Hiking/mountaineering

The two main regions for hiking and mountaineering in Uganda are the Rwenzori Mountains also known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ in the west and Mt. Elgon, bordering Kenya in the east.

You could also trek in the volcanic range of the Virungas in the Mgahinga National Park and there are shorter, easier hikes for example, from the base of the spectacular Murchison Falls to the top.

 

Mountaineering in the Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park – a World Heritage Centre – offers mountaineers an exhilarating and rewarding experience. Peaks include:

  • Margherita (5109m ASL)
  • Alexandria (5091m)
  • Albert on Mt Stanley (5087m)
  • Mt Baker (4843m)
  • Speak (4889m)
  • Gessi (4797m)
  • Emeni (4791m)
  • Luig di savioa (4626m) and
  • Weisemann (4620m)

Rwenzori Mountaineering Services handles all tourism in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and offer accommodation at various mountain camps, experienced local guides, chefs and porters and specialised equipment.

The best times to go are either December to February, or June to August.

The park also offers a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and is located close to Queen Elizabeth national park should you wish to add a wildlife safari to the end of your mountaineering holiday.

Community tourism activities are available at the base camp of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

See our safari packages for a detailed itinerary

Mt. Elgon

Mount Elgon – within the Mount Elgon National Park – is a volcanic mountain which at 4,321mASL is the 4th highest mountain in East Africa. The park boundaries contain 1147 Sq. km of mountain. Most of this area is covered with typical afro-montane vegetation, complete with giant groundsels and bamboo forest.

Mt. Elgon is an exciting alternative to some of the more strenuous climbs in East Africa. It has many of the same attractions, with milder climate and lower elevation. Climbing the peaks requires no special equipment or technical climbing experience. It is possible to summit the mountain in as little as three days, but a slightly longer visit will permit a more thorough exploration of all Mt. Elgon has to offer. This is also a cheaper alternative to mountaineering in western Uganda.

December to March is the best time to go while June to October is the wettest.

See our safari packages for a detailed itinerary

Bwindi to Kisoro and climbs up the Virunga Volcanoes

Walk from Buhoma in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to the beautiful Kisoro town, in the shadow of the Virunga Volcanoes, through the local villages and across Lake Mutanda. This walk can take 1-2 days depending on your pace and the trails selected. Enjoy spectacular views, amazing wildlife and fascinating commentary from your guides, including information about the local medicinal plants.

There are optional additional day treks including into the Virungas,

  • Mt. Sabinyo (3600m)
  • Mt. Gahinga (3400m) 6 hours
  • Mt. Muhavura (1200m) 7 hours

Murchison Falls

Enjoy a boat cruise up the River Nile to the spectacular Murchison Falls, viewing the wildlife along the banks as you go. Alight at the base of the Falls with your guide and trek approximately 30 minutes to the top of the Falls for amazing views over the Falls and Murchison Falls national park beyond.

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