Mt Rwenzori National Park
Lying along the western border of Uganda, Mt Rwenzori National Park covers an area of over 995 sq kms, named “Mountains of the Moon” for its mist-shrouded, snow-capped peaks.
The mountain range has six peaks, carrying permanent snow and glaciers and offering spectacular scenery. In the centre of the range is Africa’s third highest mountain, Mt. Margherita reaching a height of 5,109 mtrs. This is an excellent destination for keen hikers and climbers, although the higher slopes are demanding and require some mountaineering skills. The best time of the year for hiking is during the dry seasons from mid December to end of March and from June to mid August.
Rwenzori National Park protects the highest peaks of the Rwenzori Mountain range which is 120kms long and 65kms wide. The park is home to 217 bird species and 70 mammal species and also host to some of the worlds rarest vegetation.
Wildlife encountered in this park includes, elephant, genet, Vervet Monkey, Rwenzori Colobus, Chimpanzee and Duiker.
There is a range of inns, guesthouses and camping sites in the area, and hotels are available in Kasese and Fort Portal. Huts and rock shelters are available on the mountains for climbers. Kamungha Guest House is located in Kazingo Trading Centre approx 12.5 kms from Fort Portal, on the foothills of the National Park.