Rwenzori Mountains National Park

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Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa situated along the western border of Uganda covering an area of over 996 sq kms, and famously named “Mountains of the Moon” for its snow-capped peaks.

The major 3 peaks are Mt. Margherita 5109 m, Mt. Albert at 5087m and Mt. Alexandra 5083 all on Mt. Stanley. There are 4 glacial peaks on the mountain and these are Mt. Emin 4791m, Mt. Gessi 4751m and Mt. Luigi da Savoia 4627m. This mountain range is 110km by 50km wide and not only known for its challenging hiking but also supports a diversity of animals. The mountain divided into several altitudinal zones ranging from the forest zone 1800m, to the dense bamboo forest 2500m, to open vegetation of heather, known for the giant lobelias and giant heather plants to alpine zones 3000m to 4500m. There are 9 species of Reptiles, 6 species of Amphibians, 217 bird species among them is the Rwenzori Turaco and 18 species of mammals. Some of the Primates include the black and white colobus monkeys and blue monkey. The hiking is done along 2 routes with ascends from Nyakalengija to the central circuit (8days) and the other from Kilembe near Kasese.

Trekking the Rwenzori’s is offered through Rwenzori Mountaineering Services overseeing the Nyakalengija Trail and Rwenzori Trekking Services overseeing the Kilembe Trail. The Cultural Heritage boosts of 18 sacred sites to the local community. The best time of the year for hiking is during the dry seasons from mid December to end of March and from June to mid-August. The walking trails and accommodation huts are in good condition to facilitate the trekking of the Rwenzoris. Rwenzori Mountains National Park is managed and operated by Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. Huge tree-heathers and colorful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairytale scene.

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.

The Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. 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.

For those who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighboring Bakonzo villages offer nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances and accommodation, including home-cooked local cuisine.

Area Activities

Trekking for the most rewarding experience embark on 8- day Treks from Nyakalengija and 5-day trek from Kilembe,

Peak Climbing along the 6- day loop trail taking in all vegetation zones and the glacier peaks with chances of panoramic viewing

Nature walks for an up-close experience of fauna and flora.

Rwenzori Mountains Trekking and Safaris

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Best Time to Visit

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is chilly and wet – expect daytime temperatures of 10-15°C, with much colder nights. January-February and July-August are the driest months, but heavy rain is possible at any time, so come prepared. The best time to climb the mountain is from June through to August and from December to February.

Best time to go:December to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season:June to September (More people visit Uganda since it is the peak time for gorilla tracking)
Low Season:March, April, May, October and November (A number of camps and lodges close)
Best Weather:Mid-December to February (Less rainfall)
Worst Weather:Mid-March to May and mid-August to November (High rainfall, roads can become impassable)

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For a relatively small country, there’s a lot that’s big about the place. It’s home to the tallest mountain range in Africa (Rwenzori Mountains), the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. And with half the planet’s remaining mountain gorillas residing here, as well as the Big Five to be ticked off, wildlife watching is huge.
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