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RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK

The Rwenzori Mountain is a block created by faults due to forces, tension and pressure in the Earth’s Crust that later caused Uplifted Rocks hence the mountain while some Blocks sunk to form a Rift Valley. It was named the fabled ‘’Mountains of the Moon’’ by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150 later in 1888, Explorer Henry Stanley placed the Ruwenzori on the map on 24th May 1888. He labeled it ‘Ruwenzori’, a local name which he recorded as meaning “Rain-Maker” or “Cloud-King.

The Ruwenzori Mountain National Park is located in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border where the equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa making it one of the memorable World Class Hiking and Mountaineering destinations. The lower slopes are covered in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest as well as by huge tree-heathers and colorful mosses terraced across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairytale scene.

The Park was gazzetted in 1991 covering a Total surface area of about 996sqkm2, Later it was recognized as a world Heritage site in 1994 and Ramsar site in 2008, its Highest Point is Margherita peak which is about 5,109M above sea level found on Mount Stanley which is Bisected by the border with Democratic Republic of Cong. The Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Ruwenzori mountain range.

The national park hosts about 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

Other Activities in and around the park include neighboring nature walks, homestead visits for home cultural performances. It is Important to Note that the oldest recorded person to reach Margherita Peak was Ms Beryl Park aged 78 in 2010.

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