The Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers approximately 100,000 hectares in western Uganda and comprises the main part of the Rwenzori mountain chain, which includes Africa's third highest peak - Mount Margherita: 5,109 metres. The region's glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa's most beautiful alpine areas.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120-kilometre-long and 65-kilometre-wide Rwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species, including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation. Other mammals include the elephant, chimpanzee, Rwenzori otter and leopard. Though wildlife is difficult to spot in the dense forest, primates such as colobus (Angola and black-and-white varieties are both present) and blue monkeys; small antelope such as bushbucks; and unusual reptiles such as the three-horned chameleon can be found in the region.
The town of Kasese, which is 437 kilometres west of Uganda's capital Kampala, is the gateway to the park. The town has hotels and lodges, while the park has camping, a good trail network and huts for hikers. The park has excellent trekking and climbing opportunities with spectacular views and unusual scenery. The major tourist activity here is mountain climbing although you are required to spend an overnight at the base of the mountain or in Kasese town.
For those who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighbouring Bakonzo villages offer nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances and accommodation, including home-cooked local cuisine.
Admission fees: Foreign non-residents: 35US$ Foreign residents: 25US$ Citizens of East African Member States: 10,000UGX