On the Central Circuit you walk through a fairy-tale unique landscape. In the Ruwenzori Mountains, thanks to a favorable climate and its seclusion, an original natural landscape has formed. The well-developed Central Circuit takes you on a 7-day trekking route through this dream landscape. The trip is rounded off with two trips to the chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest and the hippos in Lake Edward. Highlights:
english-speaking tour guide meals according to the program Airport transfer on arrival and departure all rides in the private vehicle National Park fees Fees for the Central Circuit Permit chimpanzee trekking Overnight stays
international flights Visum for Uganda travel insurance tips unspecified meals and drinks personal possibly increase of fees after 01.01.2018
For the trekking tour in the Rwenzori Mountains you have to bring along:
clothes for cold days
sleeping bag up to -5 ° C
This 13-day trekking and safari trip will take you on a mystical and fairytale trail around the Baker massif of the Ruwenzori Mountains. The Central Circuit impresses with its variety of plants and mountain scenery. Nowhere on earth do the plants grow so densely. Passing through rainforest, moss-covered trees and giant lobelia and senecia, you will pass two mountain passes. Chimpanzee trekking in the Kalinzu Forest and visiting the hippos at Lake Edward complete this unique journey. On a community walk you will learn about the way of life and culture of the people in Nyakalengija.
Day 1: Arrival (D)
After arrival in Entebbe, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kampala.
Overnight in a hotel.
Day 2: Green forest, small villages, past banana, tea and cotton plantations - Kasese (B,L,D)
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala. Passing several small villages, green forests, banana and tea plantations, the approx. 7-hour drive leads to Kasese.
Overnight in a hotel
Day 3: Start of the Trekking - Nyabitaba-Hut (2,650m) - (B,D)
After a short drive to the starting point of the trek, guides, porters and cooks will be selected for the tour in Nyakalangija. After a leisurely hike, first through the village and past banana plantations, the national park boundary is reached after 1.5 hours. With a bit of luck, you can see chameleons in the fern or blue monkeys in the trees. In any case, one is accompanied by many and beautiful butterflies. Along the Mubuku Riber we continue through forest and open fern landscape. After a 4-5 hour hike, the Nyabitaba Hut (2,650 m) is finally reached. The Nyabitaba Cabin lies directly in the forest on a mountain slope and offers a beautiful view of the Portal Peak. Overnight in the Nyabitaba Hut
Day 4: Crossing the Bujuku-River to John-Matte-Hut (3,480m) (B,L,D)
After a 1.5-hour hike down through the forest and green fern landscape, the suspension bridge over the Bujuku River is reached. There it goes steeply uphill through dense vegetation as well as over roots and stones. The more you gain in height the more moss-hungry and mystical the scenery becomes. At the end of the walk open moor areas with giant lobelia are reached. A short distance over wooden planks along the lakeshore, after a total of 6 hours of walking you will reach the John Matte Hut (3.480m). Overnight at the John Matte Hut
Day 5: High moor area to Bujuku Hut (3,970m) (B,L,D)
Today you can expect a moor area with giant lobelia and beautiful views of the mountains of Rwenzori. Before you reach the plateau, it's a bit through the rain forest and past tree heaths. Afterwards, the Bujuku River is crossed on boardwalks and past tussock grass. The moor area is completely covered with screed webs, so that this section can be crossed easily and with plenty of time for taking pictures. At the end of the hike, it goes up again steeply to the Buju Lake. After a total of 5-6 hour hike, the Bujuku Hut (3,970 m) is finally reached. Overnight in the Bujuku Hut
Day 6: Giant Senezia forest crossing Scott Elliot Pass (4,327m) - Kitandara Hut (4,027m) (B,L,D)
Today the first pass of the Central Circuit is crossed. First, it goes over swampy terrain, later on ladders and boulders on a hill. Here is a last beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding mountains of the Bujuku hut. After a short descent, the huge Senezia Forest with its many-colored moss areas is reached and crossed. Climbing steadily over a boulder field, you reach the Scott Elliot Pass. Shortly before reaching the Kitandara hut offers a wonderful view of the Lake Kitandara and the surrounding mountains. After a 4-5 hour hike, the Kitandara Hut is reached. Overnight at the Kitandara Hut.
Day 7: Fresh Field Pass (4,215m) - mystical fairytale forest - Guy Yeoman Hut (3,505m) (B,L,D)
Directly from the Kitandara Hut, you will climb over a block of stones and along a gully to the Fresh Field Pass (4,215m). An open space with tussock grass leads to the rainforest. In this section of the route the atmosphere becomes more and more mystical. Huge trees with multicolored moss-hangings truly make a fairy-tale forest stand out. Downhill and past a beautiful waterfall you reach after a 6-hour hike the Guy Yeoman Hut (3,505 m). The hut lies in the middle of a flower meadow. Overnight in the Guy Yeoman hut
Day 8: Descend over ladders and through bamboo forest - Nyabitaba Hut (2,650m) (B,L,D)
It used to be a key part of the Central Circuit. Long steep rocks had to be overcome on the descent. Today you can comfortably descend this section on ladders. After this key point, the path winds through bamboo and rainforest over wooden planks and marshy spots to the Nyabitaba Hut. Trekking time 4-5 hrs Overnight in the Nyabitaba Hut
Day 9: Last trekking day (L,D)
On the already known way it goes first steeply downhill and then leisurely continue to the national park boundary. At the reception of the National Park, you will receive a Certificate of Mountaineering confirming that you have successfully completed the Central Circuit.
Afterwards we continue to the hotel. Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 10: Chimpanzee-Trekking in Kalinzu Forest (B,L,D)
In the early morning you start in the direction of Queen Elisabeth NP. At the border of the park you have the possibility to observe savannah animals. With a little luck you will see buffalos, Uganda kobs, warthogs, elephants, waterbuck and many birds. In the Kalinzu Forest you go in search of the chimpanzees accompanied by a ranger. Leopards, many primates and birds live in the dense forest. However, you rarely see them. Once you have arrived at the chimpanzees, you will have enough time to observe and photograph them in their hustle and bustle on the trees. On the way back you go along the edge of the forest through tea plantations. At the edge of the forest there are many birds. With a bit of luck, you will see a silver-checked hornbill, great blue turacos or black-and-white colobus monkeys. Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 11: Community Walk and hippos (B,L,D)
The Ruboni Community organizes and supports projects for the local population and nature conservation.
In the morning, with a 2-3 hour community walk, you will have the opportunity to get to know the activities of the community as well as the way of life and traditions of the people of Nyakalengija.
In the afternoon, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Edward. In the evening, the hippos leave the lake for food. You have the opportunity to observe how the hippos leave the lake and walk leisurely past you foraging for food.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 12: Kasese - Kampala (B,L,D)
Today ends your exciting travel in the Ruwenzori Mountains. Your driver will take you to your hotel in Kampala. Overnight in a hotel
Day 13: Departure (B)
Your driver will take you to the airport in Entebbe in good time.