Mountain Climbing and Hikes in African Safaris

Mountain Climbing and Hiking Safari Experience

Uganda (The pearl of Africa) is a must visit destination for those that treasure hikes and mountain climbing due to the various mountains, hills and volcanoes that offer you the most adventurous hiking safari experience. Mountain hiking complement the popular gorilla safaris making your Uganda safari a complete package. Regardless of your fitness, Zimbo Safaris Uganda offers you both short and long hiking tours to meet you expectations while in Uganda. Uganda’s popular hiking destinations include Mt Rwenzori which takes approximately a week to hike to its sensitive part, Mt Elgon, Sipi falls, Mt Sabinyo, Mt Gahinga and Mt Muhabura. Intrestingly, most of Uganda’s volcanoes are in national parks which give tourists a chance for wildlife viewing especially mountain gorillas in Mgahinga gorilla national park. The experience of each mountain/ Volcano rewards tourists  with tremendous views of nearby local communities, wildlife and other attractions in the neighborhood.

Mountain Elgon

Mountain Elgon is found in the eastern region of Uganda in the borders of Uganda and Kenya, Mt Elgon is another interesting mountain to hike. It stands at 4321m above sea level and is the 8th highest peak in Africa and 4th highest in East Africa. Mountain Elgon was  once one of Africa’s highest peaks but the continuous erosions have reduced its height to its current. Wagagai is the highest peak of Mountain Elgon whose summit shelters the world’s largest caldera measuring approximately 50 by 80 kilometers. On the other hand there are  slopes and caves of different sizes, waterfalls and various water polls among others which create the best photographic memories for our clients, Mountain Elgon is also a home to a variety of wildlife like  the  African Elephants, forest monkeys, Buffalos and other small antelopes among others. An experience with these wildlife mammals real makes a travelers hike to Mountain Elgon .

Mountain Rwenzori

Rwenzori is the highest mountain in Uganda and the third highest in the whole world. Mount Rwenzori is found in Kasese district on the borders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hiking on mountain Rwenzori is a long trek which takes roughly 7 to 8 days to reach Margerita the highest peak standing at an altitude of 5,109 meters above the sea level. At the summit of Mount Rwenzori is a permanent snow, which often melts into various, rives flowing to the lowland areas such as river Nyamwamba and River Mubuku. Interestingly, various ranges have been formed which together form the Rwenzori chain of mountains. At the base of the mountain is Mount Rwenzori national park covered with tropical rain forests and a home to various animals. Travelers follow different trails depending on their fitness and the end point. The central circuit is the longest trail which last for roughly 8 days and 7 nights to Margerita where as Mahoma loop is quite easier lasting for 3 days and kilembe trail is the shortest done in only one day.Contact Zimbo Safaris Uganda for an exciting hike to Mountain Rwenzori.

Virunga volcanoes

volcanic mountains in Mgahinga gorilla national park sharing borders with the neighboring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. They are part of the 8 volcanoes, which make up a chain of the Virunga volcanoes.
Mountain Muhabura is the highest peak standing at 4,127 meters above sea level, which take roughly 5 hours to reach the summit. Also known as mount Muhabura translated as “guide” in Kinyarwanda, the volcano is the third highest after karisimbi in Rwanda and Mikeno in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the summit is a crater lake surrounded by a swamp rewarding you with spectacular views of adjacent karisimbi and Mikeno.

Mount Sabinyo is shared in the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Much as the three countries share it, Mount Sabyinyo is best hiked from Uganda. The rugged terrain and the many crater lakes on the sides of Rwanda and Congo make it difficulty to hike in these countries. The volcano has three peaks one in Uganda and the other two in Rwanda and DRCongo respectively but hiking to the summit is difficult. The name Sabyinyo is a Kinyarwanda word translated as “old man’s teeth” due to the shape of the peak in form of three spaced teeth of an old man. The slopes of the mountain are covered in the alpine forest a home to famous golden monkeys providing travelers with a chance to see these endangered species and other wildlife that inhabit there.

Sipi falls

This is a three stunning waterfall found in kapchorwa district Eastern Uganda just in the foothills of Mountain Elgon, Sipi falls is worth hiking. The fall is a composition of three stunning waterfalls, which originate from the hot springs at the summit of Mount Elgon in the border of Uganda and Kenya. Sipi falls fall roughly 85 meters over the cliff continuing with its course through farmlands and local communities over small rocks to form rapids. The second waterfall is formed after the first fall plunges 65 meters over a big cliff forming a natural shower.

What to Packing for the hiking Safari experience

To be to enjoy your hiking experience in Uganda You must have a right packing list,Ensure to carry hiking boots for stepping on slippery surfaces and lose rocks. More still remember to carry enough drinking water and energy giving snacks to keep you strong in the hiking process. If you have a long hike such as Mount Rwenzori, carry a safe sleeping bas, warm jackets and sweaters to deal with the night coldness.
Conclusively therefore,Uganda( the pearl of Africa) is the best destination for mountain climbing and hiking. Contact Zimbo Safaris Uganda for a real hiking safari experience.

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