RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

The park, 996 sq. kms, protects the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains, which run for 120 km along the Congo border. It is a block mountain resulting from the formation of the Rift Valley. The Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa, with six glacial peaks: Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, Mount Emin Pasha, Mount Gessi, Mount Luigi da Savoia and Mount Baker. The main peaks, Margherita (5.109m) and Alexandra (5.083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The first European who climbed the peaks was in 1906 the Italian Prince Luigi Amedeo da Savoia, Duke of Abruzzi.

Species: The interest for Rwenzori is also on the vegetation, which is divided into several altitude zones: the forest zone (between 1.800 and 2.500 m), the bamboo forest (up to 3000 m), the heath and Alpine zones (3000-4.500 m), with forests of giants heath plants, giant lobelias and groundsels. There are 70 mammal species recorded (elephants, golden cat, chimpanzee, yellow – backed duiker) and 177 birds, especially Albertine Rift endemics (Rwenzori turaco, cuckoo, owl, francolin, robin).
Activities: Most of visitors undertake the excellent “central circuit” trail, which takes 6 nights 7 days to complete and takes you to the main peaks. However, other shorter hikes are possible in the central area and in the North of Rwenzori. High Mountain equipment is required, as the trails reach an altitude of 4.000m above.