How to get To Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The mountain takes over 7 days reaching the highest peak of the Mt. Rwenzori called the Margherita with camping sites established in the mountain by Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) namely; Kitandara, Johnmatte, Gayoman, Ellena, and others, or by Rwenzori Trekking Services (RTS) namely: Kalama, Mutinda, Bugata, and Hunwick’s camps
The Best way to get to Rwenzori mountains National Park is by Road & the second option is by Air transport From Kampala/Entebbe. However the most fast & suitable choice usually involves a direct charter flight from Kampala in kajjansi / Entebbe international airport to Kasese airstrip between 90 to 100 minutes, the beauty with this mode of transport is that, you will not have to spend many hours driving to the Park, as opposed to the road transport.
A scheduled hired flight can always be arranged from Entebbe International Airport to Kasese Airstrip,At the reach of Kasese airstrip Nature Nest Safaris will organize for you a driver guide to take you to the near by hotel or guest house in Rwenzori mountain areas. This drive will take about 40 minutes’ drive to the Rwenzori mountains National Park.
Getting Tor Rwenzori Mountains By Road
The second way to reach the Park is by road transport and this has got 2 different routes, it averagely takes about 5 -6hour drive from Kampala to the gates of the Rwenzori Mountains National park dependent on the route used.
The road is properly tarmacked and in pretty good condition. There are multiple Fuel stations along the highway where you can stop by and refuel the vehicle from, the route is also easy-to-follow with help from Google maps which are readily available with all car rentals.
Fom Kampala to Rwenzori mountain national park you need a full tank to reach the park without any fuel issue. Its Advisable when you reach to fort portal you may need to have fuel again because after moving off fort portal-kasese road you will not find any fuel station.the best way is to fill the tank either in Kasese town if you use Mbarara road or you can fuel the car in Fort portal town.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park can be reached by two routes using road transport from Kampala to Kasese. The first route which is also the shortest route starts from Kampala to Fortportal via Mityana- Mubende for a distance of 300km by a 4×4, whereas the second and longest route is from Kampala, via Masaka through Mbarara, Busheny to Kasese for 350km distance drive.
The Kampala, via Masaka through Mbarara, Busheny to Kasese route offers remarkable stop over at the Equator to experience the difference in both the Northern and southern hemisphere
The gates/ entry point to the Park/Mountain are; Nyakalengijja central circuit/trail covers 22Km from Kasese town and Kilembe Trail located in or off Kasese town. Another is Kazingo near Fortportal town in Kabarole District