Rwenzori Mountains National Park with its snow capped peaks lie along and shares the western border of Uganda with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is regarded to be legendary snow-capped mountains of the moon, described by Ptolemy in AD150. The highest peak reaches an elevation of 5,102m, it is also Africa’s tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free standing volcanoes of Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. The distinctive glacial peaks are visible form miles around, but the slopes above 1600m are the preserve of trekkers who rate the Rwenzori to be the most challenging of all African trekking tours.
The park covers a total area of 998 square kilometres and is 120 km long. The mountain has several peaks with the highest being Margherita peak. This peak is the goal of the main trekking route known as the Central Circuit Trail. The main attraction in the Rwenzori is the luxuriant vegetation found above 3000m which includes the Giant lobelia. It is also a home birds such as the Rwenzori turaco and Olive pigeon. A variety of large mammals inhabit the lower slopes including chimpanzees. The best time for trekking and mountaineering is during the dry seasons from mid December to March and from June to mid August. For the one who is not that into trekking but wants to see the area it is possible to go for a few hours nature walk on the lower slopes of the mountains.
– Trekking and mountaineering
– Nature walk
– Bird watching
The town of Kasese is about 7 hours drive from Kampala either via Mbarara or via Fort Portal. The trail head at Ibanda is a further 1 hour from Kasese.
Safaris with Rwenzori mountains NP
Take a look under “safaris” in the menu at the top of this page for itinerary options that can be adapted to your wishes. See some top safaris to Rwenzori Mountains NP below.
This safari lets you hike the Rwenzori Mountains for 7 days with the aim of reaching Margherita Peak. You will hike through changing landscapes and have breathtaking views in front of you. After finishing the hike you have a day to relax and enjoy a boat-cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This is a safari for the ones liking adventure. It includes white water rafting on the mighty Nile, a 3-day hike in the beautiful Rwenzori Mountains known as the mountains of the moon, a boat-cruise as well as search for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth NP and the highlight of Mountain Gorilla trekking.
Get a full Uganda experience during this longer Uganda safari. Go rafting on the Nile, visit scenic Sipi Falls, the untouched wilderness of Kidepo Valley NP, see giraffes in Murchison Falls NP, take a hike in the Rwenzori mountains, go chimps trekking, search for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, have the highlight of Gorilla trekking, relax by Lake Bunyonyi, see zebras in Lake Mburo NP and finish of with a search for the prehistoric looking great shoebill stork.