MOUNTAIN RWENZORI “mountain of the moon”
Make an adventurous Uganda mountaineering safari tour to Mountain Rwenzori situated in south western Uganda in Kasese district, along the Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo boarder. Mountain Rwenzori is a stiff rugged Mountain range that resulted from uplifting caused by tectonic movements, that were also responsible for the formation of the rift valley.
The Rwenzori mountain is the only mountain in East Africa that was not formed as a result of volcanicity. Mountain Rwenzori, also known as “Mountain of the Moon”, got this designation from an astronomer, mathematician and geographer; Ptolemy.
Mountain Rwenzori consumes 6 peaks, including its uppermost peak is Margherita with approximately 5,109 meters above sea level making it the 3rd highest peak in Africa after Mountain Kilimanjaro (5,895meters) in Tanzania and Mountain Kenya (5,199meters) situated in Kenya. Other peaks include; Mountain Speke (4890meters), Mountain Baker (4843meters), Mountain Emin (4,798meters), Mountain Gessi (4,715meters) and Mountain Luigi di Savoia (4627meters). All these 6 peaks can be reached through a Uganda hiking safari via the central circuit trail or the Kilembe trail.
Tourists on a Uganda safari for mountain climbing trip in the Rwenzori mountain ranges, are guaranteed to encounter a gazetted park branded Rwenzori National Park.
This park covers an area of around 996 square kilometers, bordering the districts of Kasese, Kabarole and Bundibugyo in Uganda. Rwenzori National Park was gazetted as a park in 1991 and a UNESCO world heritage park in 1994. Rwenzori National Park habits several wildlife; over 70 mammals, 217 bird species, 18 mammal species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. buffalos, giant forest hogs, bush bucks, black and white colobus monkeys, and blue monkeys. All these are present but rarely seen due to the thick forest. The best activity to do on Mountain Rwenzori on your safari in Uganda is mountain climbing to the highest peak.