2-Day Hike to the Summit of Bisoke Volcano, Rwanda

2 Days
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4X4 Land Cruiser
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Trip Overview

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali for the Mt Bisoke hiking Tour

Day 2: Hike to Bisoke Crater Lake


Day 1: Journey to Mt Bisoke for a challenging Hiking Tour.

Commencement of your Mt Bisoke Hiking Adventure

Today, a driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel or airport and take you on a journey to Musanze, located near Volcanoes National Park, for your Mt Bisoke hiking tour. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day preparing for the exciting adventure that awaits you the following day.


Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Le Bambou gorilla lodge
Day 2: Hike to the Crater Lake of Bisoke Volcano

The Ascent to the Crater Lake of Bisoke Volcano

Begin your day with an early morning transfer to the park headquarters for a 7:00 am briefing. The trek starts from the RDB offices in Kinigi and your driver-guide will take you to the starting point. At the park headquarters, you will receive a briefing about the expectations for the hike and what to be aware of. After the briefing, you’ll be taken to the trailhead where your hiking guide will lead the way.

The hike to Mt Bisoke, which stands at 3711m above sea level, is steep and challenging at some points, so porters are available to help carry your daypack and support you on the descent. You’ll be joined by a group of hikers and escorted by armed soldiers as a precaution against encountering dangerous wildlife. The ascent is not too steep at first, but the vegetation is thick. Take your time and pace yourself, keeping in mind the beautiful crater lake that awaits you at the summit.

The hike to the crater lake takes anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on your fitness level. Once you reach the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of the crater lake and the border with DR Congo. Take in the breathtaking views and enjoy a snack before beginning your descent, which is typically faster but can be slippery. The porters will assist you on the way down to make sure you make it safely.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: No accmmodation


Rwanda has 5 volcanoes within its boundaries, some it shares with Uganda and others with DR Congo with Sabyinyo volcano shared by all the three countries.  The Volcanoes in Rwanda are all part of Volcano national park. They are Mt Muhabura, Mt Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, Mt Bisoke and, Mt Karisimbi. Therefore when you hike to the peak of Sabyinyo, you have been to all the 3 countries at once.

Mount Bisoke Volcano hike to the Bisoke Crater lake is by far the most popular because of the beautiful scenery of the crater lake at the top. This is a day trip and hikers take it in 6 hours total whereas others take as long as 8 hours a day.


Le Bambou gorilla lodge
The beauty of the lodge is seen by its comfort, price, convenience as well as location. This is the only lodge offering a good view of mountain gorillas when in your private room. The lodge welcomes all visitors and enables them to experience the true wilderness of Rwanda at an affordable rate. The lodge is well designed to bring out the African style that will make you love the place and feel away from home.

Availability and Prices

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages