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Mount Bisoke Hiking Volcanoes National Park Rwanda 1 Day Tour is one of the best hikes in Rwanda because of the beautiful scenery and great views of the lush Virungas and Rwanda’s hilly landscape. Mount Bisoke. Mt. Bisoke is one of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga mountains range of the albertine Rift, the western part of east African rift.
During the trek, you are likely to encounter unique mountain wildlife such as Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Forest Elephants, Buffaloes and lots of different species of birds. Mount Bisoke is also known as also Visoke and stands at 3711 meters/ 12175 Feet above sea level. The top of this Volcano has a spectacular crater lake.
Mount Bisoke is a dormant volcano located in between two neighboring national parks across the Rwanda & the Democratic republic of Congo which the volcanoes national park on the Rwandan side and the Virunga national park in Democratic republic of Congo.
Mount Busoke is located approximately 35 km northeast of the town of Goma and adjacent Lake Kivu. The drive from Kigali City to Volcanoes National Park takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
“Bisoke” is a kiswahili word which means, “soaked with water”, that was coined by the locals in reference to the two beautiful crater lakes that ‘soak’ the volcano. Hiking Mount Bisoke does not require any hiking experience; you only need to be physically fit, due to the high elevation and length of the climb.
The entire round trip hike takes about 6 hours, 4 hours to climb to the top and 2 hours to descent down. Experienced hikers are capable of hiking to the top in 3 hours or even less, and roughly 1 & ½ or less, back.
Mount Bisoke Hiking Volcanoes National Park Rwanda 1 Day Tour
Mount Bisoke Hiking Volcanoes National Park Rwanda 1 Day Tour begins and ends from Kigali city. Below is the itinerary
0430 Hours: The tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Kgali, followed by a transfer to Volcanoes National park, Musanze province.
0700 Hours: Once at the at the park headquarters of Kinigi we meet with the other hikers and our park ranger guide. The rangers brief the hikers about the park, the 5 Virunga volcanoes shared on the Rwanda side and also offer an insight on what to expect during the hike.
All the rangers work for the park authorities and are seasoned guides and boast a wealth of knowledgeable. Many of the rangers are natives who hail from Kinigi area and have been working with the park from when they were young.
0800 Hours: After the briefing, we transfer to Bisoke Volcano hiking start point/ Bisoke head trail – a 40 minutes drive from the headquarters. The first 15 minutes are on a paved road while the rest is bumpy ride on volcanic rocks.
0900 Hours: Once at Bisoke head trail which stands at 2700 meters/ 8850 above sea level, we hire a porter and begin to climb. Your bag may seem light initially however, as you ascend the mountain it gets heavy.
The porters will help in providing a push or pull through the challenging spots, such as muddy, steep & slippery. The first 10 or so minutes of our hike goes through villages and farmlands along the edge of the park then we go past a stone wall into Volcanoes National Park.
The stone wall fence of the park keeps buffalos and forest elephants inside the park and also controls intruders from trespassing into the park.
Mountain Bisoke is home to some habituated Gorilla families and you stand a good chance of encountering these at the start of your ascent up the mountain.
If by chance you encounter some gorillas, the guides allow you to watch them for a few minutes while on the hiking trail. Photography is prohibited as this excursion does not include permits for Gorrilla trekking.
You may also get to see Golden Monkey troop on your trek up Mountain Bisoke. The mountain is also home to Forest elephants and buffaloes however chances of sighting them are minimal.
The hike up Mt Busoke takes about 4 hours and another 2 hours descending down to the starting point but this depends on your speed and the frequency of stops.
Near the summit is the Crater Lake, which features drier vegetation than other parts of the park, with giant heather growing all over the slopes of the volcano.
1300 Hours: Once at the summit, you get enjoy fantastic views of the other five volcanoes and the beautiful Twin Lakes. The amount of time you spend on the summit depends on the weather and temperature. Enjoy picnic lunch at the summit, as you take pictures.
1400 Hours: With your guides and porters start descending to the starting point.
1600 Hours: Meet up with your guide for drop off at either a hotel/ Kigali International Airport.
Mount Bisoke Hiking Volcanoes National Park Rwanda 1 Day Tour Prices
Mount Bisoke Hiking Volcanoes National Park Rwanda 1 Day Tour Prices include:
Lunch + Drinking water + Park Ranger Fees + Bisoke hiking permits + Relevant Government Taxes + English speaking driver/ guide & Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
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* Hike is not too tough but you need to have a good level of fitness
* Porters can be hired at the start of the trail if you wish to have one
* It is very cold at the summit, so make sure you have enough warm layers
Mount Bisoke Hiking Volcanoes National Park Rwanda 1 Day Tour Prices Exclude:
* Air tickets
* International Flights
* Visa ad visa fees
* Items of personal nature
* Tips/ Gratuity for your porters, driver and guides
* Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Things to bring for Hiking Mt Busoke (Rwanda)
* Sun Hat
* Woolen cap
* Pole (Important)
* Camel backpack
* Hiking t-shirts/ pants
* Water resistant Hiking boots
* Packed lunch (it’s a full day hike)
* Down jacket (optional for the summit)
* Waterproof pants & Waterproof jacket
* 1 small backpack (30 lts) which you will carry during the hike