The Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers 996 Square Kilometres, protecting the slopes of the famous Rwenzori Mountains, which run for 120 km along the Congo border. It is a bloke mountain they are a result of the formation of the Rift Valley. The Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa, with six glacial peaks: Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, Mount Emin Pasha, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi di Savoia and Mount Baker.

The main peaks, Margherita (5.109m) and Alexandra (5.083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The first European who climbed the peaks was in 1906 the Italian Prince Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, Duke of Abruzzi.

Species found in the park

The Rwenzori is also on the vegetation, which is divided into several altitude zones the forest zone, the bamboo forest, the health and Alpine zones with forests of giants heath plants, giant lobelias and groundsels. There are 70 mammal species recorded (elephants, golden cat, chimpanzee, yellow-backed duiker and over 170 birds, especially Albertine Rift endemics, for example, Rwenzori Turaco, cuckoo, owl, francolin, Robin.

Activities in the park

Most of visitors undertake the excellent “central circuit” trail, which takes 9 days and 8 nights to complete and takes you to the main peaks. However, other shorter hikes are possible in the central area and in the North of Rwenzori Mountains. High mountain equipment’s are required, as the trials reach an altitude of 4.000m above.

Accessibility to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori lies a few kilometres north of the equator, rising over 4000m above the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley. The park can be reached from Kampala from the north via Fort Portal 375km or the south passing through Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth National Park 450 km. Nyakalengeja is 15km off the Kasese-Fort Portal road and 24km north of Kasese town. Charter flights to Kasese can be arranged from Kampala, Kajjansi or Entebbe International Airport.

Accommodation options

Accommodation facilities are somehow distant like Kasese and Fort Portal
Mid Range – Equator Snow Lodge, Springs International Hotel

 

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