It is necessary to start descending the margarita by 10:00am (latest) as the weather has changed a lot and often even during the dryer season the mountain is closed in with heavy clouds and snow falls from 1 pm to 4pm and this happens within a short period of 10 to 15 minutes as the clouds rise up from the extensive Congo rainforests. During January and February 2017 clients were closed in and unable to walk during heavy snow storms which previously were not heard of during the dryer season and arrived back at Margarita camp well after dark with one group arriving back at 11pm totally exhausted. Due to this change in weather we have set a strict turn around time of 10am so if you do not reach the peak before then you must turn around regardless of the disappointment in the interests of safety.

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Margherita glacier has also suffered with global warming and as the outer edges of the glacier recede the ice is becoming steeper with one section of about 200 meters more than 60% grade. Combined with this much of the blacker has melted underneath causing caves under the ice and as it get thinner eventually caves in. So is necessary that clients understand and take advice of where the guides suggest to pass.

For those clients with less mountaineering experience we suggest that you stay on Stanley glacier and climb up to a good vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to enjoy fantastic views over Congo and the lower mountain ridges

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Accommodations we use:

We use hotels in three ranges. Home stays, community camps/ lodges and executive hotels. Inclusion of home stays and community camps mean the trip supports the indigenous tribes more. The type used determines the price of the trip. Use of community camps and home stays is a cheaper option. Chose your option and we send you the quote. For the mountain days, we have no option but to use the already established huts or tents included in the package.

RFCT is a responsible tourism agency and we emphasize the use of community owned or community development supporting facilities. However, basing on the clients’ interest and the status or availability of the community accommodation facilities, we do use the other accommodation facilities. Please feel free to point out the type of accommodation or activities you take for your trip.

Reservation and Gorilla/ chimp tickets:

The gorilla and chimp tickets are sold on first come first serve. These are paid to 100% immediately upon booking to ensure that they are reserved for you. The gorilla and chimp tickets are the major determinant of the confirmed trip itinerary. It is advisable to send the money for these tickets and pay the rest after confirmation of the receipt from the Uganda wildlife authority (Uganda) or Rwanda tourism network (Rwanda).

Though you can track chimps in three different parks in Uganda, Kibale is the best offer and more expensive. For your gorilla tickets, a name nationality and passport number of the clients will be required at ticket issue though it may not be required at payment time.

The hotels are booked in advance and can be reserved shortly before the payment is made. The accommodation in up class hotels will require 50% advance payment and he rest can be paid on arrival. Other hotels including community accommodation and activities, the percentage of the advance payment can be negotiable.

Visa and passports:

A valid passport is mandatory. Visa requirements sometimes change, so check before you travel. Visas can be purchased upon arrival at the airport or a land boarder. For gorilla tracking in Rwanda, two separate visas will be required upon entrance into Rwanda and returning to Uganda after tracking. For this reason, if you already know you will track from Rwanda and return to Uganda, it is wiser to purchase a double entry visa to Uganda to avoid the second visa after tracking in Rwanda. Some nationalities are prone to Uganda visa like the EC nationals and US nationals. Please all people travelling to Uganda find out in the local Ugandan embassy in or near to your country.

Money and currency:

In Uganda, we use Ugandan shillings locally though US dollar can be accepted in all the large hotels, national parks or other tourism places. We encourage you to travel with US dollars, sterling pounds and Euros as the major currencies accepted here and can be changed in all major district towns. Please note that small notes of these currencies will sell cheaper than the large currencies. Also, notes printed from 2003 to date will be accepted. Otherwise, for notes of print bellow these years will exchanged at a lower rate or be charged 15% after changing in the forex bureau or banks. Stanbic bank, Barclays bank, standard chattered bank all work well with visa and other international money cards. Stanbic being the biggest and spread across the country will provide money withdraw better than any other bank while you take your tour.

What we cover on our budget:

This is an important part of the trip and this information will always be at the bottom of the trip itinerary sent to you. It is better to read it carefully before we come to an agreement. This will look like the one bellow. However, this will depend on the budget. Variations will be done on request and a prior arrangement will be done during the planning stage of the trip.

Included (unless prior arranged)

Excluded (unless prior arranged)

 

Climbing equipment for hire can be availed at the base camp offices. If possible, for comfort and hygiene purposes, I encourage you to come with your own specific equipment like climbing boots, socks, sleeping bags and you can hire the ropes, crampons, ice axes, harness and others. I will provide the gas and cooker, as it will be included in the tour budget. All items not catered for can be easily catered for on request adding to the budget. All in all, we are more than happy to arrange all your plans, for a memorable trip to uganda.

Rates:

The rates of our trips are not fixed but according to the items and activities to be done during thectrip. The park activity rates are priced according to age and nationality/ residence status. The prices are classified in foreign non-residents, foreign residents, Ugandan citizens and children. All children bellow 5 years will enter the park freely while children between 5 and 15 will pay slightly lower than a half of the adult fees.

Extras and optional activities:

This includes the items that the client may choose to do in the visited areas but not originally included in the program. During the negotiations on activities we may take on more activities, which will of course call for an additional to the equivalent of such activity cost.

Number of people on the trip:

The trip participant numbers will be arranged over time basing on the program and bookings. However, we are happy to cater for an already arranged trip and explore your own itinerary basing on your interests.