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Where to Hike Mountains in East Africa

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With plenty of trails, mountains, and volcanoes doting in the region, East Africa offers the best mountaineering experiences. From the large forest of Tanzania to the staggering peaks of Virunga and Rwenzori mountains, one must only be ready to enjoy the adventurous hikes. Below are some of the best destinations in East Africa for mountaineering;

Rwenzori Mountains “Mountains Of The Moon”

The Rwenzori Mountains also known as the Mountains of the Moon lie in the western part of Uganda along the Uganda – Congo border in the Kasese District, a reflection of the mist-shrouded mountains of this rugged massif that tower almost 4000m above the Albertine Rift Valley making them visible from great distances. These mountains offer a unique and pristine landscape of alpine vegetation studded with charismatic giant lobelias, groundsels, and heathers called African botanical big game. The combination of spectacular snowcapped peaks, glaciers, V-shaped valleys, fast-flowing rivers with magnificent waterfalls, clear blue lakes and unique flora contributes to the exceptional natural beauty. Due to the mountain’s altitudinal range and the nearly constant temperatures, humidity, and high insolation, the mountains support the richest montane flora in Africa. There is an outstanding range of species, many of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift and bizarre in appearance.

How Long Does It Take To Hike Mountain Rwenzori

The hiking takes about seven to eight days to reach Margherita peak and this a very memorable experience for one not to miss.

Best Time To Hike Mountain Rwenzori

Mountain Rwenzori can be visited throughout the year though mid-June to August and from December to February are the best seasons to hike since the Mountains receive less rainfall.

Mountain Elgon “World’s Largest Caldera”

Located on the Uganda-Kenya border, Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world with a vast form 80km in diameter rising more than 3000m above the surrounding plains, Mountain Elgon’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below with the higher altitude being a home for the flora and fauna. Trekking Mount Elgon offers one of the most memorable trekking experiences in East Africa. The mountain has five major peaks and the highest of them all which is Wagagai is on the Ugandan side.

How Long Does It Take To Hike Mountain Elgon?

Climbing Mount Elgon takes about 5 to 7 days depending on the trail used. Mount Elgon has three main starting points, the Salsa Trail, Pisa Trail, and Sipi Trail. The Salsa trail also known as the Buddukiro trail is considered the shortest trail with very steep climbs.

Best Time To Hike Mountain Elgon

The best time to hike Mount Elgon is the dry season which is between June, August, December, and March though hiking can still be done all year round.

Mountain Kilimanajaro

Located in Tanzania, Mountain Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa at about 5895 meters. It is the largest free-standing mountain rise in the world meaning it is not part of the mountain range.

How Long Does It Take To Hike Mountain Kilimanjaro

There are several trails for hikers attempting to climb for example the Machame, Lemosho, and Shira routes are the most popular and range from six to eight days. In case one has more time they could opt to use the Northern Circuit Route which takes about 9 days with an award of the mountains’gorgeous views most especially the Uhuru peak.

Mount Kenya

Famous for being Africa’s highest mountain. Mount Kenya offers one of the best hiking experiences with exclusive views from the mountain’s flora and fauna. Sirimon which is the most famous route takes only 2 to 3 days for quick climbers although the 4-day Burguret route is easier to use and offers gorgeous nature views. Naro Moru and Chogoria are the two descending trails which as well take two to three days making a whole hike a minimum of 4 days. The highest peaks of Mount Kenya are both Batian and Nelion.

How Long Does It Take To Hike Mount Kenya

Depending on the route a mountain climber uses, climbing Africa’s highest mountain takes a maximum of five days using either the Burguret route, Naro Moru Route, or the famous Chogoria route.

Mount Meru Tanzania

As Tanzania’s second highest mountain standing at 4566 metres ( 14980 ft), Mount Meru is often used as an acclimatization run for its neighbour Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is home to several wildlife species which makes the experience here very adventurous.

How long does It Take To Hike Mount Meru?

The trek is to the summit of this rather beautiful volcano takes 3-5 days. The route passes through the ancient lush rain forests of fig trees giving way to heather and rocky moors. Along the trail buffaloes, giraffes, baboons, and many more animals are sighted inclusive of hundreds of birds.

What Is The Best Time To Hike Mount Meru

The best time to go up is August to October. Hikers spend the nights in small well tented huts along the route. An armed ranger is compulsory so it’s best to organize your trip in advance.

Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain Tanzania

Located in Tanzania, Ol Doinyo Lengai means the mountain of God in Maasai. It is a sacred mountain for the Masai people. There are beautiful sunrise views of the entire Rift Valley from the top and a very interesting crater.

How long does It Take To Hike Ol Doinyo Lengai

It takes about 5 to 6 hours to climb. We recommend long sleeves and pants, sturdy hiking shoes, a headlamp, water, and a bandana to tie around your mouth to keep out of the ash.

The Best Time To Hike Ol Doinyo Lengai

One can go hiking throughout the year through June, July, August, and September since it is considered to be a dry season.

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