Mount Muhabura is situated between Rwanda and Ugandan boarderit’s also sometimes known as Muhavura, it’s stands 4,127 meters above sea level, this extinct volcano is the third highest of the famous virunga Volcanoes. It’s part of Mgahinga national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
Mount Muhabura derives its name from a local Rufumbira word to mean “the guide” in Kinyarwanda it means “Sentinel”. The first resting point while hiking the mountain is at 3, 116 meters above sea level and the second resting point is at 3,855 meters above sea level and the final summit 4,127 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 ranges and also the second highest in Rwanda. It’s in the east of the Virunga Mountains.
Mount Muhabura is one of the beautiful in the providing tourists with striking views at the top where you views the two breathtaking twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera though the mountain is very steep, it’s hiked within one day which is about 6-8 hours.
Mount Muhabura on the Ugandan side is taller than the other two volcanoes it’s also characterized with a conic shape the mountain can be climbed from Rwanda or Uganda the mountain slopes are normally covered with thickets and scrubs it often gets muddy and slippery during the rainy season so good hiking shoes must be carried.
Mount Muhabura mountain slopes offers great opportunities of viewing other wildlife like elephants and buffalos apart from the renowned mountain gorillas, guides, potters to help you with your luggage are available at an affordable price for the service provided. The park also provides with armed rangers in case of any danger caused by animals.
Tourists hiking on the Ugandan side have greater opportunities of taking photos at the equator where you will stop over on your trip to mount 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.
Mount Muhaburas 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 head quarters of your hiking from Rwanda.
All tourists have to under go a briefingbefore 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 t to Volcanoes national park by road.