Hiking Bisoke Volcano in Rwanda. Mountain Bisoke is located in Volcanoes National Park on the border of Rwanda and DR Congo; it rises at an elevation of 3,711 meters above sea level. The hike takes approximately 4-5 hours best to start the hike in the morning. You will need to be fit for this hike given the fact the hike is worth it giving you an opportunity as well to see various monkeys Golden monkeys, and depending on luck that day mountain Gorillas and other wild animals.
Best Time for Hiking Bisoke Volcano in Rwanda.
Hiking Bisoke Volcano is best done during the dry season because during this time the trails are a bit dry making the hikes easy and accessible, then as well the roads leading to the volcano is okay drying this time of June to September and December to February throughout the year. However, given the fact the volcano is a mountain high above sea level when you get to the top areas you will still experience drizzles and slippery grounds with this we do advice you have good hiking wears to make your hike a success. On top of your hiking, there are many other activities that can be added to your itinerary either before or after the hike in Rwanda, activities include wildlife viewing, Gorilla tracking, Chimpanzee tracking, Golden Monkey tracking among others. Contact us here for details for Hiking Bisoke Volcano in Rwanda
Equipments and packing list for hiking Bisoke Volcano in Rwanda.
Recommended to carry silk clothes and those that dry very fast and wicks away moisture, long sleeved shirts. This protects you from the sun burns and the amount of clothes to carry depending on the number of days you have. In most cases you would need to carry clothes that cover half the days you will be on the tour. Trousers you need tracksuits and those that are light and flexible while tracking. Also carrying less and light weight makes it easy for you to carry. They should also be water proof from rain.
These are a must for any hiking trip, specifically made to maneuver up hill, climbing stairs and navigating soggy grounds can be challenging if you have the wrong type of boots. They should be water proof from rain and soggy grounds, also hiking boots are much comfortable in hot temperatures, so protect your feet and be able to complete you hike with easy.
With all the hiking and moving that is done all day, do your feet some justice and put on fresh sandals to feel free and allow your feet to breath. These are used after taking a bath and relaxing around a camp fire before sleeping.
An essential and a must carry during a hiking trip, in Uganda it rains a lot and chances of rain finding you on the hike are high and make sure to carry a rain jacket to protect your bags and camera equipment. If you don’t have any packed, you can buy one in Uganda in any town you’re in.
Pairs of stocks
You need these as you can’t put on shoes without stockings; it absorbs the moisture that your feet produce. You need to carry a couple of these. Pack as much as you want for this trip and also during the need it gets very cold and you need to wear a very pair on your feet.
A backpack is important for your trip, to carry all your things together for the trip and since most hikes are for days you have a lot to carry. They are easy to carry and can be filled in with lots of these.
Sleeping bag and tents
Most of the hikes are out-door with few places offering accommodation and temperatures can be extreme some time like in the Rwenzori, so most of the time tents are encouraged and a sleeping bag for the night.
With meals only provided at specific times you need to carry your snacks before you start the hike and carry enough that will take you the duration of your stay on the hike. These are very good at boosting your energy levels and keep you going when the food is not ready yet.
These are basic important from sunburns and heat. With many people having skin problems when they get exposed to the sun
With a limited amount of water that you can carry with you on the hike, you are more likely to drink water from the streams coming from the mountain, so you need to carry with water purifier and water filter before you drink it.
To regulate your temperature and also protect you from cuts and bruises during the hike, this is a basic importance for any hiking trip and in case you don’t have any you can buy from within Uganda before the trip.
With no electricity in these places you need a headlamp or flashlight for the night time as you move from your tent. On some hikes you need to start much early in the night and this is where it becomes helpful because you have to make up the ground to the next destination.
As you hike you sweat a lot, this is when you need this or during the cold times you tend to get a running nose hence need to blow. Also it’s important to always carry one no matter where you are going.
First aid kit
Accidents are very common during hiking trips and anything can happen at any time especially cuts and dislocations of joints. Your First Aid Kit should have all the essentials that you need like bandages, pills, moleskin, pain killers and medications for complications that arise because of the high altitude.
Extra camera battery and extra memory cards
There is no charge on which camera you carry for your trip and it’s only with memories that you can truly say the trip was good one. You are allowed to carry with you your camera equipment and being that there are a lot of beautiful sceneries along the way opportunities for good photos are available hence an extra memory card and with limited charging on the mountain extra batteries will save your trip.
Where to stay when hiking Bisoke Volcano
Lodges close to Bisoke Volcano are in Volcanoes National Park these range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options, Luxury options include Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Volcanoes Lodge, Five Volcanoes Hotels and Mountain Gorillas’ Nest Lodge. The price ranges from USD300 to USD1000 per person per night.
The Midrange lodge options include Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Davinci Lodge. For budget lodges the options are many from basic accommodation to camping which include Kinigi Hotel, , Villa Gorilla, Virunga Hotel, Hotel Muhabura, Gorilla Solution LodgeFaraji Hotel and La Palme Hotel or Home Inn.
How to get to Bisoke Volcano
Biskoe Volcano is found within Volcanoes National Park and this can be best accessed by road; the drive from Kigali town is just 2-3 hours drive to Volcanoes National Park. Your driver guide will meet you for a short briefing at the designated hotel then set off to the park through the beautiful sceneries of the 1000 hills of Rwanda giving you an opportunity for a stop for photographs and sightseeing. Contact us here to book for you your hike of Bisoke Volcano in Rwanda.