Nyiragongo & Rwenzori Hike

Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is therefore essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately, each permit as per now it is costing about US $600 and in Rwanda it costs US $750 permit per person. Delay in payment can result in permits not being secured.

Those going gorilla tracking need to be properly equipped and should consult wild trails safaris tour consultant for more information.

To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 or people with illnesses may go tracking.

Trackers must be fit and in good health as tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000m traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet.

Porters at a cost of US $20 can be hired to carry equipment. Part of the gorilla permit fee goes to communities living around the gorilla parks. Permits purchased for tracking are non-refundable except in specific circumstances. In the event of medical issues on the day of tracking, the park authorities may, at their discretion, agree to a partial refund of the permit cost, providing a medical certificate is submitted.

Wild Trails Safaris can only make a fund to an agent/client if the park authorities agree to the provision of a refund. In the event of national park or border closures, security changes or gorillas going out of range, a refund is at the discretion of the authority and is not within the company’s control.  Obtaining a gorilla permit therefore is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla.

One hour is allowed with the gorillas, at a distance of at least 7 meters.

Flash photography is not allowed, so fast film is useful. Personal DVD recorders are allowed.

Professional film makers require permission and need to purchase filming permits.

At the national parks you will meet your ranger who explains the rules for tracking gorillas and will take you up to the gorillas.

Uganda’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss. You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malaria is available in drug shops and there are doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.

Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaria-quine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Immunization

Some visitors to Uganda find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem is usually not that of parasite infection but a change in climate for visitors.

You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels. Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended.

You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

 

Compulsory vaccinations:
There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when travelling onward from Uganda to other countries.

Recommended immunizations:
Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies. People over 30 years should be re-vaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

  • Hiking Mount Rwenzori:
  • Trekking the mystic Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a truly fantastic and unique experience, the wonder of the high glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heathers with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags and snow capped peaks. The wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres as you ascend through different vegetation zones creates the ultimate experience for trekking. Never before has this unique and beautiful trek been available, totally untouched and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the world.
  • The Rwenzori Mountains is a World Heritage Site and offers the opportunity to see nature at its best. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rain forest, bamboo forests, montane cloud forests to alpine vegetation and the scenery is truly spectacular. Above 4,500 metres the snow and glaciers add that special dimension to the wondrous views throughout this pristine mountain range.
  • Hiking Nyiragongo: The crater fire lake.
  • Gorilla tracking: in Bwindi Impenetrable national park
  • Chimpanzee track: The chimpanzee track will be done at Kalinzu forest reserve.
  • Game drive Safaris: This will be done on the Savannah plains of  Queen Elizabeth National Park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters.
  • Boat trip: You will have a bout ride at  Kazinga Channel.

 

Route

Day 1:  Arrival at Kigali airport, transfer to Gisenyi

Day 2:  Climbing the Nyiragongo volcano

Day 3:  Descend, transfer Uganda – Kisoro town.

Day 4: Gorilla tracking -Bwindi

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park- boat ride

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking & Game drive

Day 7: Hike to Nyabitaba Camp

Day 8: Hike to John Matte hut

Day 9: Hike to Bujuku Hut

Day 10: Hike to Elena Hut

Day 11: Hike to Margherita and back  to Kitandara camp

Day 12: Hike down to Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)

Day 13: Hike down to base Nyakalengija (2650m)- end point

Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe.

 

Map of Uganda showing safari route

 

Day 1: Arrival to Kigali, Transfer to Gisenyi

On arrival at Kigali international airport our driver/guide will take you to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.  (Make

sure that your flight arrives in the morning) In the evening you have time to explore Gisenyi town. Optional activities

can be organized by the lodge. You will sleep in Hill view

Hotel lake Kivu – Gisenyi or Hill view Hotel Kigali depending on your time of arrival.

A perfect night’s sleep awaits you as you fall asleep to the sounds of Lake Kivu floating into the shore or the night sounds of Kigali.

Mid- range accommodation: Hill view Hotel Gisenyi or Hill view hotel Kigali. Meal plan: Dinner.

Travel time: 4 hours from the airport. Activity: Airport pick up

Day 2: Climb Nyiragongo Volcano

Your driver will take you to the Kibati patrol post on the foot of the Nyiragongo volcano. You will start hiking at 10 AM in the morning. You will have your own porter to carry your backpack and your personal cook will prepare your meal on top of the crater rim. The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has the world’s largest lava lake. This strato volcano recently erupted in 2002 but is predicatable and therefore safe to climb. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including monkeys and bush bucks. In the late afternoon you will reach the top with an extraordinary view of the crater filled with sea of lava. You are one of the few persons to admire this spectacle. After a nice hot meal, prepared by your personal cook, you have some time to relax and enjoy the view.  At night you can see the sea of lava in the crater which results in fantastic photo’s! You will sleep in one of the basic huts on the crater rim.

Nyiragongo crater cabanas provide protection from the cold on the volcano rim. The nine A-frame shelters accommodate two visitors each.
Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most beautiful and active volcanoes, towers above the thick jungles of Virunga National Park at 3468 meters. A five-hour hike to the rim of the 1.2 km wide crater reveals the fiery lava lake deep inside. Sitting on the edge of the crater at night, the red boiling lava and smoking caldera will mesmerize the visitor.
The trek includes a walk through lush forest and lava fields with a steep incline near the top, and includes an overnight stay in the Nyiragongo Crater Cabanas on the volcano rim. The stunning views both day and night make this an unforgettable experience.

 

Mid- range accommodation: Nyiragongo summit shelter. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Travel time: 6 hours hike to the top.  Activity: Hike

Day 3: Return to Base & transfer to Uganda

Today you will descend and have a picnic lunch. After this amazing experience your driver/guide will take you across the border again and he will drive you to Uganda, where you will trek the mountain gorillas. your accommodation is found in Kisoro town.

Mid- range accommodation: Travelers rest hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner.

Travel time: 2 hours.

Activity: Road trip

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Today is the big day for gorilla trekking for those who have paid for their gorilla tracking permit, meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. The gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts mountain gorillas and Duikers. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. (Each Gorilla Permit costs $600) En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours.

Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience.

This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.For those who will not participate in the gorilla tracking, you will have to visit the short pygmies the Batwa tribe the shortest people who used to leave in the Bwindi forest over 100years ago.

Accommodation: Travelers rest hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 3-5 hours

Activity: Gorilla trekking

 

 

Day 5: Transfer  to Queen Elizabeth national park
This morning you will have your lovely breakfast, and by 7:30 am you will transfer from Chameleon Hill lodge and head to Queen Elizabeth national park and arriving in for lunch at your new home lodge for two nights. After lunch you will go for a boat ride on Kazinga channel cruising towards lake Edward you will be looking for a school of hippos, water bucks, Uganda kobs, elephants and buffaloes coming down the beach to drink  water, hippos will be swimming and playing in water, there is also many different species of birds including kingfishers, pelicans, herons, fish eagles, palm nut vultures and many more. After the boat ride we will have a short game drive as you go back to your lodge.

Accommodation: Marafiki lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 6 hours drive.

 

 

 

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking & Game Drive

Early this morning you will have your lovely breakfast, and by 6:30 am  you will go for chimpanzee trekking to look

for chimps in Kalinzu forest, the walk for 3 hours takes you to look chimps and also other different spies of monkeys including the black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, if you are a bird lover then you have come to the right place. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk. In the late evening you will have another game drive to look for mammals that  include gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and water buck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo

and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine, the game drive will last for five hours and

later come back for lunch at the lodge and get prepared for

your boat ride on the Kazinga channel.

Accommodation: Marafiki lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Chimpanzee trek & Game drive

 

 

 

Day 7: Nyakalengija -Nyabitaba camp (2650m).

Early in the morning, after having a cup of coffee, drive to Nyakalengija trail head (1600m). Meet porters and guides and begin hiking up to Nyabitaba camp 2,650M. Walk through the Matooke plantations on the side of the steep foothills, past the local Bakonjo homesteads. Continue with the trail along the Mpanga ridge, through landslides.

Accommodation: Nyabitaba camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Hike to Nyabitaba camp

 

 

 

Day 8: Nyabitaba- John Matte Hut (3350m)
From Nyabitaba camp follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge , just below the

confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and

exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for Dinner and Overnight at the Hut.

Accommodation: John Matte hut.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Hike to John Matte Hut

 

 

 

Day 9: John Matte- Bujuku Hut (3977m)
From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke , is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass.

Accommodation: Bujuku Hut.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Hike to Bujuku Hut

 

 

Day 10: Bujuku-Elena Hut (4541m).
Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes the trail on the left leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak to Kitandara Hut. Those climbing the peak will have their Dinner and Overnight at the coolly and Icy Elena Hut

Accommodation: Elena Hut.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Hike to Elena Hut

 

 

Day 11: Elena/Climb Margherita and back then to Kitandara camp
For reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. The summit of Margherita climbing takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent.

Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzoris. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reach the peak, don’t get disappointed. Prepare for you return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke , up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes . After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara.

Accommodation: Kitandara camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Hike to Margherita peak (5109m)

 

 

Day 12: Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Over night at Guy yeoman.

Accommodation: Guy Yeoman Hut.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Hike down to Guy Yeoman

 

 

Day 13: Nyabitaba – Nyakalengija (2650m)
Take on the path down to Nyabitaba hut. The path can be slippery and muddy and therefore requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. Remember this is part of the adventure with in this mountain. Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut, here depending on your fitness you can continue to the starting point and be out of the park on Margherita Hotel.

Accommodation: Margherita Hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Hike to Margherita Nyakalengija.

 

 

Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe Airport

This late morning at 8am you will have your breakfast, drive to Mbarara where you will have lunch after lunch  transfer to Entebbe, on your way you will stop at the equator for photographs and coffee. hoping your flight is late in the night, if not you will need to book for an extra night in Entebbe.

Accommodation: Non.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Road trip

 

 

END OF SAFARI

This safari starts from Kigali, Nyiragongo crater, Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Mount Rwenzori.

Safari price:

 Type of Safari: Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 5,699
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 4,443
 3 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 4,188
 4 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 3,933
 5 people traveling together: each person pays: US $3,864
6 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 3,753
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 127

 

International Group Safaris 2017-18:

This is a join-in Safari in which a mix of people from all ages (above 18 years) and nationalities are welcome to join. The Safari dates are guaranteed departures with a minimum of 6 people.

Guide/ driver  1
Max Passengers 6
Duration 14 Days, 13 Nights
Type of Vehicle Mini van bus/Land cruiser
Accommodation type  Mid-range lodge/ Hike camps
Meals 13 Breakfast, 14Lunches, 13 Dinners
Country Uganda, Congo & Rwanda

 

NOTE:

Gorilla trekking:

  • In case you don’t want to go for gorilla trekking on this trip then you will do other activities as your group friends are gorilla trekking, those who will not go for gorilla trekking will pay less price. You subtract US $ 448 from your safari price.
  • It is not possible to reserve gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.

Single supplement:

  • This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

Lodges and Hotels:

  • The bookings with the lodges and hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
  • In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).

 

 Uganda  14 Days safari (What you are paying for)

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
Chimpanzee permit International air fares;
A  Gorilla  permit Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
Park entrance fees & English speaking driver/guide Activities optional activities
2 game drives in 1 national park & 1 Boat ride A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Transport in a 4WD minibus Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program & vehicle fuel Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Mount Rwenzori 7 day hike laundry and souvenirs
Boat ride All expenses of a personal nature
Nyiragongo crater Hike All expenses of a personal nature

 

Tipping

Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Tipping suggestions:

Your driver/guide:  $10 dollars per person/per day
Porters:  $5 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters:  $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides:  $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants:  5 – 10%
Hotel staff $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night

 

 

 

 

 

A 14 day safari that goes to Nyiragongo crater, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Mount Rwenzori National park . Choose your favorite travel dates and we make you dream come true.

 

Scheduled Departure dates:

 

Safari Start Safari End Safari Start  Safari End
1st  June 2017 14th June 2017 15th June 2018 28th June 2018
1st July 2017 14th July 2017 15th July 2018 28th July 2018
15th December 2017 28th December 2017 15th December 2018 28th December 2018

Note: For those who have their own departure dates please contact us for your departure dates.