Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari / Uganda Mountain Trekking Tour: Safari Overview
Trekking the mystic Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a truly fantastic and unique experience. The wonder of the high glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heather with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags, and snow-capped peaks.
The wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres, as you ascend through different vegetation zones, creates the ultimate experience for trekking. This trek is unique, totally untouched, and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the world.
The Rwenzori Mountains is a World Heritage Site and offers the opportunity to see nature at its best. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rainforests, bamboo forests, and montane cloud forests to alpine vegetation. The scenery is truly spectacular. Above 4,500 metres the snow and glaciers add that special dimension to the wondrous views throughout this pristine mountain range.
The Rwenzori range is a true mountain range with many climbs and descents it is tough however the scenery is beautiful. The high rainfall of more than two and a half meters per year, the moss-covered rocks, the dense vegetation, the tall peaks and cliffs towering above to the moss-covered valleys and meandering streams create an ‘Alice in Wonderland atmosphere’ which changes through several biospheres as you climb making the “Rwenzori Mountains” a truly unique experience.
What to See on Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari
Species: The interest for Rwenzori is also in 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), and the health and Alpine zones (3000-4.500 m). The forests of giants heath plants, giant lobelias, and groundsels. There are 70 mammal species recorded (elephants, golden cats, chimpanzees, yellow–backed duiker) and 177 birds, especially Albertine Rift endemics.
Activities: Most visitors undertake the excellent “central circuit” trail, which takes 6 nights, and 7 days to complete. 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 4,000 m above.