Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The size of Rwenzori National Park is 996km2 gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1994 and Ramsar site in 2008.

Highest point: 5,109m above sea level on Mt Stanley's Margherita Peak. Mt. Stanley is bisected by the border with DR Congo; the Rwenzori is not volcanic like East Africa’s other major mountains but is a block of rock upfaulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley; and Rwenzoris were christened the "Mountains of the Moon" by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150.

The explorer Henry Stanley placed the Rwenzori on the map on 24th May 1888. He labelled it ‘Ruwenzori’, a local name which he recorded as meaning “Rain-Maker” or “Cloud-King.”

The oldest recorded person to reach Margherita Peak was Ms Beryl Park aged 78 in 2010

The Rwenzoris – the fabled Mountains of the Moon – lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. Huge tree-heathers and colourful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairytale scene.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

The Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. A nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.

For those who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighbouring Bakonzo villages offer nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances and accommodation, including home-cooked local cuisine.

 

Highlights:

 

The following are the activities conducted while in Rwenzori Mountains National Park:

The major activity is the mountain climbing and other activities include seeing animals like monkeys, chimpanzee tracking and birding.

 

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  • Rwenzori Mountain
    Experiencing great hiking to the peak
  • The Murchison Falls
    Victoria Nile great falls spot
  • Gorilla
    Tracking and Trekking of Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo
  • Boat Ride
    Boat ride in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks

1 Day Gorilla Trip

Day 1

You will be picked by our guide from your hotel to Volcanoes national park for gorilla mountain trekking. After very early breakfast at the park, get briefing by national park Warden and at 8:30 am tour guide transfer you to the starting point of gorilla trek. This shall take about 8 hours depending on the movements of the gorillas. After trekking, driver guide will transfer you to the airport for scheduled flight or to the hotel.

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2 Days Gorilla tracking

Day 1

Upon your arrival, you will be picked by our representative from Kigali Airport. After an optional Kigali city tour, including a visit to the Genocide Museum and locals markets, you will proceed to the Volcanoes National Park for an overnight stay.

Day 2

After a 6 am breakfast you are driven to the Gorilla Park Office, where you are given briefing for your trek and introduced to your guide and co-travellers for the day. It is then time to trek into the virgin forest, where you will meet one of eight of the local gorilla families.

After completing your trek to the gorillas and lunch at your hotel, our guide will deliver you back to Kigali in time for your flight.

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3 Days Murchision Falls

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda, you will be picked by our guide from Entebbe International Airport/ from your lodge and proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Rhino sanctuary as an optional on the way and proceed for an overnight.

Day 2

Go in morning go for game drive in Northern circuit of the Park and afternoon have a boat cruise to the bottom of the Falls

Day 3

Visit the Top of Falls and return to Kampala/Entebbe for departure.

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