Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 because of it’s outstanding natural beauty. The park is almost 1000km² in size and home to about half of Africa’s 10 highest mountain peaks. Africa’s fourth highest peak, Mount Stanley, is the highest, sitting in excess of 5,100m.
The park has glaciers, snowfields, waterfalls, and lakes and is one of Africa’s most beautiful and prominent mountain areas.
Home to many endangered species, and many that are native to the Albertine rift valley, you can find creatures such as forest elephants, chimpanzee, hyrax, black-and-white colobus, duiker, Rwenzori otter, leopard and L’Hoest’s monkeys.
The vegetation can be quite dense so spotting some of the more rare animal species which are here requires some effort but are very rewarding when found.
As well as this, there are 217 bird species, 17 species endemic to the park, which includes: Rwenzori Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Handsome Francolin and the Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater.
The vegetation is thick and it can make it hard to spot some of the more elusive creatures here like colobus and blue monkeys, but you are often rewarded with elephant, chimpanzee, Rwenzori otter and leopard.
On the whole there are 6 Albertine rift valley endemic species here, 3 of which are rare species among the 70 or so species of mammal.
As for birds, there are flycatchers, crimsonwings, Lagden’s bush shrike, slender-billed starling, blue-headed sunbird, golden-winged sunbird, strange weaver, Rwenzori turaco, Barred long-tailed cuckoo and many, many more within the 217 species of birds that call the park home.