14 days Nyiragongo & Mountain Rwenzori Hiking

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 100 years 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 an 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

Inclusion Exclusion
Airport transfers on first and last day International airfares
Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
All park entrance fees Uganda Visa (USD50.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport
Airport transfers on first and last day Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry
Services of an English speaking driver guide
Drinking water while in the vehicle