Gorilla Safari to Rwanda :

The Rwenzoris are also called the mountain of the moon and these lie in western Uganda along the Uganda- Congo border. This equatorial snow peaks also include the third highest point with in Africa, while the lower slopes are also covered in the moorland, bamboo and rich , moist montane forest. it also has the huge tree heather and the colourful mosses that are draped across the mountain side with the giant lobelias as well as the everlasting flowers which creatures a fairy tale scene.

The Rwenzoris are also called the mountain of the moon and these lie in western Uganda along the Uganda- Congo border. This equatorial snow peaks also include the third highest point with in Africa, while the lower slopes are also covered in the moorland, bamboo and rich , moist montane forest. it also has the huge tree heather and the colourful mosses that are draped across the mountain side with the giant lobelias as well as the everlasting flowers which creatures a fairy tale scene.

This national park also protects the highest parts of 120km long as well as 65km wide Rwenzori mountain range. It has got 70 mammals as well as 217 bird species including the 19 albertine Rift endemics and the world’s rarest vegetation. These mountain are a world class hiking as well as mountaineering destination. You can enjoy a nine to twelve day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita which is the highest though shorter, non-technical treks are also possible to scale the near peaks.

This national park is situated in south western Uganda on the east side of the western African Rift valley. It also lies along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and it also borders the DRC’S Virunga National park and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site for 50km. its located in Kabarole, Bundibugyo and Kasese district. This national park is 996 sq km in size which is 70% of which it exceeds an altitude of 25,00m above the sea level. The park is also 48km wide and 20km long.

The Rwenzoris Mountains also overlap the equator along the border between Uganda and the DRC, extending north south for about 110km and east west for 50km. rising from the highland plains of Uganda, the mountains fall the steepy side on the west to the Semliki River, these mountains are young and created in the late Pliocene by an upthrust of the crystalline rocks that rise from in the western rift to divide themselves. These mountains are wetter than other East African mountains with the annual rainfall that varies with altitude from 2,000 to 3,000mm and its being the heaviest on the eastern slope.

These mountains have a range of Exotic vegetation that organized in separate vegetation belts that is distributed across the altitudinal gradient and the montane forest zone that extends from about 1,800 to 2,400m, it also has dense forest through the bracken or the shrub that is dominated areas with the scattered trees to the grassy glades. It also includes the bamboo trees, the broad leaved trees, the arborescent heathers, the flowering shrubs, the scattered tree groundsel and the giant lobelias as well as mosses. The common plants with in the alpine zone also include; the helichrysum Stuhlmannii as well as the Alchemilla spp.

The park is rish in endemics and it harbours 6 butterflies, 1 hawkmoth, 19 bird species, as well as 2 small mammals that occur in other highlands on either of the Albertine Rift. 12 species are on the IUCN Red list of the threatened animals that also include the vulnerable moon stripped mouse, The Rwenzori Horse shoe bat, the Rwenzori otter shrew as well as the Rwenzori Turaco and many more. This national park is also home to 70 species of mammals, 12 endemic to the park, as well as the rare species. The other mammals also include; the elephants, leopards, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, antelope, bush bucks as well as reptiles.

This national park is owned by the Ugandan Government through Uganda National parks and it’s protected, even though the extraction may be authorised by a broad of trustees. It’s located 437km away from Kampala in the town of Kasese. The town has hotels as well as lodges, as well as camping and the good trail network and the huts for the hikers. This park has got great trekking and the climbing opportunities with the great views and the unique scenery. The main tourist activity is mountain climbing though you are required to spend an overnight at the base of the mountain or in Kasese town. And for those who need something less active, the neighbouring Bakonzo Villages that offer nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances as well as accommodation and also including the home cooked local Cuisine.

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