Known as the Mountains of the Moon due to their rugged terrain, the Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers nearly 100,000 ha in western Uganda and includes Africa's third highest peak, at 5,109 m. The region's glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa's most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats of endangered species and a rich and unusual flora comprising, among other species, the giant heather. This is your chance to help conserve this fragile endangered wilderness.
The Rwenzori are well known for their unusual flora, which includes many species endemic to the Albertine Rift in the higher-altitude zones. Most significant are the giant heathers, groundsels, ericas and lobelias of the tree heath and alpine zones. While in the shadow of these mountains your time will be spent on different conservation projects including the construction of board walks and paths, the building of an educational facility and lodges specially designed to prevent further destruction of this unique environment.
Having worked in the shadows of these monstrous peaks and lived in their caves it seems silly not to conquer at least one of them! All of your hard work is rewarded by a 5-day trek up through the valleys and past the lakes to the Mutinda Lookout at 3795m.
This Project gives you a fascinating insight and a chance to protect a unique ecosystem. You will be getting stuck into eco-construction work, getting involved in conservation surveys, and above all getting muddy! Get to know this beautiful area with a challenging and rewarding five-day trek.