Mount Karisimbi

Karisimbi volcano seen from the volcano Visoke from


The Karisimbi is a dormant volcano in the Virunga volcanic chain and the highest elevation of Rwanda. With 4507 m altitude is the Karisimbi, the highest of the eight peaks of the mountain range that is part of the East African grave breach.

The name probably comes from the word Karisimbi Isimbi, which means in Kinyarwanda "little white shell ". This is an allusion to the white snow cap, which sometimes is at the high volcano.

Between the Karisimbi and the Visoke the Karisoke Research is ( Karisoke Research Center). There Dian Fossey lived from 1967 until her death in 1985, in order to monitor the mountain gorillas, which only occur in this area and explore.