Mgahinga National Park, Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Mgahinga National Park is located South West of Uganda in Kisoro District close to Kabale in Bufumbira County. Other than Bwindi Forest, travelers interested in Gorilla Trekking can visit the park to experience amazing Gorilla Trekking Adventures similar to those offered by the prominent Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The park comprises of 3 of the 8 Virunga Volcanoes and these include; Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo and these can be hiked by all kinds of travelers from all over the globe interested in hiking safari Tours in Uganda on holiday.
Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park
Gorilla Trekking is the most prominent safari activity carried out in the park and this is very exciting for all travelers that get here to experience the best Gorilla Safari experiences on vacation holiday. The Gorilla trekking process starts by transferring to the head quarters where you will be briefed on the Dos and Don’ts around the Mountain Gorillas then in groups of 8 and a skilled ranger guide, you will transfer to penetrate the forest to track the rare species of Mountain Gorillas in their natural vegetation habitat.
You will transfer from one place to another in the forest searching for the majestic Mountain Gorillas for a period of 3-5 hours and when you meet them you are allowed to stay in their presence for an hour taking numerous beautiful photos to keep for memories.
After Gorilla Trekking you will transfer back to the head quarters to get your Gorilla Trekking Certificate then later transfer to your preferred destination.
Gorilla Trekking Permit in Mgahinga National Park
The Gorilla Trekking Permit in Uganda costs US $600 per person interested in Gorilla Trekking at Mgahinga National park and can be obtained directly through contacting the Uganda Wildlife Authority or contacting a valid Tour Operator Agency that will book a permit on your behalf.
Best Time to Go Gorilla Trekking at Mgahinga National Park
Travelers interested in Gorilla Trekking can visit Mgahinga National park to track the Mountain Gorillas anytime around the year. However, the best time to go Gorilla Trekking at Mgahinga National Park is around the short rains/ dry season in the months of June to August and December to January.
During this season, navigation through the trails is easier since these are dry enough to enable you transfer from one place to another yet the rainy season gets the trails very slippery making it very hard to navigate through.
What to Carry/ Wear For Gorilla Trekking
To enjoy Gorilla Trekking at Mgahinga National park, you should carry and wear the following for the best Adventure experiences.
- Rain Jacket
- Long Sleeved Shirts
- Long Pants not Jeans
- Woolen Gardening Gloves
- Sweater for evenings
- Camera with no flash
- Trekking Boots
Mountain Gorilla Families at Mgahinga National park
Mgahinga National park comprises of one Gorilla Group called Nyakagezi Gorilla Group which can be tracked by all travelers from all over the world interested in visiting Mgahinga National Park. This is very fun to watch and track with a dominant Silver back leading the group and he is followed by Adult females which are followed by Black backs/Young Gorillas then the juveniles/ infant Gorillas. The Gorilla group consists of 9 members; 4 silver backs, 2 infants, 2 Adults females and 1 juvenile.
Climate of the Park
The park has two wet rainy seasons that occur in the months of February to May as well as September to December with average rainfall amounts received varying from 250 millimetres (9.8 in) in October to 10 millimetres (0.39 in) in July.
Gorilla Trekking Permit in Uganda
The Gorilla Trekking Permit in Uganda can be obtained direct through the Uganda Wildlife Authority or a valid Tour Operator Agency who can book the permit for travelers transferring to Uganda to experience amazing Gorilla Trekking Tours. The Permit costs US $600 per person interested in trekking Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.
There are other safari activities that can be carried out in the park and these include;
- Golden Monkey Tracking
- Bird Watching
- Hiking and Nature Walks
- Mountain/ Volcano Climbing
- Cultural Village Visits