Rwenzori National park covers an area of 996km. Rwenzori mountain is the highest mountain range with 6 glacier peaks some including mount Stanley, mount Speke, mount baker, mount Emin Pasha to mention a few.
The park was gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as a world heritage site in 1994. The park has the third highest African peak Margherite, 5,109meters above sea level which is permanently snow-capped, mount Stanley and many waterfalls, lakes and glaciers. Mount Stanley is bisected by the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwenzori national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 different bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics with the world’s rarest vegetation.
Rwenzori Mountains are a world class hiking and mountaineering destination involving 8 to 12 days mountain climbing to the summit Margherita.
Location and accessibility
Rwenzori national park is located within the four districts of Bundibugyo, Ntoroko, kabarole and kasese in the South Western Uganda boarding Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo, few kilometers north of the equator rising over 4000m above the Albertine rift valley. The park’s starting point-Nyakalengija can be accessed from Kampala via Fort portal or via Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth national park. Domestic flights to Kasese can also be arranged from Entebbe airport to Kasese airstrip.