When it comes to the best mountaineering destinations on earth, the Rwenzori Mountains National Park never goes unmentioned. This park is positioned in Western Uganda and shelters the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges also best known as the Mountains of the Moon, one of the excellent points offering tourists on Uganda safari with the most thrilling mountain climbing experiences of a lifetime.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is adjacent to the Congo border, approximately 120kms south of Lake Albert and North of Lake Edward. It became a Uganda safari national Park in 1991 and later, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. On Uganda tour, this protected area is accessible within 5 to 6 hours’ drive from Kampala.
This amazing Uganda safari park expands to cover about 996sq.kms of land, sheltering the scenic Rwenzori Mountains where it takes its name. This magnificent mountain boasts of its scenic waterfalls, lakes and 6 beautiful peaks with the highest being Margherita (5109m), Baker, Speke, Luigi da Savoia, Mount Gessi and others. Its vegetation varies according to the altitude that ranges from 1700 to 5109m.
Wildlife species in Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Aside from the Mountains of the Moon, this park also shelters an estimate of 70 mammal species including among others chimpanzees, blue monkeys, golden cats, leopards, bushbucks, duikers, elephants, giant forest hogs, Angolan colobus monkeys, Rwenzori otters, black and white colobus monkeys. There are also 9 reptile species,
Bird species in Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park also boasts as one of the excellent birder’s paradise, hosting over 217 bird species. 19 of this Uganda safari park are endemic to the Albertine rift and among the many birds to identify here include the red faced woodland warblers, golden winged sunbird, Archer’s robin chat, red throated alethe, montane masked apalis, olive woodpecker, red thighed sparrow hawk, kivu ground thrush, white starred robin, Lagden’s bush shrike, cinnamon chested bee-eater, Rwenzori turacos.
Top safari activities to do in Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The top Uganda safari activity tourists conduct while on a holiday in Rwenzori Mountains National Park is mountaineering. It is one most thrilling adventure experience attracting many of the hikers/climbers on safari in Africa. There are designated trails taking hikers to the top magnificent Margherita peak or surrounding peaks and they include the Central circuit and Kilembe trails.
When it comes to birding safaris in Uganda, Rwenzori Mountains National Park still features among the list of the best bird watching spots. The park shelters amazing birdlife ranging from red faced woodland warblers, golden winged sunbird, Archer’s robin chat, red throated alethe, montane masked apalis, olive woodpecker, red thighed sparrow hawk, kivu ground thrush, white starred robin, Lagden’s bush shrike, cinnamon chested bee-eater to Rwenzori turacos.
Guided nature walks
If there is one unique way to discover the Rwenzori Mountains National Park then it is on a guided nature walk. It takes you through the park’s diverse habitats rich with biodiversity and among the iconic sites to visit include Lake Muhooma through Buraro chimp forest, Karangura ride where you can connect to Ruhoni communities. While on a nature walk, you stand a chance to sight most of the park’s diverse birdlife, primates, plants and a lot more.
A cultural encounter in the nearby local community is one exceptional way to make your Uganda safari holiday in Rwenzori Mountains National Park complete. You will visit the black smith, traditional healer and also share incredible life stories told by the Bakonzo.
When should you visit Rwenzori Mountains National Park?
Uganda tours to Rwenzori Mountains National Park are possible all year round. But to have excellent mountaineering experience then the dry season is the best and this is recorded from June to August and December to February.
Accommodation in Rwenzori Mountains National Park
There are some classic Uganda safari lodges tourists can choose for a night stay while on a holiday in Rwenzori Mountains National Park. They include the Equator Snow Lodge, Katara Lodge, Tropical Savanna Guesthouse, Camping, Hotel Margherita and Rwenzori International Hotel.
Getting to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park
By road, it is easier to drive from Entebbe/Kampala via Fort Portal city or Kampala via Mbarara-Kasese then to the park approximately 6 hours’ drive. By air, there are flight services provided from Kajjansi airfield or Entebbe airport to Kasese airstrip where you can easily be driven to Rwenzori Mountains National Park for your memorable Uganda safari holiday.