Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home of beautiful amazing mountain gorillas. It is also a home to golden monkeys. Andif you want to see them, it is equally an amazing journey and interact with them from their natural setting.
Furthermore, Mgahinga national park is under Bwindi, Mgahinga conservation area. More so, under virunga massive and so virunga massive is shared by the three countries. For example; the virunga national park in democratic republic of Congo, volcano national park in Rwanda and Mgahinga national park on the side of Uganda
The Mgahinga national park is located in kisoro district in south western Uganda in kigezi sub region. It was created in 1991 and it covers the total land area of 33.9sq km. Further, its is also located in three active volcanoes namely mount Muhavura, mount Sabinyo and Mgahinga. The journey from Kampala the capital city of Uganda takes about 9-10 hours with en-route visits to amazing adventures and en-route delicious meals.
Mgahinga national park has one gorilla family ready for gorilla trekking and that Nyakangezi gorilla group. it is with 9 members per now and the group has 3 adult silverback and the dominant silver back. More so, this mentioned group is fully habituated.
In addition, Mgahinga national park is home to over 76 mammal species, 180 species of birds. Furthermore, also to over 400 individuals of golden monkey and some habituated for golden monkey tracking. The Park derives its name from Gahinga the local word meaning the piles of volcanic rocks (stones) cleared from farm lands.
Mgahinga is accessed by using two different means that is by road drive or by flying to kisoro airstrip. The drives takes around 9 to 10 hours’ drive by road from kampala capital city of Uganda covering 482km driving on tarmac road. This is from from kampala ,masaka , mbarara road and then to kabale kisoro. And agin while enjoying the adventure and amazing sceneries in kigezi along the way
But mgahinga is also accessed by an organized internal flight from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to kisoro airfield. It takes about 45minutes on flight. This may help you to avoid long hours’ drive by road that will delay you while on your short safari vacation to Uganda the pearl of Africa
However you should know that taking flight is much expensive than driving by road. But if you have time you should prefer driving by road because you have chances of viewing and meeting more interesting adventures along the way. More so, meeting beautiful sceneries of Uganda nature. However while also with flight you will reward you with the aerial view of kigezi hill and Lake Bunyonyi 29 Island called the Switzerland of Uganda
Gorilla trekking is the most activity famously known in mgahinga gorilla national park. And it’s done through the organized trails in the forest of Mgahinga. It is for walking on foots because the park is mountainous . You receive early morning briefing from the ranger guides who takes you for the whole process of gorilla trekking.
Mgahinga gorilla national park has one gorilla group called Nyakagezi family where you’re taken to learn the gorilla behaviors. This is carried out while standing in close contact and having chance to see the gentle silverback.
You’re only allowed to stay with gorillas for only one hour once your allocated them. Remember you’re encouraged to move with rain coats, gumboots and gloves. More so dont forget the packed lunch with drinking water if possible.
Golden monkey trekking is also another famous activity in mgahinga gorilla national park. This activity is done in only place in Uganda (Mgahinga). Where you can track golden monkeys and their endangered and endemic primate species in the Albertine rift valley.
In addition, Over 50 – 75 species of golden monkeys are habituated in mgahinga gorilla national park. It is with estimated number of 4000 individuals in virunga area. Your start your amazing golden monkeys with briefing from ranger guides and after start your trek to meet with the interesting golden monkeys.
Mgahinga is one of the best birding destinations in Uganda with over 180 species of birds. It provides beautiful bird viewing chances with different trails in the forest.The bamboo trail which starts from 2500m above sea level provides species. For example; Rwenzori Turaco, red-faced woodland warbler banded prinia and many more
And the gorge trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo provides with species like cape robin chat, Rwenzori batis, blue headed sunbird and many more
Batwa trail visit is also another activity in mgahinga national park. It provides with excellent cultural experience about Batwa. Batwa people lived in the forest of mgahinga generation back. These people they depended on hunting and food gathering in the forest
It is the rewarding experience while learning the life style of batwa. In fact they demonstrate how they hunted and use of cultural items they used for hunting like spears, arrows and finally reward you with their cultural dances.
You will walk and hike to the Gisozi hill and experience the great views of mgahinga national park, Bwindi national park, lake Mutanda and kisoro town
Mountain climbing in mgahinga national park is another great activity carried in three peaks. For example; virunga volcanoes, in Uganda mgahinga national park . Again, it is hiked in one day providing with great of views of western arm rift valley and mount Rwenzori. Futher, mount Sabinyo is the second with 3669m itis