110 years down the road, Italy still bears the memories of the Mount Rwenzori summit by their Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.
Rwenzori 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 in attendance.