The landscape of Mgahinga National Park is truly magnificent, views of the volcanoes are seen from far. Upon reaching the park’s main entrance gate at Ntebeko; a great view point provides a stunning backdrop of the all the Virunga massifs.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has three dormant volcanoes the highest being Muhavura towering above the clouds at 4,127 meters above sea level, the hike to the top covers 12 km and is probably completed within 8 hours for the experienced hikers. Visitors need hiking boots, packed snacks, rain gear, camping tent, sleeping bags and usually tourists camp at the base of the volcano. The hike maneuvers through rocky platforms, shrubs, bamboo forests up to the top rewarding with extensive views of the virunga region including snow capped Rwenzori Mountain, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Edward in western Uganda.
Mount Gahinga stands at 3,474 meters above sea level dominated by huge rock piles at the start of the hike and this is where the name Gahingaoriginated from becauseGahingameans a huge pile of rocks.The hike takes about 6 hours to reach the top through the bamboo forests where the 8 km swamp covered the former Crater Lake pit since the volcano is no longer active.
Sabinyo volcano stands at 3,366 meters and has steep ridges forming three peaks which climbers find challenging. Due to steepness, too much soil erosion and weathering of rocks took place further sharpening the rocks which resembles an old man’s teeth hence the meaning of the name Sabinyo. It takes 8 hours to complete all the 3 peaks covering 14 km, deep gorges and sharp ridges make it more challenging to the extent of 45 degrees inclination or touching the ground. At the top visitors can stand in DRC, Uganda and Rwanda from one standpoint view breathtaking the scenic views of virunga mountains region.