Mt. Bisoke is a dormant volcano, located within Volcanoes National Park, and it also forms part of the Virunga mountain range bordering on DRC. It is approximately a 3 hr drive from Kigali capital city.
Starting off the Bisoke cater hike requires you first to meet your guide and group at the park reception. At the station also expect to have a briefing about the hike from one of the rangers about the hike. They will then guide you and your vehicle to the parking area to begin the hike. Note that the road from the reception to the parking area is very rocky and muddy depending on recent rains, you may require a 4×4 to access the starting point for the hike.
The Bisoke hike is guided. This hike climbs to the top of Mt. Bisoke. It is a strenuous and challenging as gorilla trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes national park therefore if your going for it, its best to set aside a full day to do only the hike as it requires you to have energy. I would not attempt this hike if you are unfit because you may stop halfway and turn back. There are porters that are willing to take your pack up for you for a fee. Once at the top, its very beautiful and totally worth the effort, you are rewarded with magnificent views of the forest and the crater lake.
Some tips when going for this hike : Be sure to book the hike in the dry season, otherwise be prepared to contend with mud, mud and more volcanic mud that literally sucks you down. Very recommendable to hiring porters from park reception
Top Tip: Keep your eyes and ears open on the hike, you may just come across a group of mountain gorillas on the hike!