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Mgahinga National Park is the smallest in Uganda with an area of about 33.7 km. Mgahinga National Park is famous because of its population of endangered Mountain gorillas. The park is located to the South west of Uganda in Kisoro district. Mgahinga National Park is part of the 434 Km Sq. Virunga Conservation area. It adjoins
Rwanda Volcanoes National Park to the South and DR Congo's Virunga National Parks to the West. Mgahinga National Park experiences two rainy seasons. The long rains between February - May and the short rains between September- December of each year. Dry month are January, June, July and August.
Mgahinga National Park Attractions And Activities An Introduction
Mgahinga National Park was created in 1991 for conservation of Mountain Gorillas. The altitude ranges between 2227 meters and 4127 meters above sea level. Mgahinga National Park encompasses the three peaks of Muhavura alias Muhabura 4127 M (the guide) Sabyinyo 3669M (Old man's teeth) and Gahinga (A pile of stones) also called Ufumbira. Gahinga is located between the bigger Muhavura (the guide) and Sabyinyo (Old Man's teeth) hence called a pile of stones due to its size compared to the two. Mgahinga National Park is named after Mt Gahinga. All the three peaks form the border of Rwanda and Uganda. 79 bird species have been recorded within the park.
Mgahinga National Park is the smallest in Uganda with an area of about 33.7 km. Mgahinga National Park is famous because of its population of endangered Mountain gorillas. The park is located to the South west of Uganda in Kisoro district.
Mgahinga National Park is part of the 434 Km Sq. Virunga Conservation area. It adjoins Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park to the South and DR Congo's Virunga National Parks to the West. Mgahinga National Park experiences two rainy seasons. The long rains between February - May and the short rains between September- December of each year. Dry month are January, June, July and August..
Getting to Mgahinga National Park
540 km from Kampala, 15 Km from Kisoro, 55 Km from Kabale. Drive via Kabale takes 8 Hrs. You can use public means to Kisoro and hike upto the park headquarters. . which set �You can fly from Entebbe to on Mondays and Fridays. Cotact Eagle Aviation
Mgahinga experiences two rainy seasons: February to May; and September to December. The average monthly rainfall varies from 250 mm (9.8 in) in October to 10 mm (0.39 in) in July.
Mgahinga has Afro-montane vegetation with cool climate. Bamboo accounts for 60 % of the vegetation. Others include Lobelia and Haegenia spp. Animals include mountain gorilla, buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, and the endangered golden monkeys.
Around Mgahinga National Park, the local people are Bafumbira who are mainly cultivators and the Batwa (Pygmies) a hunter gatherer community.
Birdlife is profuse and include, Ruwenzori turaco, Fiscal shrike, Crowned hornbill, Black kite, Augur Buzzards, Crowned Crane..
Tourist or visitor attractions comprise of what visitors see and What they do (activities they undertake) at the destination.
Besides gorilla trekking and wildlife, visitors to Mgahinga have numerous Mountain Climbing opportunities with three challenging peaks-Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhavura, hiking and sightseeing tours, nature walks, bird walks, cultural tours
Mgahinga National Park Attractions-Activities
The top 10 tourist activities in Bwindi Forest National Park are:
Gorilla Trekking and Hiking:
Gorilla Trekking is a daily event in Mgahinga National Park. Gorilla trekking is a full day event.
Birdlife is profuse and include, Ruwenzori turaco, Fiscal shrike, Crowned hornbill, Black kite, Augur Buzzards, Crowned Crane.
Golden monkey trekking
This offers a chance to visit the local community and learn about their way of life. They are led by knowlegeable guides. .
Mountain Climbig Mgahinga National Park.
Three challenging pearks are available to scale.
There are four hiking trails in Bwindi are:
�MT. SABINYO (3669m) 'Old man's teeth'
Hiking time 8 Hours return 14 Kms.
This volcano offers one three peaks to climb. However the best is peak three which offers breathtaking sceneries in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. To be specific the peak offers you an opportunity to be in the three countries at the same time
MT. GAHINGA (3474m) A small pile of stones
Time 6 hrs Return
MT. MUHAVURA (4127m) The Guide
Distance 12 Kms Time 8 Hrs round trip. Being among the highest of the peaks, it acts as a guide. Hiking to the top offers the best views in the country. Once at the top hikers are rewarded with the view of other virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the peaks of Rwenzori Mountain. The hike requires at least two days. The first day you will camp at the base of the volcano and the next day you hike to the peak. You have to bring your own gear.
The evenings are enlivened by traditional dance performances by local tropes.
Gorilla Families In Mgahinga National Park
There is only one group of gorillas habituated for tourists in Mgahinga-The Nyakagezi Group. It comprises of 9 members; 2 silverbacks, 3 adult females, 2 juveniles and infants. Tracking can take three to eight hours. However it is always advisable to enquire of the groups where about since it strays into Rwanda sometimes.
Mgahinga National Park Gorilla Trekking And Hiking Requirements
Please bring the following for tracking gorillas.
Hiking boots- ankle level boots are ok but make sure it is something handy.
A warm cardigan
Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking.
Video- filming is allowed in the parks though not outside the park
Water proof container for their cameras
A pair of binoculars if you are a keen bird watcher.
If you prefer wearing a hat, a baseball cap is recommended.
Encounter with the gorillas
When you encounter the gorillas always remember to be submissive
Do not look at them straight in the face rather give a sideways glance.
Do not stand over them-crouch instead, stay in a tight group
Speak in whispers
Do not use flash photography
Gorillas are wild
Bwindi gorillas are not tame. They are wild and they should not be provoked in any way. The UWA does not take any responsibility for any injury sustained by wild animals in their habitats, hence:
Keep your flight distance about 7 metres from them and bear in mind that gorillas have freedom of way
Do not feed the gorillas
Do not entice them to get into contact with you in any way.
Do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas
Do not litter the park
Always burry your faecal
Health of the Gorillas
There are currently approximately 700 mountain gorillas in the wild. Thus these animals are classified as endangered species. To avoid transmitting human diseases to them,
Avoid tracking if you suffer from contagious disease. In case you develop a sever case of flu, your money will be fully refunded if you make this known in advance. However if you attempt to track and fail for whatever reason, or if the guides discover that you cannot track due to disease, you do not qualify for any refund.
Do not sneeze towards them
Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly. If you need to the guides will help you with a matchet to dig a hole to bury your waste.
Do not track if under age- Only 15 years and above can track.
Hiking, trekking and gorilla Tracking safaris- the facts
How hard should one prepare for gorilla tracking in Uganda?
The facts below will help you to answer this question.
Tracking takes place at altitudes of 3000 metres-this means that moderate/ average physical fitness is what is necessary and not athletic fitness.
Tracking gorillas is conducted by patient, qualified and knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural history with particular attention to gorilla behaviour
Trekking, hiking and tracking safari is conducted at a moderate pace with plenty of stops for resting, fielding questions further briefs etc. Competitive hiking is discouraged as the aim of the guides, porters and rangers is for all the group members to make it to the gorillas and back to the base. Believe it or not, the slowest hiker/ trekker will determine the pace of the trek.
Your hiking gorilla tracking starts at 08:30Hrs local time and may last the whole day!For Conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled.
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