The Virunga Mountains
The Virunga massif is home to three volcano national parks which are home to the 8 Virunga volcano mountains also termed as mountain ranges. The volcano national parks that are home to the 8 Volcano Mountains include Virunga national park that is situated in the town of Goma in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, volcanoes national park of Rwanda plus Mgahinga gorilla national park that is found in the south western region of Uganda. These mountains include mount Karisimbi, mount Mikeno, mount Nyiragongo, mount Mahabura, mount Bisoke, mount Gahinga, mount Sabinyo, and mount Nyamulagira.
Mount Nyiragongo, this is one of the active volcano mountains that are situated in the heart of Virunga national park and the mount is part of the 8 mountains in Virunga conservation massif. The mountain is famous for its lava lake which is situated in true summit elevation of the mountain about 3250 meters as well as the composite volcano that is situated inside mount Nyiragongo. Hiking this mountain offers travelers an insight to enjoy the boiling lava scenic views in the lava lake at that top of the mountain.
Mount Sabinyo, this stretches its boundaries in three countries such as Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo, Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The mountain is the oldest and it is found on an elevation of 3674 meters, there are a lot of historical cultural myths that is attached to this mountain and it can easily be hiked from Mgahinga national park.
Mount Nyamulagira, this is also an active mountain that has had about 40 eruptions with the last one happening in 2014 and it is situated in Nord-Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it borders mountain Nyiragongo in the north western region. Mount Nyamulagira is stands on an elevation of 3058 meters.
Mount Gahinga, this is situated in Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda and it is the smallest Virunga mountain that borders Rwanda. The mountain is at an elevation of 3474 meters. The mountain has caldera swamp that is about 180 kilometer.
Mount. Mikeno, this is a dormant volcanic mountain that is situated in Virunga national park and it is the second highest mountain among the 8 Virunga Mountains that are found in the Virunga massif conservation area. The name Mikeno was given to mountain to due to the poor people who were staying around the mountain.
Mount Karisimbi, the highest mountain in the Virunga conservation massif that is found in volcanoes national park is famous for mountain hiking activities. The mountain offers snow experience in the dry season in the months of June, July, and September and august thus it is worth a visit after the gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda.
Mount Bisoke, this is the fourth highest mountain among the 8 mountains of the Virunga volcano massif area, the mountain borders Rwanda where the summit of the mountains situated in volcanoes national park and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
All these Virunga Mountains offer hiking adventure experience except mount Nyamulagira and when travelers hike up the summit of the mountain they will enjoy different breath taking views of the surround environment as well getting an opportunity to encounter with different primates like mountain gorillas, golden monkeys among others as well as unique wildlife at slopes such as the forest elephant.