Mount Muhabura Hike – Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Mount Muhabura, also known as Mount Muhavura (on the Ugandan side), is an extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. Standing tall as the second highest peak in the Volcanoes National Park and the third highest of the eight major mountains of the mountain range.
The climb start at around 1200m and ends at about 4200. This is a day hike, and in some points pretty steep. The view is amazing from the top! really if you’re into an adventure and like a good hike, this is beautiful. 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 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.
Be prepared to walk for at least 10 hours there and back! Here is Carina and Andy sharing their interesting practical experience from the climb to the Muhavura summit