BEST TREKKING TRAILS, MOUNTAIN CLIMBING & HIKING IN UGANDA
Mountain climbing and Hiking in Uganda can be done in the well maintained hiking trails that are found within the national parks of Uganda. Uganda is a country blessed with beautiful nature hills, stunning mountains, lakes, rivers, forests and friendly people.
If you are interested in mountain climbing, trekking, nature walking and hiking experiences on your travels, here the best mountains to climb in Uganda;
Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the moon)
Rwenzori is located at the border of Uganda and Congo and this is the third highest mountain in Africa with its highest peak Margherita at 5109m above sea level. The Rwenzori Mountains, also known as mountains of the moon are snowcapped throughout the year and hiking up these mountains is so rewarding with so much flora and fauna to see and also the amazing views of the surrounding area.
Rwenzori Mountains are one of the UNESCO world Heritage Sites in Uganda. Hiking up the Rwenzori Mountains takes one to eight days or even more depending on one’s ability to hike and speed. There are many trails for hiking to the highest peak and these include the central circuit which is the longest taking up to 8 days, the mahoma trail, kilembe trail and so many more.
Mount Elgon & Sipi Falls
The Elgon mountain is another beautiful hiking adventure in Uganda. Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano with crater lakes and it has the largest caldera. It lies at the border of Uganda and Kenya. Mount Elgon has its peak Wagagai in Uganda.
Many trails can be taken up to this highest peak for example the sasa trail, the original route to Wagagai taking up to 4 days to do the round trip. Piswa trail is the best trail for watching wildlife, piswa trail takes 6-7 days and sipi trail that begins in Kapkwai and gives a chance to chill out at Sipi falls and this trail takes 4-7days. Mount Elgon is less crowded and it has spectacular views of the waterfalls, caves, hot springs and wildlife.
Virunga Mountains (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park)
The Virunga mountains are located in south western Uganda and also gives excellent hikes passing through differnet terrains. Virunga mountains are located on the boarder of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. They have beautiful flora and fauna with amazing views across all the countries.
The Virunga Mountains are composed of Mount Mgahinga at 3474 m, Mount Sabinyo at 3660 m and Mount Muhabura at 4127 m. Hiking any of these three Mountains take 6 hours to a full day. Virunga Mountains harbor unique wildlife such as Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees and a lot of birdlife.
There are many hiking trails in Uganda national parks which are easily done for people with limited time.
Long and Short hiking Trails in Uganda
Short hiking trails in Uganda is offered for different experiences depending on the interest of the visitors. These include;
- hiking trails in Bwindi Impenetrable national park in south western Uganda
- Hiking Mubwindi Swamp Ruhija, Bwindi forest (Specifically for visitors interested in bird watching)
- Hiking to the top of Murchison falls, hiking at Sipi falls
- Hiking the Mahoma trail in Rwenzori mountains national park
- Hiking the Ndali kasenda craters
Trekking and Hiking in Uganda can be done all throughout the year but the best time is in the dry season in the months of June to September and December to march when the trails are not slippery.
What to Pack for Hiking, Trekking and nature walking Safaris in Uganda
People interested in nature walking, trekking and hiking in Uganda are advised to carry some of the following on their tours.
- Rain jacket or poncho
- Hiking waterproof boots or hiking Shoes
- Trekking pants
- Long sleeved shirts
- Cotton socks
- Sunglasses and a hat
- Sleeping bag
- Head lamp
- Insect repellant
- Water bottles
- Warm clothes to put on incase it rains
However, visitors interested in walking Safaris in Uganda rather than long hike should consider the best nature walk in Uganda offered at Lake Mburo national park. A Walking Safari is where visitors are escorted by rangers to get upclose to savanna animals. Other nature walks can be done in Bigodi wetland Sanctuary and at Buhoma main trail in Bwindi forest.