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11 Nights – 12 Days Mountains Of The Moon Safari

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Safari Overview
Ancient Greek mathematician and father of geography – Ptolemy – who lived in the city of Alexandria in Egypt, is credited with first naming the Mountains of the Moon. Henry Morton Stanley, the famous explorer then working his way through East Africa on his mission to find Dr. Livingstone, renamed them the Rwenzori Mountains. In a native dialect at the time, ‘Rwenzori’ means ‘rainmaker’, and the mountain can be notoriously muddy and tiring to climb as its lower elevations receive rainfall for up to 350 days a year.

The 120 kilometers long Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) is situated in western Uganda, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and covers an area of 996 square kilometers and with a height of 5,109 meters, is the third highest mountain in Africa. The mountain range also includes Africa’s fourth and fifth highest peaks (Speke and Baker) and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Although not as high as Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya, it requires greater technical skills and endurance to conquer the mountain. Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains is nevertheless a once in a lifetime adventure that rewards the mountaineer with views of wondrous

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Entebbe

Your appointed driver / tour guide will collect you at the airport and take you to your accommodation.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Protea Hotel Entebbe

Airport Guesthouse

Karibu Entebbe

Day 2Entebbe to Kasese

Scenic drive to Kasese with overnight stay.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Hotel Margherita

Mountains of the Moon Hotel

Sandton Hotel

Day 3Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Ancient Greek mathematician and father of geography – Ptolemy – who lived in the city of Alexandria in Egypt, is credited with first naming the Mountains of the Moon. Henry Morton Stanley, the famous explorer then working his way through East Africa on his mission to find Dr. Livingstone, renamed them the Rwenzori Mountains. In a native dialect at the time, ‘Rwenzori’ means ‘rainmaker’, and the mountain can be notoriously muddy and tiring to climb as its lower elevations receive rainfall for up to 350 days a year.

The 120 kilometers long Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) is situated in western Uganda, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and covers an area of 996 square kilometers and with a height of 5,109 meters, is the third highest mountain in Africa. The mountain range also includes Africa’s fourth and fifth highest peaks (Speke and Baker) and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Although not as high as Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya, it requires greater technical skills and endurance to conquer the mountain. Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains is nevertheless a once in a lifetime adventure that rewards the mountaineer with views of wondrous landscapes and rare high altitude pastures, rain forests, and wetlands fringed with swamps and rivers.

The vegetation in the Rwenzori Mountains is unique to equatorial alpine Africa, and there are altogether five vegetation zones in this mountain range from grassland, montane forest, a bamboo zone, heather zone, and the afro-alpine moorland zone. At higher altitudes, some plants such as lobelia and groundsel reach an unusually large size. The park also has 90 species of birds, 15 species of butterfly, and 4 primate species.

We are working with the Rwenzori Trekking Service (RTS) that provides climbing and hiking packages based on 8 stages/days climbing of the Central Circuit Trail, including climbing the tallest peak, Mount Margherita.

Your first climbing session takes you to Base Camp Kilembe at 1,450 meters.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Tents and Mountain Cabins

Day 4Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Today you are climbing to Mutinda Camp at 3,688 meters with an overall height gain of 1,092 meters. Provided there is sufficient time, you can also try to attempt to climb to the Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meters, offering you breathtaking views of the lands below.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Tents and Mountain Cabins

Day 5Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Today, you are climbing to the Bugata Camp at 4,100 meters, with an overall height gain of 412 meters. You will also be passing through a valley with stunning high altitude plants, mountain streams, and waterfalls. Steep ridges, muddy and boggy sections contribute to the limited height gain of this climbing session


4 Star Accommodation Options

Tents and Mountain Cabins

Day 6Rwenzori Mountains National Park

A lateral trek on the mountain takes you to Hunwick’s Camp at 3,974 meters, via the Bamwanjara Pass at 4,450 meters and with excellent views of the main peaks along the way.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Tents and Mountain Cabins

Day 7Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Today, you make your way to the Margherita Camp at 4,485 meters, across the valley floor to Lake Kitandara, with its deep waters and amazing high altitude vegetation, climbing through Scoot Elliot Pass along the way.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Tents and Mountain Cabins

Day 8Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Early start at 2 am for the summit climb of Mt. Stanley crossing its glaciers to reach Margherita Peak at 5,109 meters. Thereafter, you descend to Hunwick’s Camp at 3,974 meters, where you will spend the night. Today’s summit climb will be the longest climbing session of your Mountains of the Moon adventure.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Tents and Mountain Cabins

Day 9Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Descend to Kiharo Camp at 3,640 meters via Oliver’s Pass.


4 Star Accommodation Options

Tents and Mountain Cabins

Day 10Rwenzori Mountains National Park to Kasese

Descend to the Kilembe Base Camp at 1,450 meters, past moss-covered rocks, high altitude streams, and tropical forests. Later that day, you transfer to Kasese with dinner and overnight stay at tour chosen hotel.


4 Star Accommodation Options

  • Hotel Margherita
  • Mountains of the Moon Hotel
  • Sandton Hotel

Day 11Kasese to Entebbe

Transfer back to Entebbe with dinner and overnight stay at your chosen hotel.


4 Star Accommodation Options

  • Protea Hotel Entebbe
  • Airport Guesthouse

Day 12Departure from Entebbe

Say goodbye to the Rwenzori Mountains as you depart from Entebbe airport.

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Pricing

The price tables listed here are subject to availability at the time of booking and changes without prior notice. The prices stated are PPS – Per Person Sharing in a Double / Twin Room, with the Single Supplement cost listed at the end of each table. Activities and accommodation options of this safari itinerary can be tailored to individual requirements and preferences.

4 Star Accommodation Option

Price Per Person Sharing (PPS) in a Double / Twin Room

Transport Options 4×4 Safari Minibus

2 pax travelling / PPS from US $ 2,889

3 pax travelling / PPS from US $ 2,700

4 pax travelling / PPS from US $ 2,606

5 pax travelling / PPS from US $ 2,550

6 pax travelling / PPS from US $ 2,512

7 pax travelling / PPS from US $ 2,485

Single supplement from US $ 100

Safari Features

Services & Safari Activities Included

  • Safari Activities in Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
    • Climbing Rwenzori Mountains with guides and porters
    • All meals and mountain accommodation.
    • Skilled guides & porters.
    • Hiking equipment with the exception of crampons.
    • Crampons can be hired at US $ 20 per day.
  • Airport Transfers.
  • Entrance fees for national parks listed in itinerary.
  • Return transfers with 4×4 safari vehicle.
  • English speaking driver / tour guide.
  • Meals as specified in itinerary and mineral water.
  • FB – Full board includes bed, breakfast, (packed) lunch and dinner.
  • HB – Half Board includes bed, breakfast and dinner.
  • BB – Bed & Breakfast includes bed and breakfast only.

4 Star Accommodation Option Included

  • 2 nights accommodation Karibu Entebbe – HB.
  • 2 nights accommodation Sandton Hotel – HB.
  • 7 nights mountain accommodation (tents / cabins) – FB.

Services & Safari Activities Not Included

  • All international flights, all internal flights unless specifically listed.
  • Cost of entry visas, Yellow Fever and COVID-19 certificates.
  • Travel, baggage, medical and / or personal insurances.
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature.
  • Optional Activities not listed as Services & Safari Activities Included.

Safari Terms

General Terms

This safari proposal is subject to availability at the time of booking and may be subject to changes without prior notice. If accommodation options or safari activities listed in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking, suitable alternatives will be offered. A language specific driver / tour guide is available against a surcharge. For internal charter and / or scheduled local flights, the following baggage restrictions apply: 15 kgs in soft-sided bags.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit: 30% of the safari price within 7 days of written tour confirmation.
  • Balance: Full balance due within 56 days prior to arrival.
  • Reservations within 45 days or less prior to arrival: Immediate full prepayment due.

Cancellations fees:

  • 30 days before safari date 20% cancellation fee.
  • 30 to 15 days before safari date 50% cancellation fee.
  • 15 to 05 days before safari date 70% cancellation fee.
  • 05 to 01 days before safari date 90% cancellation

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