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Guide to the Rwenzori: Mountains of the Moon Hardcover – June 1, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Osmaston (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0951803964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0951803967
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A UN world heritage site, the Rwenzori mountains, stretch some 80 miles along the border between the Congo and Uganda. While farming and settlement is intense outside the park, the lands within the park are respected by the people and are coherently managed. Moreover, important for tourists, visiting the park is safe. Uganda’s government has been stable for years and while Ugandans struggle for the basics in life, they are friendly and welcoming to tourists.
The Rwenzori get a lot of rainfall, as much eight feet of rain a year! When it rains, it falls in torrents. The driest times and the best times to visit are December-January and late June to late August. A typical day in the Rwenzori at these times will have clouds and mist, but there will be moments of dazzling tropical sunshine and great alpine views as well.
The Rwenzori are the fabled “Mountains of the moon” first postulated by the Alexandrian geographer Ptolemy. The glaciers of the Rwenzori are the true source of the Nile.
Hiking has a long history in the Rwenzori. Henry Morton Stanley (of Dr. Livingston I presume fame) was the first westerner to confirm the presence of glaciated mountains on the equator, in 1888. The Duke of Abruzzi led an Italian mountaineering expedition to the Rwenzori in 1906 and named and climbed many of the peaks. The British have always enjoyed mountain walks and during the colonial era, the Uganda Wildlife Authority in partnership with the Uganda Mountain Club constructed a system of trails and huts known as the “Central Circuit.” All of the major peaks—Mt. Luigi di Savoia, Mt. Baker, Mt. Speke and Mt. Stanley (at 16,700’ the highest peak in Uganda (and the Congo) and the third highest peak in Africa)—can be climbed from the Central Circuit.
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