Rwenzori Mountains National Park is one the best places for outdoor adventures in Africa. Located in western Uganda this Ugandan national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Rwenzori Mountains. The park covers almost 1,000 km² in size, the park has Africa’s third highest mountain peak and many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers. Many travelers taking safaris in Uganda visit these fabled mountains of the moon located along the Uganda-Congo border.
The Mountain Rwenzori
Mountain Rwenzori is the third highest mountain in Africa, with Margherita( 5,109m – 16,762 ft) as its highest peak. It is a permanently snowcapped peak covered in glaciers and it’s the only glaciated mountain in Uganda. Its slopes are covered with moorland, bamboo, rich moist montane forest on the lower slopes in mist thus “The Land of Mist”.
Mountain Rwenzori is found in the Western arm of the grate east African rift valley at the Uganda –Democratic Republic of Congo border. The Rwenzori ranges have spectacular scenic beauty harboring a variety of indigenous flora (plant species) and fauna animal species / primates).
Its flora is designed along the slopes according to the different levels of altitude along the mountain slopes, and it is such a great view / sight for the explorers, scientists ,as well as tourists. Its with no doubt, The Mountain of the Moon with its ranges, is a number one tourist destination in Uganda for mountain climbing, hiking, biking and so much more.
Things to See & Do
Mountain Rwenzori, has several tourist activities that include mountain hiking, climbing, biking, forest nature walk through the montane and bamboo forests, wildlife safaris, birding, Bakonzo community walk among others.
Mountain Trekking is the most popular thing to do in the Rwenzoris. The central hike to the Magherita Peak on Mount Stanley located 5,109m takes atleast 7 Days of a guided hike. According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and a great mountaineering destination in Africa offering a challenging hike to the snow capped peaks. 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.
Flora and Fauna
Rwenzori national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.
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.