Gorilla Trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park
Gorilla trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park is one of the most sought tourist activities in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that tourists do enjoy while in the park. Mgahinga National Park, also Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, is the smallest of all national parks of Uganda, covering about 33 square kilometres only with an altitude of 4127m above sea level. Mgahinga National Park is located in the south western region of Uganda, in the district of Kisoro, near the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda that Mgahinga gorilla trekking safaris from Rwanda are made possible.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the three Virunga Massifs that inhabit the endangered mountain gorillas, with the other two being Virunga National Park of the Congo and Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda; while independent Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in Uganda as well, hosting more than half the world population of mountain gorillas. Mgahinga National Park was gazetted in 1991 with the aim of protecting the then critically endangered mountain gorillas, as well as conserve the great biodiversity of the park.
Gorilla trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park is made possible with the presence of the 80 mountain gorillas recorded to inhabit the park. Of all the 80 mountain gorillas in the park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only one habituated gorilla family which tourists can encounter with a gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park safari. The Nyakagezi gorilla family is the only fully habituated gorilla family which tourists do encounter while on a gorilla safari in the park. With only one habituated gorilla family, gorilla Uganda safaris to Mgahinga National Park are great because the park attracts fewer crowds.
Having one habituated gorilla family means that there are only 8 gorilla trekking permits which can be sold per day, having only 8 trekkers enjoying gorilla trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park. travellers intending to do gorilla trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park are advised therefore to book early so as to secure one’s gorilla trekking permit, from the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala or headquarters in Ntebeko, or through a trusted tour operator. A Uganda gorilla trekking permit is required for one to be able to enjoy gorilla trekking. A gorilla trekking permit costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and only ugx250000 for East African citizens, per person per trek. A Uganda gorilla trekking permit is much cheaper than the Rwanda gorilla permit which costs $1500 per person per trek; with this in mind, gorilla trekking Uganda from Kigali is made very possible, given Mgahinga National Park is even easily accessible from Rwanda.
Gorilla trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park experience
Gorilla trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park experience has travellers waking up early in the morning, and departing the lodges with a packed lunch if they wish to, to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park headquarters of Ntebeko from where they shall find park officials and other trekkers. The park officials shall then brief you about what to expect, and the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking that you are expected to follow to the dot. After, you shall be given time to hire a porter if you think you would need one or more. Thereafter, you shall proceed to start your search for the Nyakagezi gorilla family in the company of a tour guide as well as park rangers who are most times armed. The average time you shall take gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park can range from 30 minutes to 4 hours or more depending on the location of the gorilla family and the terrain, especially on days when the Nyakagezi gorilla family moves as far as any of the three volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park say Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhabura and Mount Sabinyo. During the gorilla trek in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, look out for other wildlife and attractions in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park especially the scenic beauty and volcanoes. Once you do encounter the Nyakagezi gorilla family, you shall have only one hour with them after which you shall leave them to enjoy the rest of their day, as you trek back to the park headquarters and proceed with the rest of your park activities while on a Uganda safari.
Best time to do gorilla trekking
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be visited all throughout the year, but the best time to enjoy gorilla trekking is during the dry season which fill in the months of June through October, and December to February which also re the peak tourism season in Uganda and the world at large. The dry season has the roads and paths are nit slippery and muddy making it easy to access the park, the park trails and paths are not overgrown with vegetation making gorilla viewing much easier.
Apart from gorilla trekking Uganda- Mgahinga National Park, other activities in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that tourists can enjoy include golden monkey tracking, volcano hiking, nature walks, and the Batwa cultural trail, among so many others. Interested in gorilla trekking sometime soon? Simply reach out to a trusted tour operator for an amazing gorilla safari package, get in touch with us for more information about gorilla trekking Uganda Mgahinga National Park and more.