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Rwenzori Mountains

A Combined Rwenzori Hike and Gorilla Adventure

A Combined Rwenzori Hike and Gorilla Adventure

Rwenzori Mountains

Planning a combined gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and trekking adventure in Rwenzori Mountains National Park promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Uganda’s wilderness. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you plan your gorilla safari and Rwenzori trekking expedition:

Step 1: Determine Your Travel Dates:

Choose the dates for your expedition, taking into account factors such as weather conditions, permit availability, and personal schedules. The dry seasons (June to September and December to February) are generally considered the best times for both gorilla trekking and trekking in Rwenzori Mountains.

Step 2: Obtain Permits:

Secure permits for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and trekking in Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Gorilla trekking permits are limited and often sell out months in advance, so it’s essential to book them as early as possible. Rwenzori trekking permits are also required and can be obtained through the park authorities or tour operators.

Step 3: Plan Your Itinerary:

Design your itinerary to include both gorilla trekking and Rwenzori trekking, ensuring ample time for each activity. Consider factors such as travel time between destinations, acclimatization days, and rest days to avoid overexertion.

Step 4: Choose Accommodations:

Select accommodations near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your gorilla safari and accommodations in Kasese or nearby towns for your Rwenzori trekking adventure. Choose lodging options that suit your preferences and budget, whether it’s luxury lodges, mid-range accommodations, or budget-friendly campsites.

Step 5: Arrange Transportation:

Plan your transportation from Entebbe or Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Consider hiring a reliable tour operator or driver-guide to handle your transportation needs and provide local insights along the way.

Step 6: Pack Accordingly:

Pack appropriate gear and clothing for both gorilla trekking and Rwenzori trekking. Essential items include sturdy hiking boots, waterproof clothing, warm layers, a daypack, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera to capture the unforgettable moments.

Step 7: Prepare for Trekking:

Undertake physical conditioning and training to prepare for the rigors of gorilla trekking and Rwenzori trekking. Focus on building endurance, strength, and cardiovascular fitness through hiking, walking, and other aerobic exercises.

Step 8: Respect Wildlife and Nature:

During both gorilla trekking and Rwenzori trekking, prioritize responsible tourism practices and respect for wildlife and nature. Follow park regulations, listen to your guides’ instructions, and minimize your impact on the environment to ensure the protection and preservation of these pristine wilderness areas.

Step 9: Enjoy Your Expedition:

Embark on your gorilla safari and Rwenzori trekking adventure with an open heart and mind, ready to embrace the awe-inspiring beauty and biodiversity of Uganda’s natural wonders. Cherish the once-in-a-lifetime experiences, forge lasting memories, and immerse yourself fully in the magic of the African wilderness.

By following these steps and careful planning, your combined gorilla safari and Rwenzori trekking expedition will be an unforgettable journey of discovery, adventure, and connection with nature in the heart of Africa.

Below is a designed and suggested  itinerary for your 10 days combined safari Rwenzori and mountain gorilla trekking.

With 10 days, you have more time to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of both Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Here’s a detailed itinerary for a 10-day adventure combining trekking in Rwenzori and gorilla trekking:

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe – Transfer to Kasese

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and meet your guide/driver.

Transfer to Kasese, the gateway town to Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Check into your accommodations in Kasese and rest after your journey. 

Day 2: Rwenzori Mountains Trek – Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut

Meet your trekking guide and porters in Kasese.

Start your trek from Nyakalengija trailhead.

Trek through lush rainforests to Nyabitaba Hut (2,652 meters).

Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 3: Rwenzori Mountains Trek – Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut

Continue your trek through the bamboo zone to John Matte Hut (3,414 meters).

Enjoy panoramic views of valleys and peaks along the way.

Overnight at John Matte Hut.

Day 4: Rwenzori Mountains Trek – John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut

Trek through the Bigo Bog and ascend to the Bujuku Valley.

Arrive at Bujuku Hut (3,962 meters) and enjoy stunning views of Mount Speke and Mount Stanley.

Overnight at Bujuku Hut.

Day 5: Rwenzori Mountains Trek – Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut

Ascend to Scott Elliott Pass and cross the Bujuku Lake.

Continue to the Kitandara Lakes and ascend to Elena Hut (4,540 meters).

Overnight at Elena Hut.

Day 6: Rwenzori Mountains Trek – Summit Attempt and Descent to Nyabitaba Hut

Early morning summit attempt of Mount Stanley (Margherita Peak) or Alexandra Peak (depending on weather and group fitness).

Descend back to Nyabitaba Hut.

Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 7: Descend to Nyakalengija – Transfer to Bwindi

Descend back to Nyakalengija trailhead.

Meet your driver/guide and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Check into your accommodations near the park and rest.

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Receive a briefing from park rangers before setting out on your gorilla trek.

Trek through the dense forest, following the guidance of experienced trackers.

Spend an unforgettable hour observing and photographing a gorilla family.

Return to your accommodations and relax after the trek.

Day 9: Rest Day or Optional Activities in Bwindi

Enjoy a leisurely day to rest and recuperate after gorilla trekking.

Alternatively, explore other activities in Bwindi such as birdwatching, nature walks, or cultural experiences. 

Day 10: Transfer to Entebbe – Departure

Transfer back to Entebbe International Airport for departure.

If time permits, explore Entebbe town or visit nearby attractions before your flight.

The itinerary includes.





The itinerary excludes.



Alcoholic drinks.

Trekking gears.

This itinerary allows for a comprehensive exploration of both Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, providing unforgettable trekking experiences and gorilla encounters. Adjustments can be made based on your preferences and fitness level.

NOTE: There are several  itineraries you can book from our company combining Rwenzori and gorilla trekking. There fore you can book from 5 days to infinity depending on your budget for the safari and your availability.

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