Rwenzori Mountains National Park

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As early as 150 AD, Alexandrine photographer Ptolemy wrote of a snow capped mountain range deep in the heart of Africa, which he claimed was a source of the world’s longest river, The Nile. He called it “Mountains of the Moon.”

Indeed, over the centuries, mountaineers who later explored Ptolemy’s mountains found the high Rwenzori glaciers and snow peaks whose melt waters certainly represent the highest spring of the Nile. The alphine highland of glaciers, snowfields, hot springs and blue cirque lakes make Rwenzori one of Africa’s most beautiful mountain parks. Reaching an elevation of 5,109m, Rwenzori is Africa’s tallest mountain range exceeded in altitude by Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt.Kenya, carrying Africa’s third, fourth and fifth highest peaks that are visible for miles around. Some of its peaks incomparable, beautiful and mist-shrouded carry permanent snow and glaciers, while the lower slopes are covered with dense forest.


The Mountain’s slopes below 1,600m are the preserve of hikers who rate the Rwenzoris to be the most challenging of all African mountains.
A variety of large mammals inhibit the lower slopes but Rwenzori are notable more for their majestic scenery and varied vegetation. Its five district vegetation zones montane forest bamboo forest, tree heath-bog, Hagenia-Rapanea scrub and afro-alphine moorland provide a unique backdrop to one of the most magnificent national parks in the world. Several endangered species and very unusual cloud forest flora like giant heathers, groundsels and lobelias, characterize the ranges as ‘Africa’s botanic big game’.

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~ Our favorite accommodations in Rwenzori Mountains National Park ~

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Mihunga Safari

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Equator Snow Lodge

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