5-Day Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Adventure, Mahoma Trail
- Duration 5 Days 4 Nights
- Dates Any Date
- Safari TypePrivate Safari
- Departure CityEntebbe
- End CityEntebbe
- Contact nameCatherine
- Contact phone+256 774 805580
- Cancellation policyUp to 90 Days
- Accommodation Camping Sites
- Age limit 15+
- Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
Hiking the Mahoma Trail in the Rwenzori Mountains is an incredible active adventure that can be added to your Uganda safari itinerary for intrepid travellers. This 28km trail takes you as you explore a cross-section of the Rwenzori Mountains natural heritage. The trail is an alternative to longer treks that lead to the peaks of Ibanda and Kilembe. This trail traverses the lower slopes of the mountains finishing at Lake Mahoma where the trail joins the existing ‘Central Circuit’ trail to return to the park gate.
- Closer look at the Mountains of the Moon
- Scenic trail and it takes you up to 3,300-meter elevation of Lake Mahoma
- Test your physical strength and stamina
- Uganda’s Most famous Off-the-Beaten Path activities.
Know before you go
- You’ll be visiting Rwenzori Mountains National Park located in western Uganda
- The tour is a private safari, that means you chose the best date to travel, which accommodation choice and who you travel with.
- Local guide
- Permit Fees
- Food and drinks
- Transfers in 4×4
- Group tour
- English guide
- All activities
- Visa & travel insurance
- You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
- A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
- Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
- Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
- Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
- All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.
UGANDA GORILLA PERMIT CANCELLATION POLICY
(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.
Cancellations received on full payment:
- More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
- 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
- 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
- 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee
Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.
All accommodation has been specifically selected and all in strategic locations for the start of most of the activities in the Itinerary.
Papyrus Guesthouse – Entebbe
Located 10 minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport in the residential area of Upper Kiwafu. The fifteen bedroomed Guesthouse is like staying with friends. The rooms are comfortable and simple – they are all en-suite and fully supplied with high-quality mosquito nets, beds, cooling fans, safes and guest amenities.
There is a TV lounge, WiFi in the main areas and extends to most of the rooms, complimentary airport transfer.
Rwakobo Rock Lodge
Rwakobo is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night the sounds of the bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.
This idyllic spot is situated just over 1Km from the Nshara Gate of Lake Mburo National Park. Guided walks can be organized from the Lodge to include easy and challenging walks offering the chance to get close to nature.
Every night (weather permitting) the friendly Rwakobo staff stoke up a campfire so you can watch the sunset explode into a brilliant starlit sky
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
The lodge – is situated on the Southwest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with stunning views over the Bwindi Forest, the Magnificent Virunga Volcanoes and the Great Albertine Rift Valley. There are 12 hand-crafted cottages and 6 Virunga Terrace rooms, each offering all modern comforts, the tranquillity of the Rain forest, the atmosphere of a mountain chalet and the warm hospitality Ugandans are known for.
The lodge facilities include a cozy restaurant serving homemade meals and freshly baked loaves of bread, a bar and lounge with an amazing view, massage room and Complimentary WiFi.
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge prides itself on its green Credentials and through its various initiatives including solar energy and rainwater harvesting, proudly operates with Carbon Neutral footprint.
The lodge is an ideal starting point for Gorilla tracking as well as many other interesting activities the area has to offer.
Kasenyi Safari Camp
Kasenyi Safari Camp is strategically located on the rim of lake Bunyampaka in the Kasenyi savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp has an elevated dining structure that is meticulously thatched. The tents are on platforms with a thatched canopy roof. There are four tents all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas and private decks. Many animals frequent the camp during the day & at night. Lion prides, hippo, leopard, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, kob, hyena and warthog are frequently seen. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling and lions roaring.
Game Viewing in the Kasenyi Savannah – The most visited park in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park hosts cats in the Kasenyi savannah. Here the cats feed on the large numbers of Uganda kob. Some lions have learned to hunt buffalo and also climb trees.
Primate Lodge – Kibale
Primate Lodge is located in the heart of Kibale Rainforest National park, Uganda’s Primate Paradise and home to over 13 species of Primates, Mammals, butterflies and birds.
The location of the lodge is a perfect start point for chimpanzee tracking activity as well as the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, the briefing point is 5 minutes walking distance.
Features: 9 Luxury Cottages each secluded deep in the Forest with maximum Privacy. 7 Standard Cottages are private with en-suite facilities.
Amenities include, Spacious dinning and well stocked Bar, complementary room service, Free WiFi in Public areas.
Day 1: Travel to Rwenzori National Park
Your private ‘Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Adventure’ driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel in the city (Entebbe/Kampala) and transfer you through western Uganda’s beautiful countryside to Rwenzori where you’ll spend the night and prepare for the next day’s mountain hiking activities.
Accommodation & meals:
Equator Snow Lodge or Mihunga Lodge
Day 2: Nyakalengija Gate – Omuka Kizza Rest Camp at 2,977 meters.
As you ascend you will pass through a verdant rainforest along the Kyambogho Ride where you can see the Mubuku Valley below you.
You might see Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys. at times you might even spot a Chimpanzee. Forest Elephant tracks may also be seen and again during rare occasions be seen.
Birds are in abundance here and one of the birders’ favourite ones is the Rwenzori Turaco. Keep a lookout for the colourful Three-Horned Chameleon
Today’s hiking destination is Kizza Camp where you will spend the night, from the camp area you have an up-close view of the Rwenzori Mountains, the foothills below and the town of Kasese in the distance looking like a scene from Lego-land.
Dinner – will take a bit of time to prepare here, it is good to have some snacks like granola bars and dried fruit with you to eat during your hike. Bottled water will be always available during your time on the Mahoma Trail.
Day 3: Omuka Kizza Rest Camp to Lake Mahoma 3,515 meters
After a hearty breakfast on this second day on the mountain hiking trail, our goal today is Mahoma Lake as we move along in the Bamboo and heather forest where we often follow in the footprints of Forest Elephant and we might even be able to watch them get a drink at the hot springs.
We move along a ridge that takes us to the Rukenga Valley where you will see what is called Everlasting Flowers and Giant Lobelias that can grow up 8 meters plus in height.
Once again there is no restaurant and it making your dinner in the Mountains.
Day 4: Lake Mahoma – Nyakalengija Gate – Ruboni Village
After breakfast takes a walk around the lake and then the descent back through the Nyabitaba ranger post and the Mpanga ridge to adjoin the Mubuku valley, where once again you will the unique three-horned chameleons.
We return back to the Village of Ruboni for the night and check into Equator Snow Lodge or Mihunga Lodge.
Day 5: Transfer back to Entebbe/Kampala
After breakfast, the driver will transfer you back to Entebbe where you’ll catch your flight back home.
End of the Rwenzori Mountains hiking adventure, Mahoma Trail Hike