Mountain Muhabura is situated between Rwanda and Uganda borders, its also sometimes known as Muhavura, it stands 4127 meters above sea level, this extinct volcano is the third-highest of the famous Virunga volcanoes. It’s part of Gahinga national park in Uganda and volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
Mount Muhabura derives its name from a local Rufumbira word to mean “guide” in Kinyarwanda it means “sentinel”. The first resting point while hiking the mountain is at 3,116 meters above sea level and the final summit 4,128 meters above sea level. The mountain hike takes about 6-7 hours depending on the climber’s fitness.
Mount Muhabura offers spectacular views of the beautiful crater and the vast plains on the slopes where gorillas dwell in, mount Muhabura is the steepest of the volcano rangers and also the second-highest in Rwanda. It’s in the east of the Virunga mountains.
Mt Muhabura is one of the beautiful in the providing tourists with striking views at the top where you view the two breathtaking twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera through the mountain is very steep, it’s hiked within one day which is about 6-8 hours.
Mt Muhabura on the Ugandan side is taller than the other two volcanoes it also characterized by a conic shape the mountain can be climbed from Rwanda or Uganda the Mt slopes are normally covered with thickets and shrubs it often gets muddy and slippery during the rainy season so good hiking shoes must be carried.
Mt Muhabura slopes orders great opportunities of viewing other wildlife elephants and buffalos apart From the renowned Mt gorillas, guides, potters to help you with your luggage ate available at an affordable price for the service provided. The park also provides armed rangers in case of any danger caused by animals.
Tourists hiking on the Ugandan side have greater opportunities if taking photos at the equator where you will stopover on your trip to mt Muhabura, the hike always starts at 7:00 am in the morning at the park headquarters. While at the top of Muhabura tourists can also view the other five volcanoes which the guide will identify each by name and location.
Mt Muhabura crater lake is near its summit this makes it more interesting to explore, tourists hiking from the Uganda side have got to clear with parks headquarters at Ntebeko visitor center and at Kanigi park headquarters of your hiking from Rwanda.
All tourists have to undergo a briefing before they embark on their hiking safari this will help them with the guidelines of how to climb the mountain and descend back with also knowledge about the history of mount Muhabura.
In Uganda, mount Muhabura can be accessed from the capital city by traveling from Kampala through Kabale to Kisoro and from Rwandan tourists can fly into Kigali international airport and then connect to volcanoes national park by road.