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Rwenzori Mountains


Rwenzori Mountains with Ngoni Safaris

The Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda stand as an awe-inspiring testament to the continent’s natural beauty. Dubbed the “Mountains of the Moon,” this mystical range offers adventurous souls a chance to explore its rugged terrain, lush vegetation, and towering peaks. For those seeking an unforgettable hiking experience, Ngoni Safaris beckons you to embark on a journey through the Rwenzori, promising an expedition that blends challenge, discovery, and breathtaking scenery.

Overview: A Glimpse into the Enchanting Rwenzori

Imagine a landscape where glaciers, waterfalls, and alpine meadows coexist in harmony. This is the Rwenzori, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Known for its unique flora and fauna, the Rwenzori is a treasure trove for nature enthusiasts and avid hikers alike.

three horned chameleon

Ngoni Safaris, with its commitment to providing unparalleled experiences, invites you to explore the diverse ecosystems of the Rwenzori. From dense rainforests to high-altitude alpine zones, each step unveils a new facet of this pristine environment.

Circuits and Routes: Choose Your Adventure

The Rwenzori Mountains boast a network of circuits and routes catering to varying levels of expertise and interests. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a novice hiker, there’s a trail for you:

  1. Central Circuit: Ideal for those seeking a comprehensive Rwenzori experience, the Central Circuit covers the major highlights. Witness the magical Mubuku Valley, traverse deep forests, and conquer challenging peaks on this multi-day trek.
  2. Kilembe Trail: Embark on the Kilembe Trail for a less strenuous but equally captivating adventure. This route starts from the charming town of Kilembe and takes you through scenic landscapes, offering breathtaking views of the Ruwenzori’s renowned peaks.
  3. Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) Trail: For the intrepid explorer, the RMS Trail is a demanding route that leads to the summit of Mount Stanley, the highest peak in the Rwenzori. Navigate through snow and ice as you conquer the Margherita Peak, standing tall at 5,109 meters.

Whichever route you choose, Ngoni Safaris ensures that your journey through the Rwenzori is both exhilarating and immersive.

The Peaks: Conquering Nature’s Giants

The Rwenzori Mountains are crowned with several majestic peaks, each with its own allure:

snow on the Rwenzori mountains
  1. Margherita Peak (5,109m): The highest point in the Rwenzori, Margherita Peak commands awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscapes. Conquering this summit is a feat that promises a sense of accomplishment and unparalleled vistas.
  2. Mount Baker (4,844m): A challenging ascent awaits those who venture towards Mount Baker. The reward? Panoramic views and the satisfaction of standing atop this formidable peak.
  3. Mount Speke (4,890m): Named after the famed British explorer John Hanning Speke, this peak offers a thrilling climb amid glaciers and rocky outcrops.

Each peak tells a story of resilience, adventure, and the untamed beauty of the Rwenzori.

Packing for the Hike: Essentials for a Successful Expedition

Embarking on a Rwenzori hiking adventure requires meticulous planning. Ngoni Safaris recommends packing the following essentials:

  1. Sturdy Hiking Boots: Navigate the diverse terrain with comfortable, durable hiking boots.
  2. Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Layer up for fluctuating temperatures, and pack rain gear for unpredictable mountain weather.
  3. Quality Backpack: Carry essentials without compromising on comfort with a well-fitted backpack.
  4. Trekking Poles: Assist in maintaining balance on challenging trails and steep ascents.
  5. Sleeping Bag and Mat: Ensure a good night’s rest in the mountain camps with suitable sleeping gear.
  6. Water Purification System: Stay hydrated by purifying water from streams and rivers along the way.
  7. First Aid Kit: Be prepared for minor injuries and illnesses with a well-stocked first aid kit.

By packing smartly, you set the foundation for a successful and enjoyable Rwenzori hiking experience.

Famous Destinations around the Rwenzori: Beyond the Peaks

While the Rwenzori Mountains steal the spotlight, the surrounding region offers additional gems for exploration:

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park: Adjacent to the Rwenzori, this park is famed for its diverse wildlife, including tree-climbing lions, elephants, and hippos. Take a safari to witness the wonders of the African savannah.
  2. Semliki National Park: Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes of Semliki, known for its hot springs, unique bird species, and vibrant primates.
  3. Kibale National Park: Just a stone’s throw away, Kibale is a haven for chimpanzee trekking. Encounter these intelligent primates in their natural habitat.
  4. Lake Albert: Relax by the shores of Lake Albert, where stunning sunsets and a tranquil atmosphere await.

Activities to Enhance Your Rwenzori Experience

Beyond hiking, the Rwenzori region offers a plethora of activities to enhance your adventure:

  1. Bird Watching: Explore the rich avian diversity of the region, with numerous endemic species waiting to be discovered.
  2. Cultural Encounters: Engage with local communities, learning about their traditions, music, and dance.
  3. Photography Safaris: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife, creating lasting memories of your Rwenzori expedition.
  4. Community Initiatives: Support local conservation and community projects, contributing to the preservation of this natural wonder.

In conclusion, the Rwenzori Mountains, in all their grandeur, stand as a testament to the untamed beauty of Africa. Ngoni Safaris invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey through this enchanting realm, where every step is a discovery, and every peak conquered is a triumph. Lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and let the Rwenzori Mountains reveal their secrets to you.


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Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019
Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018
I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019
My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019
Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .