The Rwenzoris are block mountains on the edge of the western rift valley on the border between Uganda and the DRC. They are also often referred to as the mountains of the moon…….I have absolutely no idea why when one sees the glorious vistas that are there to behold. They are permanently snow capped and are one third of the big three mountains of East Africa ( Kilimanjaro and kenya being the other two), rising to a height of 5,109metres. Yet they are also largely unheralded and unknown.
Its made up of mount stanley, mount baker, mount speke, mount emin, mount gessi and mount luigi di savoia. Names that clearly have colonial explorer overtones and honestly have no place in modern africa.
Many people will easily identify a picture of mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya, but i doubt any will identify one of the Rwenzoris. I tried asking workmates if they could tell me what mountain was in the pic above: the answers ranged from the Alps to the himalayas!!! I hope I kindle more interest in this mountin range, one I have promised myself to climb….before global warming wipes out the ice cap.