Rwenzori Mountains

Rwenzori Mountains, photo by Albert Backer
Rwenzori Mountains (photo by Albert Backer)
 

Rwenzori National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in southwestern Uganda.

The park protects an extensive mountain range roughly 75 mi (120 km) long and 30 mi (48 km) wide.

The area includes glaciers, waterfalls and lakes, making it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas. This alpine area is also known for its unusual flora, including giant heathers, ground-sells, ericas, and lobelias.

At the same time, the park is located just miles from the equator, and has extensive tropical forests and wildlife as well.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge

Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge

Situated in Kahendero, Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge is 6 km from School. The accommodation features a hot tub. Free WiFi is available . All units have a seating area. Every unit comes with a private bathroom with bathrobes and slippers. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$185

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Tropical Savannah Guesthouse

Tropical Savannah Guesthouse

Set 13 km from School in Kasese, Tropical Savannah Guesthouse features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a TV. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

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Uhuru 50 Hotel Kasese

Uhuru 50 Hotel Kasese

Situated in Kasese, 12 km from School, Uhuru 50 Hotel Kasese boasts a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 18 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$33

 
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Sandton Hotel Kasese

Sandton Hotel Kasese

Featuring free WiFi, a barbecue and a terrace, Sandton Hotel Kasese offers accommodation in Kasese, 13 km from School. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

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The Elephant Home

The Elephant Home

The Elephant Home offers pet-friendly accommodation in Katunguru. Viewpoint is 12 km away. Free WiFi is available . The accommodation has a seating area. Free private parking is also available at this lodge. Towels are provided. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

$25

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Wild Tracks Overland Camp

Wild Tracks Overland Camp

Wild Tracks Overland Camp is set in Kasese, 25 km from School. The hostel has a terrace and views of the mountain, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 6.4/10.

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Springs International

Springs International

Springs International offers pet-friendly accommodation in Kasese. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. Every room has a TV. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 6.4/10.

$36

 
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Collin Hotel

Collin Hotel

Collin Hotel is situated in Kasese, 12 km from School. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Each room has a TV. Certain rooms include a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Hotel Kasindi Lubiriha En Abrege Hkl

Hotel Kasindi Lubiriha En Abrege Hkl

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hotel Kasindi Lubiriha En Abrege Hkl offers accommodation in Kasindi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Bethel Hotel

Bethel Hotel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Bethel Hotel is situated in Kasese, 12 km from School. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Each room has a flat-screen TV. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Marafiki Safari Lodge

Marafiki Safari Lodge

Offering a garden, Marafiki Safari Lodge is situated in Kasese, 700 metres from School. Free private parking is available on site. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. The area is popular for fishing and hiking. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Trax Holiday Cottages

Trax Holiday Cottages

Trax Holiday Cottages offers accommodation in Bwera. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Each room has a TV. Certain units have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Natural
Alpine Mountains
Rwenzori National Park is located ini a mountain range in south-west Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park provides stunning views of glacier and snow-capped mountains just kilometers from the equator. (The glaciers and snow are now receding.) The highest peak is Mt. Margherita (5109 m), although Mt. Speke (4980) is the more popular and less daunting climb. The Rwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent sources of the River Nile, and constitute a vital headwaters area, with a multitude of fast flowing rivers and magnificent waterfalls.
Tropical Forests
The park’s mountains offer a unique and pristine landscape of alpine vegetation studded with charismatic giant lobelias, groundsels, and heathers which have been called “Africa’s botanical big game”.

Because of their altitudinal range, and the nearly constant temperatures, humidity and high insolation, the mountains support the richest montane flora in Africa. There is an outstanding range of species, many of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift and bizarre in appearance. The natural vegetation has been classified as belonging to five distinct zones, determined largely by altitude and aspect. The higher altitude zones, covered by heath and Afro-alpine moorland, extend from around 3,500 m to the snow line and represent the rarest vegetation types on the African continent. Significant species include the giant heathers, groundsels, lobelias and other endemics.
Wildlife and Plants
Visitors may find monkeys and chimpanzees at lower elevations, while elephants and big cats are very rare. The montane forests are home to threatened species such as the African forest elephant, eastern chimpanzee and l’Hoest’s monkey. The endangered Rwenzori black-fronted or red duiker, believed to be a very localized subspecies or possibly a separate species, appears to be restricted to the Park.

The Rwenzoris are recognized as an Important Bird Area, with 217 bird species recorded to date, a number expected to increase as the park becomes better surveyed.
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