The Underestimated But Equally Exciting Hiking Adventure In Mgahinga Gorilla Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park always lurks in the shadows of both of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as a gorilla safari destination since Bwindi has established itself as the ultimate Uganda gorilla tour destination given its 18 gorilla trekking families as compared to Mgahinga Gorilla Park’s 1 gorilla family that’s visited on a Uganda gorilla trip.
However, Mgahinga also has some leverage over Bwindi when it comes to giving you epic Uganda hiking adventure experience since this park is home to not 1 but 3 towering peaks of the Virunga ranges a thing that can’t be said of Bwindi. Today, I would like to take you on an exploration journey through the hiking prowess of Mgahinga.
With the presence of the three ranges of Muhavura mountain, is the golden opportunity for hiking enthusiast to go up any of these ranges.
For those who like to hike, mount Sabinyo provides you with an exhilarating opportunity to indulge in your favourite hobby. Climbing this mount is done on the eastern side and this comes with the chance to move along a ridge and spectacular descends into the gorges of Rwanda and Uganda as you reach peak 11 hence giving you a free pass into these two countries at once. However, when you decide to continue with the ascent to peak 111, the rewards will even be greater as you will be able to be now in three countries of Rwanda, Uganda and D.R.Congo at the same time without visa and entry fees required as this peak shares the intersection of the boundaries of all these three countries. This hike covers around 14 km returning journey inclusive and lasts for about 8 hours.
Mount Gahinga is located next to Mount Muhavura and from a distance, it may look smaller because of its location next to Muhavura but make no mistake by thinking that’s indeed it is small. Mount Gahinga equally offers a tough but manageable and exciting challenge to climbers. A hike to Gahinga summit offers a magnificent view of the Afromontane tree species like bamboo, various bird species and primates like monkeys. When successfully reach the peak summit, you will be treated to the spectacular view of a crater that is found on top. Long ago, this crater was a lake but due to various forces of nature, it has been reduced to a swamp, can you imagine a swamp on top of hill? This is quite interesting to see. This ascent to the top and back covers about 8km and lasts about 6 hours.
Being the highest of the three Gahinga ranges, its only understandable why the locals named it Muhuvara which means the guide because just like the locals you will be able to see from anywhere in Kisoro district and it will become your bearing point and guide just as its local name suggests and when you successfully reach its summit, you will be truly rewarded with a jaw-dropping and one of a kind view most of the other Virunga ranges, lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth and peaks of mountain Rwenzori in Rwenzori Mountain National Park in the far distance. The hike to the Muhavura summit and back covers a stretch of 12 km and lasts about 8 hours. You are advised to spend the night before climbing Mount Muhavura at the campsite on the foothill below it as you will need to start climbing early in the morning and there are no other accommodation facilities very near mount Muhavura for you to spend the night in.
Other attractions in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda include the golden monkeys, Batwa people, In addition to a great gorilla safari in Uganda in Mgahinga National Park, you can engage in various tourist activities in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and these include in mountain hiking, birding, Uganda cultural safari encounters with the Batwa. On your Uganda safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you can choose to stay in any of the Uganda safari accommodations in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park such as Mount Gahinga Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort, Mucha Hotel, Travellers Rest Hotel and Kisoro Tourist Hotel. Getting to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be done by road using the Kampala- Mbarara- Kabale –Kisoro road which covers a distance of about 434km or a 10 hour drive from Kampala. You can also get to Mgahinga from Kigali city in Rwanda following the Kigali to Kisoro road via Cyanika border post. From Kigali to Cyanika border is 205 km and from Cyanika to Kisoro is 11 km
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