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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park reviews

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“Good for people who want to make last minute arrangements for seeing the gorillas” - Abacus African Vacations

Amazing experience with Mgahinga gorillas!

Views: 773 Visited: Aug 2015 Reviewed: Jan 18, 2016

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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