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Africa’ No. 1 Birding Spot Bird Watching Safari – 8 Days

Mountain Rwenzori | Mountains of The Moon Birding | Birdwatching Ruwenzori | Mountain Endemic Birds of Uganda
Mountain Rwenzori Birds

Rwenzori Endemics Bird Watching

Mountain Rwenzori Birds, Ruwenzori Endemics Bird Watching

Physical features: Rwenzori Mountain has permanent snow on the six peaks with three peak-shaving glaciers, the trails are developed in such a way that hikers can be able to move freely while ascending and descending. Some rivers and lakes can be found here on the afro-alpine areas

With a record of over 217 birds species, the park is also home to 17 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics and 59 of the 88 Afro-tropical Highlands biome that occurs in Uganda. To look out for, include; the Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Montane Masked and Collared Apalises, Stripe-breast Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted, Malachite, Blue-headed, Rwenzori Double-collared, Tiny and Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbirds, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Long-eared Owl, Western Green Tinkerbird, Olive Woodpecker, Grey-chested Illadopsis, Rwenzori Hill Babbler Grey-winged Robin, Cinnamon Bracken Evergreen Forest and Bamboo Warblers, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Mountain Sooty Boubou, White-collared Olive-back, Red-faced, Dusky, and Shelley’s Crimsonwing and many more.

With a record of over 217 birds species, the park is also home to 17 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics and 59 of the 88 Afro-tropical Highlands biome that occurs in Uganda. To look out for, include; the Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Montane Masked and Collared Apalises, Stripe-breast Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted, Malachite, Blue-headed, Rwenzori Double-collared, Tiny and Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbirds, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Long-eared Owl, Western Green Tinkerbird, Olive Woodpecker, Grey-chested Illadopsis, Rwenzori Hill Babbler Grey-winged Robin, Cinnamon Bracken Evergreen Forest and Bamboo Warblers, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Mountain Sooty Boubou, White-collared Olive-back, Red-faced, Dusky, and Shelley’s Crimsonwing and many more

The Rwenzori mountains national park was named after the famous Rwenzori Mountains. It is also referred to as the legendary “Mountains of the Moon.” Rwenzori Mountain is one of Africa’s tallest mountain range with an elevation of 5,110m. The Rwenzori range has six significant peaks which include, Mt Stanley (5,110m), Mt Speke (4,890m) Mt Baker (4,843m), Mt Emin (4,798m), Mt Gessi (4,715m) and Mt Luigi di Savoia (4,627m). The highest peak is the Mt Stanley complex and is called Margherita peak (5,110), and it is this peak which makes the Rwenzori Mountains the 3rd most upper range in Africa.
There are five different Vegetation Zones found in the Rwenzori Mountains. These are grassland (1000-2000m), montane forest (2000-3000m), bamboo/ mimulopsis zone (2500-3500m).

Heather/ Rapanea zone (3000-4000m) and the afro-alpine moorland zone (4000-4500m) hence the support for some lives. Twenty-five species of invertebrates new to science have been described from the area in the last 15 years

Mountain hiking is the major holiday activity to undertake in the park. The hike takes you through all the vegetation zones and finally ends on the glacial peaks. Shorter hikes can also be arranged though the hike usually takes seven days.

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