Mountaineering in Uganda is one of the most famous safari activities that you can embark on while in the country. Uganda is endowed with several mountains and hosts one of the most famous in East Africa, Mountain Rwenzori. The Mountain is also known as the mountain of the moon. The other safari spots for mountaineering in Uganda include the Elgon Mountains and the Virunga Mountains.
There aren’t many places in Africa that offer jungle trekking through age-old tropical forests with exceptional mountaineering through alpine wonderlands and botanical Edens to snow-capped peaks. However, Uganda can pull off such incredible adventures and also add up the unique big game-viewing safari across vast savannah National Parks and water channels. Uganda is a great destination for Safaris in Africa.
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Mountain Rwenzori also known as The Mountain of The Moon
The Rwenzori Mountains also referred to as “the mountains of the moon” has the third highest peak in Africa. The Rwenzori ranges are the highest mountain ranges in Africa and are worth visiting for those who love climbing and hiking. The Mountains form a natural border between Uganda and DR Congo with the highest peak being Margherita on Mt Stanley at 5109m above sea level. Rwenzori Ranges are the third highest peak in Africa after Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya and offer exceptional climbing and hiking adventures that any climber shouldn’t want to miss.
The Rwenzori ranges offer great views and scenery than the two highest peaks in Africa with opportunities to witness some unique vegetation types. The round trip takes anything from 6 days to 8 days or more for a slower hiker and 6 to 7 for those who are physically fit. Plan your Rwenzori Hiking & Climbing safari with Acacia Safaris for the best hiking experiences.
The second highest in the country, Mount Elgon is an extinct shield volcano located on the border of Uganda and Kenya. Elgon Mountain offers exceptional hiking experiences and is the second most thought of for mountaineering safaris in Uganda. Mountain Elgon was formed as a result of volcanic eruptions million years ago. Elgon Mountain has its peak at Wagagai at a height of 4,321m.
Although there is no verifiable evidence of its earliest volcanic activity, geologists estimate that Mount Elgon is at least 24 million years old, making it the oldest extinct volcano in East Africa and a visit here offers a lot more than just a hike. While here, you will grab opportunities to learn more about the local people’s culture and way of life on top of the hiking experience.
The Virunga Mountains are an extension of mountain ranges that stretch from Rwanda to Uganda. Uganda has a share of 3 of the main 8 volcanoes of the magnificent Virunga Mountains that you can hike during your safari in Uganda. The 3 are located in southwestern Uganda along the border with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Virunga Mountains offer excellent day hikes filled with some of the best views in Africa and its beauty at a glance. While on a hiking and climbing safari to Virunga, you will have opportunities to spot rare wildlife that you will encounter such as Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, endemic birds, and mountain vegetation among others.
What to expect on safaris to Mountain Elgon.
Climbing this giant mountain offers more than just a hiking adventure but grants several other opportunities for you to witness the unique feature that can be found on the mountain. You will explore several features while on a hike here that include; waterfalls and caves created by moving lava. Astonishing views of different vegetation cover that you will come across with characteristics that are dictated by altitude and rainfall – this will leave you in shock at the beauty!
Climbing Mount Elgon is much easier since it can be accessed throughout the year and has many of the same attractions as all other volcanic mountains in East Africa, with a milder climate and lower elevation. Climbing the peaks requires no special equipment or technical experience. Acacia Safaris will help you plan a Mountain Climbing and Hiking adventure in Uganda, with guaranteed success in reaching the highest points
We offer all top experiences in Uganda including Gorilla Trekking tours, Bird Watching Tours, Chimpanzee Trekking tours, and Wildlife viewing safaris, among others. We also offer extended tours to Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya. Book your safari to Africa with us and grab opportunities to unfold the Hidden secrets of Africa.