Hiking the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Southwest of Uganda with three of the series of the Volcanoes that form the Virunga Region that you can climb in Mgahinga Gorilla national park. These great ranges rewards you a great scenery and opportunities for hiking to travelers visiting the park, all of them are day-hikes ranging from 5 to 9 hours in length. Hiking the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga can be fun and really rewarding because there are lots of attractions you will meet during your hike. Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the smallest park in Uganda, but it is filled with activities ranging from Gorilla Trekking to Volcano Climbing. During your hiking, you will have experienced Ranger-Guides, porters that assist you in making the ascent easier on you while climbing the three volcanoes.
Hiking Mount Gahinga
Most climbers usually go for Mt. Gahinga which is as high as 3,474m. This hike takes about six hours to both ascend and descend, once at the top you will find the crater filled with swamp and giant lobelia. Those who are lucky will be able to see the golden monkeys as they walk through that thick bamboo forest.
The Gahinga Trail starts in recently reclaimed farm land and winds up to the edge of virgin forest. The scenery is both breathtaking and intriguing with Giant bamboo looms large over the trail, jungle elephant footprints cross the trail sunk deep in squiggly mud, earthworms as long as your forearm living above ground in the dark, wet environment and more birds that you could possibly catalogue.
Hiking Mount Sabinyo
Hiking Mt. Sabinyo which is 3,669m and to get to the top of this mountain requires eight hours since the distance from the base to the top is about 14 km long round trip. As you hike, you will have to follow the route along the steep ridge up until you get to the peak.
Hiking to the sabinyo is 6 kilometer long and it goes along an amazing mountain stream which meanders through that very dense forest covered by mainly the African-Montane kind of vegetation all the way to the gorge. This is a very rewarding nature walk, the hike may be tiring to a number of hikers but at the end of the trail, you will be amazed.
On a very clear day, you will have a clear view of those ragged peaks of Sabinyo which usually takes about 8 hours which offers you scenery view of such primates like the Golden Monkeys, small antelopes like Duikers and many other mammals with different unique bird species like Rwenzori Turaco
Hiking Mount Muhabura
Mt. Muhavura is the third option available for the hikers. This is the highest peak of all and it lies at 4,127m high and the hike is planned for the same amount of time as Sabyinyo which is eight hours. This means, you need to be fit enough to catch up with the fast hiking exercise. Hiking through mount Muhabura usually takes a full day. Hiking through mount Muhabura usually takes a full day where it offers you a great opportunity to see the beautiful view of the Virunga Volcanoes, there is a clear view of Lake Edward, the great Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and also the Rwenzori peaks.
Best time for Volcano hiking in Mgahinga National Park
Hiking Volcano Mountains is a very awesome activity which can be done all year around, however the suitable time to hike Volcano Mountains is the dry season-June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this time trials are relatively drier and less slippery to climb or hike hence making it easier to climb Volcano mountain