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One Day Trek - Rwenzori Mountains National Park
One or 2 persons $40 each, 3 or more persons $35 each plus UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) gate entrance fee of $35 which is paid separately in cash. Price includes all porters, food (meals) and accommodation whilst in the mountain
The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjiki 12 kilometres from Kasese past Kilembe. Best to start by 8.30am but can leave as late as 10am. Meet your guides and briefing. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727metres.
Here the rangers brief you on the day’s activities and rules of the National Park.
There is three options for the one day walk, either you can climb the ridge towards Samalira Camp (the first camp) to the lunch stop at 2,570metres. The first two kilometres climbs steadly through montane forest, with tall trees thick undergrowth and a multitude of different species of birds and primates. Then a steepish climb up a main ridge with few rocks and firm footing except immediately after a heavy downpour, the forests are untouched and carry a wide variety of trees and plants. Many species of birds can be heard and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometres climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers then we start climbing the ridge. As we climb the trees become taller and straighter and it is common to see and hear many types of primates, on the left you may hear troupes of chimpanzee echoing around the valleys. Particularly around our lunch spot at 2,570m it is possible to see troupes of 15 to 20 black and white Colobus monkeys or Blue monkeys as they dash through the trees as natural fruits are many. A few hundred metres beyound the lunch spot the bamboo zone commences and we climb up another half kilometres to a small cave which was previously used by poachers. Her we have a short rest before returning to the Rangers post and back to Kilembe.
The second option 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 presitine forest with a multitude of birds and maybe the chance of seeing 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 then more on when the season for fruiting trees is over. Occasionally you may see a blue monkey, however it is the forest and the wide variety of plant species which is the main attraction.
The third option is our 'Birders Trail" walking through the forest alongside the Nyamwanba River this is a new trail and offers stunning views of the river whilst enjoying the rivine forest which is teaming with birds and primates.