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Mount Gahinga hike

Gahinga is a dormant volcano in the Virunga Mountain Range on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. Gahinga lies between Muhabura and Sabyinyo and it is the smallest of all. Gahinga Volcano a swampy area on its peak and the swampy area is about 180 meters wide.

Mount Gahinga, whose elevation is 3,474 meters, is part of a chain of 5 volcanic mountains of the Volcano National Park. The volcano chain spans across Uganda, Rwanda and the RDC. The vegetation across the mountain is composed of the bamboo making the main vegetation. Like Muhabura and Sabyinyo the bamboo forests on Mount Gahinga are a habitat of the endangered mountain Gorillas. On top of the famous mountain gorillas, Gahinga is almost home to several other species of animals and birds that form part of the Mount Gahinga ecosystem. The equally endangered golden monkeys are an example of that ecosystem.

The mount Gahinga hiking permit costs $75

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