Mount Sabyinyo carries the local nickname “Old Man’s Teeth” because its serrated summit resembles worn teeth in a gum. Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano in eastern Africa, in the Virunga Mountains, a chain of volcanoes in East Africa, along the northern border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda spanning to be part of the Albertine Rift Mountains, which border the western branch of the East African Rift.
It derived its name from the Kinyarwanda word “Iryinyo”, meaning “tooth “). It spans northeast of lake kivu, This is on record to be one of the African Great Lakes, and west of Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. Mount Sabinyo is recorded to have a height of 3,645 metres and marks the intersection of the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.
It adjoins some of the national parks established by these countries; Virunga National Park in Congo, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Of which, many tourists prefer trekking Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, reason being the fact that, this place contains the biggest number of endangered gorillas.
Mount Sabyinyo is also known to be a habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla species. It’s also on record that, that this mountain carries the local nickname “Old Man’s Teeth” because its serrated summit resembles worn teeth in a gum. Other volcanoes in the Virunga region either lie in one of the countries or are shared between two countries, Mt. Sabinyo lies at the meeting point of the all the three borders.
In Uganda, Mt Sabinyo is located within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the southwestern corner of the country as it habituates many Gorillas. Sabinyo’s slopes have many craters with sharp ridges, it has to be noted that the mountain cannot be trekked in the other two countries except in Uganda.
More to that, the mountain is covered by montane forests, different wild life like frogs, chameleons, bird species, the golden monkeys, primates, Gorillas among others. For those who intend to do mountain climbing for one day, the trek can take you roughly 8 hours, ie. Four hours to the summit, and then fours back depending on your biological abilities and weather