Mgahinga Gorilla National Park


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Carry heavy sweaters and torches because the place is really cold

Written on: April 21, 2013   |   I visited in November 2007 Mgahinga National Park

For all the years I had been in boarding schools with very strict rules and regulations. So joining the university was one of my dreams come true because there was no one to control my movements. The very first long trip I took was to Mgahinga national park which is located in the far south of western Uganda. We moved under the umbrella of the students association from my home area. The ten hour drive from Kampala was so amazing to the extent that I did not even want to dose in the bus. We used public means because we could not afford private means. I had always had stories about Kisoro where the park is located because of its meandering roads, cliffs and cold weather, beautiful scenery, the little people who live in the mountains and depend on bush food and this time I was going to see all these things myself.

The amazing things started when we reached Kabale which is the nearest big town to the park because the weather changed drastically, the hills were so amazing , the way they carry out their agriculture because of the topography of land and everything was new all together. These people carry out terracing, something that I used to study in school but had never seen before. We reached in this town around 4pm since we started our journey as early as 6 in the morning. Since the buses those days would stop in that Kabale, We made a stop over to have some eats and interact with people. Life was not hard there because we could all speak and understand the language and the food was familiar because we are also from that region though from another district which is in the heart of western Uganda.

At around 5pm we left Kabale for kisoro aboard a pickup truck because they are the only vehicles that could go through those impassable roads. Watching those meandering roads pass each other was a great experience though at some points we would close our eyes in order not to see those very sharp cliffs. Those roads are so identical to the extent that you think your still at the same spot even if you see the car moving. Then finally after three hour we reached Kisoro town where by we got accommodation and in the morning we used bicycles to the National park which was also a great experience. The language there is a bit different and communication was not that smooth. When we reached we were given a guide who took us around as we watched those mountain Gorillas whose behavior is 90% human. It was interesting to watch them, carry, feed and protect their babies. It was such a refreshing experience up there.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 18, 2016   |   Visited: Aug 2015.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is good for people who want to make last minute arrangements for seeing the gorillas. We arrived in the evening and had a night at Chameleon Hill Lodge at Lake Mutanda with the most beautiful views of the Lake Mutanda and great Virunga mountains. This view is unbeatable!!We arranged the gorilla tracking at Mgahinga National Park that... read more

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Vervet monkey
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 11, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Visiting the mountain gorillas has been my life-long dream, and thanks to KWSS, the experience was thrilling and full of wonder for me, my husband, and two teen sons. We walked for about 1 hour and spent 1 hour observing 10 gorillas grazing, climbing, playing, relaxing, and generally doing what they like to do. One of the gorillas actually approached my husband's c... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 27, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2012.
This was my lifetime Gorilla trekking park. This is the most beautiful park in Africa for the family human revolution.
Great people of Uganda.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 27, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
We visited this park after visiting Volcanoes in Rwanda. Its close proximity to Rwanda allowed us to add this on. I really enjoyed this small park. It was more personal, it had AMAZING bird life and the views of the volcanoes were unparalleled.
I highly recommend this park if you want to see gorillas and golden monkeys. You will not be disappointed. read more

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 27, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
Wow..what an adventure!
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest but one of the most amazing parks in Uganda and Africa.Situated in South Western Uganda in Kisoro District, the park lies on slopes of volcanic Mountains Muhavura, Mgahinga and Sabyinyo.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is eminent for being among the few parks in Uganda, Africa and on Earth wh... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Apr 26, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
The park takes its name from "Gahinga" the local word for the piles of volcanic stones at the foot of the volcanoes. We came to view the mountain gorrilas, but one of the locals advised us that most family of gorillas in Mgahinga like to split their time in neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)and it was rare to find them in the park.

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