Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Options / 1 Day Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari: Overview
Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Options; Trekking the Rwenzori ranges is one of the most adventurous experiences in Uganda that is adrenaline-pumping. Our Rwenzori Mountain trekking option offers a wide range of safari itineraries that will allow you to explore these beautiful ranges, ranging from the 1-day hiking tour to 10 – 15-day trekking tours. Acacia Safaris is the best tour operator that will help you craft any kind of Uganda adventure.
All treks include accommodation (camping) and meals, ropes, harnesses and crampons if necessary. Equipment such as boots, sleeping bags, woollen beanies (hat), gloves, and raincoats are available for hire. Stretchers and mattresses are provided but you need to bring a warm sleeping bag and clothes.
Please note: UWA gate entrance fees are beyond our control and may change at times.
1 Day Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Safari
The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjiki, 12 kilometres from Kasese past Kilembe. Best to start by 8.30 am but can leave as late as 10 am. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727 metres. Here the rangers brief you on the daily activities and rules of the National Park.
There are two options for the one-day Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Safari:
You can climb the ridge towards Samalira Camp (the first camp) where you stop for lunch at 2,570 metres. The forests are untouched and carry a wide variety of trees and plants. Many bird species can be heard and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometres climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers through montane forest, with tall trees, and thick undergrowth then we start climbing the ridge. The higher we climb the trees appear taller and straighter and it is common to see and hear many types of primates, echoing around the valleys.
Particularly around our lunch spot at 2,570m, it is possible to see troops of 15 to 20 black and white Colobus monkeys or Blue monkeys as they dash through the trees loaded with natural fruits. A few hundred metres beyond the lunch spot, the bamboo zone commences and we climb up another half kilometres to a small cave which was previously used by poachers. Here we have a short rest before returning to the Rangers post and back to Kilembe.
Is to walk up the Nsuranja Valley towards Kalalama Camp to a rock shelter called Musenge Rock Shelter at 2,240 metres a distance of 6,2 kilometres from the Rangers post. This walk is a steady climb through a pristine forest with a multitude of birds and maybe the chance to see a wild chimpanzee scampering off through the forest. For sure you will see their nests high up in the trees made of branches interwoven to form a nest, The chimps will use these nests for several weeks and then move on when the season for fruiting trees is over. Occasionally you may see a blue monkey, however, it is the forest with a wide variety of plant species which is the main attraction.
End of the 1 Day Rwenzori Mountains trekking Safari