Hiking Safari Destinations In Uganda
Hiking safaris in Uganda are one of the most memorable adventures in the world. Our Hiking Safaris and Trips take you for short hiking trips and long hiking trips on Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon or Muhavura ranges in the Western part of the country. Mountain Elgon is an Extinct Volcano that first erupted more than million years ago. The most interesting hiking destination is Uganda are highlighted in the article.
A trip to the Rwenzori Mountains is a memorable experience to last a life time. The Rwenzori is known primarily for its challenging hiking and climbing possibilities. The Rwenzori offers treks of walkers and climbers of varying abilities. Trips are normally arranged for 6-7 days and preparations can be made through a guide. The Rwenzori Mountaineering services are the custodians of Rwenzori Mountain and help in arranging hiking tours here.
Mount Elgon is the fourth highest mountain in East Africa with 4321meters (Wagagai peak) after Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya and Rwenzori. Mt. Elgon Climbing is a fascinating adventure. At 4,321m, it is also reasonably high and it is advisable to prepare adequately. You also get to spot the Sipi Falls; one of Uganda’s most romantic and beautiful falls.
Mount Mgahinga is quite bigger than the average ‘Gahinga’ but sitting next to Mount Muhavura does make it look small. On your way to the Park, look out for small piles of stones in the garden fields. The local people call such a pile a ‘Gahinga’. A hike, who takes you about, six hours round trip, goes through a good example of a pure Bamboo forest. Mgahinga once had a Crater Lake on top but time has changed it into a Lush swamp. Distance to the swamp is 8 km.
Like an old man, time has eroded Mt. Sabinyo’s crown. This volcano offers 3 challenging peaks to climb. A climb up the mountain takes one up a ridge along the eastern side of the climb to peak one. If you are to continue, the climb to peak eleven involves walking a ridge with breath-taking drops into gorges of Rwanda and Uganda. Finally, the hike up to the peak 111 is steep with several ladders and mush scrambling. You are guaranteed to get your hands dirty en-route to peak 11! Once on top, you will be in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda at the same time. The journey takes about eight hours round trip to cover the 14 km stretch.
Seen from all over Kisoro, this volcano acts as a guide. The typical cone-shaped Mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Much of the climb passes a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded with the view of the other Virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the peaks of Rwenzori Mountain. The hike takes approximately 8 hours round trip covering 12 km. You are advised to camp at the Muhavura base camp the night before the site has no facilities so you need a tent, water, food and sleeping gear.
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