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Top 6 Things To Do In Rwenzori National Park

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Top 6 Things To Do In Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Top 6 Things To Do In Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Top 6 Things To Do In Rwenzori  National Park

Top 6 things to do in Rwenzori National Park include basically the activities  in  MT Rwenzori national park that can be carried out on trip. Rwenzori national park is located in the western part of Uganda and  part of it is shared by DRC Congo .Rwenzori is  nearly 100000ha and has  its highest peak called Margherita. the mountain is one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas due to its glaciers ,waterfall ,lakes , rivers  ,flora and fauna etc.

The following at the top 6 things to do in Rwenzori National Park

Mountain climbing

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Rwenzori mountain offers one the most challenging hikes in Africa. before one decides to  climb oh hike the mountain its advisory to have prior hiking experience and also  be in good healthy conditions Rwenzori mountain climbing takes about six to seven days averagely and one is able to see four peaks of MT Rwenzori which include baker , margarita, Speke, and Weismann peaks. one is also required to carry some of the hiking gears as such as hiking shoes , water proof jackets as the rain is un predictable , warm clothes , long trousers etc.,.  on addition to that  on can hire guides and porters who can assist them a long the way by providing extra information

Nature walk

Nature walks are an opportunity to relax, take your time, and explore the environment. A nature walk is a great way to unplug, observe, and explore nature while enjoying the outdoors. Rwenzori Mountain nature walks give visitors an opportunity to trek through the central circuit zone, trails include  Lake Mahoma and Turaco chimp forest walk through the circuit zone .walks through the communities of Kichamba to reach the Karangura ridge; and hiking to  to  Bundibugyo areas through bwamba pass .

Cultural Encounters

The word cultural encounter means interactions between people belonging to diverse social standards be it be their language, or religion, their form of art or drama all comes under cultural encounters .Cultural encounters in Rwenzori Mountains national park are basically community cultural tours that involve tourists visiting local communities/ homesteads that are near a national park. the Rwenzori mountains are in habited by the Bakonzo   which is the main culture and tribe. The cultural encounter consists of  folk songs, dance performances from local dance groups  and also get to experience cooking classes where visitors  are taught hoe to prepare traditional means


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Birding is the identification and observation of wild birds in their natural habitat as a recreation activity. Rwenzori Mountain National park consists a total of 217 species of birds recognized. 8 of these are limited to species of the Albertine endemics which is only exist in Bwindi impenetrable national park. some of the bird species include Rwenzori Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Handsome Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Archers’ Robin-chat, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Baits, Montane Sooty Boubou, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Slender-billed Starling.

Sight seeing

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Sight seeing is the activity of visiting places of interest in a particular location. Rwenzori mountains national park offers a variety  of attraction for  tourists to come and see. some of these attractions include include; Birds like the famous Rwenzori Turaco; wildlife; primates including blue monkeys, black & White colobus monkeys & the rare chimpanzees; 6 vegetation zones; Lakes such as Irene, rivers ,Kirembe mines etc.

wildlife viewing

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Wildlife watching is simply an activity that involves the watching of wildlife. It is normally used to refer to the watching of animals, and this distinguishes wildlife watching from other forms of wild- life-based activities, such as hunting and fishing’s.

The Rwenzori Mountains national park offers spectacular view of scenic land scape with a high density of trees and unique vegetation, at edge of the mountain, there is savannah grassland which harbors variety of mammal species like Genet mongoose, leopards, Uganda claws frog, roch hyrax, golden cat, blue monkeys, bush . three horned chameleon, water bucks antelopes  etc.

most of the above listed activities are similar to the activities in Semuliki national park a neighboring national park also found in kasese district in western part of Uganda which is famous for its hot springs hence one can prong his trip ad also get tp visit Semuliki national park in order to get more and better  experience’s

Best time to visit Rwenzori mountains national park

Dry Season

The dry season  is the best time to visit Mountain Rwenzori. This period  favors most activities like , nature walks, cultural Encounter, Hiking and nature walks, Mountain /Volcano climbing, Birding and many more. The wildlife within the Rwenzori National Park is easily seen.

The dry season is most convenient time for tourists who wish to hike the Margherita peak  is early in the morning at around 8am  when the mist clouds are vailing off the peak hence offering a clearer view of the peaks and glaciers.

Note that the best time to visit Mountain Rwenzori is in the months June to August and from December to February .Tourists frequently visit during these months as the weather is favorable hence its the busiest  season  of the destination.

Wet Season

The long wet season in Rwenzori  start in March and end around May. The short wet months of the year in Rwenzori  fall around October to November. Generally, the weather in Rwenzori is unpredictable-it does vary from year to year and at times, rains occur earlier than expected or late. Activities such as bird watching and sight seeing can be carried out as birds are many due to plenty  of food in the wet season.

However, it should be noted that African weather  is unpredictable hence rain is expected whether in the dry or wet season hence tourists are recommended to always carry  hiking boots, rain coats which are water proof ,long sleeved shirts, long trousers, hats, sun glasses etc.

Rwenzori mountains trip is characterized  by activities  like road trip on the way to the destination, mountain climbing ,hiking, nature walks, good scenery birding , wildlife view and many other’s when looking for the best time to visit the mountain it should depend on ones interests rather than  considering the weather as different activities are carried out in different times of the season.

This can be done through a trusted tour operator such as may extend his visit to other national parks and tourism areas in western Uganda such as queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park  Semuliki wild reserve, Mabere Manyinamwilu in Fortpotal for a greater experience.

How To Access MT Rwenzori

Road Transport

The Rwenzori Mountains lie along the Uganda-Congo border in western Uganda. Rwenzori Mountains National Park can be reached by two routes from Kampala to Kasese. The shortest route starts from Kampala to Fortpotal via Mubende for a distance of 300km  while the longest route begins from Kampala, via Masaka through Mbarara, Bushenyi to Kasese for 350km distance drive.

Air Transport

When using air transport, you can also get to Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese by flight from Entebbe. The flights depart Entebbe at 7am and 12:30pm daily, and line up well with hike departures. The return flight leaves Kasese at 10:45am and 2:45pm daily. The flight time is about 1 hour.

Attractions In Rwenzori Mountains National Park


MT Rwenzori has an extensive and diverse vegetation zone beautifully classified into 6, from the savannah zone(680m-1800m) through the Afromontane Forest zone, Bamboo Forest Zone, heather/Rapenea Zone, Afro-alpine moorland zones  and rocky/glacier zone

The afro-alpine zones is characterized by the emblematic big forms of groundsel and lobelia which is one of the world’s unique botanical communities, which is only found in the mountains beyond 3800m in East Africa.


About 217 bird species inhabit the mount Rwenzori  National Park, from which 17 are endemic to the Rwenzori  National Park which makes it an important birding area.  The forest Zone at comprises of a number of birds like  the Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Blue headed Sunbird, Long eared Owl, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Rwenzori Baits, Archers’ Robin chat, White-starred Robin with even the rare Montane sooty Boubou, Greenbuls, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, slender-billed starling, Strange Weaver,  not forgetting the Golden winged Sunbird, , barbets, Apalises, Illadopsis, Flycatchers & crimson wings.

Rwenzori snow peak

Rwenzori   National Park has 6 ranges, which are located are located a few miles north of the Equator, with the highest peak  on Margherita at 5109m then followed by Speke(4890m) & Baker(4890m), each containing  snow & glaciers. These peaks can be reached through both routes of the central circuit & the Kirembe trail.


The mountain contains about 20 lakes. Lake Mahoma (at 2651m) along the central circuit can easily be reached, while the Bujuku Lake lies at the Apex of the deep glacier curved Bujuku valley, in the shadow of Mount Stanley, Speke and Baker. In the Nya Mwamba valley, the ascent through the Kirembe trail where the glacial moraine deposited in the man-made dam, which has for a long time formed a string of 8 enjoyable lakes. Several River streams start from the mountain, forming lifelines for a number of plant & animal species in the flat plains and supporting the local communities.

Wild Life

Rwenzori mountains  National Park is a home to large number of approximately 70 mammal species, out of which 6 are endemic to the Albertine rift, 4 to the park while 3 are rare species. There also other rare mammals such as elephants, chimpanzees, the Rwenzori otter as well as Leopards.  Although the mammals in the Rwenzori  National Park are hard to find, chances are high that the hikers might encounter the black & White Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, tiny antelopes including brushbacks and unusual reptiles like the three horned chameleon.

Accommodations At  Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Trekkers Hostel

(formally Rwenzori Backpackers) has good clean rooms and dormitories but not self contained. Set in a deep valley Kirembe is the gateway to the Rwenzori Mountains when climbing the Kirembe trail. The hostel is set in a idyllic setting with fantastic views of the mountains and has a good restaurant. Altitude 1,450 meters and cool.

Fort Motel

Offers good rooms, excellent meals, great service, good standard in a quite environment just near the Fort Portal Golf Club. The rooms are lavishly furnished and give the comfort and relaxation of a traditional yet modern home. The drive from Kirembe in the Rwenzori Mountains to Fort Portal takes about two hours but it is great to relax take a sauna relax around the pool enjoy  fantastic meals and then sleep in luxury after completing your climb up the mountains.

Margarita hotel

Hotel Margherita is situated some few kilometers west of Kasese town, Western Uganda in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains otherwise known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. Professional warm hospitality, excellent food and accommodation, service with a smile.

Rwenzori Homestay is a budget facility which offers accommodation to the travelers. The hotel is located in Kasese which provides accommodations along with a restaurant, free private parking and a terrace. The rooms are open to balconies with separate dining areas and bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rwenzori National Park

why is MT Rwenzori snow capped throughout the year?

The snow-capped nature of the Rwenzori Mountains is due to air pressure that reduces with elevation. Whereas warm air increases, so does the rising air expands and cools. This process creates greater amounts of moistness in the air. In addition to that, Rwenzori mountains  are snow capped throughout the year because the highest peak of the Rwenzori reaches up to 5,109 meters (16,762 ft.). This is a high point and therefore snow covered throughout the year.

How was mountain Rwenzori formed?

Mt Rwenzori is a block mountain sometimes also referred to as Fault mountains due to their way of formation. Unlike most of the mountains in Africa which were formed through Volcanic activity, Mt Rwenzori was formed as a result of rocks underneath up faulted through the floors of Great Rift Valley.

what to carry while hiking Rwenzori mountain

Sleeping Bag. Nights in Rwenzori are very cold and any investment in a quality sleeping bag is worth it. Large duffle bag, Day bag (backpack),T-shirts, Ski Jacket, Trekking Pants, Several pairs of socks ,Poncho.

What animals are in the Mount Rwenzori National Park?
The park’s wildlife varies with elevation, and its species include the forest elephant, chimpanzee, hyrax, black-and-white colobus, Lhotse’s monkeys, Ruwenzori duiker, and Rwenzori turaco
Which tribe is found on Mountain Rwenzori?
The Bakonzo are Bantu-speaking people. This tribe is one of the 54 tribes of Uganda. They live on the Rwenzori Mountains and are until now, known as the indigenous tribe of this mountain. The Bakonzo people originally traveled from the Congo and settled here about 300 years ago.
In which district is Rwenzori Mountains?
Rwenzori Mountains National Park: Mount Rwenzori is situated in Kasese district in the western part of Uganda bordering Congo. The mountains have also been known as “mountains of the moon”.
What is Rwenzori Mountains National Park famous for?
The mountains are well-known for their unique alpine flora which includes many species endemic to the Albertine Rift in the higher altitude zones including giant heathers, groundsels and lobelias. The Park also supplies local communities with various wild resources and is an important cultural heritage
What are some fun facts about Rwenzori Mountains?
The Rwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent sources of the River Nile, and constitute a vital water catchment. Their multitude of fast flowing rivers, magnificent waterfalls and stratified vegetation make the property exceptionally scenic and beautiful
How much is the entrance fee for Rwenzori Mountains National Park?
Entrance Fees for Mountain Rwenzori Trekking per day costs USD35 for foreign Non-residents, USD25 for foreign residents and UGX 150,000 for East African Citizens
MT Rwenzori is which type of  mountain?
The Rwenzori is not volcanic like East Africa’s other major mountains but is a block of rock up-faulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley. The Rwenzori’s were christened the “Mountains of the Moon” by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150.
Why is Mountain Rwenzori called the mountain of the Moon?
The term comes from a Greek merchant, Diogenes, who travelled to East Africa and claimed to have found the source of the Nile – which the natives called the Mountains of the Moon due to their snow-capped peaks
What is the highest peak on Mountain Rwenzori?
Mount Stanley; At 5,109 meters, Margherita Peak is the highest point on Mount Stanley in the Rwenzori Mountains, and the third-highest peak in Africa.
Where is Mountain Rwenzori located in Uganda?
western Uganda;
The Rwenzori – the fabled Mountains of the Moon – lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo, and rich, moist montane forest
Which mountain in Uganda has snow?
The Rwenzori Mountains National Park provides stunning views of glacier and snow-capped mountains just kilometres from the equator, where it is contiguous with the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 What activities can be done in the Rwenzori Mountains?

The Rwenzori Mountains offer a range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Some popular activities include:

Hiking and Trekking: The Rwenzori Mountains are known for their challenging and scenic hiking trails. Visitors can embark on multi-day treks to reach the peaks of Mount Stanley and Mount Speke. These treks require a moderate to high level of fitness and usually involve camping along the way.

Mountain Climbing: For experienced mountaineers, the Rwenzori Mountains provide an opportunity for technical climbing. The main peaks, including Margherita Peak, offer challenging routes that require proper equipment and climbing skills etc.