Rwenzori National Park, situated in western Uganda near the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts. Within this park resides a rare and endangered species, the Jackson chameleon. These remarkable creatures make their home at altitudes ranging from 1700 meters to 2022 meters above sea level, where our lodge is located, making it the perfect destination for an exclusive three-horned chameleon tracking experience.
What sets the Jackson chameleon apart from its counterparts is its fascinating life cycle. Unlike other chameleons, the Jackson chameleon lives freely for an astonishing 17 to 18 years. Female Jackson chameleons give birth to live offspring, a distinctive characteristic in the chameleon world. These chameleons are not poisonous and are known for their friendly disposition.
During your tracking adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to search for these creatures in their natural habitat, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. With our commitment to conservation, your chances of spotting them are virtually guaranteed. As you explore, you’ll be treated to stunning nature vistas, and your guide will provide insights into the traditional and contemporary uses of the various tree shrubs encountered along the trail.
Mount Rwenzori National Park experiences a unique climate due to its equatorial location. The eastern slopes receive the highest rainfall, especially from March to May and September to mid-December. For an excellent tour experience, consider traveling to the park from June to September when it tends to be drier. The temperature in the area ranges from approximately 5 to 20 degrees Celsius.
To access this natural wonder, plan for about a 5-hour drive from Kampala to Kasese. You can opt for a 4-wheel drive safari vehicle rental or public transportation, although comfort might be compromised with the latter. Popular routes include the Kampala-Fort Portal or Kampala-Mbarara-Queen Elizabeth routes. Alternatively, you can take a flight from Kajjansi airfield.
Accommodations abound in this park, catering to various preferences:
Hotel Margherita: Located at the base of the mountain near Kasese town, this establishment offers not only accommodation but also a Rwenzori experience.
The Rwenzori International Hotel: Situated approximately 3 kilometers from Kasese airstrip at the base of the Rwenzori Mountain range, it provides executive self-contained rooms and single non-self-contained rooms, along with camping options.
Kitara Lodge: Located about 16 kilometers from Katunguru gate of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this lodge is known for its commitment to environmental conservation and the use of renewable materials in its construction.
The Equator Snow Lodge: Nestled at the mountain’s base, this lodge offers luxury accommodation services. Its cottages are uniquely constructed using river rocks, creating an exceptional setting for your stay.
Tropical Savanna Guesthouse: Found along the Mbarara-Kasese route within Kasese Town, this guesthouse is ideal for budget-conscious travelers exploring Mount Rwenzori National Park.
While Mount Rwenzori National Park can be visited year-round, the ideal months for a visit are during the dry seasons, which occur from June to August and from December to February. These months offer favorable conditions for trekking and exploring the park. For an exclusive three-horned chameleon tracking experience and more, contact Trek Africa Expeditions and embark on a memorable journey in the heart of Rwenzori forest.