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3 Days in the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Safari

Posted by on June 27, 2017

Off of the Beaten Path – 3- Day Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Foothills Safari

Enjoy a Quiet 3 Days in the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Safari Budget or Upmarket Hiking Safari

Rwenzori-Mountains-World-Heritage-SiteThis is a great get-away from it all 3 Days in the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Safari in the Bakonzo Village of Ruboni. You can stay in the upmarket Snow at the Equator Lodge with its stone cottages and cozy fireplaces or in the Budget Ruboni Community Camp.

This can be a great hiking safari with Forest Walks, Hill Climbs, and Hikes, get to know the Villagers, learn how to dance and drum African Style or simply relax and chill out in the Shadows of the Tallest Mountain Range in Africa – the Rwenzori Mountains.

If you want some time off the beaten path – this 3-day Safari is one way.

This Budget or Upmarket Safari can be added to a Safari that visits Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth Park or the Semliki Valley.

Day 1 – Ruboni Village – Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon:

3 Days in the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Safari begins.  Depart Kampala at 6:30 am in the morning – head west toward Fort Portal and then Ruboni.  Our Aim is to arrive in Ruboni for a late lunch at the lodge that you have chosen here.

Lodging Choices in Ruboni Village for you:

Equator-snow-lodge-Ruboni-RwenzoriEquator 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 Shangri-La 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 nice view.

The meals served here are excellent, the staff is service orientated, friendly and very helpful to make your stay here most comfortable.  Equator Snow Lodge is a great place to relax and chill out, stay during your honeymoon or romantic getaway – a base to explore the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.

Ruboni-Commity-Camp-BudgetRuboni 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 shared bath at budget rates.

Food is served in the dining area and the meals are sumptuous 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.

A stay here is like an African Village Stay.

Late Lunch

During the afternoon it is time meet your local host community, the Bakonzo People who are the keepers of the3 Days in the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Safari Mountains and live in the shadow of them.  Many of them are employed as guides, porters, working at either Ruboni Community Camp of the Equator Snow Lodge.

Take in the meet and greet Village walk through Community where you spend time with the blacksmith who continues to make tools as in the days of old over an open fire at his workshop shed.  There is the traditional healer which in rural communities such as Ruboni is heavily relied on.  The medicines are gathered from the forests and hill, roots, leaves, berries that treat various ailments and some with pretty good success.

Watch and take part in harvesting and preparing a meal.  Most Bakonzo People have a garden where to grow the things that they eat.  The also raise chickens, goats and keep some livestock.

Meet with a Village Elder who tells the stories of his people and the Mountains that surround them.  Though there are schools today, the traditional way is still the oral Tradition of telling the story to the young.

Here in Ruboni you can Dance and Drumming lessons for a reasonable fee.

Dinner – at either the Equator Snow Lodge or Ruboni Community Camp you will have local dancers and drummers highlight the cultural ways of the Bakonzo People.

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

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

ruboni-hill-hikeDay 2 – Rwenzori Mountain Foothill – Hill Climb:


You can choose from a 1/2 day or full-day hike in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains.  The hill hike from Ruboni is one of the most popular ones.

It is led by an English Speaking Ruboni Guide who will take you up on a hike that takes a moderate level of fitness.

For an all-day hike be sure to have a daypack, packed lunch, 2 liters of water, some snacks, binoculars, hiking boots, long trousers, light rain jacket.  For more what to wear on a hike and bring on a hike click the link.

This is an off the beaten track hiking adventure and you will not meet many on the trail if any.

If you take a half-day hike – have lunch at your lodge – either relax for the afternoon or learn how to weave baskets and other African Crafts.  At the same time make some new Ugandan Friends.


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

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day  3- Return to Kampala:ruboni-forest-walk


Morning forest walk, where you can see wildlife and birds.

This is a 3-hour hike where you can see the 3-horned chameleon, birds including Ross Turaco, primates and rare times – forest elephants.

As to learn how to fish with your hands in the river.  You will love it.


We drive back to Kampala where we arrive in the evening after 3 days on a Hiking Safari in Ruboni.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch

You can easily add a couple of days to this Safari by adding another park to visit.

This private safari includes all permits, all lodging, all food, all activities, bottled water in the vehicle and is changeable as to lodging arrangements.It does not include – tips, drinks at lodges such soft drinks or alcohol.

3 Days in the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Safari – If you have any questions – please ask us.