"Misty mysterious Rwenzoris" Ruwenzori National Park by NEILHALLIDYA

Ruwenzori National Park Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 45 photos

The Rwenzori Mountains are the largest mountain range in Africa.

Situated on the edge of the Rift Valley they border Congo and Uganda with the highest peak, Stanley, rising to over 5000 metres.

The mountain range contains impressively diverse landscape from bamboo forest to rainforest to high altitude bog to the largest glaciers on the African continent.

The national park receives relatively few visitors (about 450 last year) and is African wilderness at its wildest and best.

Ptolemy mentioned the snow capped "Mountains of the Moon" and suggested them to be the source of the Nile. It is believed that he was referring to the Rwenzoris.

These mountains were the last major range in Africa to be explored by westerners and, such is the ranges inaccessibility, large tracts of it remain unexplored.

I spent 12 days trekking and climbing in the range. This was very very hard work but the most enjoyable, and satisfying, thing I`ve done for a long time.

People tend to get carried away with comparisons but this is a truly unique and exotic location. Truly like something from Lord of The Rings with its giant flora, strange animals, energy saping bogs, precipitious rock faces, eerie ever-changing cloud formations and strange equitorial glaciers.

The region is famous for its rainfall so much so that you trek through bogs in Wellington boots. The area experiences two dry seasons but this is relative - you can expect rain at any time of year. I visited in the early dry season (Feb) and had a couple of days of rain but, apart from that, periods of sunshine every day.

This is a fairly remote adventure travel destination and, relatively little additional information exists.

I used the following resources to help plan my trip:-


Uganda Wildlife Authority

KE Adventure Travel

Jagged Globe


Lonely Planet, Trekking in East Africa.

H.W.Tillman, Snow on the Equator

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Improbably exotic alpine climbing location.
  • Cons:Hard, hard, work
  • In a nutshell:What you get is worth the hard work.
  • Last visit to Ruwenzori National Park: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SanguiniA's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 12:55 PM

    This is what I call off the beaten path! Amazing adventure, and plenty of great info.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2006 at 12:06 PM

    Great page and photos! The glaciers and peaks look very beautiful. Looks like you had a great time.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2005 at 9:56 AM

    Very good first hand information & photos of the Mountains of the Moon, which is very hard to find on the internet! Really thanks for sharing :)

  • zweiblumen's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2005 at 12:56 PM

    I have wanted to do these mountains for a few years now, never got round to doing them .. mainly financial reasons. Highest I have been so far is only 4167m, would love to try higher but afraid of failing .. excellent pages!

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2005 at 5:47 PM

    Very interesting page on a truly exotic location. Have my sights set on Tanzania and possibly Nairobi, but this is a spot worth concidering, or at least dreaming about. :)

  • johanl's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2005 at 2:06 AM

    great experience. Great info and pics

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