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Volcano Hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Molten lava flows inside the active volcano Nyiragongo.

There are three volcanoes located in Kisoro, southwestern Uganda that are loved by hikers. These are Mt. Sabyinyo (the old man’s teeth in the local Rufumbira dialect), Mt. Gahinga (a small pile of stones), and Mt. Muhabura (the guide). Mt. Sabyinyo is 3,645m high, Mt. Muhabura is 4,127m, whereas Mt. Gahinga is 3,474m. Mt. Sabyinyo is the most favored by hikers not only because of its rugged peaks but also provides a chance to step in three countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC upon reaching the third peak.

Mount Muhabura
Mt. Muhabura also known as “the guide” in the local Rufumbira language, stands tall at 4,127 meters above sea level. It is the tallest of the three volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the third tallest of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga ranges.¬†Mount Muhavura is popularly¬†known for the crater on the top of the mountain.¬† Hikers can climb the volcano all year round.

Mount Gahinga
Mt. Gahinga (a small pile of stones) is a favorite to many hikers perhaps due to its low altitude. Hiking Mt. Gahinga takes you through the lush vegetation cover of Mgahinga National Park. The 5-7 hour hike goes through several vegetation zones, including bamboo cover. Upon reaching the top, the cool air and the breeze from the giant lobelia in the creator swamp is so fulfilling.


Mount Sabyinyo
Mount Sabyinyo or¬†old man’s teeth,¬†is one of the revered volcanoes in the chain of eight mountains that forms the Virunga ranges of Central and Eastern Africa. The third peak of this famous volcano adjoins the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It takes between 7 and 10 hrs to summit this extinct volcano. Because of its rugged nature, there are several wooden ladders along the hiking trail.¬†


One Day Sabyinyo Volcano Hike

Looking for a hiking adventure in Uganda? Consider booking a hiking trek to climb Mt. Sabyinyo volcano. Nestled in the Virunga Massif, Mt. Sabyinyo (old man’s teeth) is the 4th highest mountain in the eight volcanoes that form the Virunga massif. The Sabyinyo volcano is spectacular¬†in that it converges the border point of the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic¬†Republic of Congo.

The hiking trek to Mt. Sabyinyo takes place on the Uganda side of the volcano, in the present day Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The thrilling hike takes about 6-9 hours and there is no maximum limit of the people who can hike the volcano in a single day. Bamboo Ecotours organizes hiking treks for travelers from all over the world. Contact us and we will reserve the hiking trek for you.

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