110 years down the road, Italy still bears the memories of the Mount Rwenzori summit by their Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.
Mountains rising to 5,109m above sea level is noted to be among the
historical legendary physical features that pulled the European
explorers to undertake safaris to Uganda Africa.
The Luigi Amadeo di Savoy who lived from 1873 to 1933 was born in the
city of Madrid to then King of Spain who abdicated the throne and
retreated to Italy few weeks after the birth of his son. Luigi was given
Italian Navy at the age of six (6) and attended only Military schools
before leading the first ascent to the 5,484m Mount St. Elias in 1897 at
the age of Twenty four (24).
In the year 1906, Luigi planned an Africa adventure Safari in Uganda
to the famous Rwenzori Mountains which the ancient Greek Geographer
Ptolemy had earlier in 150AD called snow capped legendary Mountains of
the moon and anticipated to be the Source of River Nile - the world’s
longest. Luigi made history by summiting Margarita (5,109m) along with
extensive exploration of the Mountain range which is actually the
highest Mountain range on the continent of Africa.
At the event to
mark the 110 years of this historical expedition, the Uganda’s Ministry
of Tourism and the Ministry of Defence teamed up with the Italian
Embassy to commemorate it. Two military Officials from Italy attached to
the Alpine Training Center of Aosta in the names of Corporal Major
Jules Pession and Marshal Giancarlo Graziosi were joined by four (4)
Officials from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) to trek Mountain
Rwenzori and were able to reach the peak on October 22nd 2016.
This Uganda Safari holiday adventure exploration was made known to the general public on October 26th
during the Press Conference at Uganda Museum where the Hon. Ephraim
Kamuntu – the Uganda’s Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities was