RWENZORI MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON
The Rwenzori Mountains National Park is a World Heritage Site of outstanding beauty. Here the magnificent ‘Mountains of the Moon' rise from tropical rainforest into glacial peaks over 5000m high.
With almost enduring mist covering the highest peaks plus the bizarre vegetation which dots the slopes, Mt. Rwenzori offers wonderful trekking opportunities with wonderful scenery. Several climbers claim that this is the most challenging mountain in Africa.
RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK HIKING TOURS
Mountain Rwenzori is the highest mountain range found at the border of Uganda and D.R.C. it is also referred to as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ as expressed by Ptolemy and in height come after Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.
The ranges have 6 massifs that project to 5109 meters above sea level, in just a 120 kilometer range and these are: Mount Luigi di Savoia at 4,627m, Mount Emin at 4,798m, Mount Speke at 4,890m, Mount Baker at 4,843m, Mount Gessi at 4,715m and Stanley at 5,109m.
You can enjoy perfect hiking while enjoying the prolific birdlife as well as the beautiful scenery.
RWENZORI FLORA AND FAUNA
- Mountain Rwenzori supports about 70 species of mammals although they are not often seen. Among these are chimpanzees, tree hyrax and elephants.
- You are likely to see many colobus monkeys plus blue monkeys.
- In addition, you will encounter the Angolan Colobus which only found in this park throughout Uganda.
- It has 177 species of birds many of which are endemics of the Albertine Rift.
- Look out for the handsome francolin, Rwenzori batis, long-eared owls, Rwenzori turaco and Archer’s ground robin.
- The vegetation zones vary from heather plus alpine fauna to forest bamboo over 3000 meters high. The stunning giant groundsel, giant lobelia plus the giant heather over 5 meters high can be seen in this area.
There are several hiking trails ranging from 3 – 7 days and all are relatively strenuous. We recommend these for serious hikers only. Climbing the peaks is for experienced mountaineers only.
Hiking is possible in the Rwenzoris all year round. But remember the dry seasons run from December - February and June - August.