Mount Bisoke is also known as ‘Visoke’. It is an active volcano in the Virunga Mountains of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift.
Mount Bisoke straddles the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, however the summit is located in Rwanda.
It is located approximately 35 kilometres northeast of the town of Goma and adjacent Lake Kivu.
Mount Bisoke, like all of the peaks in the Virunga Mountain Range, is a volcano created by rift action on the forming divergent boundary of the East African Rift which is slowly bisecting the African plate.
Years back, Mount Bisoke reached a height of 3,711 metres (12,175 ft) after its last eruption in 1957. Bisoke has the largest crater lake of the range.
Mount Bisoke is located within Rwandan Volcanoes National Park and Congolese Virunga National Park. The steep slopes of the peak are densely covered with equatorial rainforest and alpine meadows.
The summit does not gather snow, but is often shrouded in fog. Mount Bisoke is one of the mountains harbors the Endangered mountain gorilla, and the Karisoke Research Center founded by Dian Fossey is located in the valley to the west.
It is by law off-limits to most standard wilderness industries such as logging, farming, or mining. Aside from visitors to the parks searching for gorillas or other wildlife,.
The peak is popular with mountaineers. It can be climbed in a day from the Rwandan side, and the climb is considered steep, but walkable.
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