MOUNTAIN RWENZORI “mountain of the moon”
Make an adventurous Uganda mountaineering safari 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. These tectonic movements were also responsible for the formation of the rift valley.
The unique thing about Mountain Rwenzori is that it is the only mountain in East Africa that was not formed as a result of volcanicity. Mountain Rwenzori, is also known as “Mountain of the Moon”. It got this designation “Mountain of the Moon” from an astronomer, mathematician and geographer; Ptolemy. This name is because the mountain is snow capped throught the year.
Mountain Rwenzori is made up by 6 major peaks, with its uppermost peak known as Margherita. Margherita peak is approximately 5,109 meters above sea level and it is 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.
Mountain Rwenzori National Park
Tourists on a safari Uganda for a Uganda mountain climbing tour in the Rwenzori mountain ranges, are guaranteed to encounter a gazetted park branded Mountain Rwenzori National Park. Mountain Rwenzori National Park covers an area of around 996 square kilometers, bordering the districts of Kasese, Kabarole and Bundibugyo in Uganda.
Mountain Rwenzori National Park was gazetted as a park in 1991 and as UNESCO world heritage park in 1994. Mountain Rwenzori National Park habits several wildlife visitors can sight during their Uganda hiking safaris. The park is home to over 70 mammals, 217 bird species, 18 mammal species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Other wildlife in the park include; 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 covering the mountain. A visitor hiking Mountain Rwenzori is therefore guaranteed a Uganda hiking safari tour as well as a Uganda wildlife safari.