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Located in southwestern Uganda in Kisoro district, Mgahinga Gorilla National park seated just adjacent with Volcanoes National park in Rwanda and the southern sector of Virunga National park in Democratic republic of Congo is one of the best destinations for an adventurous Ugandan safaris. This national park seats at an altitude of 7306ft to 13540ft above sea level and part of Nile River
watershed area. The smallest and most panoramic national park in Uganda occupies an area of 33.9 square kilometers lying in the mountains of Virunga entailing three inactive volcanoes of Muhavura(4127m), Gahinga(3474m) and Sabyinyo(3669m).
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is at adistance of 519km by road from Uganda’s capital, Kampala which takes approximately 9 to 10 hours, 15km by road south of Kisoro town and about 55km by road west of Kabale with Ntebeko gate the only entrance to the park. The park encompasses the Albertine rift montane forests, Rwenzori Virunga montane moorlands, a bamboo forest and an
alpine zone at higher altitudes.
The park boasts over 76 mammal species with mountain gorillas and golden monkeys as the only primates, about 180 bird species which include like
the Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, blueheaded sunbird, Grauer’s swamp warbler, montane nightjar, strange weaver, Rwenzori turaco, dusky crimson-wing, red-throated alethe etc all of which are endemic to the Albertine rift. The park also maintains six types of vegetation namely Afro montane, Montane woodland, Bamboo, Tree heathers, montane forest and former farmland. The park experiences two rainy seasons in the months of February to may and September to December with average rains of 250mm in October to 10mm in July.

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This is one of the must do activities while in Mgahinga Gorilla National park simply because the park is home and one of the very few places in the world to find these endangered mountain gorillas. The trekking is mostly done in the morning lasting for a maximum of 4 hours and can be done in a group of 8 trekkers. However, it must be noted with great concern that it is not a guarantee to see the gorillas while on the trek because these are wild creatures which are often unpredictable and therefore requires expertise of the guides as well as luck. We highly recommend that one reads through the Gorilla tracking rules and regulations before embarking on a gorilla trek.

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The golden monkeys are a rare species and only endemic to the Albertine rift making Mgahinga Gorilla National park the only place to track the golden monkeys in Uganda.

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Due to the recent habituation of these golden monkey groups, they have become more familiar and less eluding to the humans. It always requires an adequate physical preparation for tracking these primates because for them they do not concentrate in one area for a long time and are small in size as well as being very fast creatures.

As like the gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking also requires that you first get a tracking permit which can be obtained from the park headquarters at the Ntebeko Visitors’ center. The tracking takes about 3 hours maximum and can be done in a group of as many people as they want as long as none of them is below 12 years.

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This activity is done on the three inactive volcanoes found in the park and one thing you cannot miss is the spectacular views of the three volcanoes in Mgahinga National park namely Mt. Gahinga, Mt.Sabyinyo and Mt. Muhavura. Each of the names for these volcanoes has an attached meaning to the indigenous people in the area.

Mountain Gahinga from which the national park derives its name means a ”small pile of stones“ sighted on your way to the park. This is lowest at 3474meters and a hiking around this volcano takes around 6 hours round trip. 

Mountain Muhavura is the highest at 4127 meters and its commonly known as the “Guide” seen from all areas around the park. Muhavura volcano is so special because while at the top of it, you can have spectacular views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National park, the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains as well as a crystal lake at its very top. The hiking on Muhavura is a 12km hike taking approximately 8 hours and its highly advisable to camp at the base of this volcano the night before the hike.
Mountain Sabyinyo is the oldest volcano of the three standing at 3669meters and derives its name from a local word called “Iryinyo” meaning the tooth hence its name “The Old man’s teeth”. It has three peaks and at its summit, one is geographically at the intersection of the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Hiking on Sabyinyo is a 14km hike and takes around 8 hours roundtrip to complete the stretch.

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Mgahinga national park maintains over 180 bird species making it an incredible destination of a keen birder and this activity can be done anytime of the year. The bird watching activity takes approximately 3 hours and can be carried out through two different trails that is “The Bamboo trail” and “The Gorge trail” where you can watch a variety of birds found in the different trails taken. Some of the birds at Mgahinga National park are Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, blueheaded sunbird, Grauer’s swamp warbler, montane nightjar, strange weaver, Rwenzori turaco, dusky crimson-wing, red-throated alethe etc.

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Another fascinating activity in Mgahinga National park is a cultural experience with the Batwa people. This cultural walk is often conducted by the Batwa guides who give an in-depth insight into their history, culture, honey harvesting skills, the walk to the secret Ngarama cave ,hunting techniques and many other incredible adventures on the trail. The batwa also commonly known as the “people of the forest” are the native inhabitants of the Impenetrable forest who were fierce figheters and hunters living in the forest for food and shelther before being evicted and forced out of the forest. This cultural trail is a celebration of the Batwa culture and a highly recommended adventure to explore on your visit to Mgahinga National park.

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There are no lodging facilities inside the park and sometimes tents and camps can be organized around the entrance of the park at Ntebeko gate as well as at Mountain Gahinga Rest Camp. However the near by town of Kisoro provides excellent accommodation facilities like Kisoro Tourist hotel, Kisoro Travellers Rest hotel, Nkuringo Safari Lodge, Virunga Hotel and many others.

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  • 3 Days Mgahinga Gorilla tour
  •  2 Days Mgahinga Gorilla tour
  • 4 Days Gorillas and Golden Monkeys
  • 10 Days Uganda Gorillas and Wildlife Safari

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