If you are looking for snow-capped mountains in Africa which are situated amidst breathtaking natural beauty, then Rwenzori Mountains National Park is your best option. The mesmerising landscapes coupled with several waterfalls, lakes & glaciers, will spellbound you and induce a surreal euphoria which is quite inexplicable. In fact, UNESCO in 1994 included this park in the list of World Heritage Sites so as to acknowledge its riveting scenic charm. Located in the southern western part of Uganda near to the country’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwenzori Mountains National Park contains Africa’s third highest mountain peak, Margherita Peak. Nowadays, the park happens to be one of the most sought-after hiking & mountaineering safari destinations in Uganda.
The vegetation found in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park is so unique and captivating that tourists have compared it to the Middle Earth of the J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy work. As you go higher through the peaks, you will encounter varying vegetation zones. The highlands generally are covered with moorlands, bamboo and montane forest. With increased altitude massive tree heathers and further up, near the top, Afro-alpine vegetation could be seen. Typical to extremely high altitudes, in the range of 4,000m, the iconic Senecio and lobelia flowering plants would dazzle you with their pristine beauty as you move further towards the north.
Apart from this enchanting flora, Rwenzori Mountains National Park also has 70 mammals, 217 bird species, and over 20 picturesque lakes. It is a popular choice for hiking & mountaineering safaris in Uganda, and offers two different trails namely The Central Circuit trail & Kilembe trail. More information regarding these trails, basic amenities available, and other fun activities organized at the park could be obtained from the Rwankingi Park Headquarters. You can reach this park from Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) through the north route which is around 375 km long or take the south route from Mbarara & Queen Elizabeth National Park which is approximately 450 km. Charter flights from Kampala and Entebbe International Airport could also be arranged if needed.