7 Days/6Night Mountain Hiking.

Tourists en route to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze District. With world tourism projected to grow further, experts in the country are encouraging product development and diversification that will not only attract tourists but also make them stay longer in the country, to further boost the country’s highest foreign exchange earner. The New Times/ File.

Tourists en route to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze District. With world tourism projected to grow further, experts in the country are encouraging product development and diversification that will not only attract tourists but also make them stay longer in the country, to further boost the country’s highest foreign exchange earner. The New Times/ File.

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to your Hotel.

Arrive at Kigali airport, where you will be welcomed by our English/French speaking guide- short briefing- and transfer to your Hotel in Kigali.
Kigali was founded in 1907 as small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kant, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. The city has made tremendous progress since 1994 genocide. Considered one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate. It is inhabited by approximately 1 million people who now enjoy the benefits of peace. You will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it feels to be among the gentle people of Rwanda who will be delighted to welcome you to their beautiful, exceptionally friendly country.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Dinner

Day2: Kigali City – Hike the Kabuye Mountain (2,700M)

After an earlier morning breakfast at around 7 Am, we drive to Musanze.
The drive from Kigali to Musanze (116km) will generally take around two hours but will be additional 30 Minutes drive to get up to the mountain ( Kinigi). This is the closest Town to the Volcanoes National park where the mountain gorilla resides.
On the way about 35 Km from Musanze and almost one hour and half from Kigali is mount Kabuye.
Mount Kabuye – not to be confused with the city of Kibuye, which is in a completely different part of Rwanda – is the country’s tallest mountain at around 2,700 meters. Now that may sound impressive but you should know that volcanoes are not classified as mountains, and virtually all of the volcanoes in the Virunga range exceed Mt. Kabuye in height. That being said, Mt. Kabuye still provides hikers with a challenging ascent with its own rewards that include fantastic views of the surrounding countryside as well as the opportunity to experience quaint rural villages and their friendly occupants who make up the 80% of Rwanda’s population.
The hike takes about three hours to reach the top if you include stopping a few times to give your legs a rest on the way up. The peak is a great place to rest and enjoy a pack lunch while overlooking the innumerable hills that crowd the horizon in all directions.
After the hike we will then proceed to Musanze. Arriving to your lodge in the afternoon for check in, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day3: Hike to the Bisoke Volcano (3,711M)

After an earlier morning breakfast at around 7 Am, we head to the park headquarter for legislation.
Hiking the Bisoke is organized as a one Day hike and starts early in the morning. However it might take you around 3-4 hours getting up to the summit depending on how physically fit you are. A park ranger will escort you to the top of the volcano. On a clear Day you will enjoy the beautiful crater lake and the views of the other virunga volcanoes. Fantastic views in all directions, lushly forested slopes, shady bamboo forest and an exhilarating climb! After your excursion transfer to Musanze for overnight at your hotel. The Bisoke with an altitude of 3.711 m is the fourth highest mountain of the virunga chain and has a beautiful lake on the top. The crater lake is the greatest of the virunga chain.
It straddles the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the summit is located in Rwanda. It is located approximately 35 km northeast of the town of Goma and adjacent Lake Kivu.
Bisoke, like all of the peaks in the Virunga Mountain Range, is a volcano created by rift action on the forming divergent boundary of the East African Rift which is slowly bisecting the African plate. The mountain reached a height of 3,711 metres (12,175 ft) after its last eruption in 1957. Bisoke has the largest crater lake of the range.
The mountain is located within Rwandan Volcanoes National Park and Congolese Virunga National Park. The steep slopes of the peak are densely covered with equatorial rainforest and alpine meadows. The summit does not gather snow, but is often shrouded in fog. Bisoke is one of the mountains considered habitat for the Endangered mountain gorilla, and the Karisoke Research Center founded by Dian Fossey is located in the valley to the west.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day4: Hike to the Muhabura Volcano (4,127M)

Standing tall as the second highest peak in the Volcanoes National Park, Mt Muhabura is also the most easterly volcano in the Virunga range, and marks the border between Rwanda and Uganda.
From the top of the volcano one can enjoy fantastic views over the other five volcanoes and the “twin lakes”. There is a crater lake near the summit and the vegetation is usually drier
than in other areas of the Volcanoes National Park, with giant heather thriving on the volcano’s slopes.
The climb can be physically demanding and the slopes are very steep. The name Muhabura means sentinel in Kinyarwanda (the local dialect) and its typically shaped silhouette can be seen from many parts of the country. The hike will typically take a full day.
Mount Muhabura, also known as Mount Muhavura, is an extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. At 4,127 m, Muhabura is the third highest of the eight major mountains of the mountain range, which is a part of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Muhabura lies partly in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and partly in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda.
The name Muhabura means The Guide in the local language, Kinyarwanda, which probably derives from a historical use of the mountain to aid navigation. It can be seen from many parts of Uganda and Rwanda because of its slope.
Accommodation: From Luxury, Mid Range to Budget
Meals: Full Board

Day5 & 6: Hike to the Highest Pick: The Karisimbi Volcano (4,507M)

Today we get prepared for a two days hike to the Mount Karisimbi.
Mount Karisimbi is the highest of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. It is a big dome, now dormant, that dominates the range, more in girth than in height. Its name in Kinyaruanda known as white shell, which refers to its often white-capped summit. Interestingly, this cap results not from snow but from hail and sleet which accumulate in the higher elevations from its frequent storms. It is located within the Parc National Des Volcano, and many of the volcanoes are connected by good trails.
The going is quite steep and good navigation is required not only through the lower slopes, but also on the mountain itself. It combines of secondary jungle and in the most gives an aerie appearance. It is close the jungle HQ of Dianne Fossey the renowned gorrila expert.
The ascent of Karisimbi (at 4,507m the sixth-highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Ruwenzori, Mount Meru (Tanzania) and Ras Dashen in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains) is a two-day excursion; ORTPN will provide guides but trekkers should have suitable clothing and equipment. This activity needs to be arranged at least 2 days in advance. Cost is $400 and with the guide but you may need to pay an extra $10 for tent hire.
At all most 2,067m ASL, you reach near to the Dian Fossey tomb and gorilla graveyards (but visiting would need you to pay more fees). Your will then traverse different vegetation zones: bamboo and wild celery on the lower slopes, ideal food for gorillas. Then hagenia forest, with old man’s beard moss on the branches. Then above 3,000m, the marvelous giand groundsel and giant lobelia. Your first camp is at 3,700, a similar altitude to Bisoke, clearly visible behind the camp.
Accommodation: In the Jungle.
Meals: Full Board

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali – Check out

Today, it’s your day for packing, and get ready to be transferred to Kigali airport for your out bound flight.
The drive from your hotel to Kigali will generally around 2hours and half.
Depending on your flight time you can first do the city tour of Kigali The tour will include the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the trading center, the ministry area, the UN memorial (where the ten blue helmets were killed at the onset of the genocide), the post-genocide development and expansion of Kigali, the new and modern residential quarter and other sites.
Meals Plan: Break Fast
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