Mountain Rwenzori, also known as the Mountain of the Moon, is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts. Located in southwestern Uganda on the eastern side of the Western Albertine Rift Valley, this national park spans an area of approximately 1,000 square kilometers and is home to the third highest mountain peak in Africa. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 due to its exceptional natural beauty and is known for its glaciers, waterfalls, snow fields, and lakes, as well as its diverse plant life.
The park is home to over 70 animal species, 217 species of birds, and 19 Albertine rift endemics, as well as the world’s rarest vegetation species. Its lower slopes are covered with bamboo, moorland, and moist montane forest, and are home to large tree heathers, colorful mosses, and giant lobelias. The mountainside is also covered with endless flowers, creating charming natural scenery.
Mountain Rwenzori is famous for mountaineering and hiking, with the summit of Margherita, the highest peak at an elevation of 5,109 meters above sea level, being a popular destination. Hiking to the summit can take between 8-12 days.