Rwenzori Mountains National Park is an exceptional safari destination for hiking adventures. This park is situated about 400 kilometers away from Kampala’s city center in western Uganda, and it is bordered by Kabarole, Kasese, and Budibugyo districts. This park derived its name from the scenic Rwenzori Mountain ranges, which feature as the 3rd highest snow peak in Africa and comprise of 6 mountains: Stanley, Emin, Gessi, Savoia, Speke, and Baker. Its elevation ranges between 1670 and 5109 meters and comprises numerous peaks, including Mount Stanley (5109 meters), Mount Baker (4843 meters), Mount Speke (4890 meters), Mount Luigi Di Savoia (4627 meters), Mount Emin (4798 meters), Mount Gessi (4715 meters), Margherita (5110 meters), Alexandra (5044 meters), and Moebius (4925 meters).
Rwenzori Mountains National Park comprises a rare vegetation zone including bamboo, moist montane forest, moorland, and others. Mount Rwenzori National Park is Uganda’s one remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans an area of about 1000 square kilometers. It hosts several rare plant species, over 70 mammal species, 217 bird species, 19 of which are Albertine Rift endemics, waterfalls, and the magical Rwenzori mountain range, among others. A hike to the top of this mountain may take you about nine or more days to get to the Margherita peak, and it is ideal for those who are physically fit. Mount Rwenzori National Park features scenic waterfalls, blue cirque lakes, and unique vegetation, as well as 18 mammal species, 217 avifaunal species, 9 reptiles, elephants, leopards, chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, and others.
Activities to do in Mount Rwenzori National Park
Rwenzori Mountain Range is exceptionally the best for mountain hiking experiences. Hiking through Mount Rwenzori takes you through distinct vegetation zones and glaciers, not to mention magical views over its peaks and surrounding areas. To reach its magnificent peak, you must have some physical wellness. This mountain features Mount Stanley, Vittorio Emmanuelle, which stands at 4889 meters on Mount Speke, and Edward, at 4842 meters on Mount Baker.
If you can’t make it up to the Margherita Peak, there is a better option for you, and that is nothing other than nature walks. On a nature walk, you have a chance to see a variety of plant species and meet the Bakonzo communities to learn more about their cultures and traditions.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is a birder’s paradise. A birding tour in this park gets you the best sight at diverse bird species including the barred long-tailed cuckoo, long-eared owl, Rwenzori turaco, slender-billed starling, Lagden’s bush shrike, blue-headed sunbird, barbets, golden-winged sunbird, greenbul, handsome francolin, strange weaver, illadopsis, crimson wings, flycatchers, cinnamon weaver, illadopsis, crimson wings, flycatchers, cinnamon-chee
A safari to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park never goes without a visit to the nearby local community to experience African cultures. A cultural tour in this park gives you a chance to learn more about the cultural lifestyles and what they do each day, as well as about drumming and unique dances, among other things. You can also head off to Ruboni Village to learn more about their lifestyles and other interesting things.
When to visit the Rwenzori Mountains, a National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies astride the equator, and due to its strategic location, most parts are wet compared to other parts of East Africa. The highest rainfall amount is experienced on the eastern slopes, and rains kick off from March to May and from September to mid-December. The dry season is the best to explore this park, and it starts from June to September and December to February. The temperatures range from about 5 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Where to stay in Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The available accommodation options for your overnight stay in Mount Rwenzori National Park include Hotel Margherita, The Rwenzori International Hotel, Kitara Lodge, The Equator Snow Lodge, and the Tropical Savanna Guesthouse, which is set along the Mbarara-Kasese route within Kasese Town and is ideal for budget visitors on safari in Mount Rwenzori National Park.
Getting to Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is reachable within 5 hours or more of driving time from Kampala to Kasese. A four-wheel-drive safari car is preferable. You can drive through Kampala—Fort Portal or Kampala—Mbarara—Queen Elizabeth.