Africa's highest mountains are in East Africa!

Almost hundred percent of all mountaineering interest in Africa can be found in East Africa: the three most important massifs rising above the East African savannah are:  The Kilimanjaro (5895m), highest point on the continent; Mt. Kenya (5199m), lower but offering much more mountaineering challenge; and the Rwenzori mountain Range (5109m) on the Uganda-Congo border, the legendary Mountains of the Moon probably the most difficult of the three.

Mountaineering is the art of moving about safely in mountain regions, avoiding or overcoming the hazards incidental to them, and attaining high points with typically difficult access.

Uganda has 2 major challenges for mountaineers:

Uganda Wildlife Authority staff went in August 2004 to Italy to have a 3 weeks training course in the Alps. The rangers are using their newly acquired skills to enhance the mountaineering experience for tourists. This initiative is important and will boost the mountaineering activities in Uganda.

For Rwanda mountaineers should consider the climb of the Bisoke (3.711 m) as a day excursion or the beautiful Karisimbi volcano with an altitude of 4.507 m. It's the highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga field, on the western branch of the East African rift valley (Albertine rift).