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The new Rwenzori Mountains National Park visitor centre, one of the last projects of the Sustainable Tourism in the Albertine Rift program (STAR), is open for business!
The STAR program is funded by USAID and has handed the centre over to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The new centre will offer visitors to the park a new source of information on the park and the mountain range colloquially known as the 'Mountains of the Moon'. The Rwenzoris run along the border between Uganda and the DRC and are a fantastic destination for hiking, though they have yet to be truly 'discovered' by the hiking community. A new trail network known as the Mahoma Trail has also been created by the USAID STAR program along with the US Forest Service and will open up the park to even more hikers and climbers.
The new trail expands the programs that can be enjoyed throughout the Rwenzoris. Previous treks around the horsehoe are able to last up to ten days. The Mahoma Trail has been designed to offer a series of programs that last between one and three days across new territory along the lower slopes of the mountain range that were previously unaccessible for all but the most experienced of hikers. The route is connected to the existing central circuit where hikers can easily return to the visitor centre.
The Rwenzori Mountain National Park was recognised in 1994 as a World Heritage Site and in 2008 it was awarded Ramsar status.
For more information on a trek through the Rwenzoris starting or finishing at the Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge please contact a member of our sales team. The luxurious Kyambura Gorge is the perfect place to relax after a hike across the mountains with its serene setting and outdoor swimming pool as well as the complimentary massage that's available to ease out your tired muscles. Each banda is complete with a private verandah overlooking the Mountains of the Moon and you can even enjoy game drives and cruises down the Kazinga Channel to take in some of the glorious wildlife that the Pearl of Africa has to offer.
To book a stay at Kyambura Gorge or a climb of the Rwenzoris please contact us.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.