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Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Adventure Safaris - Rwenzori Mountain Climbing
The Rwenzori - the fabled Mountains of the Moon - lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the
third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist mountain forest. Huge tree-heathers and
colorful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairytale scene.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
One of the highest mountains in  africa - and worlds
known for its highest peak.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the
120km-long and 65km-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.

The Rwenzori are a world-class hiking and mountaineering
destination. A nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to
the summit of Margherita - the highest peak - though shorter, non-
technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.
For those who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighboring
Bakonzo villages offer nature walks, homestead visits home
cultural performances and accommodation, including home-
cooked local cuisine.

Park at a Glance
Size: 996km2,  · The park was gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as
a World Heritage site in 1994 and Ramsar site in 2008.  Highest point:
5,109m above sea level on Mt Stanley's Margherita Peak. Mt. Stanley
is bisected by the border with the DR Congo. The Rwenzori is not
volcanic like East Africa’s other major mountains but is a block of
rock up faulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley. The
Rwenzori were christened the "Mountains of the Moon" by the
Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150 The explorer Henry Stanley
placed the Rwenzori on the map on 24th May 1888. He labeled it
‘Ruwenzori’, a local name which he recorded as meaning “Rain-Maker”
or “Cloud-King.” The oldest recorded person to reach Margherita Peak
was Ms Beryl Park aged 78 in 2010.
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