Mount bisoke also known as mount Visoke is among the most memorable Virunga mountains in Rwanda that should be on top of your bucket list when you visit Rwanda. The mountain is found in Volcanoes national park the home to the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda that can be found in Virunga national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park.  The mountain can be seen in Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo however its peak is in Rwanda.it was formed as a result of rift action and this created two crater lakes that can be seen when you engage in the mount bisoke hike. The active volcano has erupted two times the first time was in 1891 and last recorded eruption in 1957 which is not as intense as mount Nyiragongo activity which has been recorded with 35b eruptions the most recent which happened on 22nd may 2021.

Mount bisoke is characterised with rich bamboo forests that are used as food for the gorillas and the golden monkeys that can be seen when you participate in gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park and golden monkey trekking in Rwanda. For tourists interested in hiking mount bisoke, it should be noted that the great apes are not the only interesting features in the wild but also the fact that you will get to see a number of rewarding attractions and views as you make your way to reach the summit for a memorable experience.

Mount Bisoke hike

Hiking mount Bisoke is not as hard as other Virunga mountains in Rwanda however you should be in the right form to climb it therefore you should consider getting prepared physically and mentally before you embark on your hiking adventure in the park and this can include walking distances to prepare for the actual hike, running to get your mind and body used among other exercises to help in awakening our body.

The hike starts from Kinigi park headquarters where you will be briefed about the activity and after the briefing session, you will be assigned to an armed ranger who will not offer the most amazing experience but also protect you from any accidents like wild animal attacks while taking part in the activity. It is noted that the hike can take up-to 6 hours however it can also be less depending on the pace of other hikers that participate in the activity and how slow because a number of factors can slow them down for instance the muddy trails, the thorny plants, first time hikers that are not used to walking long distances, steep slopes, stinging insects and so much more however if you’re emotionally and physically prepared with the right hiking gear the hike is one of the most memorable top activities in Rwanda that you should not miss out on for a rewarding experience.

Mount Bisoke / Mount Bisoke Hike
Bisoke Hike

As you hike the mountain, you will get to see a number of stunning views and attractions for instance the fog filled summit, the beautiful crater lakes that attract water birds, the mountain is a habitat to the forest elephants whose droppings you will get to see as you make your way to the summit, you will also have the chance to see a number of buffalos, primates like the different monkey species like the golden monkeys, the black and white colobus monkeys, the silver monkey, red tailed monkey, grey cheeked Mangabey and many other interesting attractions that you will get to see as you make your way to the mountain.

During your hike you will come across the karisoke research station that was established by dian Fossey an American primatologist that helped to protect the mountain gorillas in Rwanda with a number of research that she made on the, protected the gorillas by carrying out a number of different measures that  helped to fight against poaching in Rwanda and during the activities in the park, you can also participate in the Dian Fossey hike to understand more about the efforts of the gorilla whisperer in Rwanda that made gorilla trekking in Africa quite possible.

Requirements and equipment for your mount bisoke hike

  • A camera can also be carried during your activity because there are a number of rewarding attractions that you can take pictures of to make you activity quite memorable during your Rwanda safaris.
  • A snack can be carried on your way to the hike because it is quite challenging and depending on the speed of other hikers, it can be challenging and quite tiresome therefore pack your snack to avoid getting hungry.
  • Hiking boots are a must during the activity and these will help you hike with ease through the steep slopes, muddy trails that can be seen along the way which are the one of the main reasons that hikers abandon the hike because they can be hard to hike without the perfect shoes.
  • Good health is a must before you participate in mount bisoke hike this is because the activity can be quite challenging for people with health difficulties like high blood pressure, heart problems therefore before you take part in the activity you should consider the fact that you’re in good form without any health problems that can turn the memorable activity into a fatal one.
  • Insect repellent is a must during mount Bisoke hike because the vegetation along the slopes are a habitat to a number of insects that sting and this can cause irritation making your activity quite unbearable.
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