Hiking Safaris in Uganda

Hiking Safaris in Uganda Best Mountain trekking Safaris Uganda

Hiking safaris in Uganda or mountain climbing safaris in Uganda sometimes referred to as nature walking safaris are popularly undertaken as hikers go trekking to the Rwenzori Mountains, Volcano climbing and Mount Elgon.

Uganda is an all inclusive safari destination with a hiking spot for all kinds of hikers depending on your hiking ability. Uganda hiking tours are a great way to see the several flora species, butterflies and different vegetations spread across the different altitudes.

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What are the best for hiking Safari destinations in Uganda?

For many hikers a memorable hike is one that is challenging, here are the best hiking destinations for safaris in Uganda with hiking options for either long or short trips;

  • Mountain Rwenzori Trekking – hiking safaris in Uganda

Mountain Rwenzori also referred to as Mountains of the moon hosts the highest peak in Uganda at an altitude of 5,109m above sea level. These are the highest mountain ranges in East Africa though not the highest point. 

Mountain Rwenzori Trekking - hiking safaris in Uganda

Mountain Rwenzori trekking – hiking safaris in Uganda

Rwenzori Mountains ranges vary on an altitude of 1615m – 5,109m above sea level. The highest peak, Margherita on Mount Stanley is at 5,109m above sea level and can be hiked on a 8 days hiking trip depending on the hikers ability.

The hike to the summit takes the trails starting from Nyakalengija–Nyabitaba Hut–John Matte Jut–Bujuku–Elena Hut–Margherita peak. The descent takes the Margherita-Kitandara hut–Fresh Fields Pass–Guy Yeoman–Nyabitaba–Nyakalengija trail.

A short trekking trip can be organized at Rwenzori Mountains for different number of days including 1 day’s nature walk. Short trips do not reach the peak but are rewarding with lots of flora to see. 

  • Mountain Elgon hiking – hiking safaris in Uganda

Mount Elgon on the Uganda-Kenya border is a family friendly hiking destination with its highest altitude at 4,321m above sea level. For hikers, there are three popular hiking trails on Mount Elgon and these are the Sasa, Piswa and Sipi trails.

Sasa trail of Mount Elgon is a 4 days hiking route to the peak starting from Budadiri-the trailhead. The sasa trail is the original, shortest, toughest and busiest route to Wagagai peak with the trek lasting about 4 days on a to and from trek.

Mount Elgon Sipi trail is a scenic hike that takes about 4-6 days to hike covering 56km on a round trip. This is the longest trail to the peak setting off from Kapkwai Forest Exploration Centre. 

Piswa trail is a longer trail covering 49km with hikers spending seven days. Starting from the Kapkwata village on the north side of the mountain, it’s the gentlest trail.

This trail is most known for its wildlife and spectacular views of the karamoja plains of north eastern Uganda and the Nandi and Kapeguria hills of Kenya.  

An optional way of hiking Mount Elgon is by choosing the transboundary hike from Uganda to Kenya then continue with a wildlife safari in Kenya. Nature walking safaris in Uganda are also a handy way of exploring the areas of Mount Elgon in just 1 day.

Mgahinga Volcano hike Best hiking safaris in Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park aside from offering Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda also has three volcano summits for hiking and these are Mt. Sabinyo, Mt. Gahinga and Mt. Muhavura. 

The highest peak is Mt. Muhavura at 4,127m above sea level taking about eight hours hiking time. Mt. Sabinyo peak summit is on an altitude of 3.669m above sea level, a 14km round trip on a steep ridge taking about 8 hours along a steep ridge.

Mt. Gahinga is the lowest and rises to 3,474m above sea level with a swamp filled crater and giant lobelia. This trek takes climbers through thick bamboo forests with a possible chance of sighting the rare golden monkeys.

  • Bwindi Forest walking safaris – hiking safaris in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the popular park for Uganda gorilla safaris but with its beauty, it’s also a great destination for nature walks.

Walking through the Bwindi forest can be done on different trails and these include the Munyanga waterfall trail, Rushura hill walk trail, Muzubijiro Loop trail, the Ivi river trail and Buhoma-Nkuringo trail.

 The other trail is the Habinyanja trail that takes about 4-6 hours with lots of birds to be sighted on the trek. 

Hiking safaris in Uganda are not limited to the above destinations but can also be done in places like Mount Moroto in Karamoja, a hike to the top of Murchison Falls National Park, a hike to Kagulu hills in the Busoga region and many more. Learn More

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