Traveling is the best gift you can ever give yourself more so if you’re traveling to Africa for an Africa safari. Many travelers undertaking safaris to different countries more so Africa safaris, a camera is one of the first things normally packed first. Of late, you cannot move without a camera for safari because travel photography is becoming the real deal for safaris especially among the youth. Sitting down to watch the best tv series, latest movies and listen to stories and watching documentaries of beautiful destinations is becoming a thing of the past.
In this year 2019 travel bloggers get down to help you plan where to tour next, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda came world’s 3rd best must photograph travel destination after the Asian city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Yokohama, Japan. This destination was chosen during the research conducted by Huawei in celebration of the launch of the new P Smart 2019.
Because of trending technology, nowadays, it’s just a press of a button. You can now easily share your travel stories with the world on different social media platforms including Facebook, twitter, linked in, Tumblr, Pinter-est, Instagram and among the many. During the research, Huawei examined 1.3 million social media accounts narrowing down the most desirable cities, beaches, jungles, deserts and wildernesses in which out of the top ten Mgahinga Gorilla Park Uganda came world’s 3rd best must photograph travel destination meaning many tourists on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris loved the jungle.
According to research, most people want to click take pictures more so selfies in these destinations in 2019. The research also discovered that many young travelers are more interested in travelling to lesser known destinations on earth. Everyone wants to find a new hot spot, take a pic and stick it online.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the four national parks in the world where mountain gorillas are still existent. The other parks are Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda, Volcanoes National park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo. To have a great shot with the mountain gorillas it must be a Uganda gorilla safari, gorilla safari Rwanda or a Congo gorilla trekking safari.
With Uganda and Rwanda in East Africa, for a profusion of wildlife sightings including the big five (Buffaloes, Rhinos, Elephants, Lions and Leopards) taking a wildlife safari in Tanzania or Kenya wildlife safari is a great option.
“It’s interesting to see Gen Z people keen on exploring new destinations and trying to find and share their experiences with friends at these must-photograph destinations on social media.” Stated the director of the telecommunication firm (Huawei).
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is situated in Kisoro district in south western Uganda. This is the second Uganda gorilla trekking tour destination in Uganda. It is situated within the Virunga massif (a chain of 8 volcanoes) home to one habituated gorilla family known as Nyakagezi Gorilla family. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park covers 33.7km2 about 8% of the great Virunga massif and sits on an altitude ranging from 2,227m-4,127m above sea level. The park is formed of three conical extinct volcanoes which are Mt Gahinga, Mt Sabinyo and Mt Muhabura.
The habituated gorilla group known as Nyakagezi has 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 and to trek you need a prior booked permit at USD 600 per person per trek.
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.
Trekking mountain gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda is perfect with the golden monkey trek. Nothing better than meeting gold and silver in one habitat.
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 when you reach to the top.
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. This is a little known bamboo associated taxa primate listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union. Mgahinga National Park offers the chance to trek golden monkeys which are endemic to the Albertine rift. Golden monkeys are characterized as a bright orange-gold body, cheeks and tail, contrasting with its black limbs, crown and tail.
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 decide to go golden monkey trekking. Their amazing and impressive character has made golden monkey trekking one of the popular Uganda safari activity most especially tailored to Uganda gorilla trekking safaris.
A 2003 survey estimated a population of 3,000 – 4,000 golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, a good number to guarantee their sighting during a Uganda tour. This is the only national park in Uganda with the golden monkeys and the only park where silverback gorillas co-exist with golden monkeys a reason the park won itself the slogan, where gold meets silver.
About the Golden Monkey Trekking activity
Just like it is with the Uganda Gorilla safaris, Golden Monkey Trekking also begins at 8:00 am local time in the morning with an orientation just like on many other Uganda tours and then after you head to the forest along what is referred to as the Gahinga Trail. When you get into the presence of the Golden Monkeys you will know it, the forest comes alive with monkeys everywhere, even jumping over you, and the commotion of Monkey activities will be amazing. The monkeys dictate how the day is going to be, and no day is ever the same in the forest, the experience is unique to each safari to Uganda tourists.
The golden monkey experience is not as exhausting as Gorilla Trekking safari since Golden Monkeys do not move around and build new nests each day. They remain pretty well in the same area making it easy to get to them. On seeing the golden monkeys, you spend a maximum of 1 hour then leave the forest.
If you would love to spend more time with these striking species, choosing to undertake golden monkey habituation is a great option. You can tailor this to your gorilla tour Uganda getting a chance to spend four (4) hours in the presence of the golden monkeys and understanding their life.
Since the forest is covered with bamboo, it is not difficult to get good photos. However, a longer lens is recommended as they can be more active and playful so could easily move away from you as you get close.
What to Pack for a gorilla & Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Just like on any safari Uganda or short Uganda tour, you need to also dress appropriately for your Uganda golden monkey trekking safari and Uganda gorilla safari experience. It is best to wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, a hat, light-rain-jacket, waterproof hiking boots.
Other things to carry include a waterproof daypack, enough bottled water with some snacks and of course your camera and all the necessary equipment.
Tourists can also trek golden monkeys on a Rwanda safari to Volcanoes National Park. This 13 Days Uganda Rwanda safari is a popular way tourists decide to tailor their Uganda Rwanda safari trips especially those interested in Uganda wildlife safaris.
Other Uganda safari packages
1 Day Ngamba Island day trip
2 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari
2 Days Murchison Falls safari
3 Days Kidepo Uganda wildlife flying safari
6 Days Uganda gorilla tour
8 Days Uganda tour
13 Days Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safari