The Best Volcano Hikes and Climbs in Uganda – Virunga Volcanoes – & the Volcano Chain Eastern Uganda
Hiking and climbing the Virunga Mountains that Cook and Volcanoes in Eastern Uganda
Best Volcano Hikes and Climbs in Uganda. Uganda’s borders in the East and the Southwest are made of Volcanoes. Wherever you go on the border with Kenya or in the Southwest, there is the presence of Volcanoes. They are extinct in the east, including Mount Elgon, once the highest Mountain in Africa, until it blew its top. In the Southwest of Uganda, the Virunga Volcanoes are dormant or extinct.
All the Volcanoes are off the beaten path, places unknown to Visitors to Uganda, yet they are some of the Best Mountains to Climb in East Africa.
The Volcanoes’ distinct, rugged beauty provides an almost mystical, adventurous backdrop for climbing and hiking enthusiasts.
In recent years, those searching for authentic, beaten paths hiking enthusiasts have discovered them, and the word has gotten out.
Uganda is home to the Gorillas, Chimpanzees, abundant wildlife, the tallest Mountain Range in Africa, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, and the rugged Volcanoes that present a whole other picture of Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.
The Best Volcano Hikes and Climbs in Uganda
The Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Southwest Uganda:
The Virunga Volcanoes in Southwest are, for many, easily accessed while on a Safari in Southwest Uganda. They are also a mere 3 hours from Kigali.
3 Volcanoes can be climbed, including the most popular one, Mount Sabinyo (Sabyinyo0, which is a 9-hour round trip Hike-Climb. There are also Mount Muhavura (Muhabura) and Mount Gahinga, which can be climbed without the crowds. Some of the Trails require that you climb up on ladders.
Some visitors to Uganda choose to climb all three Volcanoes in Mgahinga Park. The added plus of the park is that you cannot only climb volcanoes but trek gorillas and golden monkeys, the cultural experience of the Batwa Trail, and do some of the hikes like the Gorge or Border Trail.
Mount Elgon Volcano was once Africa’s tallest Mountain until one-third of its top blew off a few million years ago.
Today Mount Elgon is part of the Eastern Uganda Adventure Region. You can climb Mount Elgon in four to six days. However, you can also do day-hikes on Mount Elgon and blaze down the Hiking Trails on a Mountain Bike.
Mount Elgon straddles the border of Kenya and Uganda – however, the tallest peak is in Uganda, and so is the large caldera.
We can arrange any climbing and hiking activity for you on Mount Elgon – Contact us below. A typical Climb is four days. Day hikes are an alternative that many choose.
Climb one of the highest extinct Volcanoes in northeastern Uganda and at the same time visit one of the most remote people groups in East Africa – the Ik People, who were the first people in the area and lived on top of the Volcano. The only way to reach the Ik People is on goat trails.
This is an eight-hour climb – hike with the added plus of a cultural encounter. The Volcano is located near Kidepo Valley Park and is undoubtedly in Uganda’s category of off-the-beaten-paths places.
Another added plus is that you can visit one of the most remote parks in East Africa, Kidepo Valley Park, rated as one of the parks in all of Africa by CNN and the best Destination by the Wanderlust Movement.
Mount Moroto is located in the remote Karamoja region in Eastern Uganda. It is best accessed from the Mount Elgon – Sipi Falls area as one makes the journey on Safari with us to Kidepo Valley Park.
The town of Moroto is the capital of Karamoja. It is a hub above Mount Moroto towers that can be climbed on a day or overnight hike.
Once again, the rugged beauty of this extinct Volcano is breathtaking, as is the view from it.
Like other places in this remote region, Mount Moroto is off-the-beaten Tourist Track.
The Climbing and hike combine the natural surroundings and local culture, making it extra special.
This can be a day-hike in part or overnight on the Mountain.
Uganda is one of the best countries for hiking in Africa. Jungles, Rainforests, savanna plains, mountains, and volcanoes can all be included in hiking safaris in the Pearl of Africa.
Hiking is an activity that has picked up in interest with visitors to Uganda. More and more want to get out of the Safari vehicle and hit the trails found in Uganda.
We will help you create that perfect hiking safari itinerary in Uganda that will spice up your time in Uganda with a bit of adventure and see things on foot and up close.
Just let us know what you want to do and see, and we will create it. Please Note: For security reasons, we do not do camping safaris.
When you come to Uganda to hike and trek to climb, you need different equipment than when reaching for a typical wildlife safari.
Here you will find the tips and advice needed for a reasonable hiking time in Uganda. If there is something not covered, please get in touch with us.
You will know what to wear, the need for a daypack, the best insect repellent for you, and more.
We have put together the Hiking Safari Tips and Advice to take out the guesswork and have you ready for your hikes in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.
One of the best hiking and climbing countries in East Africa, primarily because of the country’s diversity.
Know all you can before going on Safari. If you like to add the Best Volcano Hikes and Climbs in Uganda to your Safari- Please let us know and we will add them to your Itinerary.