Rwenzori Mountains National Park is geographically positioned in the Western part of Uganda, Eastern part of Western arm of African Rift Valley. The park is perched on the border area of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is located near the borders of the Virunga National Park in the D.R. Congo which is also one of the designated UNESCO Heritage Sites, about 50kms away.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is also surrounded by three districts; Kasese, Kabarole and Bundibugyo, approximately 25kms off from Kasese. The park is about 1000sq.kms in size and protects larger portion of the Rwenzori Mountains about half of its central and eastern portion. From Kampala, Rwenzori National Park is approximately 5-6 hours’ drive or 1 and half hours’ flight from Entebbe Airport (EBB)/Kajjansi airfield to Kasese airfield.
The Rwenzori Mountain ranges rises above the dry plains, North of the Equator crossing. This is a block mountain with ice/snow-cap on its Mount Stanley one of the 6 mountain massifs that make up the larger block of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is on Mount Stanley where the Margherita Peak sits 5109m, Africa’s 3rd highest peak and there are many other highest peaks worth exploring on your mountaineering including Mount Baker, Mount Speke, all found in the Rwenzori Mountains and Rwenzori National Park. In addition, there are over 20 scenic lakes, and several snowfields, glaciers, waterfalls etc.