Hiking Mount Karisimbi Terms And Conditions

hiking mount karisimbi terms and conditions


Tourist permit fee for mount karisimbi

Visitor Category

  • Foreigner                                        
  • Foreign resident in Rwanda 
  • Rwandan citizen                        
  • East African citizen                
  • East African Foreign resident 


  • $ 400            
  •  $ 250             
  • RWF 30000   
  •  $ 200             
  •  $ 300            


  •  -
  • $ 180
  •  RWF 15000
  •  $ 180
  •   $ 180


Tourists are advised against making erroneous, incomplete or false applications. Such cases may include among others, applying for the wrong product, uploading a false ID /Visa and uploading an expired ID/ Visa. Please be advised that verification of tourist documents is done at park entry gates. Tourists who made erroneous, incomplete or false applications WILL be denied entry to the park regardless of whether they paid and acquired a system-generated permit.


In case of any doubt regarding your application and supporting documents please send your inquiry to Devine African Safaris Reservation Office on email info@gorillasafariscompany.com


Rwanda Development Board accepts no liability for erroneous, incomplete or fraudulent applications



Guidelines for hiking Mount Karisimbi 


Reporting times at Visitor Information/registration Centre's at Park entry is 07h00 in the morning.

Foreign Residents in Rwanda and East African countries need to have a minimum of four consecutive months' residency status/work permit in their passport or diplomatic card to qualify for the Rwandan/East African Foreign resident status.

A Diplomat who has a Residence visa can be allowed to use the applicable resident rates for his spouse and legally accepted children even if the spouse and legally accepted children do not have the resident visas (reside outside of Rwanda).


Reporting East African residents need to provide EAC ID Cards or Passports.

A Tourist with one Rwandan parent and a tourist with a Rwandan spouse will be considered as Rwandan as long as Immigration and Emigration Director General confirms it.



The minimum age for hiking Karisimbi is 15 years.

A maximum number of twelve (12) of Karisimbi hikers is permitted in one group.


Processing Time

A Tourist Permit will be automatically issued by this system upon completion of the application process.


Application Process

The Application process is as simple as picking an available slot in the product of your choice, filling mandatory forms, uploading requisite support documents and paying the applicable fees.

Applications are made with full details of the client (names and passport email and phone number) at the time of payment.

Bookings and Reservations are done on a first come first served basis.

Rwandan nationals are expected to pay full amount at the time of booking.


About hiking mount Karisimbi 

Mount Karisimbi is an inactive volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At 4,507 metres (14,787 ft), Karisimbi is the highest of the eight major mountains of the mountain range, which is a part of Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Karisimbi is flanked by Mikeno to the north, Bisoke to the east and Nyiragongo to the west, on the other side of the Rift Valley. Karisimbi is the 11th highest mountain of Africa.


The name Karisimbi comes from the word 'amasimbi' in the local language, Kinyarwanda, which means snow. Snow can mostly be found during the dry season in June, July and August on the top of the volcano.

Between Karisimbi and Bisoke is the Karisoke Research Center, which was founded by Dian Fossey in order to observe the mountain gorillas living in this area.

On February 27, 1908 an expedition led by Egon Von Kirschstein was coming down the Branca Crater when a hailstorm and snowstorm caused twenty of the expedition's porters to perish.