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Wondering about the different things to do in the Rwenzori Mountains. We have compiled a list of the most popular adventure activities that you can do in the Rwenzoris. From the popular Rwenzori trekking safaris to the highest peaks of the Rwenzoris to day hikes in the park, there are several adventures that are worthy taking.

Tourist activities in Rwenzori Mountain National Park


Mountain climbing/trekking is one of top most enjoyed activities in Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The hikes/treks lead visitors mainly to the various peaks and a complete trek can take from 9-10 days or more. The trails in Rwenzori Mountains to hit for your Rwenzori trekking include Central Circuit and Kilembe trails.

As you climb mountain Rwenzori, you will start at the foothills. On the foothills of the mountain is farmland with crops such as coffee which is a very important cash crop in the country. From there you will behold beautiful land terrain and plant life of sub montane vegetation in the Afro-montane zone covered by luxurious tropical evergreen forest with a high richness in color and species. When you finally reach the top, you will behold the majestic snowcapped peaks that will leave you breathless and teary eyed.


While in Mountain Rwenzori, expect to encounter a variety of bird species. Rwenzori National Park is a dwelling to 217 species of birds and 17 of them can only be found in Rwenzori which justifies UNESCO labeling it a key Birding Area. At around 1800 meters high, expect to encounter Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Strange Weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat, Rwenzori Batis, White-starred Robin, Montane Sooty Boubou, Slender-billed Starling, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Blue-headed Sunbird, Barbets, Golden-winged Sunbird, Greenbuls, IIladopsis, Apalises, Crimson wings and Flycatchers.

Hiking – you can hike through the forests at the foothills as you enjoy unique activities like fishing with your hands in streams. The hill trek in the Rwenzori Mountains begin from Ruboni and you will be led by an experienced local guide. You will be led through the path characterized by incredible wildlife, bird species etc. The word Ruboni derives its name from Lukonzo language meaning clear water.

Cultural tours – You will have plenty of opportunities to witness the locals at the foothills of the mountain of the moon carrying out their cultural lifestyles and activities like cultural dances and if you are lucky, you might even get some lessons on drumming and dancing. You will also visit the Ruboni village where you will learn about the lifestyles of old of the forefathers of the mountains of the moon.

Lounging at the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori – Relax at the slopes of mountain Rwenzori after a long day of hustle. At night you will be able to hang out in the starlit night sky around a bonfire as you listen to tales of the mountains of the moon.

Ruboni village walk

Ruboni village is one of the amazing places worth embarking on guided nature walk in Rwenzori Mountains. It is interactive village with fewer than 2000 people mainly Bakonzo. Ruboni village walk ushers nature lovers to Ruboni village and you get to explore the authentic lifestyles, the daily activities/practices, learn more about the different traditions, cultures etc. The village walk is 3 hours’ walk and you will have hands on experience, making baskets. Also, get to meet the blacksmith to learn how tools are traditionally made over open fire. Other areas of interest include visiting the traditional healer who is known to make best use of floral/plant species from the forests for treating different illnesses.

The village walk includes tasting the delicious meals prepared by locals, interact with locals as elders tell amazing stories. There is also a chance to undertake traditional and drumming dancing lessons though this may come at additional cost.

Forest hikes

The forest hikes in the Rwenzori Mountains offer amazing walking experience with a chance to keep an eye on three-horned chameleon, chimps, colobus monkeys, birds such as the Rwenzori turacos, bush bucks, giant forest hogs and many more.

Guided nature walks

Nature walks in Rwenzori Mountains take you through the diverse habitats and you enjoy amazing views of Margherita and Baker’s peak, surrounding points, River Mubuku. There are lots of primates, bird species, floral species and many more.