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 scenic trail that takes you up to a 3,300-meter elevation of Lake Mahoma.
The Trail will test your physical strength and stamina; however, this is a pretty doable hiking trail for most, 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.
3-Day Mahoma Trail Hike – the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon in Detail:
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 can choose Lodging 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, and 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 review 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.
Once again, there is no restaurant making your dinner in the Mountains.
Day 4 -Lake Mahoma – Nyakalengija Gate – Ruboni Village
After breakfast, take a walk around the lake and then descend 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 or continue with your Safari with us
Breakfast, and we drive back to Kampala or Entebbe with Lunch on the way. It is best if you incorporate the three-day Mahoma Trail hike.
Base Lodging for the 3-Day Mahoma Trail Hike
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 chill off 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, and 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 have 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, helps 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, 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 proper clothing, boots, and shoes.
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. W
e would also love to help you create an itinerary that includes gorilla tracking, other activities such as outlined above, and a hike in or through the forest that might suit 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.