Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The focal point of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park are the Rwenzori Mountains themselves. The 120 km Rwenzori Mountain chain has also been referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon”, originally labelled such by Ptolemy in A.D.150. Reaching an elevation of 5,109 meters, it is Africa’s 3rd tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free standing Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The distinctive glacial peaks are visible for miles around, but the slopes above 1,600 meters are the preserve of hikers, who rate the Renzoris to be the most challenging of all African mountains.
A variety of large mammals inhabits the lower slopes, but the Rwenzoris are more notable for their majestic scenery and unusual vegetation. The trails lead through rain forests full of monkeys and birds then on to tall bamboo forests, before emerging on the high altitude moorland zone, a landscape of bizarre giant lobelias, towered over by black rock and white snowy peaks.
The activities offered in the Rwenzoris include a 6-day loop trail, which is a tough but rewarding hike, taking in all the vegetation zones, with the exception of the glacial peaks. Shorter, more popular hikes can be arranged as well. The high peaks should be attempted only by experienced mountaineers as they can be extremely challenging.
Rwenzori Backpackers is located in the village of Kyanjuki, above Kilembe. It is 12 kilometers from Kasese town.
- Starting point for 1 and 2 day community walks in the Rwenzori Mountain foothills
- Trekkers Bar and Restaurant down the road near the Nyamwamba River
- Hot Showers
- Swimming in nearby river
- Great local Community
FEES: (In Ugandan Shillings)
- Camping 7,000
- Dormitories 15,000 (single beds; sheets, blankets, mosquito nets not provided)
- Single Rooms 20,000
- Double Rooms 35,000
This Hostel is operated by Rwenzori Trekking Services and is located in the village of Kilembe.
- Mobile: +256 776 114442, +256 774 114499
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RWENZORI MOUNTAINS SAFARI LODGE
This lodge is operated by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services
CONTACT INFORMATION:and is located in the town of Nyakalengija.
- Tel: +256 483 444936, +256 414 237497
- Mobile: +256 752 598461
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GEOlODGES EQUATOR SNOW
- Tel: +256 414 258273, +256 312 260758
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RUBONI COMMUNITY CAMP:
This community operated camp is located in the town of Ruboni, at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Here coffee is proudly served to all the visitors; it is locally grown by the 2000 strong community of Bakonzo people. All the income from the Camp is given to the local community, which owns and runs the operation; these funds are used to support community development and conservation initiatives.
The Bandas are self-contained with running water (from a nearby spring); each has a private setting with a veranda to enjoy the magnificent mountain views. There are two twin beds complete with mosquito netting
There is a restaurant on site, serving both Ugandan and Continental food. Trail guides drop by to meet the visitors and arrangements can be made on the spot for the Hill Hike, Forest Walk or the 3-day Mahoma Hike. At night one is entertained by the Ruboni Dance Troupe, for a nominal fee.
These local community camps are located in the town of Ruboni.
Mobile: +256 752 503445, +256 774 195859