highlights and main attractions of the rwenzori mountains
Shrouded in a clinging mist, these legendary ‘mountains of the moon’, as described by Ptolemy in AD350, are the tallest mountain range in Africa. Some peaks are permanently covered in ice and glaciers, descending through afro-alpine moorland to thick tropical rainforest on the lower slopes. Home to a diverse assortment of flora and fauna, this is one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas, and home to its highest peak, Mount Margerita at 5,109 metres.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a fragile environment that needs due care and attention. Accessed from Kampala via Fort Portal or through Fort Portal to Kasese, the park headquarters are accessed 25 kilometres from Kasese Town, and it is also possible to charter a plane.
The National Park itself is about 100,000 hectares, covering nearly the whole area of the actual mountains.