Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park: Mgahinga gorilla national park is the smallest national park in Uganda located in southwestern region in Kisoro district bordering Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The national park was gazetted in 1991 and covers a total area of 33.7 square kilometers which is comprised of different vegetation types like Montane forest, montane woodland, bamboo, afro-montane, animals like forest elephants, buffaloes, duikers, bushbucks, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, primates like mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and different bird species among others.
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Gorilla trekking is the major activity in the national park where visitors get an opportunity to move on foot in search of the habituated gorilla families and once found spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of one habituated gorilla family and gorilla trekking starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing you will be allocated a park guide who is knowledgeable about the mountain gorillas and then start trekking in the jungle which takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located.
During trekking you will be able to view other primates like golden monkeys, mammals like giant forest hogs, forest elephants, bush pigs, buffaloes, different bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the gorillas are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural environment which gives you an opportunity to observe their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, grooming young ones, take photos and record the incredible moments. After the gorilla trekking experience you will be awarded a certificate which shows that you participated in gorilla trekking adventure.
Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents that are issued to any visitor above the age of 15 years by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) allowing him or her to visit the habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga gorilla national park. A single gorilla trekking permit in Mgahinga gorilla national park costs USD 700 for foreign non residents, USD 600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African citizens.
How to book a gorilla trekking permit in Mgahinga gorilla national park
A gorilla trekking permit in Mgahinga gorilla national park can be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority by contacting the head offices in Kampala via telephone calls or email. You can also book a gorilla trekking permit through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris. When booking with a tour operator you will contact us with your names, date, month and year when you want to visit the gorillas. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if the permits are available you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the payments we will purchase the permit and send you a scanned copy as confirmation.
Gorilla trekking permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park should however be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they are competitive and usually get sold out quickly especially during the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park can be done anytime throughout the year though the best period is during the dry/peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season there is little rainfall in the park therefore access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be passable compared to the wet season when the trekking trails are muddy and slippery.
Where to stay during your gorilla trekking safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park
There are a number of accommodations in Mgahinga gorilla national park where visitors can stay during the gorilla trekking safari. The accommodations range from luxury, midrange, budget and they include Mount Gahinga lodge, Kisoro tourist hotel, Mgahinga rest camp, Travelers rest house among others.
How to get to Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and can be reached by both road and air transport means. When using road transport you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro and then to the park headquarters which takes about 9 to 10 hours drive.
When using air transport means you will book scheduled or charter flights from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airfield and then connect to the park headquarters.
Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed from Kigali Rwanda where by travelers will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Mgahinga gorilla national park via Cyanika border which takes about 3 to 4 hours drive.
For more information about gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park or safari bookings do not hesitate to contact Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website.