Giant Lobelia’s Muhavura volcano

In the border area of Uganda near Rwanda and Congo, lies the national park Mghahinga. This park is surrounded by a layer of forest, bamboo, heather and the Virunga Volcanoes, which in Uganda consist of the Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo (and two other volcanoes, but which are located in Congo and Rwanda). This is where the rare Golden Monkeys and mountain gorillas live. In addition, on the tops of the volcanoes you can find very special vegetation: giant lobelias.

Foto’s en tekst: Henk Bothof

The ascent of the Muhavura (4137m) is a tough trip with the risk of altitude sickness. It is possible that – as happened to Angelique – you have to leave at a few hundred meters because of severe headaches. If you are physically strong enough – like Henk – there is a tough last climb over narrow and smooth wooden ladders and stairs waiting for you. A carrier is necessary here and make sure you have enough food and drink.

When you arrive at the top, the satisfaction is big with fields full of giant lobelias and a crystal clear crater lake, where you can quench your thirst. There are almost no parasites at this altitude. As if you have a small, uninhabited prehistoric island all to yourself. And with a clear blue sky, the panoramic view extends as far as Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Finally the top!


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