Top Things to do and see – Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon

Posted by on June 4, 2016

Things to do and see  in and around Rwenzori Mountains Park

Discover the Wonders of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon

The Rwenzori Mountains offers a variety of things to do and see – activities in or near the park for those who like to be off the beaten tourist path.


The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – the tallest mountain range in Africa – taller than the Alps of Europe – unlike Kilimanjaro not many come here to ascent the peaks – it is a longer journey of about 8 days depending on the route and the activities one engages in. The rugged beauty of the mountains is something that visitors to Uganda need to behold, simply breathtaking.  Below are the things to do and see when the visiting the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and spending time in the foothills of the mountains enjoying the wonders of the park and surrounding communities such as the village of Ruboni.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Stunning Scenery

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The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon are missed by most visitors to Uganda, the closest visitors get is to the see the Mountains from a distance – not knowing that can enjoy the mountains up close without climbing them in the foothills of the ancient mountains formed by a platonic shift of the earth in ancient times.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Magical Wonders

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The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon are filled with seeming magical wonders as you hike up into the mountains with its various vegetation zones such as the rare Afro-Montane zone seen here that is almost magical in appearance.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Hiking

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There are many opportunities for hiking in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon including a new 3 day Mini-Hike through the Mountains – giving you the best of the Mountains of the Moon.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Day Hikes and Nature Walks

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There are plenty of day-hikes one can take from a village such as Ruboni including forest-walks that include learning how to fish with your hands from mountain streams, climbing to the top of a mountain for a great view of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, cultural interaction and more.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Birding

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Birding enthusiast will delight in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon which is home to 217 bird species including several Albertine Rift endemics.  Among these are 17 species that are endemic to the park making Rwenzori an important birding area (IBA). The forest zone at 1800m contains a diversity of birds including the Rwenzori Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Handsome Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Archers’ Robin-chat, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Slender-billed Starling, Blue-headed Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, Strange Weaver and several varieties of Barbets, Greenbuls, Apalises, IIladopsis, Flycatchers and Crimsonwings.


Rwenzori – Mountains of the Moon – unique creatures

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You will certainly encounter creatures that seem to be from the moon in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon such as these Chameleons.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Cultural Activities

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There are lots of opportunities for interactive cultural visits in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – from village visits to drumming and dancing lessons, learn the ways of old from the keepers of the Mountains of the Moon on village walk, visits and village stays in the Village of Ruboni.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – climbing to the top

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For those wanting more of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – there are plenty of opportunities to explore the peaks and glaciers of the Mountains on longer climbs.


Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Staying in the Foothills of the Mountains

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Staying in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon can be a delight in one of the new cottages in the Equator Snow Lodge or you can go budget style in the  Ruboni Community Camp in a self-contained with bath – mostly enjoy your stay in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.


The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon can readily be seen from a distance from many spots in Western Uganda – get a closer look by the exploring the foothills and beyond of the Mountains of the Moon – the Rwenzori Mountains…


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