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Location DB > Rwanda > Ruhengeri > Parc National Des Volcans > Mount Kirasimbi Radio Tower
Mount Kirasimbi Radio Tower
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created by seany on 3/17/2005 7:52 AM
last modified by seany on 10/23/2008 6:40 PM
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At about 3500m there is an abandoned/destroyed support structure that was build during the towers construction for the engineers that housed the electrical generation facilities for the site at the peak. The way to the top is guided by a 150cm conduit that at one time held power cables run to the summit. At 4507m (the summit) There are two "shipping" containers that at one time held broadcast TV and FM radio equipment. The broadcast tower itself is ~30m tall and still has the original FM arrays from when It was operational; despite having been hit with a satchel charge during the war.

 Basic Information
Type: Buildings/radio tower
Status: Closed
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Parc National Des Volcans
Parc National Des Volcans, Ruhengeri
Owner: Rwandan Government/Orinfor
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  •  Hazards
  • Very bad weather, congan rebels
  •  Interesting Features
    It sits on top of Rwandas tallest mountain, which is also an inactive volcano. The FM arrays (for a comm junkie), war history, the view.

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • 2000+ meter climb to the summit
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1988
    Closed: 1994
     Required Equipment
  • rope
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • lots of water, food, guide
  •  Recommended Equipment
    armed guide, GPS, helicopter
    The tower site was built in 1988. Contracted by the Orinfor (Rwanda's only national TV station), A German engineering firm built the tower and the support facilities over several years, employing thousands of local workers to haul all of the building supplies to the peak. During the genocide in 1994 the tower was raided and the support structures were looted, and in some cases destroyed.

     Media Coverage
    video link taken by one of my co workers on the trip to the top.
     Future Plans
    The site will eventually become active again.

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    Trip to the top 04.07.29
    Thu, Mar 17th, 2005
    posted by seany
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 10/23/2008 7:35 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 23 08 at 19:35, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Oct 23 08 at 18:40, seany changed the following: Media Coverage, Web Links
  • on Dec 7 06 at 19:32, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 5 06 at 22:24, Captain Obvious changed the following: Recommendation, Recommended Equipment
  • on Mar 17 06 at 2:07, seany changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite
  • on May 16 05 at 20:57, seany updated basic gallery info
  • on May 16 05 at 20:56, seany made this location public
  • on Mar 22 05 at 22:14, seany updated a gallery picture
  • on Mar 17 05 at 9:31, seany made this location available
  • on Mar 17 05 at 9:30, seany updated basic gallery info
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Rwanda Radio Towermad_spikez915024247/26/2005 4:24 PM by mad_spikez915
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