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How to trek mountain gorillas of Mgahinga National Park. There is one family of habituated gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park the Nyakagezi group. This group has more than 11 members open for tracking. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park which is located on the border with Rwanda. It is one of the national parks that make the great Virunga ranges with others including Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is made up of 3 extinct volcanoes which include Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo. It is home to the endangered mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys, other species including birds, reptiles and forest mammals can be sighted during your visit at this park.
Are you interested in trekking mountain gorillas of Mgahinga National Park, yes this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris? Trekking mountain gorillas of Mgahinga impenetrable National Park will give you an opportunity to see mountain gorillas that is a given travel group alone or as an individual. You need a gorilla permit for you to trek mountain gorillas of Mgahinga National Park this costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi.
Important things to consider How to trek mountain gorillas of Mgahinga National Park
Booking and securing your gorilla permit for Mgahinga in advance
Mgahinga has 8 gorilla permits available for sell every day. For you to trek Mgahinga gorillas you will need to book your permit in advance so that you are assured of your spot for trekking the gorillas in this region. For you to block these permits you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance the total of each permit. Each gorilla permit costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas of this family. We recommend you block the gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. Contact us here for more details on how to book all gorilla permits for tracking Mgahinga gorillas in advance to enable you trek gorillas in this region.
Booking your accommodation where to stay in Mgahinga in advance
This is very important to consider when planning for a gorilla trek to Mgahinga, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your safari it is great to stay in luxury accommodations options include Gahinga Lodge, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge and Lake Chahafi Resort. Mgahinga has few budget lodge options from which you can choose from and options and the best budget option is camping.
Comfortable travel to Mgahinga
You should consider travelling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Mgahinga. There is also an option of flying to Kisoro Airstrip which is close to Mgahinga; this will help cut the long drive from Entebbe/Kampala which is normally 8-9 hours drives to only 2 hour drive that you spend from Kisoro Airstrip to your lodge in Mgahinga.
What to wear during trekking mountain gorillas of Mgahinga National Park
You might be probably wondering what to wear for your trek, below is a compiled list on what to wear;
- A long armed sweater since the park gets cold
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- Water proof hiking boots
- A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional
- Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography are very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.
- A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Bwindi impenetrable forest has among other primates
- Gardening Gloves; these will help you when you a holding onto trees are branches through the trek.
- A rain coat; Since Bwindi impenetrable forest is rainforest, the rain is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat.
- A mosquito Repellent; since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so its advisable to carry it along or wear it
- A sun screen; Well this is optional but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up getting sun burns on your skin so to avoid that, you will need a sun screen.
- You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.
- Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse flies So I would recommend neutral colors.
How to get to Mgahinga National Park
By Road; Mgahinga National Park can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Kisoro town from Kisoro town you will drive toward your lodge which close to the park for overnight. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 2-3 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to your Lodge you are booked for your stay.
Why book your trek of the mountain gorillas of Mgahinga National Park with us
Eco Adventure Safaris boosts of a professionalism and field team that takes care of all your requests and inquiries. We are highly recommended on trip advisor. Our website is one of the best and reliable point to help you start preparing for your gorilla trek in Uganda as we have the best and update information that you can rely on. Eco Adventure Safaris is a responsible local Uganda Tour company owned and run by Ugandans who have well explored Rwanda for many years and as such, you will be dealing with a team that sells what they know. Feel free to contact us about How to trek mountain gorillas of Mgahinga National Park.