/ Mt Stanley in Uganda
I went last year. It wasn't that special to be honest. Too cloudy, muddy and wet. Reached the summit with no view. Guides and porter were good though.
Mount Stanley is a great mountain and I would highly the Rwenzoris. Great scenery and superb local guides, and the area certainly has an exploratory and adventurous feel. But it also has some really good good huts, well located for doing some superb peaks. I enjoyed Mount Speke and Baker as well as Stanley. If you go, try to get hold of the Guide to the Rwenzori by Henry Osmaston 2006.
Where's your spirit of adventure?
I'm sure Tilman didn't use a travel agent....
Isn't Uganda a bit "murdery" right now.
You can organise it yourself easily enough at the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices in Kampala. They only accept cash. It was about $1300 iirc. I needed to pay for gorilla viewing as well (another $500) and chimps (another $150) at the UWA whose offices are in the same building. I went to Barclays Bank where I got advances of $800 (the maximum allowed) on each of three credit cards and then headed back to RMS on the back of a motorbike with all the cash in my rucksack. I think RMS and UWA will accept Ugandan Shillings, but ATMs in Uganda won't let you withdraw anything like enough. You should be able to get advances in Shillings at Crane Bank and I think they charge a much lower commission than Barclays, but take a big rucksack for it all if that's what you're going to do. If you don't like the idea of carrying that much cash around then better book with an agent although then it will be more complicated to fit in gorilla and chimp viewing if you want to add that on.
Here's the latest Foreign Office advice on travel to Uganda
Seems that terrorist attacks from extreme Islamist groups are the greatest danger.
I arranged my trip directly with Rwenzori Mountaineering Services, who are a Ugandan company based in Kasese at the edge of the mountains. They supplied an excellent guide,a cook and porters, all were great company, everything went very well, and I'd recommend them. See - www.rwenzorimountaineeringservices.com This was about 8 years ago though, and I don't have any up to date information on the current situation in Uganda.
Absolutely no reason not to go there, particularly if you're heading into the mountains. Not sure where "murdery" comes from. It's Africa, so normal precautions apply but I found the people, the vibe and the country as a whole very welcoming.
We used a very professional and helpful company for our travels, competitively priced too - http://www.rwandagorillatrekking.com/. I think they also organise trips to the Rwenzori.
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