Hiking & Nature Walks in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

A hike through the forest to the deep Sabinyo Gorge – a massive gash in the flank of Mount Sabinyo – provides good birding opportunities and the chance to find the Rwenzori Turaco. This walk takes four hours and passes through the Rugezi Swamp which is fantastic for bird watchers. The walk to the Congo border transcends different vegetation zones. Hikers can sight the calderas on top of the Gisozi hill, look out for Kisoro and Bunagana towns and be captivated by Lake Mutanda. Volcano climbing: A tough day’s hike will take you to the peaks of Muhavura, Gahinga or Sabinyo – whose summit is crossed by the Uganda-Rwanda-Congo border.

Hiking & Nature Walks

Mountain/ Volcano Climbing

Mount Sabinyo. For those who like to hike, mount Sabinyo provides you with an exhilarating opportunity to indulge in your favorite 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: 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 small. Mount Gahinga equally offers a tough but manageable and exciting challenge to climbers. A hike to the gaming 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 can imagine a swamp on top of the hill? This is quite interesting to see. This ascent to the top and back covers about 8km and lasts about 6 hours.

Mount Muhavura:  Being the highest of the three gaming 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 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. All these volcanoes climbs cost 100$ per person per climb

Mgahinga gorilla national park

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Park: Mgahinga National Park has one (1) gorilla family that has been habituated for tracking purposes. This family is called Nyakigezi gorilla family consisting of 9 family members 2 silver backs, 3 adult females, 2 infants and 2 juveniles. Read More

golden monkey

Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Park: With the presence of this rare species of monkeys in abundance in this park, comes an opportunity to track and see these monkeys in their natural habitat. These monkeys are relatively easy to find since the habituate in lowland forests and hence. Read More

bird species in Mgahinga Park

Bird Watching in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Trek to the Rugezi Swamp, the bamboo forest or the Sanbinyo George for the best bird watching opportunities. The three to four hour Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo can provide a spectacular sightings of the Bronze Sunbird. Read More

Batwa Garama Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Cave Exploration in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: The Garama cave is 342 meters long and 14 meters deep several years ago, this cave was inhabited by the pygmy Batwa people whose warriors attacked their neighboring communities, but in the present-day it is inhabited by bats. Read More

Batwa people in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Cultural Encounters in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: For generations, Mgahinga’s dense forests were home to the indigenous Batwa: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine and the interesting Batwa Forest Trial is unique cultural trail. Read More

Mountain/ Volcano Climbing

Mountain/ Volcano Climbing in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: A tough day’s hike will take you to the peaks of Muhavura; Gahinga or Sabinyo. All three volcanoes in this park can be climbed. Mountain Sabinyo which is, 3,669m high can take roughly eight hours to cover a distance. Read More

attractions in Mgahinga gorilla national park

Mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Mgahinga is home to the habituated Nyakagezi gorilla group that can be visited while on a Uganda safari – a fairly nomadic bunch that has been known to cross the border into Rwanda and the Congo. The family includes the lead silverback. Read More

Mgahinga gorilla national park

Golden Monkey in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: This is a species of Old World monkey found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, including four national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga and Kahuzi-Biéga, Read More


Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: The Virungas are a chain of eight volcanoes that dot the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Most of these volcanoes are dormant, except Mount Nyiragongo 3,462 meters (11,358 ft.) and Mount. Read More

Batwa Garama Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Batwa Garama Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Some of the steep mountain slopes contain caves formed by lava tubes, one of them being the famous Garama Cave located near the park headquarters. This is a sacred place for the Batwa, and during the Batwa Trail you can discover. Read More

bird Watching

Birds in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Mgahinga national park has various species of the Albertine rift endemic birds and the common ones sited in this park include; Handsome francolin: This bird species has a dark reddish brown plumage, grey head, red legs and bills with a rufous grey under. Read More

Forest Elephants

Wildlife at Mgahinga National Park Uganda: Other Wildlife, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has 76 identified mammal species, although they are difficult to glimpse in the wild forest vegetation. They include giant forest hogs, bush pigs, forest buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks. Read More

Ntebeko Visitors’ Centre

Ntebeko Visitors’ Centre Images: The Visitor Centre at Ntebeko is the starting point for nature walks, volcanoes hiking, golden monkey and gorilla tracking and the short (4km) Batwa Trail. The trailhead of the long Batwa trail is at the base of Mt Muhavura. Exhibits inside the building. Read More

Batwa people in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

People and Culture in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Within the confinements of Mgahinga National Park, are the Batwa or twa people or commonly referred to as pygmies because of their short sized heights, a fully grown Mutwa person has an average height of about 4 meters tall or even less. Read More


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