Rwenzori Mountains National Park- Mountains of the Moon Facts.
Welcome to the Rwenzori Mountains are Located in the Southwestern Uganda within the Rwenzori Mountain National Park & Virunga National Park which are all UNESCO world Heritage site. Rwenzori Mountains National park covers approximately 1000 square kilometers and has Africa’s third highest peak(margherita at 5109m), after mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. If your planning an adventure to Rwenzori Mountains consider the most reliable operators like Rwenzori Expeditions.
Planning a Rwenzori Mountaineering tour to Climb the Snow capped mountain in Uganda with Rwenzori Expeditions? Find the relevant facts to guide on when to travel , where its located and history of the Park with the help of the team of Rwenzori Expeditions.
Note : If you want to summit Margherita Peak, you will need to spend a minimum of 5-7 days via the Rwenzori Central Circuit with Rwenzori Expeditions the leading operators in Rwenzori Mountaineering tours .
Rwenzori Mountains national Park was established in 1991 by Uganda wildlife Authority and most climbers used the Rwenzori Central trail that is the oldest trail that was used by Abruzzi on his 1906 expedition into Rwenzori Mountains.
Rwenzori Mountains National park spans up to 996km in size, whereby 70% exceeds an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,200 ft), thus ,the park is 120 kilometers (75 mi) long and 48 kilometers (30 mi) wide. Besides Mount Stanley’s twin, Margarita Peak, Rwenzori Mountains National park also contains the Africa’s 4th and 5th peaks of Mount Speke and Mount Baker, all of which are higher than the Alps and are ice capped.
Climbing Rwenzori Mountains can be done via Uganda or Congo and Rwenzori Expeditions offers trips from both sides for unique Safari experienced rangers and porters.
Getting around Rwenzori Mountains
Rwenzori Expeditions answers this frequently Asked Question regarding how to get to Rwenzori Mountains National Park and the quickest way to reach Rwenzori Mountains is to fly(using an arranged charter flight) from either Entebbe international airport or Kampala/Kajjansi to Kasese airstrip.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park can be accessed from either the Northern route from Kampala via Fort Portal (375km) to Kasese or from the south passing through Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth National Park (450km) to Kasese.
From here, it’s just a 90 minutes’ drive to Nyakalengija.
Nyakalengija is just 17km off the Kasese- Fort Portal road and 25km north of Kasese town
You’ll need need at least to spend a night before you set for your trek the next day. Check out for More information
Flora and Fauna in Rwenzori Mountains
Rwenzori Mountain National park is known for its Botany, which has made it one amongst the most beautiful regions in the world. This is because of the high diversity of plants and tree species. However, there are five different vegetation zones in the park.
The park is a home to a vast number of species, that are endemic to the Albertine Rift system, and there are various endangered species within the park, including 89 species of birds, 15 species of Butterflies, 4 primate species, while the wildlife species vary with the difference in elevation such as forest elephant, chimpanzee, hyrax, black-and-white colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, duiker, and Rwenzori turaco. Check out for More information
Best Time to visit Rwenzori Mountains
So, you’ve decided to take on the challenge of trekking 3rd’s Africa’s highest peak? Next, you need to think about the best time to climb Rwenzori, in terms of weather, trekking conditions and popularity.
Although it’s technically possible to trek Uganda’s Mount Rwenzori year round, there are certain months which are characterized by colder weather, more rain and potentially lots of snow on the summit. We generally advise that the best time to climb Rwenzori is during the warmest and driest times of year, from December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October.
Rwenzori Expeditions recommends you to choose your travel in the following months of June, July, August, September, October, December, January, February and March. If your planning to add-on Amazing Rwenzori & Gorillas for the great adventure in Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, its advisable to book in advance the gorilla permit . Check out For more information