Best Mountains for Hiking in Uganda

Looking to taking a hiking safari in Uganda? There are several mountains offering the best hikes in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Active African Vacations has collected the best 5 mountain hikes not to miss while on a safari in Uganda. Here are the best 5 places to go hiking;

Mountain Rwenzori

Rwenzori Mountain

This is also known as mountains of the moon. Rwenzori is situated about eighty kilometers off the border between Uganda and Zaire. The mountain is snow capped and the only one in Uganda with ice on top. Further south, the northernmost of the Mufumbiro volcanoes reach 4,132 meters on Mount Mahavura; 3,648 meters on Mount Mgahinga; and 3,477 meters on Mount Sabinio, which marks the border with Rwanda and Zaire. Mount Rwenzori is characterised by gracial features like u-shapped valleys, Hanging Valleys among others.

Mountain Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon is demarcates Uganda and Kenya in East. It is a volcanic mountain as it was formed after the eruption of magma. The large Mount Elgon extends to districts like Mbare, Sironko, Kapchorwa among others. It is also important to tote that, Mount Elgon provides fertile volcanic soils to the people around hence boosting agriculture.

Mountain climbing is carried out in these areas although other tourist activities like game viewing, nature walks, and cultural visits are also carried out. These Uganda Mountains have also a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna.

Virunga Volcanoes

Virunga Volcanoes

It is located in south-western Uganda formed by tectonic events millions of years ago are mountains of extremes. They are cold, wet and rugged with a wilderness of exotic-looking afromontane vegetation with fantastic plants such as giant Lobelia and Groundsel that delight the botany lover. In total there are eight volcanoes shared and distributed between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Their mounts are climbable, for instance Mt Sabinyo (3669m), Mt Muhavura (4127m) and Mgahinga (3474m). The trekking opportunity also offers chance to see some of the 100 species of birds found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, including the rare Rwenzori Turaco and the Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird.

However, two mountains over shadow them and offer the main opportunities for mountain climbing in Uganda- the Rwenzori Mountain and Mt Elgon, and alongside this, there is the added attraction of sight seeing.

Mount Moroto

Mount Moroto Lies in the extreme east of Uganda and is the most accessible place to see some of the dry northeastern “special”, many at the western edge of their ranges here in Karamoja province. One of a chain of volcanoes along the Kenyan border that begins with Mount Elgon in south and includes Mountains Kadam and Morungole, Moroto is a forest reserve protecting a range of habitats from arid thorn savanna to dry montane forest. Although a long hike is required to reach the higher areas, excellent arid thorn savanna and rocky slopes are accessible from the town at the foot of the mountain.

Other mountains in Uganda include Mount Erusi, Mount Kadam among others.

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