Rwenzori Mountains National Park

About Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Mountain Rwenzori park is Ugandan national park and UNESCO world heritage site in the Rwenzori mountain, almost 1000Km in size and the park has Africans third highest mountain peak and many waterfalls the park is known for its beautiful plant life. It’s located in kasese district, Uganda and

governed by the Uganda world life Authority.

A variety of large mammals inhibit the lower slopes but the Rwenzori are notable more for their majestic scenery and varied vegetation. Its five distinct vegetation zone montane forest, bamboo forest, tree heath-bog, Hagenia-Rapanea scrub and afro-alpine moorland provide a unique backdrop to one of the most magnificent national parks in the world. In 1991, Rwenzori Mountains were gazette as a National Park and is both a World Heritage and RAMSAR site.


The park is located near kasese, Western Uganda, bordering Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the west. The Nyakalengije trailhead which is 22Km off the kasese-fort portal road (375Km) or via Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth national park (450Km).


Transport can also be arranged on chartered flights from Kampala at either kajjansi or Entebbe international airport.


Aesthetic values of the Rwenzori can be put into three categories of trekking, nature walks and peak climbing.


This is done along two routs; a 7-day trekking of the central tourism circuit, and a 5-day trek along kilembe route to the southern part of the park. Shorter hikes can be arranged.


There are three in the park which allows visitors up close interaction with nature.


The six-day loop trail is a tough but rewarding hike taking in all vegetation zones and the glacier peaks. There are ascents to major peaks within the Rwenzori ranges along both routes. These include ascent to Margherita (5,109m) on mountain Stanly, Vittorio Emmanuelle (4,889m) on mountain Speke and Edward (4,842m) on mountain Baker. These hikes offer commanding and panoramic views of other peak within the ranges. However, high peaks should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers.