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Are you planning to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and you are searching which are the top Things to do in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park? Mgahinga is the best place for those interested in Volcano Mountain hiking in Uganda; Volcanic hiking is one of the most adventurous activities for those interested in Mountain Climbing in Uganda. At Mgahinga you can climb Mountain Muhavura 4127 meters ASL, Mountain Gahinga 3470 meters ASL and Mountain Sabinyo 3671 meters ASL which are among the 8 volcanoes located in Virunga ranges. These are shared among 3 countries Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. The main activity in Mgahinga is gorilla tracking and volcano hiking however there are other various activities and top Things to do in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and these include;
Batwa Cultural Trail Experience
This is done o the Mgahinga Batwa cultural trail. On Batwa cultural trail experience tour you will be guided by one of the Batwa guides giving you an opportunity to learn about traditional forest life of the Batwa in Mgahinga Forest which is historically the home of the Batwa, you will also enjoy the traditional dances of the Batwa and Stone Age including making traditional fire among other activities taking you through the authentic batwa life during the times in the forest. This activity costs $80 per person.
Nature walk in Gahinga Forest
The Nature walk is done in Mgahinga forest it is a very exciting activity to do after gorilla trekking which gives you an opportunity to learn more about tree species as well other wildlife species in the forest.
Village walk around Kisoro
This walk will take you through Kisoro local communities including visiting local markets and learning the day to day life of the local people in Kisoro. You have an opportunity to engage and learn more about the Bafumbira and Bakiga tribes including enjoying traditional cultural dances, local foods and local arts.
Golden Monkey Tracking
Golden Monkey tracking is another activity that can be done after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga, this is only done in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, like gorilla tracking this also starts in the morning with briefing and after you head out with walking through the forest in search for these endangered monkeys. Golden monkey tracking permits are readily available and can be purchased on arrival at the park headquarters.
Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga
Mgahinga is home to one gorilla family open for gorilla tracking and this is called Nyakagezi gorilla group. Like gorilla tracking in Bwindi you need to book your trek in advance with a trustworthy tour operator to avoid missing out on the only 8 permits that are available for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga. The gorilla permit for trekking in Mgahinga cost same like for Bwindi that $700 pp for foreign non residents, $600 for foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda shillings for East African Resident.
Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga only has one session in the morning, this starts in the morning with briefing and after you head out with walking through the forest in search for these endangered mountain gorillas.
Golden Monkey Habituation
Golden Monkey Habituation is another activity that can be done after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga, this gives you an opportunity to spend much time with the semi habituated Golden monkeys as you participate in activities geared to making them get used to human presence this also starts in the morning with briefing and after you head out with walking through the forest in search for these endangered monkeys. Golden monkey habituation permits are readily available and can be purchased on arrival at the park headquarters.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the best places for bird watching in Uganda, the park is home to over 127 bird species with various Albertine endemics.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to 76 mammals among which are buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, duikers, leopards, civets, golden cats, jackals and porcupines however due to the difficult terrain and most being nocturnal, they are rarely seen. During your trek or hike you will find footsteps of these animals and if lucky you will see some but hide away from them because they tend be wild given the fact they are not use to human presence.
Local community visits through local villages which provide insights into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy people living beside the Bwindi forest. Other activities to do in Mgahinga after the volcano hike include yoga at the Lodge, Mountain bicycle ride, volunteering which is done in the local community schools and projects and Butterfly watching which is done at night among others.
Where to stay in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Lodges include Gahinga Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Kisoro Travelers’ Inn among others. Contact us here for booking and reservation details
What is the best time to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The best time to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown
How to get to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
By Road; Mgahinga Gorilla 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.
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