Explore Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the Rwenzori Mountains and covers an area of almost 1,000 sq km. The park home to Africa’s third highest mountain peak and boasts many waterfalls, lakes and glaciers.

 

If there is any park in Africa with a fascinating natural environment, Rwenzori has to be it. Rwenzori mountains or ‘Mountains of the Moon’, have been singled out as one of the most unique spots since they have alpine climates though it’s found in an equatorial location. This implies that the area receives a good combination of high levels of rainfall and a great exposure to sunlight than anywhere else in the world, which has further led to the creation of the most basic landscape, wrapped in the giant tree heathers, the lobelias, the groundsel, the colourful lichen as well as the deep moss. Could you then not describe the Rwenzoris as the home of Africa’s botanical big game?

 

This park is also home to some of the few tropical glaciers remaining in the world on Mount Stanley, Speke and Baker. It’s only when one climbs atop of the Rwenzoris to its snow-capped peaks that keep over the rainforest below its detachment below from the equatorial Africa becomes so clear.

Mountains of the Moon Experience

With six peaks, Mt. Margherita is the highest peak and the third highest mountain in Africa. Its beautiful peaks offer fascinating sceneries and a range of hikes from easy walking to challenging mountain treks. Holidaymakers can enjoy an array of wildlife sceneries which include spotting chimpanzee, golden cat, forest hog, rock hyrax, mongoose, sitatunga, Rwenzori Colobus, elephant, genet, duiker among others.

Rwenzori Culture

Indulge in countless interactive activities ranging from drumming and dancing lessons, learning the ways of old from the keepers of the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ while on a village walk to visiting their village homesteads, learn all that from a calm, peaceful and hospitable community – the Ruboni people. The encounter becomes juicier upon meeting the blacksmith and traditional healers who demonstrate how they go about the same processes.

Birding Experience

Rwenzori Mountains National Park boasts about 217 bird species including several Albertine Rift endemics.  17 bird species out of the total population are endemic making the park an important birding area (IBA). The birds include Rwenzori Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Handsome Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Archers’ Robin-chat, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Batis, , Golden-winged Sunbird, Strange Weaver and several varieties of Barbets, Greenbuls, Apalises, IIladopsis, Flycatchers, Montane Sooty Boubou, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Slender-billed Starling, Blue-headed Sunbird and Crimsonwing.

Day Hikes / Nature Walks

These include trails up to Lake Mahooma and Buraro chimp forest; walking through the communities of Kichamba to reach the Karangura ridge, and hiking to Bundibugo area through Bwamba pass. Visitors can follow the River Mubuku, and glimpse views of Baker and Portal Peaks as they hike up to 2,300m above sea level. On a clear day, it is even possible to spot the snow-capped Margherita Peak, an epic sight to behold.  Along the way, spot chameleons, squirrels, blue-balled monkeys (vervet) and many other birds.

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

75 spacious rooms, all with a private lounge on entering with a mini bar. Each room has 2 queen-sized beds with a mosquito net around them. 4 of these rooms are suitable for the physically challenged and another 4 interconnecting rooms suitable for families.

Whistling Thorn

Whistling Thorn Camp can accommodate up to twelve guests in 6 spacious canvas tents under permanent grass-thatched ramadas. Each tent has shelving, a writing desk and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and a hot shower. From the private, shaded veranda, you can overlook the parklands of Whistling Thorns and the flat-topped acacia trees where giraffe, zebra and elephant graze, and the occasional Maasai warriors wander by.

Tarangire Treetops

Each of Treetops’ elevated rooms boasts one of the largest bedrooms to be found in any camp or lodge in East Africa – with a floor space of 65 square metres – and all with an exotic double shower en-suite bathroom. With furnishings that create warmth and demonstrate a commitment to local craftsmanship, the ‘up-in-the-air’ experience is completed by the open-fronted room design affording views across the Tarangire plains from an expansive but private balcony. Facilities include bathrobes and slippers, private viewing balcony, In-room electronic safe, internal telephone system and laundry service.

Maweninga Camp

All 16 tents are built along the kopje, offering an impressive view over the National Park, the lakes and far on the horizon, the rounded slopes of the ancient volcanoes of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Elephants can come to feed in the vicinity of the tents. The whole camp has a distinct “bush feel,” remote, with minimal impact but safe. All the tents are similarly decorated but retain a certain originality, with a terrace, a bedroom and a dressing room alcove with ensuite bathroom: flush toilets, basin and shower (24-hour electricity and hot water).

Kirurumu Lodge

There are 10 permanent tented cottages built in exactly the same style as the new Kirurumu Manyara Lodge cottages and the standards are the same high standards you have always been familiar with at Manyara. Rooms / Facilities include 10 tented cottages consisting of 2 Double Rooms, 2 Family Rooms and 6 Twin Rooms, fully en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, electricity, verandah and internet facilities available at reception.

Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge

At Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge, we have 21 luxury en-suite tents. Two of these tents are specially constructed with inter-connecting doors and a common verandah to cater for a family unit of up to 08 pax. Ideally, all the tents provide the lodge with a bed occupancy of 52 pax at one go.

Maramboi Tented Camp

Our permanent camp has 38 spacious tented rooms, individually built on a raised deck with en-suite bathroom. There are 6 family rooms, perfect for guests with children. The bathrooms have a built-in shower and each tent has its own terrace from where guests can enjoy views of Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley. Facilities include mosquito nets, mineral water, free parking, solar electricity, free parking, fan and room service.

Lake Burunge Tented Camp

20 tents built on wide wood platforms and 10 bungalows.  Double rooms with a double bed with  2 and 3 beds. They have a private bathroom, private terrace. They also have solar electricity 24 hrs. Each tent it’s built on a wood platform with a terrace where the guests can enjoy the views of Lake Burunge, Tarangire National Park and on clear days Mt. Meru. Facilities include mosquito nets, mineral water, free parking, solar electricity, free parking, fan and room service.