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One Day Trek
Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Kilembe route
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 a guide and packed lunch.
Distance from the park gate and back is 8.1km plus the 2.2km walk up and back from the hostel.
The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel at 1,450 metres in Kyanjiki 12 kilometres from Kasese past Kilembe. Best to start by 8.30am but can leave as late as 10am. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727metres where you pay your park entrance fee.
This is a relativity easy walk as you climb steadily through montane forest, with tall trees thick undergrowth and a multitude of different species of birds and primates. Then a steepish climb up a ridge below Omusita Rest Spot where you join the trail coming down from Samalira and is the highest point of the walk at 2,373 metres. 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 branch off on our birding trail, within a few hundred metres from the turnoff your will see evidence of bush pigs digging for roots and grubs in the undergrowth and along the path. If you walk quietly you may get a chance to see these shy animals. The trail then moves along the top of the Nyamwamba River where you see the river and the beautiful ravine forests along the river. There is a small trail where you can walk down to the rivers edge and maybe see kingfisher and the water loving birds. As you climb the trees become taller, bigger in size and very straight. It is common to see and hear many types of primates hear chimpanzee calls echoing around the valley. You will see chimp nests made of twigs and branches high up in the tallest trees which the chimps will use for several weeks during the fruiting season then more on in search for other food sources. You may be lucky and see a troupe of 10 to 15 black and white Colobus monkeys as they swing through the trees particularly when the various trees are bearing fruit. Occasionally you may see a blue monkey. The forest, the wide variety of plant species and the environment along the river is stunning and well worth the effort to experience this unique environment.