Mgahinga Gorilla National Park stands as the Uganda’s second Mountain Gorilla refigium and thus another destination for Gorilla Safaris in Uganda. A minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas thrive in Bwindi National Park while the remaining 480 Mountain Gorillas dwell in the Virunga massif comprising of Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Congo’s Virunga National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park features one (1) habituated Mountain Gorilla group named Nyakagyezi which has a history of crossing the border to Democratic Republic of Congo but now well settled in the volcanic highlands of the Uganda side making its exploration certain while planning Uganda gorilla safaris and tours.
Because of this border crossing issue, the gorilla permits of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park were booked on ground at the Uganda Wildlife Authority Office in Kisoro as they would have recent information about whether the Gorilla group is on the Ugandan side or not. But following the years of stability, these gorilla permits have been included in the Uganda Wildlife Authority Reservation System and can as well be booked at the Headquarters along Kiira Road Kamwokya Kampala.
The tracking activity starts at 8am with briefing and the start point can be Ntebeko Visitor Centre or the Muhabura side depending on the direction of the Mountain Gorillas. The travelers on gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Uganda must be aware that Mgahinga is marked by three Volcanic Mountains namely; Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo and as a result, the treks can involve traversing steep and challenging landscapes depending on the location of the Gorilla group.
Besides Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also presents other exciting activities including; golden monkey tracking where Uganda’s only troop of golden monkeys is explored, Batwa Heritage trail and Volcano Climbing.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is 519km around 10 hours drive from Kampala and can as well be accessed from Kigali Rwanda and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Car hire services in Uganda Rwanda can be sought out for those interested in reaching the destination by road while Kisoro Airstrip is 14km from the park and scheduled daily morning flight from Entebbe exists operated by Aero link Uganda.