Monday, 24 November 2008

The volcanoes of Rwanda

This is what you see first thing in the morning at Kinigi. Gahinga on the left; Muhabura (14,000 feet) with wisps of cloud on the right. Two down; four more to go.....
Looking the other way, there are (L to R) Karisimbi, the highest mountain in Rwanda, Vishoke, which we were to climb, and in the background Mikeno which is inside the Congo. You also see the beautifully kept grounds at Kinigi.

About half past eight on a perfect morning, as we're on the run-in to the base of Vishoke. Left to right: Karisimbi, Vishoke, Mikeno.

Crossing the boundary wall to enter the National Park. Watch out for buffalo poo and see if you can smell any gorillas!

A beautiful mid-day shot of Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura. What looks like steam coming from Muhabura is (unfortunately) just a trail of cloud.

Pahoehoe (ropy lava) on our path. We're walking over the top of an old lava flow, and you can still see the wrinkles the liquid lava made as the outside skin cooled quicker than the runnier stuff inside it. Just like custard, but not as tasty.......

Mid afternoon. The same three volcanoes (Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura), but now the afternoon's storm is building up. You can see the potato fields on the fertile volcanic soils just outside the boundary wall.

Vesicular trachyte. Nature's version of Aero chocolate bars.

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