Mount Ruwenzori Hiking SafariOn August 27, 2020 by Eli Johnson
Hiking safaris offer some of the best opportunities to spot wildlife and other natural wonders. Check out this 9-day itinerary that brings you around Uganda’s nature-filled hot spots.
Day 1 Kampala – Mbarara
Arrival at Entebbe airport. Transfer to Kasese via Mbarara for lunch at the L. View Hotel. The journey takes you along the L. Victoria on a good road to Mbarara. From here, the landscape charges to a hilly and fertile area with tea and banana plantations. Dinner and overnight at the Margarita Hotel.
Day 2 Mbarara – Nyabitaba hut
After breakfast, short drive to Ibanda (1,600m), the starting points of your Ruwenzori climb. After brief introductions to the crew, your trek; which takes 4 hours starts taking you along the Mubuku River to Nyabitaba Hut (2,650) where you will spend the night.
Day 3 Nyabitaba Hut – John Matte Camp
After breakfast, cross the Mubuku River; one of the highest sources of the Nile, on a rope bridge and continue walking along the river to the Nyamileju Hut for lunch. You then continue to your trek stepping at the base of the mass tussock grass to avoid getting stuck in the rather wet ground. After about 7 hours walking, you will have reached the John matte Camp where you will spend the night.
Day 4 John Matte Camp – Bujuku Hut.
Today’s trek takes you up and down a cliff crossing the river severally along the Bujuku valley. The ground is permanently wet and muddy. After 5 hours, you reach the Bujuku lake where the scenic forest become bigger and bigger. After a short break, another hour’s walk takes you to the Bujuku Hut (3,977-m) where you will spend the night.
Day 5 Bujuku Hut – Kitandara Hut
Continue your hike this time walking towards the Kitandara Hut (4027 m). Today’s walk is much similar to the previous day as you walk up and down cliffs using roots tussock grass for support. The last bit of your trek is by ascending the Scott – Elliot saddle (4372m) and descending again to the Kitandara Lake before proceeding to Kitandara hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Kitandara Hut – Guy Yeoman Hut
Today’s walk takes you via the Fresh field saddle (4280m) passing Bujongolo cave to Mubuku Gorge. The walk takes about 8 hours. Overnight will be at the Guy Yeoman Hut (3450m).
Day 7 Guy Yeoman Hut – Nyabitaba Hut
Descend to the Mubuku valley passing very steep water falls through a bamboo forest. Overnight will be at the Nyabitaba Hut.
Day 8 Nyabitaba Hut – Hotel Margarita
Descend to Ibanda where vehicles will be awaiting to take you to Hotel Margarita for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Hotel Margarita – Kampala
Drive back to Entebbe with lunch on the way for either return flight or connect to your Mt. Elgon climb with our Elgon Cross over package.