Rwenzori Mountains National Park is a Ugandan national park located in southwestern Uganda east side of the western (Albertine) African Rift Valley in the Bundibugyo, Kabarole, and Kasese districts, 25km from the small town of Kasese. The park lies along Uganda’s border with the democratic republic of Congo (DRC) and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park established in 1991 and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 in view of its extraordinary nature wonderfulness.
The park is situated in the Rwenzori Mountains and it comprises of about 1000km2 in size, the park also hosts Africa’s third highest mountain peak and many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers. The park is also commonly known for its beautiful plant life.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park includes the majority of the eastern half of the Rwenzori Mountains, a mountain range rising above dry plains situated just above the equator. The Rwenzori Mountains are higher than the Alps and are ice-capped. Mount Stanley is spotted in the park. Margherita Peak, one of Mount Stanley’s twin summits, is Africa’s third highest peak with a height of 5,109 m. the park is Africa’s fourth and fifth highest peaks (Mount Speke and Mount Baker) are likewise found in the park. The park has glacial masses, snowfalls, waterfalls, and lakes and is one of Africa’s most wonderful mountain areas.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120 kilometers long and 65 kilometers wide Rwenzori mountain range. The park hosts over 70 species of mammals, 15 species of butterfly, four primate species and 217 fowl species incorporating 19 Albertine Rift endemics, and additionally some of the world’s rarest vegetation.
The Rwenzori Mountains are world-class climbing and mountaineering sites. A 9 -12 days trek will get talented climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – however shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the encompassing peaks
For the individuals who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighboring Bakonzo villages offer nature strolls, homestead visits home cultural performances and accommodation, incorporating home-cooked nearby food.