6 Day Rwenzori and Chimpanzee Tour: Uganda, an epitome of contrast, earned her name “the pearl of Africa” by Churchill due to the various climatic regions in the country. While the south and south western part of the country is hilly with tropical forests, the east, and the north are semi-arid flat lands. These different terrains offer a variety of attractions and activities to adventure seeking tourists.
This 6 day Rwenzori and chimpanzee tour takes you to the western part of Uganda for grand primate encounters in the Kibale national park. This is the primate capital of the world with 13 recorded primate species. The Rwenzori mountains on the border with Congo offer excellent hiking expeditions to the summit. Although this tour doesn’t take you to the summit, it offers amazing scenic adventures on the mountain side.
6 Day Rwenzori and Chimpanzee Tour itinerary
On your arrival in Uganda, your safari director will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. Depending on your arrival, you will have an option of visiting Kampala, the capital city. You will further receive a briefing on your safari tour before you retire to your lodge for the night.
Day 1; Transfer to Kibale national park.
Depart Kampala for Kibale national park in the early morning. The winding roads takes you through the lush green country side, tea plantations and pine forests. As you edge closer to Kibale, the gradually becomes hilly and the air cooler. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Fort Portal town, the gateway to the Rwenzoris. The drive to Kibale allows you to spot some of the crater lakes created as a result of the eruption that created Rwenzori. In Kibale national park, check into your hotel and enjoy a cool relaxing evening.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking
Filled with excited, venture into the forest in search of the chimps. The tall evergreen trees give ample shed to the forest floor. The light sipping through the tree canopy, the buzzing of the insects is transcending. With your rangers in tow, you will transverse the forest to locate the various chimpanzee troops. Although this tropical forest is home to 13 primate species, chimpanzees are the most sought after. They share 97% of their DNA with humans. They are intelligent, have human like facial features and have multiple vocal calls. You are allowed an hour to interact with the chimp family. The composition of the family includes dominant male, adult females, juveniles and babies. Watch them play, eat, groom and hunt for food. These primates are known to use tools like stones to crack nuts or sticks to get insects out of holes.
Later in the afternoon, transfer to the Rwenzori mountains. This scenic drive offers epic views of the mountains. Arrive and spend the night at the base camp Nyakalengija.
Day 3: NYAKALENGIJA (1,615m) – NYABITABA CAMP (2,651m)
The day’s hike starts at the mountaineering offices. Rent equipment, meet your porters and rangers and embark on your hiking expedition. Hike through the countryside to the park headquarters. This trail leads you into the thick forest which is home to primates like chimps, blue monkeys, and white and black colobus monkeys. The rare Rwenzori Turaco is usually spotted in this area. A steep ascent leads you a gigantic ridge which leads to Nyabitaba hut. Enjoy a fresh made dinner and relax for the night.
Hike time: 6 -7 hours.
Day 4: NYABITABA – JOHN MATTE CAMP (3,505m)
Follow the trail and descend to the Kurt Shafer bridge. Here, the Mubuku river and Bujuku river converge. The next section is the beautiful bamboo forest. The forest floor is covered with dry twigs offer a comfortable hike. Further up the mountain, the rocks covered by moss make a grueling hike. The beautiful sights of Mount Stanley and Speke is a reward for the grueling hike. Enjoy the beautiful flora of giant lobelia, groundsel and giant heather. Your destination for the evening is the John Matte hut.
Hike time: 7 – 8 hours.
Day 5: JOHN MATTE – NYABITABA – NYAKALENGIJA CAMP
On this day on the mountain, we will descend from John Matte to Nyabitaba camp. Relax and have a lunch break. This section of the hike is 5-6 hours. Proceed to Nyakalengija and have a much needed night’s rest at the base camp.
Hike Time: 3 – 4 hours
Day 6; Transfer to Kampala
On the last day of your 6 day Rwenzori and Chimpanzee tour, bid farewell to your porters and guides and transfer to Kampala. You will have some much needed stop overs to stretch your muscles. Your safari director will drop you at the airport.