Mount Karisimbi

Mount Karisimbi – Facts about Karisimbi Mountain

Mount Karisimbi

Mount Karisimbi is the 11th biggest mountain in Africa in the Virunga mountains on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mount Karisimbi is currently a dormant strata volcano at 4507metres. The name Karisimbi comes from a local word ‘amasimbi’ in Kinyarwanda meaning snow. Snow can be found on the mountain in June, July, and August. Karisoke Research center which was found by the American primatologist is found between Karisimbi and Bisoke and at this point, you can also be able to see the gorillas.

While hiking the Karisimbi mountain, you get a chance to see the mountain gorillas especially the Karisimbi gorilla group which broke up from the Susa gorilla group. On your hike to the Karisimbi mountain, get a chance to spend an hour with the gorillas as you get to know more about the feeding patterns as well as how they get to live in the wild day by day.

Hiking mount Karisimbi usually takes two days and it’s a bit challenging most especially first-time hikers but so exciting at the same time. A trip to the mountain gives you a memorable experience of a lifetime.

Get a chance to see golden monkeys on the hike. These are endemic to the Albertine Rift in the Virungas, take a chance to see primates as they participate in the day to day activities of their lives.

Different bird species are seen on the dense slopes of Mt. Karisimbi and these include Ruwenzori Turaco, Ruwenzori double collared sunbird, handsome francolin, and red-faced woodland warbler among others.

See the exceptional views of the summit as well as the Karisoke research center established by Dian Fossey to help in the conservation of the mountain gorillas. At the summit, you get to see the snow-capped peak in the form of a shell where the mountain derives its name. At the summit, hikers should have the great views of Nyamuragira, Muhabura and the Nyiragongo volcanos.

Since the mountain is situated on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it can be accessed through the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda but the best way is when tourists use the Rwanda Safaris. The best months to do a hike to Mount Bisoke is during the dry months of September to mid -December which is the shortest dry period and also from December and February.

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