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10 Days Rwenzori Hiking Safari

Day 001: Transfer to Kasese
After your breakfast at the hotel, you will drive off to Kasese passing through beautiful sceneries of the west. You will reach in the late afternoon to relax at the lodge prior to your hiking tomorrow. Overnight at Margherita hotel
Day 002: Nyabitaba Hut (2650m)
Early in the morning, after having a cup of coffee, drive to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Meet porters and guides and begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut. Walk through the steep foothills, past the local Bakonjo homesteads. Continue with the trail along the Mubuku River. After crossing the Mahoma River, climb steeply through bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut. Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut
Day 003: John Matte Hut (3350m)
From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, cross through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamuleju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Pass through the bigo bog to reach John Matte Hut for Overnight
Day 004: Bujuku Hut
From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku  Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. Overnight at the hut
Day 005: Elena Hut (4541m)
Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a tee trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. Overnight at the Coolly and Icy Elena Hut
Day 006: Margherita peak (5109m)
For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Prepare for your return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for. Overnight at the Kitandara Hut
Day 007: Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
Early in the morning, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point you can view the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut
Day 008: Nyabitaba (2650m)
Take on the path down to Nyabitaba hut. The path can be slippery and muddy and there fore requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. Remember this is part of the adventure with in this mountain. Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut
Day 009: Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m)
Descend gently down the muddy paths to the trailhead, finally arriving in Kasese towards lunch time. After having lunch in Kasese, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Take a launch trip on the Kazinga channel where you may see a wide variety of animals such as hippos, elephants, solitary buffaloes and a vast array of birds come to drink. Overnight at Mweya safari lodge (Luxury), Ihamba safari lodge (Midrange) or Bush Lodge (Budget)
Day 10: Game Drive – Kampala
Before breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive to catch up with the early risers. You will return to the lodge for breakfast and later transfer to Bwindi via Ishasha sector if lucky, you may see the tree climbing lions. Overnight Mahogany springs (Luxury), Gift of nature lodge (Midrange) or Buhoma community bandas (Budget)
Day 11: Gorilla tracking and Community walk
After breakfast, well prepared with you packed lunch, cameras, water, rain jackets and jungle boots on, you will assemble for briefing from the rangers about gorilla tracking. The time taken to encounter these peaceful primates is unpredictable for it may take 3-10 hours depending on their movement. After tracking if you’re not tied, you will go for a community walk to interact with the local people. Overnight at Mahogany springs, Gift of nature lodge or Buhoma community bandas
Day 12: Transfer Back to the Airport
Have breakfast to transfer Back to the airport, you will stop at the equator for brief information and then continue to the airport reach in the evening for your flight back home. Book this safari

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