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Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking – Rwenzori Climbing Expeditions

Rwenzori & Gorillas! Gorilla Trekking & Rwenzori Summit?When it comes to visiting Mountains gorillas , Chimpanzee watching & Climbing Rwenzoris on your Uganda Safari? Rwenzori Expeditions takes the lead in tailoring unique Rwenzori & Gorilla watching treks for group and tailor made bespoken trips that start from 10 Days Rwenzori & Gorilla Watching , 12 Days Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife  & Rwenzori Trek, 12 Days Chimpanzee , Rwenzori & Gorilla trekking tour. We are mountaineering Tour Operator and DMC since 2010, Bespoken & tailor made group adventures to climb Rwenzori Mountains and enjoy gorilla trekking with Destination Management company!

Looking for an Expeditious adventure in Uganda that includes the gorilla trekking & Rwenzori climbing venture as the key highlights of the vacation? We do have variety of gorillas & Rwenzori Climbing tours that we have tailored for previous travelers that selected to have it combined when they are on their trip to Uganda.

An Expeditious holiday booked with Primate Safari Experiences to Climb Rwenzori cant be the usual one since we specialize in Private Tours and Free group tours that are limited to 15 Paxs which are always run on monthly basis.

Amazing Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.

Unique visit to Rwenzori Mountains and Gorilla trekking in Uganda?  The pearl of Africa is unique  due to the different vegetation covers , primates and wildlife watching which can only be enjoyed on crafted Primate Safari Holiday with Experts & Experienced Team leaders. Looking for an Amazing Rwenzori Trekking tour  combined with Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national Park , Mgahinga National Park that has an extra ordinary Golden monkey watching at discounted price compared to the one for Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda:

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in BwindiA visit to the mountain gorillas in Uganda can only lead you into two popular gorilla trekking safari destinations that have been visited by previous gorilla trekkers. You wont be disappointed if you select to go gorillas & Climb Rwenzori Mountains with us .

Gorilla Trekking destinations are Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the gorilla permit costs us$ 700 per visit and the gorilla habituation permits costs 1500 USD per 4 hours with the gorillas.  Wishing to stay longer with the gorillas , then book gorilla & Rwenzori Trek now.

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

The unique Gorilla Encounter in their natural habitat is unforgettable, some even say life changing.  The largest living primate, gorillas are spread across much of the equatorial African rain forest in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.  On your gorilla visit with Rwenzori expeditions to Rwanda for the unique encounter of the Mountain Gorillas & Climb Rwenzori? The republic of Rwanda hosts the Mountain Gorillas in the famous Volcanoes National Park located in the northern province of Rwanda in Virunga Mountains that are shared between Rwanda, Uganda and democratic republic of Congo . its known for luxury gorilla trekking safaris in Africa , don’t miss the chance to explore the Mountain gorillas in Rwanda staying in 5 star lodges before crossing to Uganda to climb Rwenzori Mountains.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park is popular because Rwanda is considered by some to be the best place to see gorillas in Africa, we tailored the 12 days Rwanda gorilla & Rwenzori trekking tour starting from Kigali Rwanda and ending in Kampala or Kigali.Book this unique experience with Rwenzori Expeditions, Contact us

Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking Expedition Overview

Experts on this Rwenzori Trip

Rwenzori Expeditions Expert will accompany each departure to share insights and rare behind-the-scenes perspectives. Listed below are some of our experts and the departure dates they will be joining.

12 Days Chimpanzee, Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking

Rwenzori Expeditions has tailored the 12 Days Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi on Uganda Safari adventure, dont miss to go on a luxury Rwenzori Trekking via Kilembe route & Gorilla watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as the alternative for 11 Days Rwenzori Trekking via Central Circuit Trail that is always budget friendly compared to the luxury adventure in Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

12 Days Rwenzori & Gorilla Safari Highlight

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest national Park
  • Rwenzori Trekking via Kilembe Trail
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Crater Lake view in Kibale
  •  Equator experiment
  • Magherita Peak Summit

Trip Summary: 12 Days Chimps, Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking.

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale Forest national Park Rwenzori Trekking Services
Day 2: Chimpanzee watching & Transfer to Kasese
Day 3: Kilembe Hostel to Kalalama Camp
Day4: Kalalama Camp to Bugata Camp
Day 5: Bugata Camp to Hunwick Camp
Day6: Hunwick Camp to Magherita Camp
Day 7: Magherita Camp to Hunwick Camp
Day 8: Hunwick camp to Kiharo  Camp
Day 9:Kiharo Camp to Base Camp ( Kilembe Camp)
Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 11: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park
Day 12: Transfer back to Entebbe for flight back  home.

Accommodations to be Used

  • Chimpundu Lodge in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Snow Height Lodge in Rwenzori Mountains
  • Huts in Rwenzori Mountains National Park managed by RTS
  • Ruhija Gorilla Mist Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Detailed 12 Days Rwenzori Climb & Gorilla Trekking

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale National park.

Upon arrival at Entebbe international Airport , you will be welcomed the Rwenzori Expeditions Safari guide that will give you a briefing about 12 Days Uganda  Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking, then transfer to Kibale forest national park where you will be tracking the chimpanzee the following day.

Safari Landcruiser Transfer from Kampala to KaseseDinner and overnight at Chimpundu lodge

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking & Transfer to Kasese

You have an early breakfast head to the park headquarters for a briefing about the tracking. After the tracking Chimpanzees, you will have refreshments and start the journey to drive to Kasese town which is the next biggest town to Rwenzori Mountains national park, lunch will be en route as it will be advised by the safari guide.

Rwenzori Vegetation Dinner and overnight is at  Snow Height Hotel.

Day 3: Kilembe hike to Kalalama camp

Depending on where you have spent your night before (Most Recommended is Rwenzori Backpackers) you will head to the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarter for briefing,  and start on the trek through various vegetation covers with chances of encountering various bird species and monkeys.

Rwenzori Trekking CampsTroops of monkeys are seen hanging or jumping from one tree branch to another. There is a steep climb with many high steps as you enter the Bamboo zone, which is muddy and slippery, thus making movements so slow. You will stop at Sine for lunch and later proceed to trek upto Kalalama Camp for the dinner and overnight: Dinner at Kalalama Camp (3147m).

Accommodation at Kalalama camp

Day 4: Trek to  Bugata Camp

After Breakfast, you will set off for Bugata camp via Mutinda camp. Trek through the Bamboo- mimulopsis zone comprising of steep climb with many high steps. You will also walk through Giant heather trees, and arrive at Mutinda camp at 3.688m, which was named after the Mutinda Peaks.

Bugata Camp in Rwenzori MountainsIt is from this point that you can hike up to the Mutinda Lookout, at 3.925m which is a 90 minutes’ walk, plus 60 minutes descent to the camp. It is from here that you will have your lunch break.

Continue with your trek through the boggy terrain with the typical wet vegetation and tussocks, after which you will enter the Alpine vegetation zone that consists of the giant lobelia, the groundsel and the everlasting flowers while crossing the Mutinda valley.

Hike up the steep section to Namusangi Valley, crossing various bogs as you ascend to Bugata Camp at 3.062m where you will have your dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation at Bugata Camp

Day 5: Bugata Camp Trek to Hunwick’s Camp

After breakfast, walk along the ridge, crossing several wet areas and small rivers flowing from both Mount Baker and the fresh fields pass. Trekking up Scott Elliott Pass is amazing as you walk through and rising up the ridge of Mt Stanley to Margherita Camp at 4,485 meters which is below Elena Hut.

Hunwick CampThe Margherita camp which is sheltered with a ring of rocks was once used by an Italian Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia, and Duke of the Abruzzi. It is from here that you will observe breathtaking views of Mt Baker, Scott Elliot Pass and some of the high glaciers on Mt Stanley.

Accommodation at Magherita Camp

Day 3: Bugata Camp Trek to Hunwick’s Camp

You will enjoy breakfast and later start on the walk along the ridge, crossing several wet areas and small rivers flowing from both Mount Baker and the fresh fields pass.

Here is possibly the best place in all the Rwenzori to observe the Malachite Sun bird as it feeds on the many lobelia flowers and a known breeding site.

Dinner and overnight at Hunwick camp.

Day 4: Hunwick Camp to Magherita Camp

From Hunwick’ camp you will pass down and across the valley floor to Lake Kitendara which is very stunning with deep water and beautiful vegetation. From here you climb up Scott Elliott’s pass then up the ridge to Margherita Camp 4,485 metres which is situated between some huge rocks and offering some shelter from the strong winds. This is the very spot where the Duke of Abruzzi camped when making his climb to Margherita Peak in 1906.

Walk boards in RwenzoriClimbing upto Scott Elliott Pass which is an amazing as you walk through and rising up the ridge of Mt Stanley to Margherita Camp at 4,485 meters which is below Elena Camp . Later you will proceed to connect to Hunwick camp where you roll be spending your night.

The Ellen Camp is the one that was used by the an Italian Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia, and Duke of the Abruzzi  in 1906 during their expedition into Rwenzori Mountains.  While at Hunwick camp you will be able to view the Scenic view of the famous Mt Baker, Scott Elliot Pass and some of the Rwenzori glaciers. 

Dinner and overnight at Magherita Camp.

Day 5: Ascend to Magherita Summit and back to Hunwick camp

You will wake up at 2:00am for your early morning breakfast, after which you will set off for the longest and strenuous walk to the summit of Margherita which will start at 3:00am The early movement to Margherita peak of Mount Stanley is mainly aimed at reaching the glaciers before sunrise since the heat from the sun causes the glaciers to melt, thus making the roots to be totally impassable.

Day 8: Slope to Kiharo Camp

You will start your day by climbing up a ridge towards McConnell’s Prong, where you will be rewarded with impressive views of the three peaks of Mount Stanley, mount Baker and Speke as well as the Scott Elliot pass before reaching Oliver’s pass at 4,505m. The total distance between Hunwick’s Camp and Oliver’s pass is 3km.

The confluence then meanders down the valley to Kiharo camp, which is established in a deep valley with high cliffs and dense vegetation. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Accommodation at Kiharo camp

Day 9: Descend to the base of the Camp

From Kiharo camp, the path turns off to the right pass along the river. Spot Duikers as you pass along the river otherwise trek down the river itself jumping across the rocks as you pass down.

The trails becomes steep with multitudes of waterfalls after a few kilometers down the river, which is why you will have to move away from the river and follow a narrow ridge to bypass steep sections.

You will again meet the river where there is a huge rock shelter and a place to rest for a lunch break, after which, you will cross a small stream as you climb up gentle slopes before turning back down to the river to avoid another set of waterfalls which are impassable. The forest along this section is a home many birds species, primates, duikers and hyrax. This last day offers great experience and ending to a fantastic trek

Accommodation at Equator snow lodge

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National Park

After morning breakfast at the lodge ,you will be joined by the Safari guide and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park located in the western part of Uganda. You will have en route lunch on your way to Bwindi National park. You will be visiting the Ruhija Sector or Buhoma Sector since its close

Dinner and overnight Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 11: Gorilla trekking Uganda

Enjoy early morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters with your packed lunch for briefing by the ranger guides and later head into the forest for your trek. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi takes 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas.

Mountain Gorilla WatchingThese primates roam the park freely and there is no way of telling where they will be for a particular day. On finding them, you will be allowed 1 hour to view and take photos of these gentle primates, enjoy your lunch packs and meet your driver / guide and transfer back to your lodge.

Dinner and overnight stay as above

Day 12:Transfer to Entebbe

On this day, you will have breakfast at your preferred time them prepare to start your journey to Entebbe.

Rwenzori Safari Extension.

All Tours Tailored by Rwenzori Expeditions to climb Rwenzori Mountains National Park offer the great safari extension options like a visit to the wildlife animals ( Tree climbing ) in Queen Elizabeth National Park , Chimpanzee Tracking  & Habituation in Kibale Forest national Park , Kalinzu forest to ensure you a have a lifetime adventure trip

Rwenzori & Gorilla Trek Highlights

  • Welcome to Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”, an exotic world with an incomparable natural wealth.
  • 7-Day dream trekking to the mystical Mountains of the Moon and the source of the Nile.
  • Cross several climate and vegetation zones in the Rwenzori National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Mountaineers have the opportunity to climb Mt. Stanley, the third highest mountain of the black continent.
  • In the intact and untouched rain forest of the Bwindi National Park we observe the last wild mountain gorillas on earth in their natural habitat.
  • Close contact with nature and culture of Uganda.
  • At the end of our dream trip we go on a safari in the world famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Detailed 12 Days Rwenzori & Gorilla Safari – Rwenzori Expeditions

In this 12 days Gorilla Trekking , Rwenzori & Wildlife watching safari, you will have large extent of acclimatization on the mountain by trekkers through joining longer distances, longer stretches on the mountain and slighter altitude gains.

You will also have the chance to experience the primates in the wild. This gives you a chance to see them build their houses for the night, groom each other and feeding. The mountain gorillas are some of the endangered wild life species that can only be found in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Virunga national park Congo, Volcanoes national park Rwanda and Mgahinga National park Uganda.

What’s Included

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Transportation provided on-trip
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities except for the Expedition Leader

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas when applicable
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Expedition Leader gratuities

What to Expect on Rwenzori & Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

This 12 days Rwenzori trekking & Gorilla watching  trip which is the alternative for 14 days Congo gorilla trekking & Rwenzori hiking has an activity rating of moderate to strenuous; travelers should be physically fit to climb Rwenzori since its rated as difficult compared to Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and prepared for hiking up-to 51900fts above sea level in the Rwenzori mountains.

While on Gorilla Trekking, you will be grouped into groups of 8 Paxs.  Rwenzori Treks can be arduous and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet and muddy. Travelers must be at least 15 years old, 12 years for Chimpanzees as Uganda Wildlife Authority Rules.

While on this 12 Days Kilembe Trekking & Gorilla watching , you will use hotels and Huts within Rwenzori Mountains . Lodges will be available in Queen Elizabeth , Kibale Forest national park & Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you’ll stay in ideally located, high-end hotels and lodges with many amenities.

We have arranged all of your transportation needs during your stay in Uganda as specified in your trip itinerary. When spending time on your own, you may choose to visit a site that requires transportation. If this is the case, your Expedition Leader will happily recommend convenient transportation options.

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