MARGHERITA PEAK AND GORILLA ADVENTURE

Margherita Peak, Africa’s third-highest peak, is snow-capped all year round providing a spectacular challenge for those who venture on its paths.

The climb up the mythical “Mountains of the Moon” begins in Kilembe, traversing magical forests and valleys replete with varied bird species and other wildlife. One reward of the hard climb up the snowy peak is the breathtaking vista across Albert Peak, into the Democratic Republic of Congo and east across the splendor of the Rwenzori Mountains. Our singular adventure winds up in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for a close encounter with the world’s largest apes.

14 DAYS | 13 NIGHTS

Safari Highlights

  • Climbing to the highest peak of the “Mountains of the Moon”
  • Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest 

Itinerary

Day Zero: Arrival

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by your safari guide/driver who will transfer you to your booked accommodation in Kampala for the night.

Accommodation options: Shoebill Nest (midrange), Speke Resort Munyonyo (upper midrange-luxury).

Day One – Two: Rest before departure

You have the option of taking one or two days to ensure you are completely rested before you begin this 10 day adventure in the Rwenzoris and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Accommodation options: Shoebill Nest (midrange), Speke Resort Munyonyo (upper midrange-luxury).

Meal plan: Full board

Day Three: The Road to Rwenzori

After a hearty breakfast your driver will pick you up from your hotel to begin the journey to the booked accommodation in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. We will make stops for lunch and to stretch during the 8 hour long journey. Upon arrival, we will check into the Wild tracks overland Camp and settle in for an evening of rest.

Meal plan: Full board

Day Four: Hike to Sine Camp

We start our excursion with a hike across the valley floor, encountering a multitude of birds and monkeys in the tall trees of the Afromontane Forest Zone. The magnificent Enoch’s Falls serves as a picturesque signal that we are close to Sine Camp. At Sine Camp, (2,596 meters above sea level) wooden huts set between tall forest trees offer a vantage point overlooking the waterfalls crashing over the rocks below. 

You will have the option to continue on to Kalalama Camp (3,134 meters above sea level).

Day Five: Trek to Mutinda Camp

An early morning start brings us to a bamboo forest, home to a charming variety of plants and flowers. The meandering trail starts with a steep climb, going up and over several small knolls along ridge tops. Following this path we shall cross several small streams and go by spectacular moss covered waterfalls. In the afternoon you may choose to hike up the Mutinda lookout (3,925 meters above sea level) for a breathtaking view across the Rwenzori Mountains down to Kasese town and Lake George before settling in for the night at Mutinda Camp (3,582 meters above sea level).

Meal plan: Full board

Day Six: Into Bugata camp

The trail to Bugata Camp is boggy, particularly in the wet season, but with some skill we can navigate the tussocks easily. First we cross the Mutinda valley, through the tussock grass interspersed with giant lobelias, before making a steep climb to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters above sea level). Pressing on through the undulating curve of the valley we will continue on a steady ascent to our night accommodation, Bugata Camp (4,100 meters above sea level).

Meal plan: Full board

Day Seven: To Hunwick’s Camp Over Bamwaniarra Pass

Heading out from Bugata Camp we make a slight descent, before climbing higher to Bamwanjarra Pass (4,450 meters above sea level). We have a hut for shelter here in case of unsuitable weather. We cut through the valley, around the edge of bogs, thick evergreen vegetation and moss to make a steady climb over the steep section leading to Hunwick’s Camp. The camp is perched at the top of a valley with excellent views of Mount Stanley, Mount Baker, Weismann’s Peak and McConnell’s Prong.

Meal plan: Full board

Day Eight: Onward to Margherita camp

From Hunwick’s camp we descend across the valley floor to Lake Kitandara, a stunning deep water twin lake surrounded by lush vegetation. From here we climb Scott Elliott’s pass and follow the ridge to Margherita Camp (4,485 meters above sea level), nestled between massive rocks which offer shelter from the strong winds.

Meal plan: Full board

Day Nine: Ascent to Margherita Peak

We wake up at 2am for an early breakfast before we begin the climb to Mount Stanley at 2.30am. The trek begins beneath the stars so that we can cover more ground before the mountain is heavily clouded, with snowfall expected from 1pm to 4pm during the dry season. The effects of global warming are evident at the Margherita glacier with the outer edges of the ice receding to become steeper. After a triumphant ascent to Margherita peak (5,109 meters above sea level) we will return to Hunwick’s Camp (3,874 meters above sea level) for the night.

Meal plan: Full board

Day Ten: Trek to Kiharo camp

We begin our day with a climb towards McConnell’s Prong, which has panoramic views of all three mountain peaks. It is a 3km trek from Hunwick’s Camp to the top of Oliver’s Pass (4,505 meters above sea level). Our path down the valley takes us over ridges of stone and earth, a unique terrain formation created by melted deposits from slow moving glaciers. We spend the night in Kiharo Camp (3,460 meters above sea level), enjoying the lush vegetation and rocky landscape.

Meal plan: Full Board

Day Eleven: Descent to Kilembe

The trail down the Nyamwamba Valley is stunning, with scenic views of moss covered rocks along the river, cascading waterfalls, deep valleys and lush forests that are arguably the most picturesque in the Rwenzori Mountains. A few kilometers from Kiharo Camp, we may spot duikers quietly feeding in small clearings. A huge rock formation at the bottom of the valley frames a tranquil spot to rest by the river. The forest along this section is teeming with life. Sightings of various birds, primates, duickers and hyrax make for an enchanting ending to this part of the adventure as we drive to the Wildtracks Overland Camp safari lodge for dinner and a well-earned rest.

Meal plan: Full board

Day Twelve: Into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Anticipation mounts in the morning as we head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park is a visually rewarding medley of wonders. Upon arrival in Bwindi, we will have dinner before an evening of rest at our booked accommodation.

Accommodation options: Bakiga Lodge (budget), Gorilla Valley Lodge.

Meal plan: Full board

Day Thirteen: Gorilla Trekking

After a nourishing breakfast and requisite briefing, we head into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on foot. It may be minutes or hours before we come upon a gorilla family. The effort of the grueling trek is tempered by anticipation of a truly remarkable experience. When we finally encounter these magnificent primates, watching them hug, tussle and play in the intimacy of their home, it is as though we have entered a world suspended outside of time. 

Fresh from this irreplaceable experience, we will return to the lodge for an evening of relaxation, or take a walk in the community and interact with the local people.

Accommodation options: Bakiga Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge.

Day Fourteen: Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe

We wake up to the beautiful sights and sounds of Bwindi, a fitting end to our incredible adventure. After breakfast we exit the park heading for Kampala, with a stop en-route for lunch. 

Meal plan: Full board

Inclusive

  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary
  • All porters
  • Entrance fees for National Parks
  • Gorilla Tracking Permit (per person) for Bwindi Forest
  • Private 4WD Vehicle with an experienced english speaking guide/driver
  • Mountain climbing permits and equipment

Exclusive

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items and services of a personal nature

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Bushman Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

* Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.

* The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.

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