Virunga Mountains are a chain of volcanoes which range north of Lake Kivu in east-central Africa, extending about 50 miles (80 km) along the borders of Congo (Kinshasa), Rwanda, and Uganda. The mountain range is a branch of the Albertine Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valley.
The range runs east-west, perpendicular to the rift valley in which lie Lakes Kivu and Edward. Of its eight major volcanic peaks, the highest is Karisimbi at 14,787 feet (4,507 metres). The Virunga Mountains are home of the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla.
An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offers stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, easily accessible and among the highest in Africa, beckoning an ascent.
We arrange day treks to the peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes along the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Trekking on the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda and within the Mgahinga National Park is certainly one of the highlights of a visit to western Uganda and Rwanda. Trekking in this area is physically challenging for most people.