…Ruwenzori (Rwenzori) Range—sometimes called the Mountains of the Moon—which reaches its highest elevation at Margherita Peak (16,795 feet) on the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, is not volcanic in origin. Your email address will not be published. Visit our Uganda Destination Guide for more things to do in Uganda. “It’s unpredictable. The Rwenzoris are mainly identified as one of the most unique and these have got alpine climates though found in an equatorial location. It could take you about that same time if you are travelling privately in your own car though a four wheel drive vehicle is advisable since western Uganda is mountainous.
So a visit to these mountains as well as a hike up to the slopes is one of the most exciting experiences you can ever have. However you can take only about an hour and a half if you used a plane.
Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park or return to Kampala. The Rwenzori is – also known as the fabled “Mountains of theMoon” – lie in Western Uganda along the Congo border. Uganda as a nation is teeming with a richness in bird life and the ranges are no different. They also have a grass badminton court, a concrete tennis court, a laundry service and parking on premises. And it’s true. The oldest person to summit Uganda’s Margherita Peak was a … Highest point: 5,109m above sea level on Mt Stanley's Margherita Peak. I’m certain that in a past life she must have been born a mountain goat. The scenery on the mountain has been called some of the most beautiful on the planet! Katara lodge is situated 16km from the Katunguru gate of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Fax: +256414346291. Margherita Peak is the highest peak on the ranges making it the 3rd highest peak in Africa together with its twin peak, Mount Stanley, which is within the park. My hiking partners don’t seem to have the same problem: Abel and Rasto are two insanely speedy local guides, each with over 10 Margherita ascents under their belts, and Ari is a 22-year-old outdoor instructor who discovered the Rwenzori Mountains a week ago and dropped all other Uganda plans to hike it. If traveling from Kampala, grab a local bus to Kasese town (approximately 10 hours’ drive) and then jump in a taxi to Kilembe (approximately 30 minutes’ drive). The next day, we stop to share lunch with park rangers armed with machine guns, who fill their water bottles at crisp streams.
It will not be unlike climbing into heaven. Tourism boards would call it a shame; conservationists would call it a miracle. The equatorial snow peaks can be reached by hiker through the Central Circuit and Kilembe Trails. They also provide breakfast and lunch in the restaurant with a fully stocked bar.