Mgahinga offers a Prime Gorilla Trekking experience -Uganda Safari News
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is always seen as an optional Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination after the popular Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. These are two of the four national parks in the whole world that are host to the elusive Mountain Gorillas.
Situated far South West of Uganda, in Kisoro district, the park is 33.7km2 about 8% of the great Virunga massif (also known as Mufumbiro)/the Virunga conservation area. The whole massif covers 434km2(168sqmi) inclusive of Volcanoes National park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has one gorilla family. The habituated gorilla group is known as Nyakagezi with over 10 members, 4 silverbacks, 3 adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants. The gorillas are part of the 604 gorillas in the Virunga massif.Since gorillas in the Virunga massif are transboundary, the group is thought to not be reliable since it could easily move to either Rwanda or Congo but, this is not so of recent. Those who take time to go for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari in Mgahinga national park can attest to this.
Why the Mountain Gorilla Trekking Experience in Mgahinga is exceptional
Actually many tourists neglect choosing to trek gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park yet actually this is one of the perfect choices to make on your Uganda safari, tour Uganda or Uganda gorilla trekking safari. Here is what you miss when you don’t trek gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The park is blessed to be the only national park that is host to the golden monkeys, a reason for the slogan “where gold meets silver”. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high-altitude forests of the Virunga massif. Golden monkeys are a beautiful sub species of monkeys from their golden coat, long tail to the playful and intrusive character. They spend most of their time leaping from bamboo branches or skipping on the forest floor in a manner that offers lasting memories to those who come to trek them during their safari to Uganda. Their amazing and impressive character has made golden monkey trekking one of the popular activity when many safari Uganda.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has bamboo trees which makes the visibility and photography of mountain gorillas better, this gives chance for as many photos as possible.
Its only during a hike in Virunga that you get an all East and Central African experience only on a Uganda gorilla trekking tour as you set foot on Uganda, Rwanda and Congo just within 8 hours.
After your Mountain Gorilla trekking experience you can have the Batwa cultural experience. The Batwa trail cultural experience is one of a kind. The Batwa are pygmies who were the first people of the Forest, but however relocated to the areas near the forest. The Batwa are the best people to tell you all about the forest (their former home). They will entertain you after that excruciating trek with their traditional dances and lifestyle.
When you visit Mgahinga, there’s also a chance to undertake a historical exploration. Historical exploration of the dormant volcano areas will lead you to the caves formed by lava tubes on the steep slopes like Garama cave near Ntebeko -the park head quarter that was a hiding place for the Batwa(pygmies) with their king during times of conflict. The Batwa forest trail will give you a remarkable Uganda Cultural safari and great Uganda tour memories as insights of the forest are revealed to you by the former owners of the forest (Batwa) as they demonstrate life skill that helped them survive in the jungle.
This experience is unique and not any where else in Uganda, however within the virunga massif on a Rwanda safari, gorilla safari Rwanda or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari you can also have chance to trek both mountain gorillas and golden monkeys within Virunga National Park. A Congo safari or safari in Congo offers a different but then also unique safari activities including a hike to Mount Nyiragongo. If you need to tailor in wildlife on this amazing gorilla trekking experience, a Kenya tour or safari to Tanzania are the best options.
Safari to Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and have the best of the wild gold and silver from the silver back mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Of course, there’s nothing better than gold but more, more and more gold therefore a better option.