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MOUNT KARISIMBI HIKING & TREKKING TOUR IN VOLCANOES PARK WITH AFRICANMECCA

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Created by violent eruptions in the Albertine Rift region, Mount Karisimbi is one of the eight volcanic peaks in the area. The highest mountain in the Virunga Range, it towers at a height of 4507 meters above sea level. Holding the distinction of sixth-highest mountain in Africa, Karisimbi straddles the border between southwestern Rwanda and the northeastern expanses of the Democratic Republic of Congo. On your hiking vacation in the region, you will learn that the peak takes its name from the Kinyarwanda word “amasimbi,” meaning "white shell." This is because the summit often sports a white cap of sleet and hail, thanks to frequent storms.

Those who choose to hike to the top of the mountain can expect the trip to take 2 days. On day 1, you will approach the mountain from the east on the Mount Bisoke side. After hiking for about 6 hours you will reach the first base camp, where you will spend the night. This camp is located at a height of 3700 meters, so guests need to be in excellent physical shape to navigate the trail. The trek can be slippery in places, but you can request that a porter accompany you to help you carry the equipment you’ve brought along.

Hikers will reach the summit of the mountain on day 2. Along the way, you can spot some of the 178 species of birds the reserve is famous for (read more on Rwanda birdwatching). As you ascend the mountain, you will notice that the landscape changes; close to the base are dense forests, while at the top is the bare volcanic mud. During the hike up the mountain you need to be prepared for the trail being muddy in places. At the end of your highland travel, you will be surely overwhelmed by breathtaking panoramas, with Nyiragongo to the west, Bisoke to the east, and Mikeno to the north.

Other Activities Around Volcanoes National Park

1. Golden Monkey Trek

2. Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village Tour

3. Dian Fossey Grave Shrine Tour

4. Musanze Caves Tour

5. Mount Karisimbi Hike

6. Mount Bisoke Hike

7. Buhanga Forest Eco-Park Tour

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WHERE TO STAY IN VOLCANOES
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WHERE TO STAY IN VOLCANOES

Volcanoes has varied accommodations, from the forest luxuries of Bisate Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to One&Only Gorilla's Nest Lodge. The deluxe option is Virunga Lodge to the modest Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge.

GUIDE ON VOLCANOES PARK
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GUIDE ON VOLCANOES PARK

In the heart of Africa is a distinctive, mountainous utopia, namely Volcanoes National Park. The rainforests on these highland slopes are home to the endangered mountain gorillas, other primates and fauna.

BEST TIME TO VISIT VOLCANOES
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BEST TIME TO VISIT VOLCANOES

Many guests who visit Volcanoes National Park to experience gorilla primate trekking pick the drier months, since trails are less muddy and there is less likelihood of getting drenched by an impromptu shower.

GORILLA FAMILY GROUPS IN VOLCANOES
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GORILLA FAMILY GROUPS IN VOLCANOES

Should you plan a gorilla viewing expedition to Volcanoes National Park, you will learn that the park has ten resident gorilla families that are habituated to the presence of humans.

SAFARI & TOUR IN VOLCANOES
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SAFARI & TOUR IN VOLCANOES

The primary activity at Volcanoes Park is gorilla trekking. Other tours are golden monkey treks, Dian Fossey Grave Shrine and Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village Tours, Mount Karisimbi or Mount Bisoke hikes etc.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • AfricanMecca Safaris offers incredibly knowledgeable and skilled services! Our travel arrangements for 2 months of volunteering with TEACH Rwanda in country were made quickly and economically. Honored to work with Raza!
    Janet Brown - TEACH Rwanda Founder - United States
  • I just returned from a month in Africa, specifically Rwanda & Kenya. I am left breathless with my experience. AfricanMecca Safaris coordinated the entire trip for me and left no detail, nothing for me to do.
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  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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  • This is to let you know my guests, The Bryant's, had a wonderful time on the trip Samburu, Masai Mara/Kenya, Chobe/Botswana & Victoria Falls/Zambia. Everything was perfect! Thank you.
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  • We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
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  • Rwanda was amazing. The accommodations, food, and guides AfricanMecca arranged were great. Raza also helped us through the complicated process of getting permits for gorilla trekking. AfricanMecca is a fantastic company to work with.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR VOLCANOES IN RWANDA

When visiting Volcanoes Park for your gorilla safari trek, we recommend combining it it with Akagera, Nyungwe and a city tour of Kigali. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Gishwati-Mukura ending with a beach vacation at Lake Kivu or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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