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Mount Muhavura

Mount Muhavura is also known as Muhabura. This is one of the eight volcanoes known as the virunga Ranges. It is an extinct volcano and lies on the border between Rwanda and Uganda.

Rising to 4,127 metres asl, Muhabura is the third highest of the eight major mountains of the Virunga ranges. It lies within part of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Muhabura lies in both Uganda and Rwanda. It lies partly in Volcanoes National Park (PNV) of Rwanda and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

The name Muhabura comes from the local language, Kinyarwanda, which probably is derived from a historical use of the mountain to aid navigation. The park can be seen from many parts of Uganda and Rwanda because of its high slopes.

This classic volcanic cone is capped by a small lake. Seeing this lake is a modest reward for a 5 hour trek that rises 1700m to over 4100m. The mountain slopes are characterized by marvelous alpine vegetation.

The Muhuvura trail provides the quickest and shortest route to experience these dramatic plants while the View includes the five other Virunga volcanoes, the rift valley, Lake Edward and (in clear weather) the Rwenzori mountains. The 12km round trip takes around 8 hours. If you have your own equipment you should consider camping at the ranger post at the base of the volcano to make an early start (and improve your chances of clear views).