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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda only 33 sq km of size, is located in the far southwestern corner of Uganda bordering Rwanda and Congo,14 km from kisoro town in Bufumbira County about 540 km from Kampala-the capital. Mgahinga National Park was gazetted in 1991.
This Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes namely; the 3,474 m high Mt. Gahinga , Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m). The park is bordered to the south by the Republic of Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC). Each of these surrounding countries protects its own share of the Virungas. The three parks together form the ‘Virunga Conservation Area’ ( VCA) totaling to 434-sq. km of which Mgahinga is 33.7 sq. km, just 8% of the VCA.

Overview – Mgahinga National Park, Uganda Gorilla trekking, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park experiences two wet rainy seasons; February – May and
September- December of each year. The maximum amount of rainfall it receives in a year is 250mm-October and Minimum is 10mm -July.

mgahinga gorilla national park map

mgahinga gorilla national park map

Despite being the smallest in Uganda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of Uganda`s prime tour-safari destination very important to the country for it is one of the only two parks in Uganda that are habitat for about half the world`s endangered Mountain gorillas hence a Uganda Gorilla safaris destination as well as a great African Wildlife safari spot due to a large variety of wildlife such as buffaloes, elephants, bush bucks, the threatened golden monkeys just to mention but a few.
This park consists of the partly forested slopes of three extinct volcanoes. These huge cones of the virunga volcanoes dominate the landscape when viewed from a distance and front you as you approach the premises.

When you get to the park, a 15 minutes’ walk up the viewpoint from Ntebeko Gate can get one a great overview of the area. Mgahinga Park is of a great biological importance because its one of those mountains that provided a refuge for mountain plants and animals that moved up or down the slopes as climate became warmer or cooler throughout the climatic changes of the Pleistocene ice ages. The Virungas are home to a large variety of wildlife, including about half the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Batwa people (Pygyms)

Batwa people (Pygyms)

The park experiences a cool climate that supports the growth of Afro-montane vegetation and the abundant type of Vegetation is the bamboo, a delicacy to the The Lobelia, Haege-nia spp are among the other types of vegetation is park.
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ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda.

Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Gorilla Tracking IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK

Gorilla Tracking

The most thrilling tourist activity in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is that of Gorilla Tracking safaris-tours. The Nyakagezi is the habituated gorilla in this park and it which consists of 9 members; 2 silver backs, 3 adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants. Gorilla tracking is a vigorous activity that can take a full day. During this tour,you are led by a guide through the gorilla’s empire/tracks as he/she explains all about gorillas such as their ecology,movements and general behavior.

Please note: success of seeing gorillas is NOT guaranteed despite the high chance of seeing them. since they are wild animals living in the jangle, they don’t have a fixed routine, Therefore finding them requires luck and the experienced of your guides. These guides know gorillas intimately since they habituate them, they will hence take you to the area where they saw them last. They may also be able to suggest how long the hike might take at the journey start .

please note that you are free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast or if you want to have a rest,look at birds /flowers, your guide shall wait for u.

Dos and don`ts of Gorilla Tracking

  • It is advisable that you put on jangle shoes best for steep muddy slopes
  • The weather is unpredictable and it can change any time. Please Carry rain wear, sunscreen, a hut and sun glasses, as.
  • You are advised to Carry water and food because this activity is lengthy and tiresome especially to first time trackers
  • Once tracked, ensure that you keep 5m distance from Gorillas. If approached by one, back away slowly.
  • Avoid pointing or waiving your arms- this can scare away annoy gorillas.

please Move slowly and Keep your voice low/better if silent for better tracking

  • When taking photos, ensure that your flash is off for can threaten gorillas.
  • You may Carry binoculars, these help u see far features and creatures in details.

Hiking Volcano Climbing

Mount. Sabyinyo

Mt. Sabyinyo; (366m)

As locally known literally meaning ‘Old man’s teeth’ has an eroded Mt. Sabyinyo’s crown. This volcano offers 3 challenging peaks to expert climbers. Climbing up this mountain takes 0ne up a ridge along the eastern side of the climb to the first peak. If you want to continue, the climb to the peak 2 involves walking along a ridge with breath-taking drops into Rwanda and Uganda`s gorges, a life time memorable dual hiking safari experience one can only achieve here in the world!.
Finally, the hike up to the steep peak 3 steep that has several ladders and mush scrambling, here you are guaranteed to get your hands dirty en-route to this peak. Once on top, you will be in three countries; Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda at the same time!!, yet an exclusive experience to only this destination.This hike takes about eight hours to cover the 14km stretch round trip.

Mount Gahinga

Mt. Gahinga; (3474m)

This Mt`s name (Gahinga) literally means a pile of small stones according to the native people. On your way to Mgahinga National park, these small piles of stones are visible in the garden fields.
Mount Gahinga is reasonably bigger than the average ‘gahinga’ but her proximity to Mount Muhavura makes her look small.This trek that takes you about six hours round trip, goes through a good sample of a pure Bamboo forest. Mt.Gahinga had a Crater Lake on top some time past, but this has changed into a Lush swamp.This 8km Distance swamp is one of Gahinga`s attractions.

Mt. Muhavura

Mt. Muhavura;

(4127m)(as called by natives literally meaning ‘The Guide’)
This mountain is seen from all over Kisoro and it acts as a guide.This typical cone-shaped Mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Much of the climb traverses a rocky surface covered by short grasses and small shrubs. Once hikers reach the top, they get rewarded with the view of the Virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the Rwenzori Mountain peaks. This 12km hike takes approximately 8 hours all round.hikers are advised to camp at the Muhavura base camp the night before, the site has no facilities so one needs a tent, personal water, food and sleeping equipments.

Cave Exploration in Mgahinga National Park

Garama cave

Garama cave;

This cave is 342m in length and 14m deep,long ago,in this cave lived the crafty Batwa people who were warriors as they pursued their neighbors but now inhabited only by bats, From the park head-quarters to the cave entrance, is 3 km long and it takes about 4 hours. Your guide will narrate to you how the Batwa lived and made their attacks out of the cave.
Viewing Platform; This point is about 800 meters from the Park gate. Once one gets to the top, you will be rewarded with a good view of the Park and the surrounding environment. The activity is free and doesn`t require a guide. Information about this spot can be gotten from the displaying panels at the hill point.

Congo-Nile-Trail-The-Hiking-Experience

Border Trail;– Visa Not Required

This 5 hours hike covers 10km a distance. It takes you first toward Sabinyo and climbs up the base of Sabinyo for a while through fine Montane forest before turning toward the Congo. Along the trail you will get a great view of Mt. Sabinyo’s gorge and peaks. When you get to the Congo you get back along the international border. The route back to the Park Head Quarters is a great section for birding with a wide range of bird species. There are 2 rest huts along the way that are good places for taking a break. Common on the same route are the golden monkeys and elephants.

Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda;

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a prime birding safari-tour spot in Uganda blessed with 79 unique bird species that have been recorded within the park,these include several species endemic to the East Congo Montane region. Over 295 species have been recorded in the Virunga Conservation Area as a whole and are endemic to the Albertine Rift Afro-montane region representing 59% of the region`s total of known endemic species.
Please contact the Park Management for a guide who will take around and tell you all about these birds. Ensure you carry a binoculars for the best view!!!

birding in mgahinga national park

Free Birding Mgahinga National Park

Now available on request is free birding along the edge of the park . The guides are always happy to take you out from 5-6 p.m (in the evening) if you book by 10:00 a.m. the morning of the day you wish to go for this activity. You have a choice to go for a long walk or simply relax in the campground. If one takes the long buffalo wall toward the Congo you get to a wetland area where you have a splendid view of a wide range of birds such as Fire Finch, Stonechat, Grey Capped Warbler, Ibis, Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Waxbills, and Yellow-Vented Bulbul. Do it at your own pace-relaxed and Your guide can show you the best spots are.

How to get there to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park;

By road:

–From Kampala;Its an 8 hours drive via Kabale to Kisoro town using 4wd cars as recommended. For those without private transport,one can take the daily bus transport services, that sets off at 0700 hours. From Kisoro town, you hike or take a special hire vehicle to the park gate.

By Air:

-One can fly to Kisoro, Flight arrangements can be made with Eagle Air. This company has flights on Mondays and Fridays from Entebbe to Kisoro.

Where to stay in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda

Kisoro town has a wide range of accommodation facilities ranging from the basic Camp-sites ( for the ‘go camping tourists’) to the luxurious full board hotels,such as; Traveller’s Rest Camp, Mgahinga Safari Lodge, Sky Blue, Virunga Hotel, Mt.Gahinga Rest Camp, Mubano Hotel , Rugigana Camp Site. From these you make your preference.

At the park gate and Mt Gahinga, is a community Camp ground with ample space for ‘ Do it you Self-Camping.

The local community also manages excellent traditional Bandas. These are affordable and recommendable.

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8 days Gorilla safari experience is one of the most essential Uganda gorilla safaris/Uganda tours that enable you experience trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest located in Africa south western Uganda enabling you to have the first glimpse at the shy beautiful Gorillas amidst the dense foliage. Read More

Rwanda Uganda Gorilla trekking Safari 8 days uganda tour

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a home to the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, is strategically located at the edge of the western rift valley (Albertine rift valley), in South Western Uganda. It is shared amongst Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kabale Districts. Read More

9 Days Uganda Safari, Uganda tours

The safari starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport and takes you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for white Rhino tracking, Murchison Falls National Park for magical wild game viewing including the elephants, lions, Giraffes and Buffaloes, the mighty Nile River and its permanent Land mark the Murchison Falls. Read More

9 days Wilderness Camping Gorilla safari in Uganda tour

The 9 Days Camping Safari takes you to Kibale National Park for chimpanzee trekking, primate walk in Semliki, wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park along with chimpanzee trekking, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Island Hopping at Lake Bunyonyi. Read More

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The safari features active adventures like cycling in Mpanga tea estates, hiking in the Fort Portal Crater Lake Field, Mount Rwenzori hiking, Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest not forgetting Island Hopping on Lake Bunyonyi. Read More

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This Uganda Safari takes you to Uganda’s premier safari parks: Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Gorilla Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest National park and Queen Elizabeth National Park for a mountain gorilla tracking tour, chimpanzee trekking safari, wildlife / game viewing safari. Read More

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The 9 Days Nile Perch Fishing Safari in Uganda features the mighty Nile Perch as the icon of the trip while incorporating the exploration of other fish species along with scenery and wildlife like the Big four in Murchison. Read More

Wildlife & Primates trekking Uganda Safari 9 days uganda tour

The 9 Days Uganda Safari incorporates wild game viewing, chimpanzee trekking and mountain gorilla trekking. The safari starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport and takes you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for white Rhino tracking, Murchison Falls National Park for magical wild game viewing including the elephants, lions, Giraffes. Read More

Uganda Safari to Gorillas & Chimpanzee trekking - 10 Days uganda tour

This 10 days Uganda gorillas-Chimps safari offers Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzees tracking and wild life game drives coupled with amazing game scenery- the highlight of an African safari in Uganda. Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda Africa are carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. Read More

Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari 11 Days uganda tour

You will track gorilla in Bwindi national park of Uganda and volcanoes national park of Rwanda. Gorilla tracking is the most fascinating wildlife adventure in the jungles of Africa; you will search for Mountain gorillas in the impenetrable slippery forested mountain slopes of Bwindi and Volcanoes until you get so close about 7 meters. Read More

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour 12 Days uganda tour

Transfer to Bwindi NP. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional Lunch. Read More

Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Wild game, Safari 12 Days uganda tour

This safari focuses on Uganda’s premier safari destinations namely; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing, Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking and Murchison Falls National Park for game viewing. Read More

Uganda & Rwanda Safari 13 Days uganda tour

This 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari / 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Tour is one of Rwanda Safaris & Tours for you to Safari in Rwanda OR tour in Rwanda and have a chance to go gorilla tracking. Read More

13 Days Uganda Safari Albertine rift Thrilling Adventure uganda tour

The 13 Days Uganda Albertine rift Thrilling Adventure allows you to explore the remarkable destinations that lie within the western arm of the East African rift valley and its environs. The safari features wild game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park where there are chances of exploring the Africa’s Big five. Read More

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This 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari tour having gorilla tracking in Uganda then Rwanda will start by visiting the magnificent Murchison falls and then proceed to Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking, then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park for a game drive and a boat cruise. Read More

Birding Watching Safari in Uganda- 14 days uganda tour

The Uganda Birding Safari 14 Days takes you to the prominent birding sites of Uganda featuring the forest, savannah and water habitats. The birding safari takes you to the Semliki National Park, Kibale National Park, Bigodi wetland Sanctuary, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Mabamba swamp. Read More

14 Days Fort Night Adventure in Western Uganda tour

The 14 Days Fort Night Safari Adventure in Western Uganda features a perfect period that suites in the commonly given two weeks leave. The safari incorporates the wild game viewing, adventure, culture, primate tracking including gorillas and chimpanzees, culture and recreation. Read More

Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Adventure Safari in Uganda with Margarita Peak 10 Days uganda tour

The 14 Days Uganda Safari Adventure to Rwenzori Mountains & Gorilla trekking is a fort night safari in Uganda that enables you to summit the legendary Rwenzori Mountains that tower to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks following the Central Circuit. Read More

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The Uganda Birding Safari 14 Days takes you to the prominent birding sites of Uganda featuring the forest, savannah and water habitats. The birding safari takes you to the Semliki National Park, Kibale National Park, Bigodi wetland Sanctuary, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Mabamba swamp. Read More

15 days Uganda safari adventure in the Nile basin uganda tour

The 15 Days Uganda Adventure Safari in the Nile Basin offers you an opportunity to explore the wonders of the Nile basin in detail. The safari starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport and it takes you to explore the source of River Nile in Jinja, remarkable wild game viewing in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls. Read More

16 days Rwenzori Mountains Climbing safari Uganda in the equator snow uganda tour

The 16 Days Uganda Safari in the Equator Snow is one of the extensive Uganda safari packages that allow you to explore the areas along the Equator in detail. Uganda is one of the gifted countries in the world that are crossed by the world’s main latitude – the Equator which partly influences her climate and vegetation. Read More

Uganda Safari – 16 Days uganda tour

The 16 Days Uganda Safari allows one to climb Mount Rwenzori for three days exploring the magical Mahoma trail, climb any of the three Virunga Volcanoes namely Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo which are part of the greater Virunga chain of eight Mountains, track gorillas in Bwindi. Read More

18 days comprehensive safari in Uganda tour

The 18 Days comprehensive Safari in Uganda as the name suggests features an extended encounter allowing you to explore a range of Uganda safari sites in detail. The 18 Days Safari commences and ends in Entebbe incorporating adventure, culture, wildlife, primates like gorillas and chimpanzees and recreation. Read More

20 Days Grand Cultural Tour in Uganda tour

The 20 Days Grand Safari tour in Uganda is an extensive safari package that features an all-round tour of Uganda. Commencing and ending at Entebbe International Airport, the 20 days safari takes you to Kidepo Valley National Park, Jinja – the source of River Nile, Sipi falls, Mount Elgon, Murchison Falls National Park. Read More

Birding Watching Safari in Uganda- 14 days uganda tour

The 21 Days Uganda Bird Watching tour allows you to explore the birds of Uganda in detail. Standing with 1057 bird species, Uganda features 11% of the world’s bird species and 50% of Africa’s bird count. The 21 Days takes you to Mabira forest with 312 species, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary with 250 bird species, Budongo forest with over 360 species of birds. Read More

Primate, Wildlife & Mountaineering Safari uganda tour

The 18 Days Primate, Wildlife & Mountaineering Safari in Uganda features Mount Rwenzori Climbing with Margarita peak as the prime activity supported by gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park and Wildlife viewing in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks. Read More

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Kenya safari tour – Kenya Safaris OR Kenya Tours have proved unforgettable to travelers and tourists that safari in Kenya to the extreme east of the continent of Africa as they enjoy a diverse natural landscape where the extensive savannah is intercepted by steep slopes of the Great East African Rift Valley with Kenya`s its floor marked by a chain of lakes while the Indian Ocean form her eastern boundary presenting the endless beach landscape especially around Mombasa. Click Here to Find More Kenya Safari Tours

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