Virunga Mountain Ranges Wildlife Safaris, Best Mountaineering Destinations
Visit the antiquity of Virunga Mountain Ranges, also called Mufumbiro Mountains volcanic range north of Lake Kivu in east-central Africa, extending about 50 miles (80 km) along the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. For an authentic Safari to discover the Africa's pride, Virunga gives you a finest taste to the engrossing wilderness and a chance to enjoy mountaineering safaris.
They are a chain of volcanoes in East Africa, The mountain range is a branch of the Albertine Rift Mountains, which border the western branch of the East African Rift. They are located between Lake Edward and Lake Kivu, It is noted that, the name "Virunga" is an English version of the Kinyarwanda word ibirunga, which means "volcanoes". The Virunga Ranges consist of eight major volcanoes, of which most of them are recorded to be dormant apart from Nyiragongo that stands 3,462 meters, mount Nyamuragira recorded to stretch 3,063 metres.
Mount Karisimbi is the highest volcano at 4,507 metres (14,787 ft). The oldest mountain is Mount Sabyinyo, which rises 3,634 metres (11,923 ft) above sea level all steming in the Virunga regions, Historically, In 1861, the British explorer John Hanning Speke saw the Virunga Mountains from a distance;
In 1876 another, British explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley obtained a clear though distant view of the three eastern volcanoes. Later, in 1894, a German explorer, Count Adolf von Gotzen, explored the two western volcanoes in the ranges. The Virunga ranges have it in record to habituate the critically endangered mountain gorilla, they are also dominated by the afro montane forests.
Different tree species can be seen along the steep slopes, there are also different wild life like primates, birds, golden monkeys, flogs, butterflies, Gorillas amon others.It is also recorded that Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira emerged about twenty thousand years ago at the western end of the Virunga range. That, these were the last volcanoes in the range to be formed, It also noted that, that these features are still active.
On top of Nyiragongo, there is a crater lake estimated to be 1.2 kilometers with a lava pool. The Virunga Mountains (also known as Mufumbiro) are a chain of volcanoes in East Africa, along the northern border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Uganda.The mountain range is a branch of the Albertine Rift Mountains, which border the western branch of the East African Rift. They are located between Lake Edward and Lake Kivu. The name "Virunga" is an English version of the Kinyarwanda word ibirunga, which means "volcanoes".
List of mountains in the Virunga Mountain Ranges
Mount Nyamuragira Virunga Mountains Congo Mount Nyamuragira is an active volcanoes that offers a memorable authentic Hiking Mount Nyamuragira Safari activities due to its magical nature, in a distance there stands the whitish fumes of snow like steams rumbling down the rocky steeps of the serrated mountain rocks looming in a distance giving a thrilling […]
Mount Nyiragongo is an active strato-volcano with an elevation of 3,470 metres in the Virunga Mountain ranges, Albertine Rit It is located within Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 20 km north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu, and west of the border with Rwanda. The main crater […]
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 […]
Mount Karisimbi Volcanic Mountain, Virunga Mountain Ranges Mount Karisimbi Volcanic Mountain forms part of the voluminous Virunga Mountain Rangesand is recorded to be an inactive volcano in the Virunga Mountains. It neighbors Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo on the border at 4,507 metres. Mount Karisimbi is the highest of the eight major mountains […]
Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano in eastern Africa, in the Virunga Mountains. It derived its name from the Kinyarwanda word “Iryinyo”, meaning “tooth “). It spans northeast of lake kivu, This is on record to be one of the African Great Lakes, and west of Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. Mount Sabinyo is recorded to […]
Mount Gahinga, is an extinct volcano in the Virunga ranges, it lies on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. More so, it lies between Sabyinyo and Muhabura . It is also known in the local Kinyarwanda/Rufumbira as “a small pile of stones”, it is the smallest of the three mountains. It was named after the […]
Mount Muhavura with Mountain Hiking Safaris Mount Muhavura is a generated landform of its own kind seen with mountain peaks appearing like a row of arrow tips covered by the whirstling mist that forms a flour whitish-like with a brooded picturesque that invites us to share an adventure in its magical overland as you approach […]