Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-Hike

Posted by on August 13, 2016

A 3 day Mini-Hike in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon

trailHiking the Mountains on a Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-Hike Trail of three days

The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-Hike is what had been the most direct route between the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-Hikesmall town of Bundibugyo to Fort Portal. This is not a trek for the queasy – it is a tough 1,500 to 3,000 meter high trek over what is the steep Northern Rwenzori Ridge which is known as Bwamba Pass.

The Trail takes you through isolated mountain villages of the Bakonzo People, Bamboo Forests, and fantastic views of the Rwenzori Mountains and the Western Rift.  This Mini-Hike opens up the Rwenzori Mountains to those that do not have the energy or time to climb the peaks of the mountains.

trailThis Rwenzori Mini-Hike is easily combined with a 3 day Semliki Valley Hiking Safari – 14 kilometers where your mini-hike ends and our Driver Guide will meet you – the Combined Safari would be a 5 day Rwenzori Mountains – Semliki Valley Hiking Safari.

Day 1- Fort Portal:

Drive to Fort Portal from Kampala – about 4 hours plus check into the Hotel of your choice getting ready for your Rwenzori Mountains Mini-Hike.


trailIn the afternoon we do some light hiking and visit the Amabere Caves, a place of myth, legend an scenic beauty.  This is a guided walk where you learn about the history of the Toro People.  There is also a pleasant waterfall for you enjoy after visiting the cave.

The guided Hike continues and you visit three nearby explosion crater lakes which speak of times of the earth’s upheaval that left countless of explosion crater lakes behind and some of them exploded when the Egyptians were building the pyramids.


Lodging:  Mountains of the Moon Hotel – moderate  other hotels can be selected

Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner

Day 2 – Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini Hike:

trailEarly Start and drive to the Kazingo UWA Trailhead where authorized guides will take you over Bamba Pass. rwenzor-mini-hike-2

Things that are need for today’s Hike:  A daypack, a walking stick, 3 liters of water, packed lunch, snacks and a Hiking Stick would be great – the services of a porter can be arranged and you will be glad that you did so later in the hike.

You will need waterproof hiking boots, long-trousers, long-sleeved shirt, rain-jacket or poncho, hat, all things to protect you on the hike.  Others will wear shorts, t-shirts – protect yourself on this mini hike.

You will move up through villages, forests including Bamboo forests, see primates, birds such as the Rwenzori Turaco,

Your lunch today will be on a ride with a view, and views you will have on this 7 to 8 hour Hike which at this altitude can be quite strenuous.

Remember that this is a strenuous hike and not for the faint of heart and that is why you should have a porter along and it will help and assist a member of the Bakonzo People who are at times rwenzori-mini-hikecalled the Keepers of the Forest.

At the end of the Trail descend down into the town of Bundibugyo which is a small town on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lodging here is limited – you can stay a the Vanilla Inn.  You can get a decent room here and nice meal along with a cold drink.

The other choice is to  have our driver guide take you to the Semliki Wildlife Reserve and Park where you can stay at the upmarket Semliki Safari Lodge or Ntoroko Safari Lodge.


Lodging:  Semliki Safari Lodge – Upmarket – Ntokoro Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3 – Semliki Hotsprings – Return to Kampala:


Sempaya Hot Springs hike – a three hour hike to the famed Sempaya Hot Springs


Return to Kampala – early evening.

Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-Hike – if you are interested in this 3 day Mini-Hike – Please contact us.