Mount Gahinga
Mount Gahinga
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This volcano, together with Mount Muhavura and Mount Sabinyo, are the three northernmost peaks of the Virunga chain. The entire area is home to rare mountain gorillas.
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Steeve
Kigali, Rwanda4,789 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I climbed Mount Gahinga a week ago with my girlfriend. It was her first hike ever! It's good for a first hike. It's not too tough. We both enjoyed it. We were alone with a guide, two porters and five soldiers. One porter carried our small bags. The other carried the guide's small bag. The guide was a woman named Angel. She was nice. The first part of this hike is a bamboo forest. We saw the footsteps of elephants but didn't see any of them. The second half was a narrow and steep trail through a different kind of vegetation. We reached the top after about three hours: 3,474 meters. We lied down in the welcoming grass, took a few pictures and had our lunch. And then we climbed down. It took about two hours and a half to do so. I didn't feel tired after that. My girlfriend did, but she was happy to have made it to the top. In conclusion, I would say that it is a good climb for couples. It brings you closer to each other because you need to help the less experienced one, again and again. In any case, I advise you to wear rubber boots, like the porters and the guides. If you don't, your feet will be wet two thirds of the time. Is that what you want?
Written 31 January 2023
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Laura W
San Francisco, CA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Awesome place to see Mountain Gorillas. There’s a family of 8 here and we saw a good mix of them while trekking both days. Friendly guides, super helpful porters. Felt safe and had an incredible up close experience with the gorilla family.
Written 19 July 2019
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Nomadic_Giraffe
Shropshire, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Volcano walk it said in the itinerary - so we left our lodge to get started, briefing began and we learned we were going on a HIKE !!! well, the furthest myself and my husband walk is to the pub and back...... anyhow, we enlisted porters ( who were absolutely a godsend at $15 each) to carry our rucksacks and set off up the volcano, so far so good, minimal elevation and then a couple of hours in, passing much beautiful scenery and wildlife including chameleons and gigantic worms the legs started feeling the climb, luckily our guide was fabulous as he let us go at our own pace and eventually, 4 hours later we got to the top to see the crater lake - the pain was so worth it, the clouds, rainforest and views of the other volcano peaks was spectacular.....and then the long walk back down - totally recommend
Written 10 March 2019
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Uganda specialist
Kampala, Uganda39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
while on the mountain i got a chance to see the rest of the kigezi region, i cant have enough words to explain my experience but it was rather unique, the only place where gold meets silver
Written 27 February 2019
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las-Montreal_Canada
montreal, canada162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Great but difficult hike for five hours, as the monkeys kept moving Some people had much trouble as ground was slippery in places and difficult jungle terrain But the monkeys were great. Take a lunch and lots of water.
Written 23 February 2019
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Timothy L
Kampala, Uganda21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
We went Mountaineering. The hike was quite fascinating because of all the varying vegetation and climatic zones. The bamboos are quite the sight. Its not as long as Sabinyo or Muhavura and not as prolonged in steepness either. However the crater swamp at the summit is rather rewarding. Theres lots of other activities you can do while on the mountain itself; the batwa trail, golden monkeys... Id recommend it if you are not too sure you can take on a mountain yet.
Written 1 August 2018
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chezmoi2017
Esch-sur-Sure, Luxembourg30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
remake as soon as possible, unbelievable lodge ans nicest manager, Gorilla tracking perfect even if support porters are needed, but the fees are low and feeds up to 10 people
Written 21 February 2018
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Ebock24
New York City, NY15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
An enjoyable hike with views of the surrounding landscape and the most intimate animal encounter imaginable.
Written 13 January 2021
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Pritom Phookun
Oslo, Norway11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Very well organised, professional and friendly guides, beautiful landscapes while trekking. And finally, the awesome gorillas from very close range. Sighting practically guaranteed since professional trackers keep monitoring movement of gorilla families. Spent one hour with the gorillas which was sufficient to enjoy their company and take large number of photos and videos.
Make sure to wear galoshes for the mushy grpound, thick trousers, long sleeved shirt & gloves to protect against stinging nettles. Carry drinking water. A cap and water proof wind cheater would be helpful. Also caah for tips to trackers, guide, and gunman.
Written 11 November 2019
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Carolyn M
Calgary, Canada39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Went to see the Golden Monkeys first. Fair walk, but the guide made it pass easily. The trackers found the monkeys and delivered us right into their midst. The monkeys were not bothered by our presence so we were able to watch them at their best. The staff and the porters all did a great job. The porters help you get through the steeper parts and the money goes right to the local communities.

The next day we went to see the 11 member gorilla troop. Wow. What an experience! Right in amongst the troop; babies and all. The bush there is relatively open, so nothing impeded the view or access. Just like the monkeys the staff, the trackers and the porters all did a fantastic job.

An experience you will never forget.
Written 18 February 2019
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