Local guides and porters are sourced from the adjacent areas to provide services for trekkers and they are experienced and passionate in the field. Some of its peak is incomparable, beautiful and mist-shrouded carry permanent snow and glaciers, while the slopes are covered with dense forest. The mountain slopes above 1,6000m are the preserve of hikers who rate the rwenzori to be the most challenging of the entire African mountain. There are two main trekking routes available for hikers the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers, on the eastern side of the mountains, and treks always range from 9 - 12 days to get to the Margherita point on Mount Stanley, the mountain range summit. So hiking on Rwenzori Mountain depends on traveller’s physical fitness and experience, So Special equipments are required for those interesting in climbing and you are advised to bring your own mountain climbing gears for mountain expedition to Rwenzoris.
The Rwenzori mountains national park is known more for its distinctive flora rather than its fauna as there a few wildlife that can be spotted in the park. On the upward route to the summits of the Rwenzori, hikers climb through a series of distinct altitudinal vegetation zones, bamboo, tree heathers and afro-alpine. However some of the animals species found on the slopes include the golden cat, genet, giant forest hog and bushbuck, different species of birds can also be seen in abundant over 241 species, primates like the Angola colobus, the black and white colobus, L’Hoest monkey, forest elephants, hyrax, leopard, yellow backed duiker, most of these species can be seen at the lower slope of the forest zone. The park was gazette vas a national park in 1991 and is both a world heritage and RAMSAR site.
Activities done at the Park
This is a fantastic activity done at the park as there various route which are ready available for you to explore one is a 7 day trekking of the central tourism circuit, and a 5 day trek along Kilembe route to the southern part of the park. However, short hikes are also arranged. You are advised to book in time prior to your safari dates to avoid disorganization.
Exploring the park is an interesting activity at the park as this gives visitors the chance to see parks flour and fauna in a very close range, there are trees in the park which allow visitor to have a look at, different primate species, and birds among other forest dwellers.
The six day loop trail is a tough one but rewarding one, the hikes take you through all the vegetation zones and the glacier peaks. There are ascents to major peaks within the Rwenzori ranges along both routes. These include ascents to Mgaherita, (5,109m) on mountain Stanley, Vittorio Emmanuelle (4,889m) on mountain Speak and Edward (4,842m) on mountain Baker. These hikes offer commanding and panoramic views of other peaks within the ranges, high peaks should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers because there tough.
Rwenzori national park is home to over 241 species of birds so bird lovers are rewarded a lot and 19 of them are endemic like the Rwenzori Turaco, the malachite sunbird, the long tailed cuckoo, long eared owl, handsome francolin, cinnamon cheated bee-eater, robin, montane boubou, slender-billed starling, black eagle just to mention but a few.
Nature walks within and around the Rwenzori Mountains National park as well as cultural experience such as living with the local community and sampling local cuisine.
Places to stay park
Trekkers Hostel, Rwenzori Mountains Safari Lodge, Ruboni Community Camp is situated at the gateway to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.