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Mgahinga National Park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a national park in the far south-west of Uganda near the town of Kisoro.The park is located in the Virunga Mountains and is contiguous with the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic ofthe Congo. Mgahinga is situated about 15 kilometers (9.3mi),by road,south of the town of Kisoro and approximately 55 kilometers (34mi), by road, west of Kabale, the largest city in the sub-region. The entire park is located in Bufumbira County,in Kisoro District.

Biodiversity of Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga is one of two locations in Uganda in which mountain gorillas can be found; the other being Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park has one habituated silverback gorilla group, although this group sometimes crosses the border into Rwanda, which means Mgahinga is not a reliable spot for viewing gorillas.

Activities In Mgahinga National Park

Birding

The best birding in Mgahinga also takes in some of its most beautiful scenery in the Bamboo forestand in the montane forest where the beautiful Rwenzori turaco may be seen or viewed

Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga National Park

The mountain gorillas tracked in this National park are mainly the silver back gorillas and primates like the Golden monkey. The guide leads you through the gorillas world, surrounded by the wild forest and impressive bird life, explaining the gorillas behaviors on the way. Tracking excursions leave from Ntebeko Entrance gate at 8:00 am daily and last between 2-4 hours.

Golden Monkey Tracking

Tracking the Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga is more fun because it is not as exhausting as is Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.The Golden Monkeys remain in the same area, so there is no need to have per-trackers out there trying to locate them as is done with Mountains Gorillas in both Uganda and Rwanda.The Golden Monkeys are beautiful to look at with their various colors, including long golden hair, orange mixed into it along with its black limbs.The endangered golden monkey are endemic to the Albertine Rift, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which offer a chance to track these striking creatures, high in the dense bamboo forests on the Gahinga trail.Golden Monkey Trekking begins at 8 am in the morning with an orientation and then it is up into the forest along what is referred to as the Gahinga Trail.  Best to have a daypack, a snack such as dried fruit, a large bottle of Rwenzori Water, binoculars if you enjoy birding, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, rain jacket, hiking boots, and maybe a walking stick that you can buy locally.

Cultural Encounters

For many years, Mgahinga’s dense forest were the home of the indigenous Batwa hunter-gatherers and fierce worriers who depended on the forest for shelter,food and medicine. Now the lead tourists through the forests and show them to their old homes and the techniques they used to survive in it

 

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