Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one most spectacular Uganda safari park tourists can explore and experience peacefully without worries of crowds. While gorilla trekking is a premier safari activity conducted, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also plenty of other most memorable tourist activities worthy participating in. Most of the park’s activities are carried out starting from Ntebeko Visitor Centre.
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park protects a section of mountain gorillas (about 80) that account for the world’s 1063 individuals today. This makes it one of the best and second alternative Uganda safari park after Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to visit for a captivating gorilla trekking experience. Presently, only the Nyakagezi gorilla family has been habituated and ready for gorilla tourism. Every gorilla trekking permit in Mgahinga like it is a case in Bwindi National Park costs $700 per person-for foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and Ug shilling 250000 East African citizens.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park accommodates only 8 visitors each day. This captivating adventure takes trekkers about 2-6 hours inclusive of 1 hour that you will have an in-depth exploration of mountain gorillas’ daily behaviors, take photos. To have the best of this thrilling primate adventure, the dry season is the best time of the year to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Therefore, mark June, July, August, September, and December, January, February on your calendar.
Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Golden monkey tracking is another most captivating wildlife encounter offered to Uganda safari tourists on a holiday in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Golden monkeys are very beautiful creatures and they are endemic to the Albertine Rift and Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda (Mgahinga National Park), Rwanda, and, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (in the Virunga National Park).
Unlike mountain gorillas, the golden monkeys are active and very playful creatures. A section of these strikingly beautiful primates has been habituated for golden monkey tracking. It is possible for you to go on a 2 days Mgahinga golden monkey tracking safari or 3 days golden monkey tracking tour. Every permit for golden monkey tracking costs $100 and this allows you to spend an hour for you to observe and take photos of golden monkeys.
Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Birding is one of the exciting Uganda safari activities tourists enjoy while on a holiday in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. If you are interested in bird watching, then one best birding spot to consider a must-visit is Mgahinga, home to over 115 bird species. A bird watching trip here exposes enthusiastic birders to its diverse birds including the white starred robin, yellow vented bulbul, white-naped raven, western green tinker bird, striped breasted tit, Shelley’s dusky crimson wing, Rwenzori Batis, Kivu ground thrush, bronze sunbird, blue-headed sunbird, black-headed waxbill, red-faced woodland warblers, pin tailed whydahs, olive woodpecker, red-throated alethe, regal sunbird and many others plus migrant birds from Europe that confine here in November, April.
Mountain/volcano hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Enjoy great volcano hiking adventures only on the Uganda safari holiday in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The park has 3 of the 8 scenic Virunga Volcanoes; Muhabura (4127m), Sabyinyo (3669m), and Gahinga (3474m). Sabyinyo Volcano is undoubtedly the most famous fact that it offers hikers a rare view of all the 3 states (Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo).
If you are interested in the easier to hike, then Gahinga Volcano is available for you. Hiking the 3 of these magnificent volcanoes offers climbers with a great view of the surrounding area ranging from other Virunga volcanoes, Crater Lakes, vegetation, Rwenzori Mountains, Lake Edward, Swamps, the lush Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and many others. To engage in a volcano hiking experience in Mgahinga National Park, you need US Dollars 80.
Guided nature walks in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The interesting part of engaging in a guided nature walk is that you get a close interaction with nature and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park provides exactly that opportunity to nature lovers on Uganda safari. The different available trails at the park usher you into various habitats with a chance to sight unique vegetation, birds, wildlife, and many more. For those who may take the border trail along the Sabyinyo Volcano slopes, you stand a chance to get to the meeting points for the 3 states; Uganda, Rwanda, and DRC.
The trail can take hikers 5 hours to explore with the likelihood to enjoy the good sight of primates, caldera on the Gisozi hill that also offers an amazing view over Mgahinga National Park itself, other volcanoes, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
The Batwa trail in Mgahinga Gorilla national park
A Uganda tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is never complete without the Batwa trail. Hitting on this trail is remarkable as it introduces you to the Batwa pygmies’ ancient way of life with a chance to enjoy great dances, cultural music performances, interact with them and learn more about their traditions, norms.
The Batwa lived in the forest for a period of about 500000 years as gatherers and hunters. There is also a possibility for you to explore the Garama caves that served as a war meeting point for elders and place for sacrifices to their gods. You can enjoy the Batwa trail exploration on Uganda safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park at only US Dollars 80.
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