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Adventure in Gakenke

Adventure in Gakenke

It takes three to five hours to reach the summit of Mount Kabuye through the main trail. This ten-kilometer hike is a great opportunity to burn calories while experiencing life in rural Rwanda.

From the starting point, approximately 1,600 meters (5,249 feet) above sea level, hikers ramble for about an hour before they take their first break. During the breather, they sit on comfortable benches and soak up breathtaking views.

After two more breaks, on equally comfortable benches and more stunning landscapes, tourists make the final push to the summit. Refreshments and organic energizers are served during each pause. The breaks are designed to create a picnic atmosphere. Apart from benches, trash bins and decent toilets have been installed along the trail.

The final 100-meter gradient is physically taxing, but not extremely strenuous. Overall, this activity’s level of difficulty is moderate.

Reaching 2,700 meters (8,800 feet) above sea level, Mount Kabuye is the third highest non-volcanic mountain in Rwanda behind Mount Muhungwe and Mount Bigugu. Its summit is embellished with volcanic rocks and lush forest vegetation.

While on the summit, stroll around the crest and feel the invigorating effect of the eucalyptus-scented, gentle wind. Take a minute to admire the panorama of the twin lakes. On a good day, the view of Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo volcanoes will take your breath away.

On the other side of the loop, you will be awestruck by the blurry appearance of Bisoke, Mikeno and Karisimbi. From this viewpoint, the three volcanoes look like paintings in the sky.

Mount Kabuye hiking and camping experiences are offered by Beyond the Gorillas Experience. Visit the company’s website through the banner displayed below and book your tour.

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