Hiking the Mountains of the Moon

Described as being perhaps the toughest hiking challenge in East Africa, Uganda‘s Rwenzori Mountains require above-average fitness and stamina. Now National Geographic has named the Rwenzoris one of the top 15 hikes in the world. The magic of the Rwenzori’s snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and vegetation zones has long inspired mankind’s spirit of adventure. The first well-documented sighting of the Rwenzoris by Europeans was made by Sir Henry Stanley in 1876. Prior to this it was incorrectly rumored that the source of the Nile came from the “The Mountains of the Moon.”

However, “Rwenzori,” is derived from a local name meaning “Hill of Rain,” which is a more accurate description of this mountain range that receives approximately 98-118 inches of rainfall annually. As a result, the Rwenzoris have a unique ecosystem with several vegetative zones and numerous endemic species of gigantic plants. The park also supports an impressive number of mammals, including elephant, cats, chimpanzee, giant forest hog, and many shyer species of antelope, as well as a diverse and colorful variety of birds. A variety of hiking/trekking options are available in this stunning mountain range from one to nine days.

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