Rwenzori Mountains National Game Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Game Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park has the highest mountain ranges in Africa. Its highest point lies at 5109m above sea level on Mt Stanley’s Margherita Peak which is the third highest in Africa.

The mountain lies astride the equator with six peaks and three of these i.e. Mt Stanley, Mt Baker and Mt Speke are permanently covered with snow. The park covers an area of 996 km2. . It was recognized as a UNESCO world Heritage site in 1994 and was listed by world geographic among the best hikes in the world. It lies in western Uganda about 6 hours’ drive from Kampala.

Rwenzori is known as ‘mountains of the moon’ a name given to it by Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150. Locally known as Ruwenzori, is translated as “rain maker” or “cloud-king.” The Rwenzori is not volcanic like East Africa’s other major mountains but is a block of rock faulted through the floor of the western Rift valley. The hike will take you through varied vegetation covers which include montane forest, bamboo forest, tree heath, hagenia-rapanea scrub and afro-alpine moorland.

Good To Know

Location

Kasese District

South-Western Uganda

Altitude

900 m - 4,500 m

Area (km2)

996 km2

Tours
White water rafting is high on many people’s list of things to do while on a trip to Jinja. With some lots of good rapids and a stunning river with high level its superlative, there are some very exhilarating sections with space between to lay back and float along taking in the landscape and enjoying the nature, particularly the many species of birds to be found here.
Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife safari experience where you watch animals on game drive and amazing boat safari on Kazinga Channel.
Challenge the Rwenzori Mountain Range; third highest mountain in Africa. The highest Rwenzoris are permanently snow-capped, and they, along with Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya are the only such in Africa. The Ruwenzoris are often identified with the "Mountains of the Moon" mentioned by Ptolemy.
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