Rwenzori Nature Tour 12 Days

Rwenzori Nature Tour 12 Days

This 12 Days Rwenzori Nature Tour involves visiting Murchison falls, Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Gorillas and the Rwenzori beauty land! Trip further takes you to Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo.

The Rwenzoris, or the “Mountains of the Moon”, have a celebrated beauty. Shrouded almost perpetually in mist, they have a seducing, eerie quality that led to many wondrous tales about them through the ages. Rwenzori is known primarily for its challenging hiking and climbing possibility with a unique among East African Mountains. Rwenzori is not Volcanic in Origin, but it rises directly from the Rift valley floor. Its range also supports a diversity of animals including mammals and about 177 bird species, with several being Albertine Rift Endemics. It’s the highest mountain range in Africa, with its Loftiest peaks, Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Set off from Kampala to Kasese

Day 2: Kasese to Mt Rwenzori National Park 

Day 3: Gorge Walk – Mgahinga National Park & Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 4:  Drive to Kibale for Chimpanzee Trekking

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

Day 6: Game drive and launch cruise – Murchison Falls

Day 7: Game drive and launch cruise- Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi

Day 9: Gorilla trekking – Bwindi

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 11: Lake Mburo to Source of the Nile

Day 12: Return to Kampala / Entebbe

 

Day 1
Set off from Kampala to Kasese

Pick up from Kampala by our guide, drive via Masaka with a stop in Mbarara town where you will have lunch from. Then continue to Kasese enjoying the magnificent views of the legendary Rwenzori Mountains. Relax and spend the night at Hotel Margherita

Day 2
Kasese to Mt Rwenzori National Park

After an early morning breakfast, our guide will drive you through Kasese to the beauty land of Mountain Rwenzori National Park. Here you will mesmerize on the beauty nature throguh activitiesi incluging but not limited to Game viewing, Pirate trekking, birding, and a wlak through the forest and beautiful scenrey in the park.

Day 3
Gorge Walk – Mgahinga National Park & Lake Bunyonyi.

You will have breakfast and head to the park headquarters for a guided nature walk hiking into Mgahinga. A hike through the forest to the deep Sabinyo Gorge – a massive gash in the flank of Mount Sabinyo – provides good birding opportunities and the chance to find the Rwenzori Turaco. This walk takes four hours, and passes through the Rugezi Swamp which is fantastic for bird watchers on a Budget Uganda safari. The walk to the Congo border transcends different vegetation zones. Hikers can sight the calderas on top of the Gisozi hill, look out for Kisoro and Bunagana towns and be captivated by Lake Mutanda. Later return and transfer to Lake Lake Bunyonyi with lunch en-route. Take a boat cruise along Lake Bunyonyi visiting the various islands and interacting with the locals. Dinnar and overnight at Bunyonyi overland resort.

Day 4
Drive to Kibale for Chimpanzee Trekking Day

Have early morning breakfast and go for briefing and start Chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale’s 795km2 National Park contains one of the most beautiful and with the most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is place to a number of forest wildlife, most especially 13 species of primate coupled with chimpanzees.

After trekking, you will have lunch and then visit Bigodi wetland where you will experience a lot of bird life and unspoiled nature to spice up your tour!

Day 5
Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

You enjoy morning breakfast and drive to Murchison falls national park with an optional stopover at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. It will take you around 5 hours from Kampala with about 305 kilometers. You will enter through Kichumbanyobo gate. Paara covers a distance of about 85km from Masindi town by the shortest route. You will visit the top of the falls and then proceed to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Red Chilli Rest Camp.

Day 6
Game drive and launch cruise – Murchison Falls

Early morning breakfast and then go for a game drive where you will spot various animal species like elephants, giraffes, lions, Uganda kobs among others. In the afternoon, you will go for a launch cruise on the park’s main tourist attraction the unique Murchison Falls as well as the River Nile with its streaming hippo and serried ranges of crocodile along the sandbanks, as well as large numbers of different species getting down to drink & bathe. Dinner and overnight as above

Day 7
Game drive and launch cruise- Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will go for early morning game drive in the Kasenyi sector where you may spot various animals like the elephants, Uganda kobs, leopards among others. Return to the lodge for late breakfast, in the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise where you will spot various water animals like Hippos and crocodiles, the cruise will also enrich you with various water birds. Dinner and overnight as above.

Day 8
Transfer to Bwindi

After having your morning breakfast, you will set off for Bwindi passing through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park where you may spot some tree climbing lions. You will have lunch en-route, arriving in Bwindi in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge.

Day 9
Gorilla trekking – Bwindi

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for briefing and go for gorilla trekking. This could take 4-6 hours depending on the movements of the gorillas. After trekking, meet your driver and transfer to Kisoro town. Dinner and overnight at Traveler’s rest hotel.

Day 10
Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

You will enjoy your morning breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo national park with a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch and arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Eagle’s Nest Lodge.

Day 11
Game Drive at Lake Mburo then drive to Source of the Nile

You will go for an early morning game drive; the park is home to herds of Impala, as well as the more uncommon Topi, Eland, and Klipspringer. Burchells Zebra and buffalo also graze these areas. Return to the lodge for late breakfast and lunch, and then drive to Jinja for your next day expedition at the source of nile.

Day 12
Return to Kampala / Entebbe

You will enjoy early morning breakfast and transfer to Jinja for full day white water rafting on your budget Uganda safari including mid-morning breakfast and lunch. Later return to Kampala for dinner and overnight as above.

Depending on your flight schedule, have a brief city tour of Kampala, enjoy lunch and later transfer to the Airport

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