Mount Sabyinyo

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Mount Sabyinyo
Sabyinyo from the south
Highest point
Elevation3,669 m (12,037 ft)
Coordinates01°24′S 29°36′E / 1.400°S 29.600°E / -1.400; 29.600Coordinates: 01°24′S 29°36′E / 1.400°S 29.600°E / -1.400; 29.600
Mount Sabyinyo is located in Rwanda
Mount Sabyinyo
Mount Sabyinyo
Location in Rwanda, on the DRC/Rwanda/Uganda border
LocationDemocratic Republic of the CongoRwandaUganda
Parent rangeVirunga Mountains
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruptionPleistocene[1]

Mount Sabyinyo ("Sabyinyo" is derived from the Kinyarwanda word "Iryinyo", meaning "tooth"; also "Sabyinyo, Sabyinio") is an extinct volcano in eastern Africa in the Virunga Mountains. Mount Sabyinyo is the oldest volcano of the range. It is north-east of Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes, and west of Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. The summit of the mountain, at 3,669 metres (12,037 ft), marks the intersection of the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda, and holds religious significance to local tribes. It also is within the adjoining national parks established by these countries: Virunga National Park in the DRC, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

The slopes of Mt. Sabyinyo are a habitat for the critically endangered[citation needed] mountain gorilla. The mountain carries the local nickname "Old Man's Teeth," because its serrated summit resembles worn teeth in a gum line (in contrast to the perfect conical summits of the adjacent mountains in this range).[2]


  1. ^ "Sabinyo". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. ^ Briggs, Philip (2013). Uganda, Bradt Travel Guides. Bradt. p. 268. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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