Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Mountains of the Moon

11 days in Uganda, Climbing the Rwenzoris - otherwise known as the Mountains of the Moon -  includes mountaineering & Park fees, accommodation, expert guide, porters, cook, supplies, and safari vehicle and Driver  


Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport.  Transfer (45 min) by road to Kampala. Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Day 2: Transfer (5 ½ hrs) by road to Kasese, over Uganda's beautiful green countryside, and into the Albertine Rift Valley. Lunch at Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. After lunch game drive to spot leopard, lion, elephant, hyena. Transfer (1 hr) to Kasese. Overnight at Hotel Margarita, Kasese.

Day 3: After an early breakfast proceed for a 5 hour hike, which starts from Nyakalengija, walking past typical wattle and mud, Buhonjo home to the national park boundary. The trail then follows the Mubuku River crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. During the hike if lucky you may hear Chimpanzee and see black and white colobus monkey and the brightly colored Rwenzori Turaco. Over night at Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 4: A demanding 7-hour hike to John Matt Hut. The central circuit starts a few hundred meters beyond Nyabitaba where the trail divides the right fork leads to the peaks up the Bujuku valley while the path on the left is used for subsequent descent. The trail leads to the Kurt Shafter Bridge which crosses the Mubuku valley just below the river’s confluence with the Bujuku valley. Beyond the river, a muddy, slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. The final hour’s walk too John Matte hut passes through a challenging bog full of extraordinary plants. Over night at John Matt Hut.
Day 5: The route fords the Bujuku River as you cross the lower Bigo bog; a steep climb follows to reach the upper Bigo bog where a board walk has been constructed to assist walkers. In clear weather, there are superb views of Mt. Stanley at the head of this cavernous, glacier- carved valley. Above the bog, after a long steady climb over glacial moraine, criss-crossing the river, the trail reaches the lake Bujuku. The last stage of the hike is perhaps the muddiest stage of the expedition. Overnight at Bujuku Hut. 

Day 6: From Bujuku hut, the trail crosses more mud before climbing steeply through a forest of giant groundsels, climbing a short ladder to ascend the Groundsel gully. This climb needs an ice axe, mountain boots, crampons and ropes. Overnight at Elena Hut.

Day 7: Arise in the morning and head to the Margarita Peak, which at 5,109 m (16,761 ft) is the third highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya. You will afterwards return to Elena Hut for a cup of hot tea as you relax, then head to the Hut beside lower Lake Kitandara, a beautiful site surrounded by towering peaks. Overnight at Kitandara Hut.

Day 8: Fresh field is a long traverse through tracts of fabulously colorful moss (and more mud) below which the descent to Nyakalengija begins. The trek to Guy Yeoman Hut takes around 5 hours. The hut enjoys a lovely location close to Mubuku River with terrific views of the looming Mt. Baker to the north. Overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut.
Day 9: With an early rise you will be able to descent all the way back to Nyakalengija where you will be met again by your driver guide. You will then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 10: Transfer (5 hrs) by road back to Kampala. Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Day 11:  Transfer (45 min) by road to Entebbe Airport,, and head for home, with the timeless memories of your safari of a lifetime.



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