Mountain Rwenzori in Uganda, Hiking Safari Tours in Uganda
Mountain Rwenzori is a prominent majestic Mountain in Uganda at Mountain Rwenzori National Park located in the Western Part of Uganda offering remarkable Hiking Adventure Tours to all kinds of travelers from all over the globe.
Also referred to as the Mountains of the Moon, the Mountain is the second highest in Africa with 16,700 feet Above Sea Level with numerous peaks i.e Magherita Peak being the highest. To transfer to Mountain Rwenzori, travelers have to pass via different districts i.e Kabarole, Kasese and Bundibudyo.
It also spans across the border of Uganda to Democratic Republic of Congo with Glaciers which act as a primary source of the stunning prominent River Nile.
Most of the Peaks are snow capped and these include six ranges which include; Mount Stanley (5,109 metres (16,762 ft)), Mount Speke (4,890 metres (16,040 ft)), Mount Baker (4,843 metres (15,889 ft)), Mount Emin (4,798 metres (15,741 ft)), Mount Gessi (4,715 metres (15,469 ft)) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4,627 metres (15,180 ft)).
The Mountain comprises of stunning vegetation zones i.e the tropical rain forest through alpine meadows to snow. The range supports its own species and varieties of giant groundsel and giant lobelia and even has the 6 metres (20 ft) tall heather covered in moss that lives on one of its peaks. The Mountain has five vegetation zones which include;
- The evergreen forest zone (up to 2,800 metres (9,200 ft))
- The bamboo zone (2,800 to 3,300 metres (9,200 to 10,800 ft))
- The heather zone (3,000 to 3,800 metres (9,800 to 12,500 ft))
- The alpine zone (3,500 to 4,500 metres (11,500 to 14,800 ft))
- The nival zone (4,400 to 5,000 metres (14,400 to 16,400 ft)).
Best Time to Hike Mountain Rwenzori in Uganda
Mountain Rwenzori in Uganda can be hiked/ climbed anytime around the year although the Best Time Climb the Mountain is during the dry season in the months of January, February and March since during these months, the trails are navigable and dry making movement easy.
The Wet Season is not ideal sine during the season; the trails are muddy, boggy and challenging/ difficult to navigate on making the entire process difficult. Travel during the Dry Season to enjoy the best Hiking Tours in Uganda.
How to Get to Mountain Rwenzori in Uganda
Mountain Rwenzori is located a few kilometers in the Northern region of the prominent Equator along the Uganda-Congo border. Ruboni is located can be accessed from Kampala from the North via Fort Portal or South through Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Nyakalengija is 17 kilometers off the Kasese-Fort Portal Main Road.
Traveler can also transfer using Charter Flights from Kampala at kajjansi Airstrip or Entebbe International Airport to Kasese.
Hiking Gear to Mountain Rwenzori in Uganda
- Long Sleeved Shirts/ T-shirts
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Pair of long pants and waterproof pants not jeans
- Non-cotton shirts
- Rain Jacket
- Warm woolen Socks
- Woolen Gardening Gloves
- Ideal Sleeping Bag
- Back pack
- Microfiber Towel and Handkerchief
- First Aid Kit
- Head Lamp and Torches
- Camera, Camera Battery and more than one memory cards
- Hat/ Cap
- Sun glasses and sun screen
- Water Filters to clean your water since you won’t carry bottled water to the Mountain you will be drinking that of the Rivers along the Mountain.