Virunga Mountains

Virunga Mountains

Overview

Perched in the East African Rift Valley Virunga Volcanoes is a chain of about 8 volcanoes which harbour the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Deriving its name from “ibirunga”(comes from Kinyarwanda dialect) which literally means “Mountains”, the range of mountains straddle Northwestern Rwanda covering Volcanoes national park, southwestern Uganda covering Mgahinga gorilla national park and eastern Congo covering part of Virunga national park and is famed for it spectacular biodiversity that has earned it the recognition of a UNESCO Heritage site. A protected area the park is home to some exceptional wildlife such as 250 habituated mountain gorillas, over 120 mammal and 350 bird species- nestled amidst the dense canopy of forests and some uncharacteristically cone-shaped volcanoes of which five are dormant while three remain active. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains which are: Mount Gahinga, Mount Nyamuragira, Mount Nyiragongo, Mount Mikeno, Mount Sabinyo, Mount Muhabura, Mount Bisoke and Mountain Karisimbi which is the highest among them standing tall at 4,507m above sea level, followed by Mt. Mikeno 4,437m. All the volcanoes are open to tourists and for those who enjoy adventure amidst nature, there is plenty to immerse in the park. You can enjoy mountain/volcano hiking, soak in the aura of the mountainous forests in nature/forest walks, indulge in some gorilla and golden monkey tracking, try out birding and even visit the Batwa communities and get a feel of their traditional life and culture.

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