Hiking the Virunga volcanoes is done in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has three of the eight mountains that form the Mufumbiro ranges. The highest among the three is Mount Muhavura (4,127m), followed by Mout Sabyinyo (3,645) and Mount Gahinga standing at only 3,474m above sea level.
Booking for the hiking trek can be done one day before the hike through a local travel agency or the Uganda Wildlife Office in Kisoro town. Booking the hiking trek can also be arranged at the places of accommodation in Kisoro town, Lake Mutanda, and even at Bwindi National Park.
Mount Sabyinyo or older man's teeth in the local Rufumbira dialect, is one of the revered volcanoes in the chain of eight mountains that form 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. Sabyinyo volcano hike takes about 7 and 10 hrs from the hiking trailhead to summit this extinct volcano and back to the trailhead. Because of its rugged nature, there are several wooden ladders along the hiking trail.
Mt. Muhabura, also known as "the guide," 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.
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 the bamboo cover. Upon reaching the top, the fresh air and the breeze from the giant lobelia in the creator swamp are so fulfilling.
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