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VISIT MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK:
Our 3 Day Mgahinga gorilla tracking tour will take you to Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda.

Small and still marginalized by tourists and tour operators, Mgahinga National Park is the only park in Uganda where mountain gorillas co-exist with Mgahinga Golden monkeys hence a saying that it's where “Gold meets silver”.
This 3 Day Mgahinga gorilla trekking tour is meant for those who do not have enough time at their disposal but want to trek mountain gorillas.
Our 3 Day Mgahinga gorilla trekking safari starts and ends in either Kampala or Entebbe with stops at the equator crossing for photography. Kindly Enquire from here.
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 VISIT MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest park in Uganda covering an area of 33.7km2Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southwestern tip of Uganda in the Kisoro district. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park adjoins Rwanda’s Volcano national park and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national parks and is part of the Virunga conservation areaMgahinga Gorilla National Park takes its name from “Gahinga” – the local word for piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmlands. It covers an altitude between 2227m – 4127m above sea level. While in the park, you will experience six vegetation types, Afromontane, tree heathers, montane forest, bamboo, montane woodland, and former farmland.

The Virunga National Park ranges have eight volcanoes and three of the conical peaks are in Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Muhabura is the highest at 4,127m – the name is translated ‘guide’ in the local language, they used it as a reference to give direction because it towered above everything else. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has panoramic views of Uganda and Rwanda with a clear lake at its summit 36m wide. Gahinga at 3,474m is also the smallest of the Virunga volcanoes; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park's name is derived from the ‘piles of rock’ that are cleared from farmlands. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has a swamp-filled crater on the top that measures about 180m wide. Finally, Sabyinyo at 3,669m is translated as ‘old man’s teeth’ because of the deep gorges and ravines that dissect it. On the highest peak of Sabyinyo is where you find the intersection between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can take a hike to all these peaks in one day; you will be rewarded with magnificent views and great photographic moments.

Mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla national park

The main attraction in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is gorilla trekking just like its name suggests. The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only one habituated gorilla family called the Nyakagezi gorilla group with a Silverback Bugingo who is about 50 years old and leads the group. The rest of the gorillas have not to be habituated for tourism.

Uganda Wildlife in Mgahinga Gorilla national park

Animals of Mgahinga Gorilla national park
Mgahinga Gorilla national park
is home to 76 mammal species but many are difficult to see in the wild because of the vegetation. Look out for bush pigs, South African porcupines, forest buffaloes, bushbucks, forest Elephants, golden cats, etc. The main animals that bring people to this park are the endangered mountain gorillas and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park golden monkeys.

Birds of Mgahinga Gorilla national park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
is home to about 180 bird species with some of the spectacular Albertine rift endemics. The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has varied montane habitats, which provide an excellent home for the different birds. The bird species in Mgahinga gorilla national park include Kivu Ground Thrush, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, White Starred Robin, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Batis, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Olive Pigeon, and Black-headed waxbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, Cape Robin. More species include; White-starred Robin, Brown Woodland Warbler, Striped breasted Tit, Malachite, Scarlet-tufted, Greater Double collard Sunbirds

Safaris Tours  and Activities to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park
Gorilla tracking
like all activities in Mgahinga gorilla national park is done on foot because the park is mainly mountainous. Early morning you will get to the starting point – Ntebeko gate at 8 am where you receive a briefing about the expectations while you are tracking gorillas in Uganda. Your ranger guide will go ahead of you sharing stories of the gorilla highlands in Uganda. You will learn about the different members of the Nyakagezi family and general gorilla behaviors. The ranger will be in touch with the earlier trackers who will share information on where the gorillas nested the previous night. Once they are located – you have an opportunity to spend up to one hour in the presence of gorillas. Remember that should you have a communicable disease, you will not be allowed to track gorillas to avoid the likelihood of passing on the disease to the gorillas. Carry long-sleeved shirts, trousers, garden gloves, sun hat, rain poncho, and insect repellant, and sturdy boots.

Golden Monkey tracking Mgahinga Gorilla national park
The other main activity in Mgahinga gorilla national park is golden monkey trekking. In Uganda, this is the only place you can track Mgahinga Gorilla National Park golden monkeys, which are also endangered and endemic to the Albertine rift valley. There are an estimated 3000-4000 individuals in the Virunga area of which 40-65 are habituated in Mgahinga gorilla national park. You will start your journey to track these beautiful primates with your ranger guide after a briefing. You need to be averagely fit to transverse the mountainous area because unlike gorillas which can in the same area for a while, golden monkeys tend to move a lot.

Bird watching Mgahinga Gorilla national park
Mgahinga offers excellent bird viewing opportunities with different trails. The gorge trail lies between Gahinga and Sabinyo takes about 3 hours for birders. Species to look out for while on this trail include Brown-crowned Tchagra, Rwenzori Batis, Black-headed Waxbill, Cape Robin-chat, and Bronze, Regal, and Blue-headed Sunbirds.

You can in addition take on the bamboo trail, which starts from 2500m above sea level. Here you have increased chances of sighting the Rwenzori turaco, Banded Prinia, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Red-faced woodland warbler, and Chubb’s cisticola.

Nature and Hiking walks in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Hike up Gisozi hill and experience great views of Kisoro and Bunagana town as well as Lake Mutanda. You will also view the Calderas while atop this hill. Walk along Congo's border and transcend different vegetation zones.

Mountain and Volcano climbing in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The Virunga volcanoes are a chain of eight volcanoes, which dot the borders of Uganda, DR Congo, and Rwanda. Three of the conical peaks are in Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Mt Muhavura is the highest at 4127m and it is a 12km round trip, which takes around 8 hours to hike. Hikers will enjoy views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward, Bwindi impenetrable forest, and the peaks of Mt Rwenzori. There is also a small crystal lake on its summit

Mt Sabinyo is next at 3669 m; it is a 14km round trip and equally takes about 8 hours to hike. Hikers follow a steep ridge to the peak. The border of Rwanda, Uganda, and DR Congo meeting on the summit of Mt Sabinyo.

Lastly is Mt Gahinga at 3474m topped by a swamp-filled crater of about 180m wide and giant lobelia.

Caves in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Caves are found on some of the steep slopes of the mountains and you can visit some while on your hiking adventure. The most famous is Garama Cave, found near the park headquarters. It was home to the Batwa and acted as a fortress in times of war protecting them and their loot from their enemies.

Cultural experiences: Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The Batwa lived in the forest for centuries. As hunter-gatherers, they depended on the forest for food, medicine, and shelter. The Batwa trail takes you back into the forest where you experience life as it was lived by the Batwa – they will guide you into the forest and demonstrate hunting skills, gather honey, pick medicinal plants and demonstrate how to use bamboo for various uses.

Access to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
You can reach the park by road from Kampala via Kabale to Kisoro. You can also take a scheduled or chartered flight from Entebbe to Kisoro.

Mgahinga Gorilla Lodges and Camps
Mt Gahinga Lodge

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Day 1: Drive To Mgahinga National Park

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park

Day 3: Transfer back To Kampala from Mgahinga gorilla trekking tour

Detailed Itinerary of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day 1: Drive To Mgahinga National Park

You will be picked from your overnight hotel in Entebbe or Kampala by our driver guide who will brief you about your trip, make sure that you have all the necessary gear and paperwork.

You will then drive to Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda with some stopovers at Mpambire royal drum makers to witness how drums are made from skins and wood.

You will then proceed to the Equator crossing and then to Mbarara town for Lunch at Agip Motel or Igongo Cultural Center depending on the time at your disposal.

After lunch, you will take a scenic drive to Kisoro district starting with the flatlands of Ntungamo, and the rolling hills of Kabale to terraced hills and meandering roads to Kisoro District.

You will arrive in time for a short relaxation, dinner, and overnight at the lodge.

Drive time: Approximately 9-10 hours

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Kisoro Travelers Rest Inn

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park

After an early breakfast, our driver will drive you to Mgahinga National Park headquarters arriving in time for the briefing. Before the briefing, your passport details will be required to make sure that you are eligible to trek mountain gorillas. This will be followed by a briefing from one of the UWA rangers about gorilla trekking, dos and don’ts and instructions to be followed on the trek, with the gorillas, and after the trek. You will then be led to the forest to search for the mountain gorillas. Mgahinga National Park has only one habituated mountain gorilla family called Nyakagezi which used to move between Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park but it is now permanently resident in Uganda. Once you find Nyakagezi Family, you will be allowed one hour with the gorillas and then return to the Lodge for your overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Kisoro Traveller’s Rest Inn.

Day 3: Transfer back To Kampala from Mgahinga gorilla trekking tour

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport for your late departure flight out marking the end of your 3-day Mgahinga gorilla trekking safari.
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