ramsar site.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-7

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It is a trek in the pristine jungle of Rwenzori that brings you to the lower peaks. Starting at 1640 to 3781 meters, leading to Kameli peak. Besides the great scenery, you will enjoy the wildlife. Common wildlife on the trail include the Antelopes, a variety of monkeys and chimps, rock hyrax, elephants are among the 70 mammal species and Rwenzori turaco, Ruwenzori White-starred Bush Robin, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Red-throated Alethe and more are among the 217 bird species on the Rwenzori mountains. On a wilderness trail, you will go camping in the unspoiled jungle with the local community members of the Rwenzori indigenous tribe as they show you the Rwenzori Mountains.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-8

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Meet face to face with the golden monkey in the bamboo forest and trek the highest of the three volcanoes to enable you view Uganda, Rwanda and Congo at the same time. Mgahinga volcanos are part of th great virumnga ranges, shared between the three countires; Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. These three standing volcanoes are also home to one mountain gorilla group and the golden monkeys. The volcanoes have a unique habitat

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Booking Code: UGtrip-16

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This 3-4 days trek takes you from Sipi at 1708 meters to Wagagai, the highest peak of Mount Elgon standing at 4321 meters above sea level on the oldest extinct volcano in East Africa at 24 million years of age. You will explore the mountain terrain to enjoy expanses of unique vegetation, breathtaking scenery, and caves. A common site is the lobelia Elgonensis, the everlasting flowers, and many other eye-catching flowers. Spot the colorful bird and insects unique to this habitat. In the forest zone, you may find some primates. Sitting on top of the mountain you will be rewarded with the view of the world’s largest and intact caldera. The trip takes four days of trekking plus the two days of transferring to and from the base camp. It is a camping trip and guests can choose to come with their own camping gear though we provide it within the price.

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A trip to the legendary Mountains is also the highest point in Uganda at 5.109 m. above sea level.  It is the next challenge to every adventure seeker that is none comparable to any Mountain in Africa. Traversing all the five vegetation zones of the Rwenzori Mountains in one journey. The mountain is a complete beauty all the way from the communities and the foothills. You will be entering through the local subsistence farming plots mixed with traditional homesteads in the peripheries of the forest. At a higher altitude, common sites are the extensive bogs, great scenery of the glacier valleys, the glacial rivers with glittering falls, rapids, and of course the beautiful fauna and flora with unique flowers and colorful birds, most of which are endemic to this mountain.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-6

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Trekking through Kilembe’s southern gate gives one of the best views of the Rwenzori mountains scenery. The experience and hospitality of the staff on this trek give you the best trekking experience. This journey to margarita peak at 5019m, will take you through the five Rwenzori vegetation zones. From Kasese town, you will be driving the scenic mountain roads twisting on the hillsides as you get introduced to the Rwenzori mountain terrain.  By 9 am the team will be ready to set off for the climb. The latest time groups can start the trek is at 11:00 am. From the base camp at 1450m the 2.5 km walk to the park gate (1727 m) is tough but worth it because of its scenery. At the gate, you get an orientation about the park and the forthcoming memorable trip.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-11

Uganda is endowed with unique landscapes, cultures, animals, and plants. The country has up to 56 tribes in the different areas, ten national parks, and thirteen wildlife reserves. Every aspect of Uganda looks unique to the other ranging from the cuisine and the way it is prepared, building architecture, music, and all other values. This trip will take you across Uganda, giving you an opportunity to visit up to six National Parks and meet up to ten unique tribes and immerse yourselves in Ugandans culture when you participate in their ways of life in the twenty-four days that will blow your knowledge of Uganda’s landscapes, cultures, people, and wild animals.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-23

 

Sipi is the highest falls in Uganda at 100m. It is located in the foothills of Mount Elgon, eastern region, Uganda. Sipi falls offers one of the most relaxing atmosphere as you gaze from your hotel accommodation across from the falls while. you feel the cool breeze from Mount Elgon. During the visit, you will be able to participate in the village walks while taking the amazing scenery from different directions and overlooking the plains bellow Mount Elgon national park.

It is a chain of three water falls on river sipi, with the highest at 100 meters. You may choose to walk to all the three falls ending with the highest at the bottom as you take the scenery while learn the local way of life.

From your Kampala hotel via Jinja, you will drive to arrive in Sipi community late afternoon and spend the night in the Banda with full view of Sipi falls. Optional activities include the coffee tour, rock climbing or just relax as you sip the freshly brewed coffee from the farm while you observe the falls. On return to Kampala, option activities include; visiting the source of the Nile or branching off to Mabira forest for a night or just a days walk in the rich natural forest habitat.

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Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe airport and transfer to Kampala, Uganda’s capital city (B)

Day 2: Transfer from the Uganda’s capital to Sipi Falls area, Mount Elgon (BLD)

Day 3: Explore Sipi falls area (BLD)

Day 4: Possible further exploration of the wider Mount Elgon area (BLD)

Day 5: Transfer from Sipi falls area to Kampala, with a possible overnight stay in Mabira forest (BLD)

Day 6: Transfer to Entebbe for the Flight back from Uganda (BL)

 

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This trip can be matched with the following accommodations in the different categories

Budget/ community accommodation,

Mid-range accommodation

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On booking this trip, quote this code RFCT07

 

Rwenzori mountains highest peak, margarita (5109m) makes it the highest block mountain in Africa. It is both a world heritage site and a Ramsar site. On this trip, you will be experiencing the snow at the equator.  The trek starts at Nyakalengija village located 23 km from Kasese town. From the office, you will take a relatively flat walk for about 3km to the park gate. Here, briefing and park entrance fees will be done before entering into the park. preferably, climbing at this gate should start between 9:00 and 11:00 am. In a lush vegetation, you will be walking the forest zone as you observe the rich natural habitat comprising of mainly plants and trees unique to this part of the park. You will be crossing several rivers and stream before you start the steep climb that leads you to Nyabitaba, the first camp.

Common site on the the lower slopes will be birds, insects, butterflies, small animals like chameleons. You can also be chanced to find some mammals such as Monkeys, squirrel, antelopes and mountain Elephant tracks. On the trip, you will prove that Rwenzori has a diverse flora and fauna with lots of beautiful plants, animals and birds unique to these mountains. The lush vegetation is home to, mountain elephants. The primates and birds are in abundance but shy. During your climb you may be able to sight some animal marks, elephant tracks, chimp nests, unique birds or insects and the plants.  On this 8 days trekking trip, you will explore the lush green forests, bamboo forests, expanses of bogs/ wetland vegetation, waterfalls and breathtaking scenery.

The trek is quite demanding compared to other African mountains and requires the climber to be well prepared. The peak climbing guides have been well trained to handle the situation on the mountains, making it easy for nearly everyone to enjoy the beauty and challenge offered by the Rwenzori mountains. Special equipment is required to reach the high altitudes and snow peaks. These can be provided for hire at the base-camp. With the improvement in the trails and camps infrastructure or the guides training, it had become allot easier for almost everyone to reach the peaks, than in the past. If you’re unsure of your physical fitness, a day for acclimatization with the community hills may be required before you take this adrenaline adventure to margarita.

Details of the trip

Day 1: Transfer to the Rwenzoris: Arrive to the basecamp today. Depending on your past trip activities, you will be picked from Queen Elizabeth national park, Kasese town or received at the base camp. Dinner and overnight at Ruboni community camp (BB)

Day 2: Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba camp 2632 m: After a briefing with the local porters and guides you will trek from 1646 meters above sea level to Nyabitaba camp at 2632 m Dinner and overnight at the camp. (5hrs) Mountain hut (FB)

Day 3: Nyabitaba-John Mathe camp 3414 m: Leave Nyabitaba and take the central circuit loop anticlockwise. The trail leads to the crossing point of rivers Mubuku and Bujuku at the confluence. Difficult to pass in the past but easy today thanks to a bridge. After a slippery and difficult path you will reach Nyamuleju hut at 3000 meters a simple shelter among rocks. It’s better to hike for other 3 hours and reach John Matte camp at 3414 meters and spend the night. (7 hrs) Mountain hut (FB)

Day 4: John Mathe – Bujuku camp 3962m: The third trekking day will lead you to Bujuku camp. After 5 hours of hiking passing through the Bigo bog where there is an old shelter. Bujuku camp is located at 3962 meters near the Bujuku Lake in a valley among 3 mountains: Mt Stanley, Mt Baker and Mt Speke. (5hrs) Mountain hut (FB)

Day 5: Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. From Bujuku Hut climb through moss draped groundsel vegetation, to Scott Elliot Pass, 4.372 m, between Mt. Baker and Stanley. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. for spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley. Mountain alpine hut (FB)

Day 6: Elena Hut to margarita back to kitandara hut, 4.023 m. From Elena Hut you ascend the last tract of rock and ice which leads to Margherita Peak on Mt. Stanley, 5.109 m. Time to complete the climbing about 3 hours. The peak was first climbed by the Duke of Abruzzi at 9.30am on 18th June 1.906. Descend to Upper Kitandara Lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara Lake where Kitandara camp is located, 4.023 m. Time to complete the hike about 3 hours more. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia. (3hrs) Mountain hut (FB)

Day 7: Kitandara Hat to Guy Yeoman camp, 3.261 m. Some people consider the fifth trekking day as hard as the second! After crossing Fresh Field pass head for the Guy Yeoman camp at 3261 meters. In case of fog or bad weather it could be hard to follow the trail and remember that the last part is full of bogs. Before Guy Yeoman hat there are other two shelters: Bujongolo and Kaijongo. Bujongolo is well known for having been the base camp of Luigi di Savoia, Duke of Abruzzi who conquered and fully explored the Rwenzori in 1906. (6 hrs) Mountain hut (FB)

Day 8: Guyeoman – Nyabitaba camp 2632 m: The sixth trekking day on Rwenzori is dedicated to descend to the camp of Nyabitaba. On the descent there are some tricky points since the terrain is often slippery and boggy. After Kichunchu rock the trail will become easier passing through bamboo forests interesting to many birdwatchers. (5-6 hrs) Mountain hut (FB)

Day 9: Nyabitaba – Base camp/ Nyakalengija: On the seventh trekking day return to the Rwenzori National Park headquarters, Ruboni community base camp. After a well-earned rest with the entire trekking group, porters and guides we go to for diner and overnight. (3hrs) Ruboni community Camp (BB)

Day 10: Nyakalengija – Kampala/ entebbe: A relaxed breakfast and start for the Kampala drive at around 9:00am to have an early lunch in fort portal garden restaurant. Taking the Mubende road again, we shall arrive in Kampala and connect to the chosen hotel or airport for the flight.

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On booking, quote this code RFCT19