Rwenzori Mountain National Park is known as the mountain of the moon, it was named by Alexandrine geographer.
The park is found in Kasese district south western part of Uganda, western part of Africa’s rift valley bordering Virunga national park in Congo.
The snow peaks are one of the highest mountains in Africa, the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich Montane forest .
The journey takes approximately 437km by road from the main capital city of Uganda. Rwenzori has a given name by the locals ‘Ruwenzori’ meaning the rain maker, cloudy king. it’s not a volcano mountain but a black of rock up faulted through a floor of western Albertine.
Rwenzori Mountain National Park was established in 1991 covering a total surface area of 120km long and 48km wide in size making it the third highest mountain peak with waterfalls, lakes and glaciers, one of the most beautiful mountain areas.
The park host 70 mammals including the white and black colobus monkeys, duikers, forest elephants, 217 bird species including the Albert rift valley as well as the rarest vegetation which changes according to altitude, the park is a world class for hikers and mounters although a 9-12 days trek will get a well skilled climbers to the highest peak of magherita.
Rwenzori Mountain National Park has different activities including.
Birding bird species of Rwenzori mountain include blue headed and golden winged sunbird, white starred robin, cinnamon cheesy bee eater ,Rwenzori Turaco, long eared owl, arches robin cha, lag dens bush shrike ,slender billed starling,
Wild animals found in Rwenzori mountain National park
The park hosts 70 mammals including giant forest hog, Rwenzori otter, duikers, bushbucks, forest elephants, and primates like Blue monkeys, Angola colobus monkeys, white and black monkeys, chimpanzees, an occasional leopard can be seen and many more.
Nature walks: Enjoy a guided walk, Follow river Mubuka which will lead you to Lake Mahoma and Buraro chimp forest as you hike up to 2,300m above sea level stop to view the snow-capped magherita the highest peak of Rwenzori Mountain where you will view the baker, portal, squirrels, velvet monkeys, chameleon etc
Lakes: Mountain Rwenzori boasts about 20 lakes, Lake Mahoma being the most accessible route to Lake Bujuka which lies in the valley of mountain Stanley, baker, Speke dams which create a beautiful lake on Nya Mwamba trail.
Culture Encounter: Visit the Bakonzo local people who inhabit the Rwenzori Mountain areas, learn about their culture, trail them on the foothills as they demonstrate their daily activities like gardening, black smith, basket weaves, traditional healers, story telling by demonstration, trail the whole valley of Bakonzo which takes about 7hours.
Accommodation: camp Norway, Ruboni community campsite, Rwenzori International hotel.