Nile – The Ultimate River: Mountains of the Moon

“Achille Berbenni” Award assigned by the Audience Jury 2015
by Harald Pokieser and Clare Dornan – Produced by: Terra Mater Factual Studios in co-production with National Geographic Channel – Austria 2014 – Running time: 50 min. – Featured area: Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda

In the Rwenzori mountains, the wide source area of the Nile contains a spectacular feature. One snow-covered peak reaches 5,000 metres above sea level. Underneath its glacier, a fairy-tale forest expands, covered with Giant Lobelia and Aster plants. In this damp and cold world, the stunningly beautiful Lobelia Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird lives its life. The males defend their plants, until the female birds arrive from warmer climes for the mating season. Forests at lower altitudes provide a paradise for reptiles like the insect-hunting chameleons unique to these mountains. The source furthest away from the Nile delta lies in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park. Thirteen species of primates live there, most notably the truly acrobatic Angola Colobus. From Rwanda, the Nile feeds Lake Victoria, famed for its colourful cichlids and its emerald green island, and notorious for its environmental problems.