Rwenzori Mountains National Park Uganda
This a 120 km Rwenzori chain is regarded to be legendary snow-capped mountains of the moon, described by Ptolemy in A.D150. With an elevation of 5,109m, the mountain is Africa’s tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free standing Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro. The distinctive glacial peaks are visible miles around, but the slopes above 1,600m preserved for hikers, who rate the Rwenzori to be the most challenging of all African Mountains.
A variety of large mammals inhabit the lower slopes, but the Rwenzori Mountain is more notable for its majestic scenery and varied vegetation. The trails lead through rainforest rattling with monkeys and birds, and then tall bamboo forest, before emerging into a high-altitude moorland zone, a landscape of bizarre giant lobelias towered over by black rock peaks and white snow, looking to the entire world like the set of science fiction film.
Park size; 998sq km; Location; On the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, close to Kasese.
How to Access the Rwenzoris; By road: from Kampala via Mbarara to Kasese, or from Kampala through Fort Portal and then 75km South on the Fort Portal / Kasese road. The park is 25km from Kasese town.By air: Chartered planes are available from Entebbe / Kampala to Kasese and then by road.
Accommodations found in the park;There are a variety of accommodation facilities in Kasese town (Both upper and lower market). RMS operates accommodation facilities-huts with bunk beds along the central circuit.
Health and safety on the trail ;The high altitude and cold wet conditions of the Rwenzori Mountains can adversely affect inexperienced visitors. The high peaks should be attempted only by experienced mountaineers.
Visiting time; Any time. The driest weather is December- February and June- August.
Activities in the Park: Mountaineering Climbing.