Mt Sabinyo Hiking

Mt Sabinyo Hiking

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Experience of Mount Sabinyo Trekking

About Mt Sabinyo Hiking

Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano in eastern Africa in the Virunga Mountains. Mount Sabyinyo is the oldest volcano of the range.

It is north-east of Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes, and west of Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. The summit of the mountain, at 3,669 metres (12,037 ft), marks the intersection of the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda, and holds religious significance to local tribes. Established as national park in 1991 to secure a future for the endangered mountain gorilla, MGNP is home to a staggering diversity of life as well as the Batwa people – a tribe of pygmies that have long carved out an existence in this forest. Nevertheless, it is the three conical extinct volcanoes that steal the show by dominating one of central east Africa’s most dramatic skylines. In Kisoro town, a mere 14km from the park headquarters, we signed up for the Mount Sabyinyo hike. Early the next morning we were screaming through sleepy Kisoro on our pre-arranged motorcycle taxi, who much to our surprise had actually turned up! It was a treacherous journey however. It had rained heavily during the night and the roads had disintegrated into a muddy mess not worthy of their place on the map. An hour of slipping, sliding, pushing, cursing and generally ill-advised risks saw us get to the park in one piece.


  • In Uganda, Mt Sabinyo is located within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the south-western corner of the country.

  • It is more like the axis of the Virunga range and offers the best views across the Virungas, you could call it a 360 degree experience!

Due to the extremely rugged nature of the terrain along the Sabinyo’s slopes that has many craters with sharp ridges, the mountain cannot be trekked in the other two countries except in Uganda where they have managed to work out a safe though challenging trail that includes improvising handmade ladders to assist climbers at very steep sections. Like all the other Virunga volcanoes except the highest, Karisimbi that requires 2 days, Mt. Sabinyo is a one day hike and the round trek is 8 hours, 4 hours to the summit and 4 hours back, however depending on the pace, weather, etc…Hiking activity sets off from the park office after meeting with and briefing by the ranger guide. Walking sticks are provided for free meanwhile the porters are available for hire.

You go through vegetation ranges from the bamboo zone between 2400 – 2800m, this is also habitat for the Golden Monkeys which you are chanced at seeing. Other big wildlife in the park includes Buffaloes, Elephants and Gorillas but are rarely seen on the trail.


  • Professional English Speaking Safari Guide/Driver.

  • Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari.

  • Transport in a safari van with open top

  • All applicable Game Park entrance fees

  • All meals included while on safari

  • Pre–tour itinerary document

  • Extensive Game drives


  • Domestic and international airfares and departures taxes.

  • Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.

  • Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide.

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Laundry services.

  • Between meal snacks, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary.

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