The Northern Bwamba Pass Mini-Hike in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon
Get Close to the Peaks on a Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Bwamba Pass Mini-Hike Trail
The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Bwamba Pass Mini-Hike is what had been the most direct and only route between the small town of Bundibugyo
The Trail takes you through isolated mountain villages where you meet the Bakonzo People, Bamboo Forests, and Afro-Montane vegetation, all the while enjoying breathtaking views of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and the Western Rift Valley with superb views of Queen Elizabeth Park and Lake George.
This off of the beaten path Mini-Hike opens up the Rwenzori Mountains to those that do not have the energy or time to climb the peaks of the mountains.
This Rwenzori Mini-Hike is easily combined with a visit to Semliki National Park, Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Kibale Forest, or Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Bwamba Pass Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-Hike:
The Bwamba Pass Trail you will be hiking on was the best way for people in the remote town of Bundibugyo on the border with the Congo to get to Fort Portal. This was the most direct route in either direction before a road was built in 1938.
Today as you take this ancient footpath, you will meet people still using this path today that use this challenging, 1,500-meter high Trail that takes you through isolated Mountain Villages and Hamlets along the Way.
Hiking Trails take you to places that you cannot get to by road, and so does the Rwenzori Mountains Bwamba Pass Mini-Hike that takes you through Bamboo Forest, where you will be greeted by views of the Western Rift Valley, see primates, birds, and mammals and most likely Chameleons including the colorful 3-horned Rhino Chameleon.
Your Guides are from the Abanya Community Group, and the Trail can begin near Fort Portal at the Kazingo UWA Trailhead or in Bundibugyo
What you need to wear and Bring:
Things that are a need for the Hike. A daypack, a walking stick, 3 liters of water, a 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, a long-sleeved shirt, a rain jacket or cape, and a hat to protect you on the Hike. Others will wear shorts and t-shirts – protect yourself on this mini-Hike with the proper clothing for the occasion.
Your lunch setting will be on a ridge with a view and views you will have on this 7 to 8-hour Hike, which at this altitude can be strenuous.
This is a strenuous hike and not for the faint of heart; that is why you should have a porter along and help and assist a member of the Bakonzo People.
At the end of the Trail, descend into the town of Bundibugyo, a small village on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
You might want to consider porter services that we can arrange for. We Will also provide bottled water and a walking stick for each participant. Read more about Hiking Wear and Gear here.
Hiking-Walking Safaris -Tips and Advice:
It is one thing to go on a typical safari in a vehicle – however, Uganda has many places where you can hike and do nature walks. Hiking and Walking Safari take extra preparation depending on the time of the year that you venture out on foot into the African Wild of Uganda and where you trek on ancient footpaths on the Northern Ridge of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.
The Hiking Tips and Advice we have compiled for you will help you as you take the Northern Bwamba Pass Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-HIke, which is different from most hiking trails.
If you have further questions – feel free to contact us, and we will give you the correct answer that will allow you to decide whether this is the right Trail for you to take.
Our Suggestion about the Rwenzori Mountains Bwamba Pass Mini-Hike:
It is an 8-hour Hike and gives you a taste of the Rwenzori Mountain of the Moon. It is not an easy hike; you need to be physically fit to go on it. We do not offer it as a Stand-Alone activity but as a perfect add-on to your Safari in Uganda.
This is a perfect add-on to a Safari that takes in Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park – It can add one or two-day to your Safari where you can stay either in Bundibugyo at the Vanilla hotel or in the Semiliki Valley at the exclusive Semliki Safari Lodge where you can take in both the Semliki-Toro Wildlife Reserve and the Semiliki National Park. The Park and the Wildlife Reserve are off-the-beaten-tourist paths but are excellent if you would like to hike in the thick forest, a spillover of the DR Congo Ituri Forest.
That one day gives you a taste of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, and it is like no other since it has been and still is used by locals living in the mountains.
It is off the tourist path, and it is doubtful that you will encounter any tourists on this Trail while you are on it.
The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Mini-Hike – if you are interested in including this Hike in your Safari, please get in touch with us.