Mgahinga Gorilla National park
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is a well known park for gorilla safaris. At just 33.7km2, Mgahinga Gorilla is Uganda's smallest national park. However, it is also one of the most dramatic for the park lies on the northern slopes of Mts. Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabyinyo, three volcanoes that create an unforgettable regional backdrop. These peaks are three of the six Virunga volcanoes that mark the southern limit of the Albertine Rift Valley and are divided between Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. The Virungas are home to more than half of the world's population of the endangered mountain gorilla. 380 individuals roam the slopes of the volcanoes while the remaining 340 live nearby in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Fortunately for the gorillas, Mgahinga small area is supplemented by those of two larger, adjoining parks in Rwanda (Volcanoes NP) and DR Congo (Virunga NP).
Mgahinga's most exciting and memorable activity is tracking the mountain gorilla in thick jungle. The park has one habituated gorilla group (Nyakagyezi) which is visited by tourists. This consists of 11 members; 2 silverbacks, 3 adult females, 4 juveniles and 2 infants. This group is mobile and sometimes crosses into Rwanda and DRC, so check for updates from Uganda Wildlife Authority (see contacts). Registration and briefing for gorilla tracking commences at Ntebeko at 07.45hrs. Tracking starts immediately thereafter and can take three to eight hours.
Sample itinerary for Mgahinga National Park
3 Days 2 Nights Mgahinga Gorilla tour
This 3 Days Gorilla Tour takes you to Mgahinga National Park, located in South Western Uganda. Mgahinga National Park from Kisoro town is 14km covering 33 sq km in the district of Kisoro which is occupied by the Bafumbira. The park is habituated by the rare mountain gorillas giving room for Gorilla tours. This gorilla tour is carried out in Kisoro.
Day 1: Kampala to Kisoro
Set off from Kampala to Kisoro which is about 540 km from Uganda’s Capital city after safari briefing. Overnight at Mgahinga Safari Lodge and Travelers’ rest.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga
An early morning breakfast and later the guide leads you through the gorilla's world, clearing up aspects of their ecosystem and behavior. Gorilla trekking is the most exciting and unforgettable experience, which might take one through a thick jungle for the whole of the day. The tourists group (The Nyakagezi group) consists of 9 members; 3 adult females, 2 silver backs, 2 juveniles and 2 infants. (Tracking can take three to eight hours). This activity can be tiring walk so one has to go geared up. It is prudent that you to wear good toehold shoes suitable for muddy places and binoculars for easy vision. Overnight at Mgahinga Safari Lodge and Travellers’ rest.
Day 3: Departure
After a morning breakfast, head back to Kampala and wait for your departure flights.
Cost: $ 3500
- All park entrance fees
- Full board accommodation while on this safari
- Service of an English speaking driver/guide
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Government taxes
-Gorilla tracking permit at US$ 500
- Extras at the camps i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- International flight fees
- Departure tax
- Tips to porters and drivers