Mount Rwenzori National Park
The Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “mountains of the moon” are found in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The Rwenzori Mountains in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park are famous for being one of the few snowcapped mountains in Tropical Africa. The highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains, Margherita Peak found on Mount Stanley stands at 5,109 meters above sea level and is the third highest point in Africa. The Rwenzori Mountains have a very unique vegetation, with the lower slopes covered in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. The mountains are also beautified by the blossoming of the Huge tree-heathers and colorful mosses that are covered across the mountainside with giant lobelias and beautiful everlasting flowers that offer their beauty beyond the experience of one growing season, creating an attractive scenery which you enjoy during your Rwenzori Mountains trekking tour.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers the highest parts of Rwenzori mountain at a range of 120km-long and 65km-wide. The Park acts as a habitat for 70 mammals such as the leopards, Elephants, Chimpanzees and many others, as well as 217 bird species for example the Rwenzori Turaco, Barred Long tailed Cuckoo and the Handsome Francolin including the 19 Albertine Rift endemics. The park is also covered with some of the world’s rarest vegetation like the emblematic giant forms of senecio and Lobelia.
The Rwenzori mountains are one of the world-class hiking and mountaineering destination, and through a nine to twelve day trek, climbers are skilled enough to reach the summit of Margherita, which is the highest peak of the mountain, and although shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.
However, to those who prefer something less effortful, there are other options such as nature walks, homestead visits, cultural performances and accommodation, as well as home local methods of cooking, that are provided by the neighboring Bakonzo villages.
|Languages spoken||Lukonzo, Rutoro Kiswahili, English|