Standing high among the green vegetation among the singing birds, overlooking a peaceful blue lake, you wouldn’t think that this landscape was the ferocious stage of fiery, volcanic activities about 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. Today, these wild volcanoes are dormant and peace has returned. The result? A rolling landscape dotted with mirror-smooth crater lakes. Ideal for an intensive hike, a dip in the water, birdwatching or motorcycling through the jungle. From the cosy town of Fort Portal, you can not only visit these lush crater lakes, but this city is also located at the foot of the rugged Rwenzori Mountains, with snowy peaks. The West of Uganda has plenty to offer!
Fort Portal is a nice little African town (with a nice Italian restaurant where they bake brick oven pizzas, and even a restaurant that sells Dutch croquettes!). The green hills surrounding Fort Portal are dotted with crater lakes. Around the tropical crater lakes, you will find small farms and rows and rows of banana trees. Lake Nkuruba is considered by many to be “the most beautiful” lake. And fair enough – it is. The small lake is hidden in a bushy jungle where the monkeys almost literally fly around.
The best – and most enjoyable – way to visit the lakes is on the back of a motorcycle. With a large group or with the family: get on the motorcycle with experienced drivers and cross through the Ugandan hilly landscape! There are few lakes in (East) Africa where you can swim carefree, but the crater lakes are wonderful rare swimming pearls. Perfect to end a motorcycle or hiking day with an ice-cold drink and a dip in the freshwater!
The majestic Rwenzori Mountains stand out against the backdrop of the green hilly landscape. This impressive mountain range marks the border between Uganda and DRC. The Rwenzori Mountains are not very well known and the mountain range is shaded by its larger brothers Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro. Quite unjustified! Mount Stanley, in the Rwenzori Mountains, is the fourth highest mountain in Africa and is only 90 meters below the highest peak of number 2, Mount Kenya. Also, the Rwenzori Mountains have no less than six out of the ten highest mountains on the African continent, and the largest area of glaciers! Yes, glaciers, you read that right.
For raw, pure and off-the-beaten-track mountaineering, the Rwenzori Mountains are an excellent choice. There will not see anyone else, it’s just you and the beautiful nature. Did you know that Rwenzori is home to a lot of rare alpine vegetation, and you will cross endlessly diverse landscapes while climbing? From the dense rainforest to bamboo forests, to the giant tree heaths to snowy peaks.