Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga is one of the thought of activities to do while on your safari tour in Uganda. The park, happens to be one of the smallest national parks and Bwindi impenetrable national park appears more prominent than Mgahinga national park. Bwindi is a highly visited and having the highest tourist destination for gorilla trekking experience in Uganda.
Mgahinga Gorilla national park also is best known to be harbouring a number of the endangered mountain gorillas, although Bwindi has got the largest number of the gorillas. Mgahinga park covers a small area of 33.7sqkm, situated along the Congo and Rwanda boarders in south western. The park is covered with thick tropical rain forest and a large vegetation area which has provided enough food for the gorillas thus sustaining their life in the forest. Despite the size of the park, the gorillas move around the park which makes them easy to track by the visitors on gorilla trekking and they are in most cases they are seen in their natural habitat than in Bwindi national park which requires trekking long to find the gorillas.
Reasons why trekking gorillas in Mgahinga is the best than in any other national park.
The reason why I would prefer trekking gorillas in Mgahinga is that the park is covered by bamboo trees and the vegetation which makes movement easy during the gorilla trekking exercise thus enabling you to sight the gorillas faster and also during photography you will be able to take pictures without any destruction from the thick forests trees and vegetation.
Besides gorilla trekking, the park also offers other activities that you can do after your gorilla trekking experience so you will have the complete package of your safari to track the gorillas in Mgahinga national park.
Golden monkey tracking
While on your safari to Uganda, a visit to do gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park offers you an opportunity to do Golden monkey tracking and it’s the only park you can do golden monkey tracking experience alongside Rwanda in the volcanoes national park. To track the golden monkeys, you will require you pay an amount of $140 for a trekking permit and park entry fees.
You can do a hike on mount Mgahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo mountains this is yet another exciting activity you must do while on your gorilla trekking safari to Mgahinga national park. Climbing these mountains gives you clear views of park in one glance and the clear views of the vegetation.
Mgahinga national park, has a lot of bird’s species making the park one of the best bird spotting destination. The species found in the park include;
white necked raven,
pin-tailed whydah, black kite,
, Ibis, speckled mouse birds
grey capped warbler
Archer’s Robi-chat, Yellow-vented
Bulbul, Olive pigeon
kivu ground thrust
The best time of the year to do birdwatching is from April, May, December to November by this time, the land is dry and you can easily walk along the trails leading to the bird spotting areas like s long the swamps, deep in the forest woods and in the vegetation. These areas provide conducive atmosphere for the birds.
Cultural encounters where by the visitors move to visit the locals in their communities like the Batwa community walk you will meet the locals known as the pygmies with all their ways of life. These people lived in the forest for a very long time and depended on the forest for their all life, they practiced activities like hunting, collecting honey, bush fires, fruit gathering and many more. they mainly and lived in caves like in Ngarama cave where they spent most of their lives. meeting these group off people will give you the great opportunity to learn different cultures and traditional ways of living of the communities in Uganda. And you’re your taking part in the Batwa community walk, is a form of extending charity to them, these fees are used in the development of their communities.
Nature walks are in most cases done by the help of the tour guide through the forest. during this activity, you will have an opportunity to sight some animals at a close-range including animals like gorillas, golden monkeys, baboons, giant forest hogs, elephants bush pigs and many more. This so interesting and the walks take up to half hours of the day depending on your physical ability to walk for longer distances.
Getting around Mgahinga national park
Planning to visit Mgahinga national park, knowing the location and routes leading to the park is one of the key aspects of your safari. You can get to Mgahinga from Kisoro which takes approximately 45 min drive to Mgahinga national park. The park from Kampala is roughly 510km and takes about 8-9 hours drive on a good road, also you can reach the park from queen Elizabeth national park and the drive time is 6 hours. Or alternatively from lake Mburo national park which will take you 7 hours to reach the park which is quite long but worth it since you will have an opportunity to view some of the attractions along the way.
The second option is the domestic flights from Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip. From Kampala to Entebbe is like 46km which approximately 30min drive to Entebbe. there, one can opt for a flight to Mgahinga national park in order to cut the long tiresome driving by road to Mgahinga.
When to visit Mgahinga national park for gorilla trekking
Its always possible to visit Mgahinga national park all through the year. With the all lot of activities to keep you busy during your gorilla trekking experience at Mgahinga national park. There are two seasons in Uganda, the first being the wet seasons from the month of march, April to May come and June come with a lot of rainfall whereby the ground becomes muddy and, in most cases, it gets difficult to walk through the forest. But never the less this seasons come with a lot of advantages like discount on lodges, availability of permits due to limited demand, and there will be a less number of pupil in the park thus enabling you to have ample time to ask the guide all the questions .Therefore wet season is highly recommended for budget travelers.
The other season is the dry month of July, August, September. December. January and February. by this time is little or no rainfall at all depending on the weather of the day. This season is best suitable for activities like Hiking, golden monkey tracking, gorilla trekking, Nature walks since this involves trekking longer distances in search for the animals. Therefore, visiting Mgahinga national park is much rewarding with a lot of experience and wonderful memories pf your visit to Uganda and particularly Mgahinga national park.