Mgahinga Gorilla National Park


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Amazing experience with Mgahinga gorillas!

Written on: January 18, 2016   |   I visited in August 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 same evening, and went out tracking the gorillas the morning after!

The gorilla permit in August (high season) was US$ 600. There are 8 people allowed per day (one hour with the gorilla group), but the day we went there were only 4 people I had traveled with. The gorilla trek can be long, but we were lucky and found the gorillas after only 15 minutes.

The track starts at one of the park headquarters, depending on where the gorillas was last spotted. The group that is habituated in Mgahinga consist of 10 individuals, 5 Silver back, 2 females, 1 black back, 1 juvenile and 1 infant. Especially the juvenile and the infant is very playful and curious, and can get very close if something catches their attention. The experience of seeing these fascinating animals in their natural environment is indescribable! The view of the volcanoes in the back also make this a very scenic park . We would highly recommend doing a tour here!
Besides, its only here you get to have 5 silver backs in the same family!

Note that the park stretches between Uganda, Rwanda and DRC, and the gorilla group migrate between Rwanda and Uganda. It has, however, remained on the Uganda side of the volcano for the last 3 years.
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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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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 21, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 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 o... read more

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