News coming in from the Rwenzori Mountains National Park reveals that a great decision was made by the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to allow the movement of tourist vans when he declared fresh lockdown measures amidst a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, provided they were registered and licensed to transport tourists.         

Mr. James Ilokol Okware, the warden-in-charge of the national park has expressed excitement because the park has so far received 39 tourists hiking the mountain since the beginning of the current lockdown.

Making the news even happier for the tourism industry, all the clients were able to summit the Rwenzori with the help of recently improved and well-functioning infrastructure, although the area had been troubled by the May 2020 floods and landslides.

The clients went with a team of 50 local porters and guides who had all undertaken the necessary COVID-19 test, all coming out negative.

“All clients had a lot of fun on the mountain to the extent that they enjoyed a boat cruise on one of our amazing lakes, Mahoma,” says Mr. Okware

“Rwenzori Mountains National Park is now fully back on its feet and we would like to encourage both domestic and international tourists to embrace it,” he added.

It will be remembered that Rwenzori Mountains National Park spans an area of 996-sqkm and is one of the most adventurous mountains to climb in Africa. The mountain range, which has for long been referred to as “the Mountains of the Moon”, hosts 70 different mammal species, over 210 bird species including the Albertine Rift endemics and some of the world’s rarest plant species.