78 year old Beryl Park successfully hiked to the peak of the Rwenzori mountains. She is the first recorded advanced age lady tourist to successfully reach the summit of the Rwenzori Mountains on Stanley – Margherita.
Rwenzori - the only high mountains of East Africa not created by volcanic activity.
Sometimes referred to as the "Mountains of the Moon", described by Ptolemy, the ancient Greek geographer and mathematician.
The 3rd highest mountain in Africa at 5,109m high.
She was guided by three recently trained Guides, two male and one Female, of Rwenzori Trekking.
Beryl, started the hike on 8th November 2010 at Mulyambuli gate (1727m above sea level) through the Kilembe trail circuit of approximately 38km distance to Stanley peak (Margherita 5109m above sea level) and she came out of the Park on the 17th November 2010.
The excited client expressed satisfaction for the quality services by the guides that enabled her to successfully achieve her 30year old dream of appreciating the beauty of Rwenzori Mountains of the moon. She observed that, even though she has hiked several mountains including Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Rwenzori remains a challenge.
She commended UWA staff for protecting the ecosystem in a pristine state she promised to promote Rwenzori Mountains to the friends in Canada and other areas of the world.
When few could believe a woman of her age could go so up high, many more were amazed when the same lady, went through the thickets of Bwindi Impenetrable forest and the slippery valleys to track the famous gorillas of the Mubare family (group).
The experiences that she described as memorable and unforgettable saw her witnessing Ruhondeeza, a silverback, groom his baby Kashundwe.
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