Ruboni Waterfall and Hill Walk

Location: Bordering Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Stretching along the Congo border, the spectacular Rwenzoris are the third highest mountains in Africa, but one of the most difficult to climb. On clear days their snow-capped peaks preside over the verdant landscapes of the Rift Valley.

Starting at the peaceful farming village of Ruboni, your expert Bakonzo guide will take you on a trail through the beautiful forests of the Rwenzori foothills, also known as the Mountains of the Moon. Ruboni means clear water in the local Lukonzo language, and on leaving the village you will follow a crystal-clear stream, passing villagers carrying crops and wood on their daily commute!

The trail winds upwards into the forest, where your guide will point out the many native birds, including wonderfully colourful species such as the Rwenzori Turaco, tiny sunbirds and cinnamon-chested bee eaters.


  • Waiting for the clouds to clear to catch a glimpse of the snowy peaks of the Mountains of the Moon
  • Chatting to your knowledgeable Bakonzo guide, an expert on the native flora and fauna as well as Bakonzo culture!
  • Reaching the waterfall that cascades down the hillside.

Responsible Travel

  • Since 2004, tourism revenue has funded a number of initiatives including a child school sponsorship program and a tree nursery project. Seedlings raised in the local nursery are given to local families or planted in the community forest.
  • Funds from the dance performance are invested in small-scale animal husbandry for the dancers’ families.
  • Income from the sale of crafts is used by the craftswomen to buy goats and pigs, as well as the promotion of a household savings and investment program.

Package Includes

  • Guided hike. Food and drinks are not included, but a packed lunch can be requested from the community in advance, at additional cost

Contact us for more information

Phone: +256-414501866 / +256-772657700



Four to five hours. We recommend that you start this tour at 7am or earlier in order to observe the most wildlife.

What to Bring

  • Walking shoes or boots (it can get muddy)
  • Layers and a waterproof jacket (the climate is changeable in the mountains and mornings are cold)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Hat and sun screen
  • Cash for tips and craft purchases
  • Camera
  • Binoculars for bird watching
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras etc


  • 15$ per person

Book with these operators & lodges:

  • GeoLodges Equator Snow