The Mountains of the Moon - as named by the Hellenic astronomer Ptolemy have a legendary beauty. The range has six peaks, capped with ice and snow and has three glaciers.

The highest peak, Margherita, rises to 5109m, the third highest in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

The luxuriant flora and bird life are unique. A hike through the central Rwenzoris takes about five days; the peaks are accessible only to experienced climbers. The best time to visit is from June to August, and December to February.