Within the Virunga massif is situated the beautiful Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination known as Mgahinga gorilla national park 35km away from Bwindi impenetrable national park which also home to mountain gorillas. The park is situated south western Uganda. Mgahinga Gorilla national park is within the Virunga massif adjacent to Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park, destinations for gorilla safari Rwanda tours and Congo gorilla safaris respectively. The 4 days gorilla trekking safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers the best opportunity for you to meet gold (golden monkeys) and silver(silverback gorillas) in a single safari park.
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is done on a daily basis in search of the one habituated gorilla family in the park known as Nyakagezi gorilla family. Nyakagezi gorilla group has a total of 10 habituated gorilla members with 3 silverbacks, 2 black backs, 2 adult females, 2 Juveniles and 1 infant gorilla. Nyakagezi gorilla family is one of the easiest gorilla groups to track given the fact that it prefers a narrow their home range for feeding, nesting, relaxing and recreation.
Gorilla trekking starts at Ntebeko Gate at 8:00am with a maximum of 8 individuals allowed to trek the group each day. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable and takes about 2-4 hours to find the gorillas and only one hour spent with the gorillas at 7m distance. Gorilla trekking permits are purchased at the park offices in Kisoro town and Ntebeko (the park head office) prior the trek at USD 600 per person. The 4 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park starts and ends in either Entebbe or Kampala.
Highlights of the 4 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park itinerary
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Mgahinga gorilla national park. Stop at the equator in Kayabwe.
Day 2: Do gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Day 3: Do golden monkey trekking and have a Batwa cultural experience
Day 4: Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe
Detailed 4 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park itinerary
Day 1: Your driver guide will be waiting to welcome you to Uganda upon arrival. The drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park starts from the airport with a stop at the Equator line in Kayabwe, 80km from Kampala. Lunch is taken en route at Igongo Cultural Centre in Mbarara. Enjoy sightseeing of the beautiful rolling hills of Ankole. The drive from Kampala starts early morning after your breakfast. You arrive at your hotel in the evening where you rest and have dinner.
Day 2: Early morning after breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel to go for your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda activity in Mgahinga. You have to arrive at the park headquarters before 8:00am for briefing. Gorilla trekking may last about 2-4 hours though only one hour can be spent with the gorillas. Lunch is either taken during the trek or after the activity at the lodge. You can decide to do bird watching, community tour or nature walk to the Gorge.
Day 3: On your third day, you do golden monkey trekking in the morning after breakfast. Golden monkey trekking is a great experience as you see the most beautiful monkeys of them all and birds within the forest. Golden monkey trekking permits can be booked in the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kisoro at $ 50 per person with the minimum age of 12 years. In the evening, you can have a Batwa cultural experience at your hotel. You see culture unfold just in front of you at your comfort.
Day 4: After an early morning breakfast, the driver will transfer you back to Entebbe International airport or Kampala, lunch is taken en route. Along the way is a lot of scenery to sight and you can stop at a craft shop for purchase of any crafts in case you need to. The driver will take you to the airport or place of residence. This marks the end of 4 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
For the best preparations including hotel bookings, meals and transportation, it is advisable to contact a trusted tour operator in Bwindi impenetrable national park for all details and costing. However, the general tour package is inclusive of;
- A gorilla trekking permit ($600)
- Golden monkey trekking permit
- Park entry fees.
- A professional driver guide for all your transfers and questions.
- 4×4 Wheel drive safari vehicle for transportation
Costs are exclusive of any purchases not mentioned in the itinerary and cleared prior the safari.
Would you love to trek gorillas off the beaten track? this is the best park. Just plan to trek the wild gold and silver within this beautiful land.