Are you interested in mountain hiking safaris in Uganda, the pearl of Africa? Please get informed that Uganda doesn’t only offer you enchanting mountain gorilla safaris, wildlife sightings, birding safaris but the country also offers wonderful places for you to take mountain hiking safaris. Most of the visitors have attached Uganda with the endangered gorilla trekking a chimpanzee and the golden monkey trekking experiences, on the other side, the country provides fantastic and fabulous mountain hiking experiences to the adventurous. If you are interested in hiking the get informed that you will get the best hiking experience in Uganda by taking our interesting mountain hiking safaris. In our mountain hiking safaris, we bring you the best mountain that you can hike in Uganda and these include the mountains that you can hike include Mountain Sabinyo, Mountain Muhavura, Mountain Rwenzori, Mountain Elgon among others.
Mountain hiking is the best experience safaris that provide you stunning sceneries and experiences as you climb the mountain following the established trails established within the mountains. The mountain hiking places are gazetted and are happening with the protected areas of the country and others within the protected areas. Hiking is a multiday activity that is done majorly in Rwenzori National Park and the Elgon National Park. The Virunga Volcanoes that is shared by three countries including Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can hike for one day by hiking one of the Virunga volcanoes on the Uganda side.
Places for Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari
The following are are the best places you should go for mountain hiking safari and experiences in Uganda;
Climb the Rwenzori Mountain
Those are snow-capped mountains is found in southwestern Uganda at the border of Uganda with the Democratic republic of congo. Mountain Rwenzori has got its highest summit standing at 5,109 meters and this peak is mostly covered with snow and this peak is the third of all parks found within Africa. Mountain Rwenzori features glaciers and these provide water that the supply river Nile other than the Margherita which is the highest peak, there are other peaks on the mountains, and these include the Mount Baker Peak standing at 4843 meters, and Mount speaks at 4890 meters. The mountain is gazetted as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was later declared as a national park in 1994 covering 100 square kilometers of land.
While climbing the mountain Rwenzori, you will be able to see a lot of things/attractions and these include several vegetation zones of the mountains starting with the savannah vegetation which is at the basement or at the foothills of the mountain and this is between 300 meters to 5500 meters and here you will see some of the animals grazing such as the monkeys and the elephants, the vegetation is composed of the forested areas, with ferns and the aliens. The other vegetation zones that you will see include the bamboo forest then health and the moorland, and then move to the alpines zones and later to the glaciers with the last peak as the last.
Climbing mountain Elgon
Mountain Elgon is also a great mountain in Uganda providing the visitors with the hiking or climbing experience. The mountain is located in the southeastern part of Uganda at the border with Kenya and it has existed for 24 million go and it was formed as the result of volcanic activity not forgetting that it is Africa’s oldest volcanic mountain. Mountain Elgon has got several peaks (5) which when hiking you will be attracted to get to the highest peak. The highest peak is called the Wagagai peak which stands at 4321 meters. The other peaks include Masaba at 4161 meters in Uganda, Zudek 4302 meters in Kenya, Mubiyi 4211 miters found in Uganda. Mount Elgon National Park is best for the hiking safaris in Uganda and visitors can spend some days struggling to get on top of the mountain and as you climb down, expect to notice a change in vegetation type and you will explore the larger caldera lake with a 7 square kilometer diameter and this presents a good challenge to the hikers. Other things that you can see include Sipi falls, vegetation types, and the Caldera.
Hiking the Virunga Mountains, (Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura)
These are great places for hiking in Uganda and they are found far in western Uganda at the border with Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo. The mountain Sabinyo, Gahinga, and Muhabura are found on the Ugandan side and they are good destinations for hiking. Mountain Muhabura stands at 4127 meters and it is the highest peak. You will hike the mountain with the assistance of the local guide and you will explore the lake that is found at the summit of the mountain. The hike takes about 8 hours up and down. The second one is the mountain Sabainyo with 3660 meters and you can decide as well to hike Mount Gahinga which is the smallest of the three volcanoes
Best time for Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari
Mountain hiking and climbing are all areas around experience and are available for visitors who are interested in taking this wonderful and adventurous safari. However, as the experts, we encourage or potential hikers to book the Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari during the drier months, especially in June, July, August, December, January, and February. These months are so good and present opportunities for the visitors to explore and hike without any rainfall interference. Thus, when coming to these months, there are limited chances of having rainfall incidences within the mountains but at Africa adventure vacations, we organize the Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari at any time of your wish.
Who should come to Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari?
Mountain climbing or hiking is a strenuous adventure activity that requires you to be extra prepared and fit because of the amount of oxygen that is needed during hiking and this in order to avoid the issues that could come with the Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari, the visitors to come for Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari should be 15 years of age and above and you should be physically fit ready to manage the challenge so please you need to watch out for this
Items to bring for Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari
There are certain items that you should pack during your Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari and such items should include
- The comfortable hiking shoes
- Clothes especially those with silk content
- Rainy jacket
- Camera and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Parts of stocks
- Snacks, sleeping bags
- Sunscreen or hut or sunglasses
- Water filters
- Face towel
When should you travel with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa Adventure Vacations is the best tour and travel company that operates across east African country taking safaris to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, southern Sudan, Zanzibar, Madagascar among other several countries. You can travel with Africa Adventure Vacations any time you feel like exploring Africa’s wildness and what you need to do is just to contact us any time of your convenience and you get our reply instantly. We arrange the tailor-made safaris which among others include the Big 5 animals of Africa, the African beach tourism, exciting and amazing gorilla trekking safaris, hiking and climbing, filming safaris, cultural safaris, birding trips among several countries. We have bundles of experience in tourism with competent staff that are ready to serve you with a memorable African experience. Just contact us and get served