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Mountains of the Moon and meeting gorillas

On Wednesday 11 September 2013 at 19h30, Chris Ziranek will present a slideshow at the clubhouse about his recent hike and climb in the fabled source of the White Nile in Uganda, the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the mountains of the moon. Photo supplied by Chris Ziranek

Says Chris: The Rwenzori Mountains are situated in west Uganda and contain the 3rd highest mountain in Africa. For centuries, the source of the White Nile was lost in darkest Africa. It was only in the late 19th Century that explorers, Speke and Stanley, put this fabled area on the map.

In June/July 2013, Chris Prinsloo and I hiked this cold, damp, misty but beautiful almost magical area, with lofty peaks, huge bogs, giant lobelia, groundsels and permanent glaciers. We successfully summited the highest peak, Margherita (5109m), in true Alpine style, across mixed rock, ice and snow. Afterwards, we encountered the gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in SW Uganda."

Free entry to MCSA members and visitors.

Photo supplied by Chris Ziranek

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