Rwenzori Mountains NP

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is 415 km from Kampala the capital of Uganda and an estimated drive time is 6-8 hours. The park covers 996 km2 is located in the western part of Uganda along the Congo border.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120 km long and 65 km wide Rwenzori Mountain Ranges. The park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine rift endemics as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

Rwenzori was formed by tectonic movements of the Albertine rift valley. Rwenzori has six peaks carrying permanent snow, three with glaciers, the highest of these peaks, and the third highest peak in Africa, being Margherita which rise to 5,019 meters above sea level atop Mt. Stanley.

Rwenzoris are the highest range in Africa and are more demanding a climb than Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya. There are two main trekking routes available which follow the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers, on the eastern side of the mountains. These can be combined to create a challenging circular trek through the heart of the range. Treks can range from 3-10 days, depending on the trail chosen. Special equipment is required for those intending to climb to the peaks. Day hikes in the foothills are also an option.

The Rwenzoris have a great biodiversity with 150 species of trees and shrubs, 85 mammals, 217 species of birds, 60 invertebrates (of which 25 are new to science), 78 butterflies and 41 moths plus 338 moss and 83 lichen species.

Mammals found here include tree hyraxes, blue monkeys, black-and-white colobus, black-fronted duikers and the red duikers. The Rwenzori Mountain National Park has three endemic mammals namely the Rwenzori duiker, Rwenzori Otter shrew and Rwenzori Colobus monkey. The IUCN Red List of threatened animals includes the Rwenzori duiker, the elephant, the chimpanzee and the Rwenzori Otter shrew.

Excellent bird watching features conspicuous Regal and Purple-breasted Sunbirds, Francolins, Olive Pigeons and the endemic vibrant Rwenzori Turacos.

Cultural tourism is also encouraged in the park to further conservation efforts by involving the communities in conservation. Local cultural encounters can be organized in Rwenzori with the Bakonzo villagers through their homesteads in the foothills of the Rwenzori as they show off their daily activities which include tending to their animals and crops, preparing meals with the freshest ingredients. You can also get the opportunity to see their cultural dances and costumes.

Accommodation Used By Tourist Centre

  • Hotel Margherita – Midrange
  • Rubori Community Bandas – Budget
  • Rwenzori Bush Camp Guest House – Budget
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