Rwenzori national park

The – fabled mountains of the moon lie 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 montane forest. Huge tree-heathers and colourful mosses are draped across the mountain side with fairly tale scene.
Rwenzori mountains national park protects the parts of the 120 km-long and 65 km wide Rwenzori range. The national park hosts a bout 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine rift endemic (for birders). As well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.


The Rwenzori are a world class hiking and mountaineering destination. A nine to twelve days trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of margherita – the highest peak- through shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peak,
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.

NOTE:
-Size: 996 square kilometres.
-The park was gazette in 1991 and was recognized as a world Heritage site in 1994 and ramsar site in 2008.
-Highest point: 5109m above sea level on mtstanley’smargherita 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 upfaulted 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 “Rwenzori” a local name which he recorded as meaning “ rain- maker” or “cloud – king”
-The oldest recorded person to reach the margherita peak was MS BERYL PARK aged 78 in 2010.