On this wonderful and exciting 3 Days Mgahinga Gorilla Trekking Safari to Mgahinga gorilla national park, encounter the remaining endangered mountain gorillas during gorilla trekking that lasts for 3 to 5 hours depending on the location including an hour in the presence of gorillas.
Again, take a cultural walking trail for Batwa where you will discover while learning about the lifestyle of these people as they used to live and depend on the forest. Therefore the safari covers wildlife and culture in one destination. Mgahinga national park has only one gorilla family and you are entitled to trek after securing a gorilla permit. Have a memorable experience while taking photos along the journey to and from Mgahinga national park at Uganda equator monument and other beautiful photographic points.
3 Days Mgahinga Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park from Kampala or Entebbe
Head to Mgahinga national park upon arrival or pick up from the agreed point in the morning after breakfast. You will then embark on the journey to smallest national park in Uganda and that is Mgahinga national park. It is also famous for inhabiting both mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. This is part of Virunga massif and listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites due to its amazing great biodiversity.
Not only is it home to the primates, but the park has different bird species like the Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori turacos, plant species, large mammals like forest elephants, buffalos among others. Spot enroute attractions like the famous Uganda equator along Masaka – Mbarara highway, take part in visiting the Ankole Kigezi museum at Igongo Cultural Centre. Enjoy the terraced hills of Kigezi highlands as you find the way to your booked Lodge near Mgahinga National Park.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Batwa cultural trail
Head to the park offices at Ntebeko for briefing after taking breakfast where more information concerning the forest and its inhabitants including the mountain gorillas will be well explained by the head ranger.
The dos and don’ts will be well speculated for instance – not feeding wild animals, not littering the park premises, no smoking, maintaining a 7 meter distance from the gorillas among others. After, head to the forest under guidance of a well-armed park ranger and begin the great adventure of gorilla trekking. This experience can take about 3 to 5 hours depending on the location where these gorillas will be found and an hour will be given while in the presence of a gorilla family as you take keen watch over the beautiful primates.
They might be feeding, playing and breast feeding or moving from one place to another among others. After the trek, head back to your lodge for leisurely lunch followed by a community tour that takes you to the Batwa villages. The trail is led by a Twa native guide with a short briefing and then head to the forest to learn about the lifestyle of this unique culture as they used to live and depend on the forest of Mgahinga. They spent most of their time hunting, gathering fruits and roots, and using local herbs as medicine among others. You will also explore some caves which were once home to their Kings. The adventure will end after returning to the lodge for your dinner and taking a nap.
Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala
Take an early breakfast and then begin a transfer back to the capital city of Uganda-Kampala with en-route stopover at Uganda equator where you will have the last lunch on this safari and as well taking some time buy local souvenirs as gifts to your loved ones back home.
You will proceed to Kampala and be dropped at Entebbe airport, marking an end to a short safari to Mgahinga national park in 3 days.
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