Rwenzori Mountains National Park
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About Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Park at a Glance Size: 996km2 The park was gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1994 and Ramsar site in 2008. Highest point: 5,109m above sea level on Mt Stanley’s Margherita Peak. Mt. Stanley is bisected by the border with the DR Congo. The Rwenzori is not volcanic like East AfricaÛªs other major mountains but is a block of rock upfaulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley. The Rwenzoris were christened the “Mountains of the Moon” by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150. The explorer Henry Stanley placed the Rwenzori on the map on 24th May 1888. He labeled it Û÷RuwenzoriÛª, a local name which he recorded as meaning ÛÏRain-MakerÛ or ÛÏCloud-King.Û The oldest recorded person to reach Margherita Peak was Ms Beryl Park aged 78 in 2010.