Kilembe Copper Mines Kilembe mines is copper and cobalt mine found in western region of Uganda in Kilembe a suburb of town of Kasese district in the foothills of Rwenzori.
Kilembe Mines is Uganda's largest copper mine, with estimated deposits of copper in excess of 4,000,000 tonnes and an undetermined amount of cobalt ore. In addition, there approximately 2,800 acres (1,100 ha), of unexplored acreage at the site.
Kilembe holds great reserves of copper and cobalt, two metals whose stock is growing as global manufacturing embraces digital and electric products. Most specifically, with the advent of electric vehicles, the demand for copper and cobalt is rising.
Why is this? It is because electric vehicles (EVs) run on batteries and not petrol-fired engines like the internal combustion engine (ICE) cars that all of us presently drive. Copper/cobalt are great conductors of electricity and with cars that do not have your average engine, there will be many gadgets that need electric charges and a lot of conducting to make the vehicle fully functional. Currently an average saloon car with an ICE that, by definition, takes petrol has about 20 kg of copper/cobalt in its components; an EV saloon car will need a minimum of 80 kg of copper/cobalt.
HIKING RWENZORI One of the most exciting experiences in Uganda. Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori mountain range. The National park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation. A nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks. Climbing Rwenzori Mountains will always remain the top world class mountain experience in East Africa. You can choose to compliment Hiking Rwenzori Mountains with a hike to Mount Elgon National Park or choose to have a wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National park with an extension to do gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National park. For those who prefer to Climb Rwenzori National Park something a little less strenuous, neighboring Bakonjo villages offer guided nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances and accommodation, including home-cooked local cuisine
3 DAYS RWENZORI HIKING TOUR K'okasemera Adventures™ 3 Days Short Rwenzori Hiking Tour is ideal for you giving an insight of the feel to the homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass. You follow the Mobuku River, until crossing the Mahoma River. The trail passes through an open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m, this can be complemented with a Gorilla safari in to Bwindi Forests enabling you combing hiking mountain Rwenzori and Gorilla trekking in Uganda. DAY 1: KAMPALA-KASESE Arrival at Entebbe airport by morning flight.K'okasemera Adventures™ bring you to Kasese via Mbarara for lunch at the Agip Motel Mbarara. From here, the landscape charges to a hilly and fertile area with tea and banana plantations. Dinner and overnight at the Rwenzori base Camp. Meal plan Lunch and dinner DAY 2 : FIRST DAY TREK 1 NYAKALENGIJA 1600M – NYABITABA HUT 2650M and you will receive the briefing from K'okasemera Adventures™ guides, with the possibility of hiring equipment. The hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass. You follow the Mobuku River, until crossing the Mahoma River. The trail passes through an open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m, which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. From the location, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks, 4.627 m. and in front Mount Kyniangoma. During the day, you might see monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and hearing the chimpanzees. DAY 3: DESCEND NYABITABA HUT-NYAKALENGIJA AND RETURN TO KAMPALA/ENTEBBE Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head. Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rainforest. Look for the tropical forest birds and monkeys. *Car leaves Kampala to pick Guests Drive back to Entebbe with lunch on the way for either return flight 3 DAYS SHORT RWENZORI HIKING TOUR INCLUDES: Accommodation and meals during the hike Accommodation in Mountain huts and camps/Hotels Transfers with 4wd vehicle Park Entrance fees Professional K'okasemera Adventures™ Guide fees Porters 25kg per person Professional cook Rescue fees in case of emergency rescue on Rwenzori Mountains 3 DAYS SHORT RWENZORI HIKING TOUR EXCLUDES: Flight fares Personal insurance Equipment for the hike Extra Luggage (extra 25kg per person) Any changes in the program itinerary while in the Rwenzori IMPORTANT TO CLIMBERS WHILE ON OUR 3 DAYS SHORT RWENZORI HIKING TOUR: Climbers must be prepared to walk for up to 8 hours every day via steep cliff and muddy paths.
10 DAYS RWENZORI MOUNTAIN HIKING Get the very best of our 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain hiking expedition this season. This 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain hiking expedition taking you up to Margherita peak as you traverse the Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons may be required. Cross this in a NW direction and follow the Margherita glacier. You will also climb Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia. K'okasemera Adventures™ invite you join our 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain hiking expedition and take home great memories of Hiking Mountain Rwenzori in Uganda DAY 1: ARRIVAL ENTEBBE AIRPORT Upon arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be greeted by K'okasemera Adventures™ guide who will transfer you to Lake Heights Entebbe for a nap and refreshing. K'okasemera Adventures™driver and guide transfer you to Kilembe via Mbarara for lunch at the Agip Motel Mbarara with a stopover at the Equator line crossing in Masaka . Journey takes you along the Lake Victoria on a good road to Mbarara. From here, the landscape charges to a hilly and fertile area with tea and banana plantations. DAY TREK 1 NYAKALENGIJA 1600M – NYABITABA HUT 2650M From the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Head Quarter at Nyakalengija, 1.646 m, you will receive the briefing from K'okasemera Adventures™ guides, with the possibility of hiring equipment. The hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass. You follow the Mobuku River, until crossing the Mahoma River. The trail passes through an open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m, which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. From the location, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks, 4.627 m. and in front Mount Kyniangoma. During the day, you might see monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and hearing the chimpanzees. DAY 4: SECOND DAY TREK NYABITABA HUT 2650M – JOHN MATTE HUT 3380M Descend the ridge to the Mubuku River then climb through bamboo forest toward John Matte Hut (3380m). The afternoon is tiring boulder hopping ascending along the north side of the Bujuku river through giant heather forest (4.1/2-5.1/2 hours) DAY 5: THIRD DAY TREK 3 JOHN MATTE HUT (3380M) – BUJUKU HUT 3972M Trek from John Matte Hut (3380m) to Bujuku Hut (3977m). We encounter the first of notorious bogs for which the Uganda approach to the peaks is famous. Traverse around Bigo Bog and Lake Bujuku. Look for the ‘everlasting flower’ known to remain on the plants for 40-years! DAY 6: FOURTH DAY TREK 4 BUJUKU HUT 3900M- ELENA HUT 4541M From Bujuku Hut you climb through moss draped groundsel vegetation, to Scott Elliot Pass, 4.372 m., between Mt. Baker and Stanley. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. for spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley. DAY 7: MT. STANLEY/MARGHERITA PEAK – 5109M FIFTH DAY TREK Elena Hut 4541m – Punta Margherita 5109 m. – Elena Hut 4541m- Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. Elena Hut to Margherita peak (5109m) then down Elena Hut 4541m . Early morning traverse of the Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons may be required. Cross this in a NW direction and follow the Margherita glacier to the col and to the summit (3 hours). Descend to Elena Hut and after you descend to Upper Kitandara lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara lake where is located Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. Time to complete the hike about 3 hours more. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia. DAY 8: SIXTH DAY TREK KITANDARA HUT – GUY YEOMAN HUT, 3.261 M. From Lake Kitandara you climb to Freshfield Pass, 4.282 m., a long flat of high alpine mossy glades, before descending the circuit among rocky and boggy areas. The panorama is dominated by the glaciers of Mounts Stanley and Baker and Mount of Savoy. A muddy trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where starts the Kabamba valley down to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. This can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, vegetations and rivers.
DAY 9: SEVENTH DAY TREK GUY YEOMAN HUT – NYABITABA HUT. Guy Yeoman Hut – Nyabitaba hut. Drop very steeply alongside the Mubuku River, past Kichuchu, another rock shelter and join our original route near the confluence of the Bujuku River (3.1/2 hours).
DAY 10: EIGHTH DAY TREK NYABITABA- NYAKALENGIJA Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head (2-hours). Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rainforest. Look for the tropical forest birds and monkeys. Climbers must bring along their own climbing gear or hire it at the base camp. Our K'okasemera Adventures™ porters carry 8 kg of personal climbing gear.
WHAT TO DO
Uganda as a nation is teeming with a richness in bird life and the ranges are no different. The fact that this park is within the Albertine rift, it has a very conducive environment for the survival of birds thus the reason it is among the most significant birdlife corridor in the world. There are over 220 different bird species living in this area. Different birds are found in different zones for example at an altitude of 1800 meters, you will find birds like the Rwenzori turacos, , Red-throated Alethe, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Mountain Chat, Ruwenzori Olive Thrush, Rufous sparrow hawk, Olive-breasted Mountain Greenbul, , Bamboo warbler, Cinammon Scrub Warbler, Collared Apalis, East African Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Archer’s Robin ChatRuwenzori, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Western lemon dove, Red-faced woodland warbler-, Black rough-wing swallow, White-starred Bush Robin, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, there are the barred long-tailed cuckoo, the long eared Owl, archers’ robin-chats, Francolin, the chested bee eater, the Rwenzori batis and the white starred Robin, among so many others. All birds stay in the zone where they are comfortable and can easily survive so they can reproduce, multiply in number. With the fantastic trekking and hiking chances, the nature walks, cultural encounters with the Bakonzo people, the primates like chimpanzees, variety of butterfly species, the exotic plants and the trees as well as the birding opportunities and therefore the Rwenzori mountains should be on your birding safari destination with in Uganda. The Rwenzori Park is a dwelling to 217 species of birds and 17 of them can only be found in Rwenzori which justifies UNESCO labeling it a key Birding Area. At about 1800 meters, the variety will leave you captivated including the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Strange Weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat, Rwenzori Batis, White-starred Robin, Montane Sooty Boubou, Slender-billed Starling, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Blue-headed Sunbird, Barbets, Golden-winged Sunbird, Greenbuls, IIladopsis, Apalises, Crimson wings and Flycatchers. There are also birding opportunities in Rwenzori and are mostly found in montane forest, some of the few species are found in the unreceptive world of the high Rwenzori. Some of the bird species include; the bee eaters, sun birds, Robins, Barbets and these are some of 217 species found in Rwenzori Mountain National park. The other bird species to view here include; the long eared Owl, Rwenzori Turaco and higher in the slopes, you can view species including; beared Vultures, swifts as well as the black Eagles that may be circled for the prey.
WHAT TO SEE
The montane forest begins with wonderful beautiful vegetation which will give visitors a breathless for a while. Its original nature diverse with vegetation around the Mountains of the Moon, The enjoyable beautiful vegetation, ranges from tropical rainforest which are characterized by dense stands, the ground being covered by a thick litter of bamboo leaves, , evergreen trees, with nice looking With few exceptions trees are of moderate size and the forest canopy tends to be broken and vegetal biodiversity a spreading tree with yellow flowers. Shrubs and herbaceous plants are plentiful and include the Ruwenzori blackberry, Rubus dogetti. The natural vegetation has been classified as belonging to five distinct zones, determined largely by altitude and aspect. The higher altitude zones, covered by health and Afro-alpine moorland. THE BAKONJO PEOPLE & CULTURE The Bakonjo are found in the District of Kasese and are the people who inhabit the villages and farms immediately along the Uganda Rwenzori front hills.
WERE TO STAY
EQUATOR SNOW LODGE: luxurious lodge accommodation at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, built parallel to the Mubuku River and surrounded by the exceptional eco-system that the Rwenzori Mountains are famous for.
MARGHERITA HOTEL: situated some few kilometers west of Kasese town, direction Kilembe and foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains otherwise known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. Also close to the hotel are the Kilembe Mines set in a majestic valley with the Rwenzori range as a backdrop. The hotel is located within 30 minutes drive of Queen Elizabeth National Park, 45 minutes from the trailhead at Ibanda for those visiting the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and 5 minutes from Kasese town by vehicle…
RUBONI COMMUNITY CAMP :gives you the best choice between a contained Banda, the furnished rooms with the natural finishing to hire and pitches your own tent; both of these options are with hot showers. Each of the bed is also fitted well with the mosquito net and these rooms are lit with hydroelectric power that gives you a chance of charging the gadgets. As you spend your time at this camp, you will enjoy the beautiful sounds of the bubbling streams as well as the views of the Rwenzori peaks from your different rooms or the restaurant veranda…
SANDTON HOTEL: conveniently located in the heart of Kasese town and rated as a 3 star.
THE MIHUNGA SAFARI LODGE if Interest of enjoying the cool breeze of mount Rwenzori and retiring in bed this is a place where your best bet will to organize. it has got over 5 self-contained, wooden cottages. It’s situated after Nyakalenjija in Mihunga village as you also continue in the direction of the national park gate on the right side. This lodge is also owned by the Rwenzori Mountaineering services and these are the same that manage the huts along the central circuit.