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3-Day Mahoma Trail Hike – Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon

Posted by on February 4, 2020

Hiking the Mahoma Trail in the Rwenzori Mountains

Hitting the Trail – The Experiential 3-day Mahoma Trail Hike – Rwenzori Mountains

The Adventurous 3-Day Mahoma Trail Hike – Rwenzori Mountains is a great way to see the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the tallest Mountain Range in Africa, which is higher in elevation than the Alps of Europe. The 3-day trail gives you a closer look at the Mountains of the Moon

The Experiential three day Mahoma Trail Hike – Rwenzori Mountains is a most scenic trail, and it takes you up to a 3,300-meter elevation of Lake Mahoma.

The Trail will test your physical strength and stamina; however, for most, this is a quite doable hiking trail, and you do not need mountaineering equipment for this hike and trail.

The Mahoma Trail is one of Uganda’s Off-the-Beaten-Path activities.  You will not have a traffic jam on this hike but enjoy your pristine surroundings.

Hitting the Mahoma Trail can be included in most of our Safaris in Western Uganda, especially those that include Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park.

Day 1 – Drive to the Village of Ruboni

Depart early in the morning, taking the 6-hour drive to the Village of Ruboni arriving at lunchtime.  You have a choice of Lodging, either using the Budget Ruboni Community Camp or the Upmarket Equator Snow Lodge.

Enjoy Lunch and during the afternoon take the Ruboni Village Walk, a three-hour walk seeing what village life is like for the Bakonzo People.  It is a small idyllic village in the Rwenzori Mountains, for many, it is the base-camp at the beginning or end of their Rwenzori Mountain Hike.

During the Village, Walk meet those that weave baskets, the village blacksmith, the traditional healer, the village storyteller,  visit home, and help with the food preparation.  You can even take dancing and drumming lessons at 10 USD.


Meet your guides and porters in Ruboni Village, who will give you an orientation and go over the equipment for the next day’s hike.

Lodging:  Upmarket – Equator Snow Lodge 0r Budget Ruboni Community Camp

Day 2 – Nyakalengija Gate- Omuka Kizza Rest Camp at 2,977 meters.3-Day Mahoma Trail Hike - Rwenzori Mountains

3-Day Mahoma Trail Hike – Rwenzori Mountains begins with Hitting the Trail.  The Experiential three day Mahoma Trail Hike – Rwenzori Mountains
As you ascend, you will pass through a verdant rainforest along the Kyambogho Ride, where you can see the Mubuku Valley below you.
You might see Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys. At times you might even spot a Chimpanzee.  Forest Elephant tracks may also be seen and again during rare occasions be seen.
Birds are in abundance here, and one of the favorite ones is the Rwenzori Turaco.  Keep a lookout for the colorful Three-Horned Chameleon.
Today’s destination is Kizza Camp where you will spend the night, from the camp area you have an up-close view of the Rwenzori Mountains, the foothills below and the town of Kasese in the distance looking like a scene from Lego-land.
Dinner – will take a bit of time to prepare here, it is good to have some snacks like granola bars and dried fruit with you to eat during your hike.  Bottled water will always be available during your time on the Mahoma Trail.
Day 3 – Omuka Kizza Rest Camp to Lake Mahoma 3,515 meters
After a hearty breakfast, it is back on the Trail. The second day on the Trail, our goal today is Mahoma Lake as we move along in the Bamboo and heather forest, where we often follow in the footprints of Forest Elephant, and we might even be able to watch them get a drink at the hot springs.
We move along a ridge that takes us to the Rukenga Valley, where you will see what is called Everlasting Flowers and Giant Lobelias that can grow up 8 meters plus in height.

Once again there is no restaurant and it making your dinner in the Mountains.

Day 4 -Lake Mahoma – Nyakalengija Gate – Ruboni Village

After breakfast, takes a  walk around the lake and then the descent back through the Nyabitaba ranger post and the Mpanga ridge to adjoin the Mubuku valley, where once again, you will see the unique three-horned chameleons.

We return to the Village of Ruboni for the night and check into Ruboni Community Camp or the upmarket Equator Snow Lodge for a celebratory dinner and a good night’s sleep in a bed with a bit more comfort.

Lodging:  Upmarket – Equator Snow Lodge or Budget Ruboni Community Camp

Day 5 – Return to Kampala or Entebbe:

Breakfast, and we drive back to Kampala or Entebbe with lunch on the way.

Lodging Choices in Ruboni Village for you:

Equator Snow Lodge – Upmarket:

Equator Snow Lodge is an upmarket lodge that is beyond expectations.  Stone and Wood Cottages, the stones gathered from the nearby river to create this Shangrila in the Rwenzori Mountains Foothills.

The stone cottages have a fireplace to take the chills off of the cold Rwenzori Mountains nights.  You have a lot of space to relax and be, even your bathroom has a beautiful view.

The meals served here are excellent, the staff is service orientated, friendly, and accommodating to make your stay here most comfortable.

Equator Snow Lodge is a great place to relax and chill out, stay during your honeymoon, or a romantic getaway – a base to explore the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.

Equator Snow Lodge is one of the hidden Gem among lodges in Uganda

Ruboni Community Camp:

Ruboni Community Camp hosts visitors from around the world and, at the same time, help the local community with jobs and funding for various community projects.

You can stay in a self-contained cottage or a room with a shared bath at budget rates.

Meals are served in the dining area, and the meals are sumptuously consisting of local food with some international dishes.

It can be your affordable base lodging while you explore the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and its Foothills.

Add-On Possibilities:  Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park, including Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura Gorge  – Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest.

Included in Safari:  Lodging and Food, 4 Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle, Fuel, English Speaking Driver, Bottled Drinking Water on all Drives, Park Entrance fees, and cultural site entrance fees, Permits as applicable, Guide for Tracking and Game Drives.

Not included in Safari price:  Air Travel, Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those included in the lodging meal price.

Hiking Tips and Advice:

Hiking and Nature Walk in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest takes some preparation, wearing the right clothing, boots, shoes more.

Preparing for a hike or nature walk will make it a lot more rewarding for you.  We can also help you if you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to help you in creating an itinerary that not only includes gorilla tracking, but other activities such as outlined above and a hike in or through the forest might be right for you.

Hiking in Uganda is different from what you may be used to – many hikes are in the rainforest – the altitude is high, and it will not be too hot due to the elevation.

If you are interested in the 3-Day Mahoma Trail Hike – Rwenzori Mountains – Please contact us.

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