Mountains of the Moon( Rwenzori Mountain)
Also known as Mount Rwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon lies within the border of DRC and Uganda. It covers the districts of Fort Portal, Kasese, and Bundibugyo. It features the highest mountain ranges in Africa and stands at an elevation of about 4000 meters above sea level. A tour to the mountains of the moon gives you the insight to explore the stunning landscape beauty blessed with amazing flora.
The Mountain of the moon is popularly known for offering Hiking adventures to all travelers that are nature lovers. The hike takes you through the rainforest, bamboo forest, Alpine as well as Surreal sub-alpine. You will be impressed by the picturesque glaciers, scenic lakes plus the third highest peak in Africa.
Activities to enjoy when you take a tour to the Mountain of the Moon
Hiking Mountain of the Moon (Rwenzori of the moon)
Trekking to the summit of Mount Rwenzori allows you to enjoy the magnificent scenic beauty of Rwenzori Mountain National Park and also interact with the numerous communities that you meet at the foothill of the mountain such as; the Bakonzo. Here you grab a chance to learn more about their different cultures which are demonstrated through their cultural songs and dances, skilling of Basket Weaving, and story-telling about their legendary ancestors among others. you also encounter crop plantations like coffee on the slopes of the mountain and the montane vegetation among others.
In case you are looking forward to hiking Mountain Rwenzori , UWA charges 450 USD per person for the Rwenzori trekking Permit for the foreign non-Residents and 50,000 Uganda shillings for the East African Residents.
Birding and guided Nature walks.
It is also important to note that Rwenzori Mountain National Park is one of the astounding birding sites in Uganda with over 217 bird species. Some of the bird species sights in the park include; Long-eared owl, Golden-winged Sunbird, Rwenzori Turaco, Barred long-tailed cuckoo, White-starred robin, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori batis, Greenbuls among others. By a guided nature walk, you get a chance to sight a lot of these amazing birds in the park as you explore the park on foot. Don’t forget to carry your cameras and binoculars which give you an opportunity for an unforgettable birding experience.
If you are planning an Uganda Safari in Fort Portal and you would love to explore the mountains of the moon, feel free to delight in our 10 days itinerary that offers you an opportunity to rest after exploring the Margherita peaks.
How to get to Rwenzori Mountain National Park?
It is easy to access Rwenzori Mountain national park by Air or Road transport using different routes. With the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara-Bushenyi – Kasese route, it takes you about 6 hours to cover a distance of 350 kilometers to access the park. whilst with Kampala -Mubende – Fort Portal then to the park, it takes you 4 hours. However, driving through Masaka is the most rewarding route since you go through Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth national park.
Alternatively, you can opt to fly to the park by jumping on a chartered Aircraft from Kajjansi or Entebbe international airport. This takes 30 minutes to land in Kasese Airstrip and later enjoy a short transfer to Rwenzori national park.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority charges 35 USD as the park entry fees for foreign non-Residents, 25 USD for the Foreign Residents, and 15 Uganda shillings for the East African Residents.
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