Mountain Hiking in Uganda (10) Facts About Mountain Hiking Safaris – Mega Wild Safaris Uganda
Uganda is a land of hills, valleys, and volcano mountains that offer the most unforgettable hiking experiences. Mountain Hiking is one of Uganda’s most adventurous activities that travelers on Uganda safaris enjoy because of the thrilling experiences and beautiful scenes they get on the established trails.
- Hiking Rwenzori mountains also well known as Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Rwenzoris is Africa’s highest mountain range and having Africa’s third highest peak Margherita on Mount Stanley that stands at 5109m above sea level with permanent snowcapped peaks makes it the prime destination for mountaineering.
They form a natural border between Uganda and DR Congo. What to see on a Rwenzori mountains trekking tour? It offers great views and scenery, wildlife, stunning glaciers, beautiful waterfalls, rivers and lakes, snow peaks, chimpanzees among others.
The round trip from the central circuit trail takes from 6-8 days or more for slower hikers. There are other short trails that can offer easier treks such as the 3day Mahoma loop, 1day chimpanzee trail, and 1day Kilembe trail.
Hiking Mount Elgon in Mountain Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon possesses the largest caldera in the world and its highest peak is Wagagai standing at 4321m above sea level provides opportunities to explore waterfalls and caves created by moving lava.
Climbing Elgon is more of discovering the fascinating wildlife along the slopes, vegetation zones, waterfalls, caves, without forgetting the beautiful scenery. How to get there? Two major trails lead you to the peak. Sasa trail (Budadiri trailhead) which is accessible from Mbale and the gentle one Piswa.
- Virunga volcanoes (mountains).
Volcano climbing in Uganda is commonly done on Sabinyo, Gahinga, and Muhabura the three of the main 8 volcanoes of the magnificent Virunga mountains which straddle along the borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo southwest of Uganda.
Mount Sabinyo –hiking climbing Sabinyo (old man’s teeth local language) is the most challenging of the 3 because of the rugged terrain with many craters but most climbers find it fun. It lies at 3660m.
- How to reach the top?
Climbing Sabinyo involves walking a ridge with striking drops into gorges in Rwanda and Uganda with the final hiking having ladders. Once at you will be in Rwanda, DR Congo, and Uganda at the same time. The journey takes about 8hours round trip covering a 14km stretch.
It lies at 3474m above sea level and it’s the smallest of the Virunga volcanoes. How long to get to the top? the hike takes about 6hours round trip going through pure Bamboo forest and it has a lush swamp on top which was formerly a crater lake. It’s situated between the Muhavura and Sabinyo mountains.
Muhabura meaning the ‘’guide’’ lies at 4127m and it’s the highest peak in the park. The top has a clear lake about 36m wide and provides panoramic views into Rwanda and Uganda with amazing photographic moments.
How long to get to the top? the hike takes about 8hours round trip covering 12km. it’s a long hike to the top making it tough coming down.
Other than mountain hiking safaris, we also tailor Uganda wildlife safaris, Rwanda gorilla tours, Kenya safaris, and Tanzania safaris. These can be combined in a single combined East African tour when you contact our experts.
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