Volcanoes Climbing & Mountaineering safaris in Uganda

Volcanoes Climbing & Mountaineering safaris in Uganda

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Volcanoes Climbing & Mountaineering safari/tours in Uganda

Mountaineering safari/tour sis a tough but rewarding activity, taking you through many vegetation zones and culminating in the peaks. For visitors who are not able to go for the peaks, shorter hikes can be arranged. Mountain Rwenzori, Mountain Elgon and the Volcanoes are the mountains most popular for Mountain hikes, Volcano climbing and Mountaineering safari/tour holidayss in Uganda.

 

Volcano climbing  (day tour trips from Kisoro).

 

The climbing is done on three extinct volcanoes and doesn’t require specialized mountain gear.

Mountain Muhavura (4127m) is a 12km walk and takes 8 hours hiking

Mountain Gahiga (3414m). Gahiga means small piles of stones and takes 6 hours to climb.

Mountain Sabyinyo (old man’s teeth) (3669m) is a 14 km walk and the journey takes 8 hours

 

Mountaineering safaris/tours Uganda

There are two areas where Mountain Climbing, Mountaineering & Mountain hikes can be done:-Mt Elgon and Rwenzori Mountains.

 

1) Mountain Elgon (6 hours from leaving Kampala & return)- safaris in Uganda

 

The mountain has four trail heads or accessible routes (Sasa, Sipi, Piswa & Saum trails) to the peaks and doesn’t require any climbing skills or specialized equipment.

 

Sasa Trail (4 days): this route starts from Budadiri and is the closest to Mbale town & most accessible. Has the most direct route to Wagagi peak. However has a stiff climb of over 1600M on the first day, crosses the biggest bamboo area and passes the Jackson‘s pool.

Sipi Trail (7 days): route starts at Kapkwai (Forest Exploration Centre) a few Kilometres upstream of Sipi Falls (Out side the park). On this trail you can visit the Tatum cave.

Piswa Trail (7 days) Route starts at Kapkwata 30km beyond Kapchowra town and is a longer trail which starts at a higher altitude and then follows a gradual route to the peak

Suam Trail: This route starts at Suam village (On the Kenya border).It follows the Suam river through the steep and spectacular Suam Gorge to the hot springs. This route is long and little used.

It’s possible to vary your hike by ascending from one trail and descending to another here are possibilities and time duration

 

Ascend Sasa Trail& Descend via Sipi Trail (5 days)

Ascend sasa Trail & Descend via Piswa Trail (6 days)

Ascend Sipi Trail & Descend via Piswa Trail (7 days)

2) Rwenzori Mountains – Mountains of the Moon -safaris in Uganda

 

Much of the Snow Capped Rwenzori Mountains can be climbed by anyone who is reasonably fit without special equipment other than good hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing. However most of the higher peaks and certain other sections do require mountaineering equipment and previous experience.

Rwenzori Mountaineering safari & Canoe Trekking (17 days)

This extended mountaineering safari/tour adventure is for those with some extra time after their mountaineering safari. The extension will take you to Queen Elizabeth where can see the big five and later go for an exciting adventure (Canoeing in dug outs) on lake Bunyonyi. This option is possible either way mountaineering then canoeing or vice versa.

 

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe -safaris in Uganda

 

Arriving at Entebbe airport in the afternoon, transfer to any booked hotel for an overnight. (B & B)

Day 2: Transfer to Kasese

Transfer to Kasese. Check in at safari lodge.

Day 3: Walking, Trekking and Hiking Starts

Leave the hotel after breakfast and transfer to park headquarters at Nyakalengija. This is the starting point, where you will get your guides and porters, start your trekking and head for Nyabitaba hut (2652M) 5-6 hours.

Day 4: John Matte (3414m)

An early departure is necessary, because the hike involves trekking where the paths are sometimes slippery, so it’s vital to leave plenty of time.

Day 5: Bujuku Hut (3962m)

The hike takes up to 5 hours, crossing the Bujuku River, you will enter into the Lower Bigo Bog, using the board walk and through a steep climb (metallic ladders) you will reach the Bigo Hut.

Day 6: Elena Base

Four hours from Bujuku, make Elena your base because others might be scaling to Magherita peak (5109M). For those hiking to the peak, climbing skills are essential and you will need crampons, ice axe, harness and ropes. It is best to bring your own equipment even though we can hire it if necessary.

Day 7: Hiking to the Peak

 

Those scaling the Magherita will hike up to the peak (5019m) and the rest will descend to Kitandara hut where you will all spend the night.

Day 8: Guy Yeoman (3450m)

From Kitandara hut, descend to Geo Yeoman. This is the most difficult part of the circuit as it has a lot of rocks, endless bogs and steep and slippery paths.

Day 9: Nyabitaba Hut (5 hours)

From Guy Yeoman head for Nyabitaba hut where, if your knees are still okay, you can head for Nyakalengija. Otherwise take a night at Nyabitaba.

Day 10: Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija

Descend to the starting point and transfer to Queen Elizabeth for an afternoon boat cruise and an overnight at tented and safari lodges.

Day 11: Queen Elizabeth Park

Morning game drive and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Possible accommodations: safari lodge..

Day 12: Canoe Trekking

Paddling starts at 10am after a hearty breakfast at Heart of Edirisa (meeting point). First stop is at Bushara Island where you will have a half hour walking safari in the eucalyptus and after refreshments you will visit a former leper’s colony (Bwama Island). Canoeing past the punishment island you will head to Sharp’s island for lunch then you will have some hours in the canoe which will lead you to the swimming area and on to your first destination. overnight safari lodge.

Day 13: Habukomi Island

After breakfast, cross to Kyevu for a day trekking through extensive swamps, a Pygmy community, Karembe hills and finally to the peak for your lunch break and an excellent view of the volcanoes. After lunch, descend for three hours to Bufundi peninsula where the canoes will transfer you to Habukomi Island for an overnight at a safari lodge.

 

Day 14: Return from Canoeing

Visit the pelican hideout after your breakfast then paddle to upside down island with a last stop at the Nature prime island for lunch before finally landing at the home bay by 3 p.m. Over night at safari lodge.

Day 15: Lake Bunyonyi

Day to relax at Lake Bunyonyi and overnight at safari lodge. FB

Day 16: Back to Kampala

Transfer to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for pictures and water experiment. Check in at any hotel of your choice in the late afternoon.

Day 17: End of safari/tour Trip

 

 

Mountaineering safari/tour sis a tough but rewarding activity, taking you through many vegetation zones and culminating in the peaks. For visitors who are not able to go for the peaks, shorter hikes can be arranged. Mountain Rwenzori, Mountain Elgon and the Volcanoes are the mountains most popular for Mountain hikes, Volcano climbing and Mountaineering safari/tour holidayss in Uganda.

 

Volcano climbing  (day tour trips from Kisoro).

 

The climbing is done on three extinct volcanoes and doesn’t require specialized mountain gear.

Mountain Muhavura (4127m) is a 12km walk and takes 8 hours hiking

Mountain Gahiga (3414m). Gahiga means small piles of stones and takes 6 hours to climb.

Mountain Sabyinyo (old man’s teeth) (3669m) is a 14 km walk and the journey takes 8 hours

 

Mountaineering safaris/tours Uganda

There are two areas where Mountain Climbing, Mountaineering & Mountain hikes can be done:-Mt Elgon and Rwenzori Mountains.

 

1) Mountain Elgon (6 hours from leaving Kampala & return)

 

The mountain has four trail heads or accessible routes (Sasa, Sipi, Piswa & Saum trails) to the peaks and doesn’t require any climbing skills or specialized equipment.

 

Sasa Trail (4 days): this route starts from Budadiri and is the closest to Mbale town & most accessible. Has the most direct route to Wagagi peak. However has a stiff climb of over 1600M on the first day, crosses the biggest bamboo area and passes the Jackson‘s pool.

Sipi Trail (7 days): route starts at Kapkwai (Forest Exploration Centre) a few Kilometres upstream of Sipi Falls (Out side the park). On this trail you can visit the Tatum cave.

Piswa Trail (7 days) Route starts at Kapkwata 30km beyond Kapchowra town and is a longer trail which starts at a higher altitude and then follows a gradual route to the peak

Suam Trail: This route starts at Suam village (On the Kenya border).It follows the Suam river through the steep and spectacular Suam Gorge to the hot springs. This route is long and little used.

It’s possible to vary your hike by ascending from one trail and descending to another here are possibilities and time duration

 

Ascend Sasa Trail& Descend via Sipi Trail (5 days)

Ascend sasa Trail & Descend via Piswa Trail (6 days)

Ascend Sipi Trail & Descend via Piswa Trail (7 days)

2) Rwenzori Mountains – Mountains of the Moon

 

Much of the Snow Capped Rwenzori Mountains can be climbed by anyone who is reasonably fit without special equipment other than good hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing. However most of the higher peaks and certain other sections do require mountaineering equipment and previous experience.

Rwenzori Mountaineering safari & Canoe Trekking (17 days)

This extended mountaineering safari/tour adventure is for those with some extra time after their mountaineering safari. The extension will take you to Queen Elizabeth where can see the big five and later go for an exciting adventure (Canoeing in dug outs) on lake Bunyonyi. This option is possible either way mountaineering then canoeing or vice versa.

 

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

 

Arriving at Entebbe airport in the afternoon, transfer to any booked hotel for an overnight. (B & B)

Day 2: Transfer to Kasese

Transfer to Kasese. Check in at safari lodge.

 

Day 3: Walking, Trekking and Hiking Starts

Leave the hotel after breakfast and transfer to park headquarters at Nyakalengija. This is the starting point, where you will get your guides and porters, start your trekking and head for Nyabitaba hut (2652M) 5-6 hours.

Day 4: John Matte (3414m)

An early departure is necessary, because the hike involves trekking where the paths are sometimes slippery, so it’s vital to leave plenty of time.

Day 5: Bujuku Hut (3962m)

The hike takes up to 5 hours, crossing the Bujuku River, you will enter into the Lower Bigo Bog, using the board walk and through a steep climb (metallic ladders) you will reach the Bigo Hut.

Day 6: Elena Base

Four hours from Bujuku, make Elena your base because others might be scaling to Magherita peak (5109M). For those hiking to the peak, climbing skills are essential and you will need crampons, ice axe, harness and ropes. It is best to bring your own equipment even though we can hire it if necessary.

Day 7: Hiking to the Peak

 

Those scaling the Magherita will hike up to the peak (5019m) and the rest will descend to Kitandara hut where you will all spend the night.

Day 8: Guy Yeoman (3450m)

From Kitandara hut, descend to Geo Yeoman. This is the most difficult part of the circuit as it has a lot of rocks, endless bogs and steep and slippery paths.

Day 9: Nyabitaba Hut (5 hours)

From Guy Yeoman head for Nyabitaba hut where, if your knees are still okay, you can head for Nyakalengija. Otherwise take a night at Nyabitaba.

Day 10: Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija

Descend to the starting point and transfer to Queen Elizabeth for an afternoon boat cruise and an overnight at tented and safari lodges.

Day 11: Queen Elizabeth Park

Morning game drive and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Possible accommodations: safari lodge..

Day 12: Canoe Trekking

Paddling starts at 10am after a hearty breakfast at Heart of Edirisa (meeting point). First stop is at Bushara Island where you will have a half hour walking safari in the eucalyptus and after refreshments you will visit a former leper’s colony (Bwama Island). Canoeing past the punishment island you will head to Sharp’s island for lunch then you will have some hours in the canoe which will lead you to the swimming area and on to your first destination. overnight safari lodge.

Day 13: Habukomi Island

After breakfast, cross to Kyevu for a day trekking through extensive swamps, a Pygmy community, Karembe hills and finally to the peak for your lunch break and an excellent view of the volcanoes. After lunch, descend for three hours to Bufundi peninsula where the canoes will transfer you to Habukomi Island for an overnight at a safari lodge.

 

Day 14: Return from Canoeing

Visit the pelican hideout after your breakfast then paddle to upside down island with a last stop at the Nature prime island for lunch before finally landing at the home bay by 3 p.m. Over night at safari lodge.

Day 15: Lake Bunyonyi

Day to relax at Lake Bunyonyi and overnight at safari lodge. FB

Day 16: Back to Kampala

Transfer to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for pictures and water experiment. Check in at any hotel of your choice in the late afternoon.

Day 17: End of safari/tour Trip