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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda

 The Gorillas Habituation in Uganda;

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda,  The Mgahinga Gorilla National park safeguards the Ugandan drops of the majestic Virungas, a range of freestanding volcanoes that increases to a maximum altitude of 4,507m on the border with Rwanda and the DR Congo. It is an alternative destination to Bwindi for mountain gorilla trekking. Other attractions contain hikes to the summit of golden monkey trekking and other three of the park’s volcanic peaks.

Wildlife & Animals in the park.

Apart from the endangered mountain gorilla, Mgahinga is home to many other mammal species. Though, as in all forests, animals tend to be tough to spot. The very infrequent golden monkey, endemic to the Albertine Rift, can be followed. Other mammals contain black-and-white colobus, duiker, elephant, buffalo,bushbuck and duiker.


Therefore Mgahinga is finest park known as an extra destination to Bwindi for mountain gorilla trekking, then it also offers good birding and an opportunity to spent time with the localized golden monkey. However, the Nyakagazi crowd is the only habituated gorilla troop here. This means only eight permits a day are current resulting in a very exclusive experience on the day of trekking.


Wildlife Highlights of the Mgahinga Gorilla national park;

The Nyakagazi crowd of mountain gorilla is famous for integrating four sibling silverbacks. And a troop of habituated golden monkey, which is endemic to the Albertine Rift and more-or-less limited to the Virungas, can be tracked too. Buffalo and Bushbuck are quite regularly encountered, while other more secretive resident mammals consist of golden cat, giant forest hog, bushopig, elephant and side-striped jackal.


Best Time for Wildlife Viewing to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

Dry seasons from June -August and December – January are the greatest time for trekking gorillas. The park stays open all over the year, however, in heavy rain, the trails might be hard to walk and time with the gorillas and shooting can be compromised.


Mgahinga also is Uganda’s least park. It forms part of the Virunga Mountains and connects with the parks across the borders of Rwanda and Congo. The entire park is at a high altitude, and the views are out of this world.thereater, the most prominent feature is the volcanic cones of extinct volcanos in the mountain range. It also offers great sights over Lakes Mulehe and Mutanda.


Bird Watching Safaris to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

Not the greatly research has been done so far regarding the birds of park, yet the park is still of great interest to birdwatchers. Over 180 bird species have been noted, and several are localized forest birds. Therefore   12 of which are considered rare to the Albertine Rift, birds are limited to this area. And there are several guided mountain hikes on offer where birders acquire an opportunity to tick of some Afro-alpine endemics for instance the scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird. Migratory birds are available from November – April.


Best Time for Bird Watching.

Birdlife in Mgahinga has a good year-round; however, it’s best from April – mid-May and from October – November.  June and July have the smallest rainfall, and March – mid-May have the maximum rain. The heavy rains might result in interruptions due to impenetrable roads and slippery hiking trails, which can limit your bird-watching time. The main nesting season is in May and June. From late May through September, food is abundant. Although Migratory birds are in the park from November – April.

Best Time to Visit at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

The Mgahinga Gorilla National park is an open for gorilla trekking the whole year. Further the best time is during the thirstier seasons from June – August and December – January. At this time the trails tend to be cooler to navigate and outlay a precious hour with the gorillas might be lovelier when it is not raining.

Weather & Climate.

Here the near-constant threat of rainfall  means that Mgahinga does not have a dry season, while the precipitation eases a bit from December – January, and in mid-year. The park’s status for being one of Uganda’s calmest places is reflected in the regular daytime temperature of 20°C/68°F. However, you will need plenty of warm, waterproof clothing during the dual Wet seasons, February – May and from September – November.

Thereafter the climate in Mgahinga is mild to wet and cold. And the highness (2,227-4,127m or 7,306-13,540ft) makes this one of the coldest destinations in the country. However, it is on average of 20°C/68°F during the day, becoming unemotional in the evening (9°C/48°F).

The Mgahinga experiences no real dry season, thus rain is always possible, and then there tends to be small rainfall in December – January, while June and July gets the least amount of rain. There are two identifiable Wet seasons, from FebruaryMay and from September – November. It is advised to pack decent walking shoes and waterproof clothing.

Dry seasons during June – August and December – January

During June, July and August, in general, the driest time, yet rain is still possible. It’s an excellent time for gorilla trekking however much Daytime temperatures average is 20°C/68°F with an average of 8°C/46°F during night.

However December and January, Rainfall is minor than in the Wet seasons but higher than June, July and August. Temperatures will be around 21°C/68°F during the day but will change depending on altitude.

Wet seasons in the park.

In this February, March, April and May rainfall peaks in April. The road to Mgahinga can become hard to travel and a 4WD is required. Walking wet forest trails can be tough. Though the park tends to be enclosed in mist, and hailstorms are not rare.

And then September, October and November, These are months comparable to February – May.  Average temperatures will float around 20°C/68°F in the afternoon and 9°C/48°F at night.

How to get there and visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park?

The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park mendacities 14km from the small kisoro town along a rough ascent road and allow 45 minutes. A 4WD vehicle is endorsed for this road at all times and is important in the Wet seasons as of February – May and September – November. The park is 510km/317km from Kampala at least nine-hour’s drive, and it can be reached by road from Queen Elizabeth National Park around six hours or Lake Mburo National Park;   five to seven hours.

Whereas your point of accessing Uganda is at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), located about 46km/29mi from the Kampala city. It is possible to take a national flight from Entebbe to Kisoro.


 Best Time to Visit the National Park:

Mgahinga Gorillas can be tracked constant in the park. Surely, the low seasons roughly concur with the Wet seasons February – May and from SeptemberNovember, though be aware that some of the park’s accommodation closes down in these months. The landscape of the park, dominated by the Virunga Mountains, can be better directed in the drier months.


Malaria & Safety;

In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, due to our opinions, a safe and secure park as are the most other protected areas in Uganda. In addition to those hired by tour workers, the national park and lodges, you will mostly encounter other visitors on safari.

Malaria & Vaccinations:

In this area, it is smart to protect yourself from the danger of malaria by taking antimalarial medicine. Furthermore, using mosquito repellent those containing DEET are most effective and wrapping up in the evening also comforts. There are also some vaccinations you should get before you travel, these are; look for advice from your local doctor or travel clinic.

Gorilla Trekking Tours:

Even though serious incidents are occasional, gorilla trekking can be dangerous if you do not follow the instructions of your controller. However much doing so importantly limits any risks involved. But also, take the time to read ‘Gorilla Trekking Safety Precautions as follow. Further instruct on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling.