Mount Rwenzori National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Rwenzori Mountains in the south western Uganda near kasese its bordering Virunga National park in west of DRCongo. It’s about 375km from Kampala via Fort portal road and Almost 1,000 km2 in size. The park has Africa's third highest mountain peak and many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers. The park is known for its beautiful plant life. Rwenzori Mountains National Park was established in 1991 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 because of its outstanding natural beauty.
Mountain climbing is the most attractive activity in the park on the legendary “mountain of the moon” it’s heavily snowcapped peaks are one of the few beautiful landscapes in the world. The mountain is also notably known for its varied vegetation, spectacular landscape that comprises of waterfalls, hot springs, blue cirque lakes and snow clad peaks. The park is also a home for18 mammal species, 217 birds.
The Aesthetic values of Mountain Rwenzori can be put in three Activities:
Nature Walks Rwenzori is notable for its majestic scenery and varied montane forests, bamboo, tree health bog, hagenia rapanea scrub and afro alpine moorland that allows the tourist to interact with nature.
Peak Climbing is a six day loop trail that is tough and rewarding. The hike takes you through vegetation zones and glacier peaks within the Rwenzori ranges along all routes. They include Margherita (5,109m) on Mt Stanley, Vittorio Emmanuelle (4842m) on Mt Speke and Edward (4842m) on Mt Baker. These high peaks should be attempted by experienced mountaineers.
Trekking is done along all routes; a 7day trekking of the central circuit and a 5 days trek along kilembe route to the southern part of the park. Shorter hikes are also arranged.
Bird watching ;There are many bird species to lookout for among which include:- Albertine Rift endemics like; Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Montane (Rwenzori) Nightjar, Dwarf Honey guide, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Montane Masked and Collared Apalises, Stripe-breast Tit, Rwenzori Batis, (Grauer’s Cuckoo-shrike ), Blue-headed, Regal and Purple-breasted Sunbirds, Strange Weaver, Dusky and Shelley’s Crimson wings.
Accommodation at the Park; equator snow lodge (luxury), Ihamba safari lodge (mid-range) and Ruboni community camp (budget)
Best season; January – February and July – August in the dry months.