Rwanda gorilla treksJuly 10, 2022
Mgahinga National Park gorilla treksJuly 10, 2022
You need a minimum of 4 Days for Visiting gorillas and golden monkeys in Mgahinga, this safari is determined by the cost of transportation per day (fuel, guides allowance and vehicle hire). Accommodation fees per night, meals, Golden monkey permits and gorilla permits and service fee. This safari will take you to Mgahinga National Park famous for gorillas after Bwindi and the only Park to see golden monkeys in Uganda
Mgahinga National Park is located Kisoro district south western Uganda, East Africa. Mgahinga gorilla national park is among the Virunga volcanic mountain chain of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda famous for having the endangered Primate species namely Mountain gorillas and Golden Monkeys. . The park is Uganda’s smallest national park which is boarded by Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. Mgahinga gorilla national park has the three volcanoes namely Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Sabyinyo and Mountain Muhabura all of which are part of the six Virunga Mountains. Mgahinga National Park harbors the endangered mountain gorilla and the Golden Monkeys which are the most interesting primates to look at. The park is a tropical rain forest comprised of lowland equatorial evergreen forest, tropical seasonal forest, montane rain forests and mountain Bamboo.
What is the cost of Visiting gorillas and golden monkeys in Mgahinga?
Golden Monkey trekking in Mgahinga
The Golden monkey Cercopithecus mitis kandti is one of Uganda’s 20 primate species. It is found in Mgahinga Gorilla National park which is part of the Virunga Mountains where it is endemic. Compared with other monkey species, the golden monkeys are gorgeous in appearance and beautiful to look at. The golden monkey overall estimate currently stands between 2000 and 4000 individuals and since they are only found in the Virunga’s, they have been classified as endangered. They live in troops of about 100 lead by an Alpha male, and mostly feed on bamboo shoots, a variety of seasonal fruits, bamboo leaves, lichens, sprouts, flowers, leaves and small invertebrates. These golden monkeys are divided into two troops, the largest located in Sabinyo in having 80 – 100 monkeys and the other troop is found in the Volcanoes.
Golden monkey tracking is one of the primary activities in the park that make Mgahinga gorilla national park a distinct destination. There are two communities of golden monkeys habituated for trekking, the trekking starts early morning at 7:00am with briefing at the park headquarters about the dos and don’ts while in the forest. Later you start your walk into the forest with park guides and Rangers until you find the golden Monkeys and you are allowed to view them for one hour. In East Africa, the golden monkeys are only found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. The trekking permits cost USD100 for Non- foreign residents and USD90 for Foreign residents and Uganda shillings 40,000 for East African Citizens. Once you contact us, we shall check availability of the permits for your desired date of trekking, once availability is confirmed we shall send you an invoice for payment of the permits so that secure them in advance. Golden Monkey trekking permits are the cheapest compared to the fees of other primate trekking activities.
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga National Park is another unique place in Uganda to see the amazing mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is visiting the rare mountain gorillas in their natural environment as you view their beauty, the way they move, feed, and live. The gorillas are known to have 99% of the human DNA and are amazing to Watch. Mgahinga National Park has one habituation gorilla family known as Nyakagezi gorilla family available for trekking every day. Only eight visitors are allowed to visit per pay for only one hour of Viewing once you find the gorillas. Gorilla trekking starts early morning at the Park headquarters with briefing on does and don’ts, Later you are grouped and allocated gorilla families to visit and off you start the amazing experience.
The gorilla permits at the Uganda wildlife Authority are sold at USD700 for Foreign Non-Residents, USD600 for Foreign Residents, and Uganda shillings 250,000 for East African citizens. One the day of the trek, you will drive to the Park Headquarters for briefing on the regulations to follow while in the forest and with the gorillas, experienced guides and Park rangers will accompany you on the trek into the dense rain forest on the mountain slopes. The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is abundantly rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within 7-5 meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. You will be allowed one hour of viewing the gorillas and then return to the starting point to receive a certificate for a successful gorilla trek.
What is the Cost of Transportation for 4 day Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey trekking safari
The cost of transportation is inclusive of vehicle hire for the number of days of safari, Driver guide allowances and fuel for the whole trip. Vehicle hire ranges from USD50-250 per day depending on the kind of vehicle you choose, all our Vehicles are 4X4 because of the nature of roads to the Park. Mgahinga gorilla National Park can easily be accessed from Kigali in Rwanda just four hour drive from to the Park, through the Chanika boarder between Uganda and Rwanda. The drive from Kigali can start from the Airport /hotel with a city tour of Kigali and then cross into Kisoro district in Uganda for Lunch and overnight. You can also access Mgahinga National park from Entebbe/Kampala, where you will drive approximately 9-10 hours’ drive on Kampala-Mbarara- Kisoro highway to the park.
There is also and option of flying from Entebbe international Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip and the flight is about 2 hours into Kisoro Airstrip. The flight fees range from USD300 per Adult one way, there are scheduled flights departing every day with Aerolink Uganda and other flight companies, charter flights are also available. A flying golden monkey safari can be arranged for you to see the amazing monkeys in Mgahinga National Park.
What is the cost of accommodation in Mgahinga National Park?
For 4 day Mgahinga and golden monkey safari, you will need to spend at least 3 nights near Mgahinga National Park. Mgahinga National Park has a number of accommodation choices where you can stay while on your visit. Most of the lodges are found in the out skirts of the forest with a clear view of the forest and the mountain ranges. The Lodges range from Budget to Luxury and these include; Gahinga Lodge which is a luxury hotel which ranges from USD400 per person per night, Lake Chahafi Lodge, Lake Mutanda lodge, Lake Muhele Lodge which can serve as for both Midrange and Budget and they range from USD80-150 per person per night. There is also an option of staying in hotels in Kisoro town, the town is just 30 minutes’ drive to the Park headquarters. Some the travelers opt to stay in Lodges/Camps in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as it is about 1 hour drive to Mgahinga National Park.
Why book with us Visiting gorillas and golden monkeys in Mgahinga?
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