MGAHINGA GORILLAS

gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Are you looking for a spectacular Uganda gorilla safari experience? Think of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A Uganda gorilla tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda takes you to Kisoro district lies about 482 km or 9-10-hour drive from Kampala city the capital of Uganda in the southwestern Uganda along geographical co-ordinates of 01o22’10” S 290 33’25” E. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is bordered by Rwanda in the south, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west Kanungu district in the north and Kabale district in the east. During this Uganda safari tour to Mgahinga National Park, you will realize that this park is at a high altitude in comparison to the savanna parks of Uganda as it lies at an altitude between 2227m-4127m above sea level on the Mgahinga volcano ranges of Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhavura hence making it part of the greater Virunga Conservation Area undertaken in the three countries of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Mgahinga’s highest elevation is Muhavura peak with an altitude of 4127m above sea level while its lowest point is at 2227meters above sea level. This park attained its name Mgahinga from the local Bafumbira people who named this place “Gahinga” which means “piles of volcanic stones” that piled up in the lowlands area where their farmlands were.

The birth of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Conservation journey in Mgahinga ranges begun in the 1930s when the colonial imperial British government declared Mgahinga as an imperial crown reserve. But, in the 1950s the low lands of Mgahinga ranges were encroached on by the local communities and turned into farmlands. The post-independence period of the1960s to early 1980s was followed by political instability in the young republic of Uganda, this, therefore, gave rise to acts of poaching, encroachment on the wildlife reserves.  Mgahinga reserve also saw a sharp decrease in its wildlife population just like all other game reserves in the country did. After the end liberation war in 1986, peace prevailed again in the country and efforts were made to protect wildlife wherever it was, this, therefore, led to the recruitment and training of game rangers that were to protect these reserves. In 1989, all poaching wire traps that had been put in the Mgahinga game reserve were dismantled and rangers were deployed to protect it. In 1991, the government designated Mgahinga as a game park with an area coverage of 33.9sqkm making Uganda’s smallest game park.

What makes Mgahiga gorilla Park Tick?

Batwa people in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Batwa people in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Being part of Virunga ranges comes with a lot of benefits to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda because it gets to share some of the great biodiversity that exists within the Virunga area. A visit Uganda to Mgahinga is nothing but a pure joy it comes with an opportunity to have an encounter with several of the tourist attractions in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the biggest Uganda safari attraction in Mgahinga are the mountain gorillas!!! Yes, you got that right, Mgahinga is home to the gorillas since its part of the Virunga conservation area. Other Uganda tourist attractions in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda include the shy but quite interesting golden monkeys. Besides mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys, this park is still a habitat to a number of other primates and these include chimpanzees, monkeys black and white colobus monkeys. Lets not forget the180 species of birds that are found in this forest and these come with including 12 Albertine rift endemics like the Rwenzori turaco. Finally, a Uganda safaris tours to Mgahinga gives you an opportunity to see the three famous extinct conical volcanoes of Muhavura, Sabinyo and Gahinga. The endangered tribe of Batwa people can also be found here. All these together give you one epic tour Uganda to remember, one which is filled with several Uganda safari activities in Mgahinga gorilla park for you to indulge in when you visit this park. Some of the highlight tourist activities in Mgahinga gorilla park include gorilla trekking Uganda experience since this park is home to the Nyakagezi gorilla family. After a thrilling Uganda gorilla tour, you can still engage in an adventurous golden trekking experience as another safari activity in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. for hikers, a tours  Uganda to Mgahinga gives you an opportunity to indulge in your passion which is scaling up a mountain as its home to 3 mountain peaks which will see scale up to the heights of 4127m above sea level. Usually, people who visit Mgahinga make an overnight stay in order to have ample time to explore this untamed wilderness. Uganda safari accommodations in Mgahiga gorilla National Park come in form of luxury safari lodges in Mgahinga such as Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge. Midrange safari Lodges in Mgahinga include Lake Chahafi safari resort, Mutanda lake Resort, Chameleon Hill Safari Lodge, Kisoro Tourist Hotel and finally budget safari lodges in Mgahinga gorilla park include golden Monkey guest house, Amajembere Iwacu Camp, Mutanda Eco Community Center, Country Side Guest House

Weather in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

black and white colobus monkeys in Mgahinga

black and white colobus monkeys

Mgahinga National Park experiences an equatorial tropical climate with an average temperature lying between 18-200C, minimum temperature ranges between 7-150C and maximum temperature lies between 22-280C. Mgahinga National Park receives an average amount of rainfall of 60mm or 2.4 inches and the annual amount of rainfall received ranges between 1400-1900mm or 55-75 inches, this rainfall is received in two periods of maximum between the months of February – May and between September- December.

Being home to the majestic gorillas, many tour operators in Uganda offer both short Uganda gorilla safaris and long Uganda gorilla safaris to Mgahinga. Some of these safaris companies in Uganda that can offer your Uganda tours to Mgahinga include Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd, Wild Gorilla Safaris and many others.

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