Hiking Rules & Regulations For Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The following are some of the guidelines of DOS and DONTS while at Mountain Rwenzori National Park. The rules aim at conserving the park for present and future generations. Like any other organized institution, the Uganda Government in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has come up with some rules and guidelines governing Rwenzori National Park (One of the World’s heritage sites)
Accept the Park’s limit of 16 persons per hut per night. If the number is full, consider delaying your first departure a day may mean less congestion at the huts and a much more pleasant trip.
Don’t litter the park with non-burnable or biodegradable items like tins, plastic, and silver foil. If you see any of these items littered in the environment of the park, you can personally volunteer to collect them and make sure you or your porters take them out of the park or your guide may help you out to carry all the rubbish you have used while in the park and takes it out of the park when your day is one
Please use the latrines or toilets for all body waste. Do not make the mistake of using the forest or the thick vegetation for you to release your body wastes, it’s bad and it may infect the animals with infectious diseases. Defecating or urinating in the parks is highly prohibited.
Respect others in the huts by sharing space, stoves, and talking quietly (no radios). Crowded huts can be much more pleasant if basic courtesy and politeness are expressed. Do not use radios that are on loudspeakers since the other people may want a quiet environment and yet you are sharing the same hut. The crowded huts will be so joyful and pleasant if each and everybody respects the other and use the most polite language.
Observe the prohibition of the wood fire. Making fires using local wood is prohibited on the park premises. Use your own paraffin stove or gas or charcoal provided. Please be considerate to your porters by bringing the minimum equipment for them to carry. Extra personal gear means heavier loads or extra porters, which is bad for the porter but also for the environment and costs you an extra fee.
Minimize damage on trails by following your guide closely-avoid making new paths. Each time a hiker makes a new route the paths get wider and more vegetation turns to mud. Ask your guides on how to conduct yourself on the park premises so that you can avoid making mistakes that may even cause you to be fined some extra money that was not on your budget. Kindly note that other new rules and regulations are soon introduced and the amendments to the old ones are yet to be done.
After understanding the above rules and guidelines for hiking mountain Rwenzori in Uganda, climbers and visitors can connect to other destinations such as Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee tracking, Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife viewing, and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel between lake George and Edward and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for gorilla tracking experiences
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