From Nyabitaba Hut the trial leads west ward for half a kilometer then drops steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge, crossing below the confluence of Bujuku and the Mubuku rivers. By turning right to the Bridge you begin to climb the central circuit anti-clock wise since the clockwise direction is much more difficult and adds considerable danger for you and your porters.

After crossing Kurt Shaffer Bridge the muddy, slippery trial climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After one and a half hours you encounter an area of slippery boulder hopping which some hikers consider the most difficult and dangerous footing of the circuit.

After five hours of travel from Nyabitaba, you reach the hut at Nyamuleju and its accompanying rock shelter. Nyamuleju means” Place of beards” and refers tomoss and lichen hanging from the trees. If you had a late start or know that there is a large group ahead of you at the next hut, you might consider spending the night here. On a rare clear day Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from top of the rock near the hut.

Nyamuleju also marks the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone, this remarkable vegetation type is found nowhere else in the world except high-altitude tropical African Mountains. The one-hour walk to John Matte hut (3,414 m) is through a challenging bog, full extra ordinary plants and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment, typical time to reach John Matte from Nyabitaba is 7 hours.

Some hikers consider this to be the most tiring and longest day of the circuit, so an early start is important. The loss of altitude to Kurt Shafer Bridge means the total elevation to be gained on this day id about 915 m. Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great view, then the following day begin your return journey to Nyabitaba.



Accommodation in huts/tents in the mountains
park  fees
Meals 1 Chimpanzee permit
Launch trips porters
Transportation in 4×4 safari vehicle and services of driver /local guide. mountains guides 1 boat cruise in QU
Travel tickets and insurance Laundry
Drinks apart from Water
Tips and any other items of personal nature


Arrive at Entebbe and transfer to Kibale through Fort Portal. Overnight at Kibale Safari Lodge

Day Two

Travel to Nyakalengija. Start trekking to Nyabitaba hut. 2650m. The trek is through coffee plantations and crossing the Mahoma River traveling through forest to the Nyabitataba hut set on forested ridge with a view of portal peaks and Bujuku Valley.

Day three

Travel to John Matte Hut, 7 hours walk 3550m. Our trail descends through forest to cross to Bujuku river at Kurt Shaffer Bridge and through a Giant Heath and Grounsel forest you will stop at Nyamileju hut” Place of Beards” name that refers to the moss and lichen hanging from the trees. We carry on to John matte which is close to the river in a grove of Giant heather..

Day four

Travel to Lake Bujuku Hut.3900m. Walk through the two Bigo Bogs to Bigo Hut, crossing Kibatisi Bog to cooking pot cave and on to the beautiful set of Lake Bujuku (where Jesus learnt how to walk on the water).Here you should be able to have a wonderful view of Mt. Stanley, Speke and Baker and the incredible ice cave on Mount speke should be clearly visible. You chose to ascend to mount Speke.

Day Five

Travel to Elena Hut.4541m. Traveling through groundsel gully and via Scott Eliot pass (highest point of loop trail 4372m) after ascend to Elena Hut.

Day Six

We climb to Margherita peak 5109m. Summit of the highest mountain in Africa and descend to Kitandara hut.

Day Seven

We travel to Guy yeoman 3450m, a 5 hours walk. We will make a steep ascent to the fresh field pass 4282m and then descend to Bujonglo Cave, 3720m the base used for Duke of Abruzzi’s 1906 expedition. We will pass the Kabamba cave 3450m the waterfall and rock shelter staying overnight at Guy yeoman hut set in giant heather zone.

Day Eight

Descend from Guy yeoma to Nyakalengija to Kibale forest. Take a Steep descent through the Bamboo Zone via Lake Mahoma to the trail head at Nyakalengija to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive in Queen Elizabeth National park. After an evening game drive, transfer to your accommodations for dinner and overnight at Hippo Hill Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day Nine

After an early morning cup of tea at 6:30am, depart for a game drive on the northern part of the park along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action. Later, return for breakfast. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga for solitary Buffalo, Hippo and other animals at the edge of the channel as they cool off. Depending on the season, European migrant birds like the terns and gulls congregate here in large flocks. Dinner and overnight either at Hippo hill lodge (B, L, D)

Day Ten

After breakfast, transfer to Mbarara arriving in time for lunch at the Lake View Hotel; continue to Kampala to Lake Victoria View Lodge

Day Eleven

Optional City tour/white water rafting day overnight Lake Victoria View Lodge.

Day Twelve

Transfer to airport for flight out.