In close proximity to Virunga National Park, Mount Rwenzori National Park is situated in the south-western region of Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The park, which include districts including Bundibugyo, Kasese, and Kabarole, spans an area of around 386 square kilometers and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
The third-highest peak in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Kenya in Kenya, Mount Rwenzori, often known as the “Mountains of the Moon,” is located within Mount Rwenzori National Park. With Marherita Peak as its highest summit, Mount Rwenzori is 16700 feet above sea level. Other summits on Mount Rwenzori include Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, Mount Emin Pasha, Mount Baker, and others.
Attractions in Mount Rwenzori National Park
One of the Uganda National Parks, Mount Rwenzori, is home to a variety of animals. Almost 70 animal species call the park home. They include, among others, Gian Forest Hogs, Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Blue Monkeys, Antelopes, Rwenzori Otters, Duiker, L’hoest Monkeys, and Forest Elephants.
With over 217 bird species and 17 indigenous to the region, Mount Rwenzori National Park is a birder’s delight. There are several different bird species in the park, including the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Strange Weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat, Rwenzori Batis, African Long-eared Owl, Archers’ Robin-chat, Barbets, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Blue-headed Sunbird, Malachite sunbirds with scarlet tufts and golden-winged sunbirds Greenbuls, IIladopsis, Apalises, Crimson-winged Flycatchers, Black Eagles, Bamboo Wamblers, White-starred Robin, Montane Sooty Boubou, Slender-billed Starling, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Blue-headed Sunbird, Barbets, Golden-winged Sunbird, and others
The third tallest peak in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, Mount Rwenzori, is the main draw here. Additional mountains are Mount Speke, 4890 meters high, Mount Baker, 4843 meters high, Mount Gessi, 4715 meters high, Mount Emin Pasha, 4791 meters high, and Mount Luigi Da Savoia, 4627 meters high. These are accessible when trekking on a Uganda Safari.
About 20 scenic lakes and breathtaking vistas can be found in the Mount Rwenzori national park, which can be reached by hiking up the mountain. Lake Mahoma, Lake Bujuku, Lake Kitandara, and others are a few of the lakes.
These are the relics of the first monarch of the Rwenzururu kingdom, who was known by the name Isaiah Mukirania Kibanzanga. In the Rwenzori Mountains’ slopes, you may discover the tranquil Bakonzo people living here. Every year on September 2nd, the Bakonzo people offer sacrifices to the holy spot in honor of their first monarch.
This is where community walks, bird excursions, and nature walks all begin. It is situated in the southern-most region of the Rwenzori Mountain.
Activities to do in Mount Rwenzori National Park
Mountain Climbing and Trekking
With breathtaking vistas to enjoy while trekking, Mount Rwenzori is one of Uganda’s best and most interesting hiking destinations. The six peaks of Mountain Rwenzori are used for hiking in the park. Being organized is the key to a fun trek. Even even an experienced hiker finds the terrain on the peak difficult. A total of six nights or seven days are required for the core hiking circuit, which reaches a height of 4,267 meters above sea level.
One of the finest places for birders to view birds is Mount Rwenzori. Around 217 different bird species may be spotted by travelers that like birdwatching. They include the Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, Dusky and Shelley’s Crimsonwings, Dwarf Honeyguide, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Collared Apalises, Crimson Wings, and Dusky and Shelley’s Crimsonwings. Among others, White-starred Robin, Montane Sooty Boubou, and Slender-billed Starling.
Cultural tours in Rwenzori Mountains
One of the most thrilling and fascinating activities is this one. When taking a natural walk to the Rwenzori mountain’s foothills, you may meet cultural excursions. The most endearing trip is to the Bakonzo. because you may learn about their way of life, participate in ethnic dances, meet blacksmiths, learn how to make baskets, and hear their stories
The Bamba are among other tribes.
Companies like Rwenzori Mountain Services and Backpackers in Kilembe organize this near the Mount Rwenzori National Park’s perimeter. These RMS-organized nature walks often travel around the mountain climbing route’s primary circuit zone.
More than 70 different kinds of animals, nine different reptile species, six different amphibian species, and primates including red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, etc. may all be found on the slopes of Mount Rwenzori. The animals include duikers, bushbucks, Rwenzori otter, leopards, elephants, giant forest hogs, and more.
Best time to Visit Rwenzori National Park
As this region on the eastern slopes of the Rockies receives the most rainfall, the park is open all year round. The ideal months to visit Mount Rwenzori are June through August and December through February, when hikers may walk most comfortably. The dry season in the Mountain Rwenzori is quite brief to thrill while on Uganda Hiking Safaris
Accommodations in Mount Rwenzori National Park
The park offers a variety of lodging options. They include luxury lodgings, affordable accommodations, and accommodations in the middle range. Equator Snow Lodge, Tour Holiday Inn, Rwenzori Turaco View Campsite, Ihamba Lake Side Safari Lodge, Tropical Savannah Guest House, Rwenzori International Hotel, Hotel Margherita, Rwenzori Backpackers, Sandton Hotel Kasese, Rwenzori View Guest House, Rujuna Guest House, Hotel Cornerstone, Ataco Lodge, Fort Motel, New Saad Hotel, Palace Motel, etc. are a few of them.
Getting to Rwenzori Mountain National Park
The park is reachable by either road or air. By road, Kasese, which is about five hours from Kampala, is where the park is. Kasese is accessible from Kampala by the 375-kilometer Fort Portal Road or the 450-kilometer Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth National Park route.
Via Air: At Kajjansi Airfield or Entebbe International Airport, chartered flights are another way to reach Rwenzori Mountain National Park. Aero link and Bar Aviation Charter Flights are among these flights.