Mt. Rwenzori Named in World’s Best Hikes 2012 (uganda safari)


Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda are one of the “world’s 15 best hikes” according to the National Geographic review by author Peter Potterfield.

Peter – who, over the last decade has hiked more than 10,000 miles over six continents to research this list of world’s 15 best hikes, puts Uganda’s Mountain of the Moon in the 13th position.

The list features;

Kungsleden, Sweden

Grand Canyon Hike, Arizona

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Fitz Roy Trek, Patagonia, Argentina

Petra Through the Back Door, Jordan

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Yosemite Grand Traverse, California, U.S

Chilkoot Trail, Alaska and Yukon Territory, U.S. & Canada

Tonquin Valley, Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada

Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada

Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

Mountains of the Moon, Uganda

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, United States

Croagh Patrick, Ireland

The mountains which form the 996km2 Rwenzori National Park lie 120km along the Democratic Republic of Congo border, on the west of Kasese and FortPortal Districts of Uganda. These legendary mountains are also the highest mountain range in Africa with the highest Margherita peak standing at 5,109m.

The Rwenzoris glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas. Lakes like Bujuku are found on the mountains. Rivers Semliki is supported by the glaciers on Rwenzori

What else;

The mountains also support diverse range of flora and fauna; over 70 mammals and 177 bird species have been recorded in the Rwenzoris. Other animals in the jungle include; golden cat, blue monkey, chimpanzee, elephants, giant forest hog and surveillance genet.

Round-Trip: 38 miles, 6 to 7 days

When to Go: December to March, the “dry” season. Go with guides and porters; they know the way and are not expensive. According to the author.

Ms. Cissy Nantume in the Tours Department at Pearl of Africa Tours & Travel Ltd – added, “an ideal month to do the climb, December through to mid-April and June through to September would be the ideal seasons to do the Mt. Rwenzori climb”

The Hike;

Peter says you’ll hike three days through two 14,000-foot passes and mind-bending forests of giant groundsel and giant lobelias to get to the Bujuku Hut, base camp for those wanting to climb Mount Speke.  Hike one more day to Elena Hut, base camp for those who want to climb the glaciers, and try for the summit of Mount Stanley for its unique views of the Congo Basin.

Two more trail days take you over Scott Elliot Pass, the highest on the circuit at 14,344 feet, and back to the starting point for your eventual return to Kampala.

Insider Tip:

Bring a pair of indestructible camp shoes impervious to moisture, such as Crocs. The circuit can be a muddy mess. Walking in the creek beds often makes for the best progress. It is essential to be able to change into something dry and reasonably comfortable for your feet at day’s end.

For more, contact Jackie on +256 (0)774161700. Email; info@katonatours.com

Compiled by Jackie
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