Mpahinga Gorilla National Park




Mgahinga Gorilla National park is 510km (9hrs) from Kampala the most common route passes through kabala to Kisoro. The park is about 15 kilometers, by road south of the town of Kisoro and approximately 55 kilometers by road, west of Kabale, the largest city in the sub-region. The park is located within Bufumbira county of the Kisoro District. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, though unpopular, is the second habitat of the mountain gorilla in Uganda after Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It has only one habituated gorilla family, Nyakagezi group. A maximum of 8 people are allowed to see the great apes in a day. Gorilla tourism in Mgahinga is developing steadily over the past five years especially with additions of new tourist activities such as the Batwa Trail and Golden monkey trekking. The park is known for its three north virunga volcanoesMount MuhaburaMount Gahinga, and Mount Sabyinyo. These dormant volcanoes are international mountains, with Muhabura and Gahinga on the Uganda/Rwanda border, and Sabyinyo a tripoint on the Uganda/Rwanda/Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) borders.

The Park involves in different activities such as;

Gorilla tracking: this is done in the wild forests with many hill tops. This excursion mainly lasts for about 2-4hrs searching and viewing their behaviors also have an impressive sight of birdlife in the forest     

Cultural Encounter: for so long ago Mgahinga’s dense forests were home of the Batwa people commonly known as the pygmies. They were hunters, gatherers and fierce warriors who used the forest as shelter, food and medicine. They now lead tourists through the forest to introduce them to their old life and how they survived in the forest and their cultural dances.

                                   

Golden monkey tracking this is the activity mostly common at Mgahinga Gorilla National park with its rare species of monkey known as the Golden Monkey. It is done mainly in the bamboo forest since the monkeys feed on the bamboo stems.

                    

Birding takes place in the most beautiful scenery of the gorge between Mt Gahing and sabinyo, bamboo forest and montane forests. While there you will have the chance to see the beautiful Rwenzori turaco amongst other bird species.

Mountain climbing this activity takes a whole day trying so hard to reach the peaks of each three mountains. The views from the peaks are worth the effort.

                            

While at park accommodation is provided at Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp, traveler’s Rest hotel, Mucha hotel and Kisoro tourist hotel (budget) and Mount Gahinga Lodge (luxury).

Best Season to take this trip is during the drier seasons from June to August and December to January. At this time the trails tend to be easier to navigate and spending a precious hour with the gorillas might be more pleasant when it isn’t raining.