Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park consists of the Rwenzori mountains of the moon is the third highest mountain range in Africa. Margherita peak stands at 5,109m, Alexandra peak at 5,083m and Mount Stanley at 4,889m; are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya, both of which are extinct volcanoes standing in isolation above the surrounding plains.
The Rwenzori Mountains are unique among East Africa’s major peaks in that they are not Volcanic in Origin like Mt.Kilimanjaro and Mt.Kenya. was linked to the geological glacial peaks in the Rwenzori’s: Mt Speke(4,890M) , Mount Emin (4,727m), Mount Gessi (4,715m) and Mount Luigi da Savoia (4,627m).
The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon requires a high level of fitness; primarily because of the challenging hiking and climbing possibilities. The mountain ranges also support a diversity of mammals and 217 bird species; several of the bird species are Albertine Rift Endemics.
Mammals at Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
Home to 7o mammal species like; elephants, chimpanzees, leopards, yellow-backed, bush bucks, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, blue monkeys and also Rwenzori colobus monkeys. Mammals are difficult to spot because of the dense forest however you can also spot different monkey species. In addition look out for the 3horned chameleons while in the park.
Therefore Rwenzori mountain national park has about 217 species of birds including 19 Albertine Rift endemics with 17 species that are endemic to the park, hence making Rwenzori an important birding area. Therefore expect to see Rwenzori Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Handsome Francolin, Archers’ Robin-chat and also White-starred Robin.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park has distinctive flora rather than its fauna. The distinct attitudinal vegetation zones are montane forest, bamboo, tree heathers , Afro-alpine and giant lobelia. These are world’s rarest botanical communities found only on East African mountains above 3800m.
Activities in Rwenzori Mountains National Park
- Short hikes on the mountain Rwenzori.
- Nature walks to Buraro chimps forest via Kichamba to the Karangura ridge and Bundibugyo area.
- Peak climbing : There are 2 routes either 7 days central tourism circuit or 5 days trek along Kilembe route
- Also visit the neighboring Bakonzo homesteads and enjoy the cultural dances as well as the local cooked cuisines.
Getting to Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Therefore Rwenzori Mountains National Park is accessible;
- Kampala via Fortportal to Nyakalengija trail.
- Kampala via Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth to Kasese then Nyakalengija.
You can also arrange a Chattered flights from Kampala at either Kajjansi or Entebbe International airport to Kasese.
Rwenzori Mountain Service ( RMS ) arranges all hikes. RMS in conjunction with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority controls and maintains hiking trails and huts.
Accommodations in Rwenzori Mountains National Park;
There are a number of accommodations on and a round the Rwenzori mountains national park such as; Equator snow lodge, Ruboni community camp, Rwenzori Mountains Safari Lodge, Trekker’s hostel and also Ruboni Turaco view camp.