AVU015 – UGANDA MOUNTAINEERING TOUR

This safari starts in Kampala where you will be transferred to Ibanda were the mountain trekking safari will start. This adventure will not only test you physic but it will leave you with Wonderful memories to treasure for a life time.

Tour Highlights
Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala
Day 2: Kampala – Ibanda
Day 3: Ibanda – Nyakalegija Trek
Day 4: Nyakalegija – John Matte Trek
Day 5: John Matte Hut (3380m) to Bujuku
Day 6: Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut
Day 7: Elena Hut to Margherita peak
Day 8: Kitandara Hut (4027m) to Guy Yeoman Hut
Day 9: Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba hut.
Day10: Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija

DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY:
Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, your safari guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

Accomodation:
Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury)
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range)
The Lodge (Budget )
Meal Plan: Half board (Bed and Breakfast)
Travel Time: About 7 Hours

Day 2: Kampala – Ibanda
Drive from Kampala to Ibanda (near the trail head) and stay overnight. Evening briefing, distribution of food loads and final preparation.
Overnight at Ibanda, Tour holiday Inn (FB)

Day 3 : Ibanda – Nyakalegija Trek
Drive from Ibanda to Nyakalengija road head (1900m). Register with Uganda Wildlife Authority, listen to briefs and arrange porter loads. Walk from the trail head up the Mubuku river system to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m) 3-4 hours walk. Look for fresh forest elephant trails, listen to the magic of the tumbling rivers and watch for monkeys and chimpanzees.

Day 4 : Nyakalegija – John Matte Trek
Descend the ridge to the Mubuku River then climb through bamboo forest toward John Matte Hut (3380m). The trail is steep and challenging ascending along the north side of the Bujuku river through giant heather forest (6-7 hours).

Day 5 : John Matte Hut (3380m) to Bujuku
Trek from John Matte Hut (3380m) to Bujuku Hut (3977m). We encounter the first of notorious bogs for which the Uganda approach to the peaks is famous. Traverse around Bigo Bog and Lake Bujuku. Look for the Everlasting Flower (known to remain on the plants for 40-years) and giant lobelias.

Day 6: Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut
Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut (4580m). Climb steeply from Lake Bujuku to Abruzzi’s camp and then on to Elena Hut near the foot of the Mt. Stanley Plateau.

From the valley floor, screen slopes heavily populated with giant lobelias give way to polished slabs of rock and short wall climbs lead to Elena Hut (2.1/2 hours). Sleeping space is tight.

Day 7: Elena Hut to Margherita peak
Elena Hut to Margherita peak (5109m) then down to Kitandara Hut (4027m). Early morning traverse of the Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons will be required. Cross this in a NW direction and follow the Margherita glacier to the cool and to choose a route to the summit. Descend to Kitandara Hut for a comfortable night.

Day 8: Kitandara Hut (4027m) to Guy Yeoman Hut
Kitandara Hut (4027m) to Guy Yeoman Hut (3450m) Climb steeply to the Freshfied pass (4280m) then down follow open ridges to the spectacular Bujongolo rock shelter. Enjoy dozens of waterfalls of the upper Mubuku river system en route to Guy Yeoman hut.

Day 9: Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba hut.
Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba hut. Drop very steeply alongside the Mubuku river, past Kichuchu (another rock shelter) and join our original route near the confluence of the Bujuku river (3.1/2 hours).

Day10: Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija
Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head (2-hours). Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rainforest. Look for the tropical forest birds and monkeys. Drive directly back to Kampala arriving in the early evening.

END OF MOUNTAIN TREKING (10 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

• Entrance fee
• Hiking equipments
• Porters and the chefs
• Park Ranger Fees.
• Relevant Government Taxes.
• Full Board Accommodation (9 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
• Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
• Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
• Airport transfer as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:
• Air Fares
• Visa Fees
• Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities
Extra Services:
Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),
Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)
The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range -USD 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)