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Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe Airport where your guide will warmly greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, there will be optional activities, - walk through the town, nature walk in the Botanical gardens, or a boat trip to Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary.
Overnight at Airport Guest House/Green Valley Guest House BB

Day 2 –Kampala- Kasese

Your guide will collect you from the hotel and set off for Kasese arriving at Margherita Hotel in the afternoon. Your guide will go to the park of ces in the evening to nalise your following mountaineering logistics returning in the evening.
Dinner and overnight Ruboni Community Camp/Equator Snow FB

Day 3 - Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652m

This morning, you will begin your hike by leaving the park headquarters (5400ft 1,646 m), walking past typical “ wattle and mud” Buhonjo homes and gradually moving upward through elephant grass and garden plots. It takes approximately forty minutes to reach the National Park boundary (which can be a pleasant half or one day trip for someone not going further ).The trail then follows the Mahoma River after about two and a half hours. After crossing the River, you will have a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut (8,700 ft/ 2,652) reached about an hour and a half past the Mahoma River crossing. During this part of the trip, you may be able to see Chimps and at the sametime behind the Hut you can see Black and White Colobus and Blue monkeys and catch glimpses of the brilliantly –colored Rwenzori Touraco ( a bird of the tree tops). Overnight at Nyabitaba hut

Day 4 - Nyamileju Hut, 3320m

From Nyabitaba Hut that trail leads westward for a half km then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt Shafer Bridge, crossing below the con uence of Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. By turning down the bridge you begin the circuit counter clock wise.
After crossing the Shafer Bridge, the muddy slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After one and a half hours you encounter an area of slippery boulder hopping which many hikers consider the most dif cult and dangerous footing on the circuit. Overnight at Nyamileju Hut. Nyamileju means “a place of beards” referring to the lichen and Spanish moss draping trees nearby. On a rare day, Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the top of the rock near the Hut.

Day 5 - John Matte hut, 3.415m

After breakfast, you will continue to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft3,414 m) which is through a tiring bog full of these extraordinary plants and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment. Well situated, John Matte is newly constructed, large and comfortable though muddy around the site. Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can just enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great views and the following day begin you return to Nyabitaba.

Day 6 - Bujuku Hut, 3962m

You leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower of the two Bigo Bogs, where your rst real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is very muddy and follows the left (southern) edge of Lower Bigo Bog until eventually it reaches the round metal “uniport” of Bigo Hut and its rock shelter.

A steep section past the hut leads to upper Bigo Bog. In the last half of this bog a board walk has been constructed. Though some may think it an ugly intrusion, it makes walking easier and keeps hikers from further damaging the bog. An hour and a half beyond the upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground and crisscrossing the River, you reach Bukulu Lake. The southern end of the lake is a majestic setting, with Mt. Bakerto the south, and views west to Mt Stanley and north to Mt. Speke. Beyond the north end of the lake is a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and a short distance further is Bukulu Hut( 13,000ft/3,962m), favourably located for parties climbing Mt. Speke.

Day 7 – Lake Kitandara hut, 4027m

To continue the circuit, you leave directly west from Bujuku hut on a newer trail, which rises and falls twice before nally climbing steeply through magical moss- draped Groundsel Gully towards (14,345ft/4,372m) Scott Elliot pass. At the head of the gully is a short, strong ladder at a particularly steep section, after which a right hand branch would lead to Elena Hut (14, 700ft/4,430m). This is a steep, rocky trail which when wet or icy is treacherously slippery. Continuing straight, and a few steps below the pass there is a sheltered spot for a break, from here there is a second trail to the right to Elena is the Base Camp for climbing. Margherita peak on the Mt. Stanley complex, which requires an additional day or two, can only be attempted with ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with RMS guides. Overnight at Kitandara Lake Hut

Day 8 - Nyabitaba Hut

After breakfast, you will probably begin very early if you decided to make it all the way to the Park Headquarters and complete your trek (8 hours). The other alternative will be to spend a night at the Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 9 –Descend from the Mountain

Start sloping back and get back to the park of ce, if time allows you will visit a simple restaurant developed by a local ladies group for a beer and a luxurious candlelight meal.
Overnight at either Ruboni Community Camp/Equator Snow FB

Day 10 –Rwenzori Mountain National – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast you will head for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park. In the evening, relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive. Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.

Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few. The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.

Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory. Birding is also wonderful. Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Fly Catcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc.
Overnight at King sher Lodge Kichwamba/Irungu Lodge FB

Day 11 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning drive to the crater lakes where you may get a chance of seeing thousands of colourful Lesser Flamingos, as they feed in these soda lakes. Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied King shers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants.
Overnight at King sher Lodge Kichwamba/Irungu Lodge FB

Day 12 - Queen Elizabeth National Park-Bwindi National Park

This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area then head for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk through the surrounding with spectacular views of the hillside. You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Broadbill Forest Camp FB

Day 13 – Gorilla Trekking Bwindi National Park

Trekking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (There is an option of tracking in Rwanda as well). There will be a brie ng at the park of ces prior to staring the trek. (You are advised to wear hiking shoes, long sleeved shirts & a light rain jacket). A packed lunch is prepared by the camp, but you may bring with more drinking water. There are now only 650 left in the world! The trekking may take between 3 and 8 hours but its well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the ora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas.
Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Broadbill Forest Camp FB

Day 14 - Bwindi National Park-Entebbe

After breakfast, you will proceed to Entebbe passing through the Switzerland of Uganda (Kabale) with beautiful scenery and terraced farming arriving in the evening.
Overnight at Airport Guest House/Green Valley Guest House BB

Day 15 –Departure

You will be transferred to the airport to later in time for your departure flight.

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