Volcanic Mountains as a Rwanda Safari Attraction in Volcanoes National Park
There are five (5) volcanic Mountains in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda including; Mount Karisimbi (4,507m), Mount Bisoke (3,711m), Mount Muhabura (4,127m), Mount Sabyinyo (3,669m) and Mount Gahinga (3,474m). The prominent ones and which are usually explored by travellers on adventure vacation safaris in Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park are Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke.
Mount Karisimbi In Volcanoes Park Rwanda
Mount Karisimbi stands as an inactive volcano standing at the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo rising to 4,507m which makes it the highest of all the eight (8) Mountains that form the Virunga Mountain chain. Karisimbi is flanked by Mount Mikeno in the north, Bisoke in the east and Nyiragongo in the west which offers very remarkable sightseeing experience.
The Mountain derives its name from the local word amasimbi that literally means snow. The white sheet on the top of the Mountain was thought to be snow.
Between the Mount Karisimbi and Bisoke, there lies the historical research centre that was established by Dian Fossey in 1967 to study about Mountain Gorillas – something that formed a strong ground for their conservation.
The first expedition to summit Mount Karisimbi was undertaken by Egon Von Kirscsten on Feb 27th 1908.
Hiking Mount Bisoke Volcano In Volcanoes Park Rwanda
Mount Bisoke also stands as an inactive volcano in the Virunga Mountain chain on the border of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo about 35km north east of Goma. Mount Bisoke rises to 3,711m in height following its last eruption in the year 1957 and it is gifted with the largest crater lake of all the Mountains in the Virunga massif. Its steep slopes are marked with equatorial rainforest along with alpine meadows. The summit of Bisoke Volcano is always covered with fog but has no snow.
Rising to 3,711m above sea level, Mount Bisoke is among the eight volcanic Mountains that form the Virunga massif. The Bisoke hike lasts about 7 hours on a round trip and starts at 7am from Kinigi Park Station. The hike is not so challenging which offers an opportunity to amateur hikers to take up the exciting adventure gaining remarkable views of Lake Ngezi crater. The Bisoke hike costs $75 per person.