Rwenzori Mountains National Park

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

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Rwenzori Mountains also known as ‘Mountains of the moon’ are located a few kilometers north of the equator on the Uganda-Congo border. This particular destination`s main gate/entrance is at Ruboni  and can easily be accessed by all kinds of travellers from Kampala through Fort Portal. All travellers to this destination should expect to cover a distance of up to 375km with a driving time of 6 hours and 30 minutes or the south via Mbarara through Queen Elizabeth National, a distance of up to 450km.

The flora in Rwenzori is largely determined by the altitude and these are grassland lying between1000 – 2000m, Montane forest between 2000 – 3000m, Bamboo zone 2500 – 3500m, Heather 3000 – 4000m and the Afro-alpine Moor land zone 4000 – 4500m.

Most of the striking plants are found above 3000m, these are the giant tree heathers supporting aerial epiphytic gardens of outstanding botanical and aesthetic interest, some of which are unique to the Rwenzoris. The Afro alpine zone is home to the most graceful of giant lobelia and groundsels.

The ranges of this park have a combination of beautiful peaks, valleys, glaciers, rivers, lakes, various species of flora and fauna making it an attractive safari destination for most travellers especially hikers.

 The leading tourist activity offered to travellers in this destination is hiking to the center of Rwenzori Mountains and to the peak which takes up to six nights or 7 days and reaches an altitude of 4,627m above sea level, and hiking to the peaks can take more extra days. Also one Day, two or three days or nature walks are offered in the park.

The park hosts 70 mammal species including Elephants, giant forest hog, Rwenzori Otter, duikers, bushbucks.

Primates such as blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys and Chimpanzees are easily spotted while trekking the mountain ranges.

Because of its rugged and dangerous nature Rwenzori Mountains has remained one of the few unspoilt Mountains of the world, its wilderness character is a charm for many climbers and Mountaineers.

The forest harbours many rare, threatened and endemic bird species. A total of about 195 species have been recorded and these include:- Albertine Rift endemics like; Handsome Francolins, the Rwenzori Turaco, Montane Nightjar, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Montane Masked and Collared Apalises, Stripe-breast Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed, Regal and Purple-breasted Sunbirds, Strange Weaver, Dusky and Shelley’s Crimsonwings among others.

 

Ruboni Community Camp situated at the gateway to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park is fully owned and run by the community, enjoy the community tour – to the new Mahoma trail in the central Rwenzori where you will be warmly welcomed by the Bakonzo community who have inhabited the foothills of the Mountains for over 300 years.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park has very beautiful lodges with in and around the park that range from budget to luxury that you can choose for your stay. These safari lodges cost between $40 to $500 per night.

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