The Central Circuit Trail
DAY ONE: (NYAKALENGIJA-1,615M TO NYABITABA HUT-2,651M)
This trailhead is at Nyakalengija, 22Km from Kasese off the Fortportal Road. The RMS can arrange transport from Kasese to its main office at Nyalalengija, where you will pay park fees and finalize arrangements. There is a campsite and safe parking near the office. From Nyagalengija, it’s a 10Km, five-hour ascent to the Nyabitaba Hut, passing first through cultivation than through forest. There is a piped water supply at the hut.
DAY TWO: NYABITABA HUT TO JOHN MATE HUT (3,505m)
This is the longest and most strenuous day’s walk; expect it to take a minimum of seven hours. From Nyabitaba Hut, the path descends through forest for a short time before it crosses the Bujuku River at the Kurt Scehafer Bridge (built in 1989). Between the bridge and Nyamileju Hut, the path is good for the first couple of hours, but it becomes steeper and very rocky as you enter the moorland zone, where heather plants are prolific.
You will probably want to stop for lunch at Nyamileju, where there is little-used and rather rundown hut, as well as a rock shelter. After leaving Nyamileju, the path passes a giant heather forest and follows the Bujuka River. John Matte hut is about a two-hour walk from Nyamileju. The hut is about a two-hour walk from Nyamileju. The hut is about 200m from Bujuku or Kitandara huts.
DAY THREE: JOHN MATTE HUT TO BUJUKU HUT (3,962m)
This takes up to 5 hours, depending on the condition of the two Bigo Bogs, which are often knee-deep in mud. On the way to the hut you will pass Lake Bujuka, which is a magnificent setting between mounts Stanly, Speke and Baker. There is water 20m from Bujuku hut.
Bujuka hut is the base for reaching Mount Speke and you will need to spend an extra night there in order to do this. If you want to climb to the highest point in the range, Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley (5,109m), you must do this from Elena Hut(4,541m), which is about 2km off the Loop Trail and 3 hours walk from either Bujuku or Kitandara.
DAY FOUR: BUJUKU HUT TO KITANDARA HUT (4,023m)
From Bujuku hut you will ascend to the highest point on the Loop Trail, Scott Elliot Pass (4,372m) before descending to the two Kitandara lakes. The hut is next to the second lake.
DAY FIVE: KITANDARA HUT TO GUY YEOMAN HUT (3,505M)
This is a five hour walk, starting with a steep ascent to fresh field Pass (4,282m) then a descent to Bujongolo cave (3,720m), the base used by the 1906 expedition. Further along the trail at kabamba cave (3,450m) there is so attractive waterfall and rock shelter where you can stay overnight as an alternative to Guy yeoman Hut.
DAY SIX/SEVEN: GUY YEOMAN HUT TO NYAKALENGIJA
It is a 5 hour descent from Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyabitaba Hut. You can either stay overnight at the hut or else continue at Nyakalengija which will take 3 hours.