Mgahinga Gorilla National Park raises an elevation ranging from 2227 to 4127 meters above sea level making it a great hiking destination. Hiking or having nature walks through Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is undeniably one perfect way of enjoying the treasures of nature in the Pearl of Africa during Uganda safari.
Volcano Hiking or nature walks in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park comprise walking or trekking through the forest through different trails going past swamps, waterfalls, and caves among others depending on the trail undertaken. Since with hiking or nature walks in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the individual gets so close to nature giving a chance to listen to the sweet sounds of bird species and other wildlife in the park.
The park is formed by three volcanoes which are Mount Sabinyo, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Muhavura. Each of these names is a word translated from the local dialect, Sabinyo literally refers to old man’s teeth, Gahinga means a pile of stones and Muhavura means a guide. These are part of the 8 volcanoes that form the Virunga that traverses Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. The landscape is amazing and one cannot miss out.
Of the three volcanoes, Mount Muhavura is the highest of them all offering an opportunity to see all the other Virunga mountains from the peak. With the fact that it can be seen from a far distance, it is referred to as a guide to all the other mountains in the park. Mount Sabinyo is unique of all the peaks as it is a gateway to Rwanda and Congo and when at the peak geographically you step in all the three countries.
Volcano Hiking all the three volcanoes of Gahinga, Sabinyo, and Muhavura, each can be climbed in one day to the summit and back. To go hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park volcanoes, one should dress up appropriately for the hike since it goes through mushy vegetation and bamboo. Waterproof hiking boots and long clothes are recommended.
Volcano Hiking around the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes gives trekkers the chance to spot several forest birds, different vegetation, and very scenic views.
A hike through the forest to the deep Sabinyo Gorge which is a massive gash in the flank of Mount Sabinyo provides good birding opportunities with a chance to find the Rwenzori Turaco. This walk-around Mount Sabinyo takes four hours and passes through the Rugezi swamp which is fantastic for bird watchers.
A walk can also be undertaken on the golden monkey track which is a gentle steep offering an interesting two-hour trek through the former farmland to the bamboo forest. On a clear day, you may view the Virunga Volcano range and come across a buffalo and duiker.
Hiking and nature walk in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is definitely a great activity in the park. However, the park is also home to other wildlife species which makes it a great tourist destination. This is one of the habitats where mountain gorillas and golden monkeys can be found in Africa.
Mgahinga Gorilla trekking
Mountain gorilla trekking is the top safari activity in the park for tourists in Uganda and other countries. The park is accessible from Uganda and also from Rwanda since it is closer to the Kigali International Airport of Rwanda. Mgahinga Park has one gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla family.
Nyakagezi family is one of the easiest to track given the fact that it prefers a narrow home range for feeding, resting, relaxing, and recreation. In case you are not ready to hike for a long distance, Mgahinga is a better option since they can be found after a short time of trekker rather than those of Bwindi that may require a longer time to trek.
Golden Monkey trekking and Volcano Hiking
The golden monkey is one of the primates in Uganda preferred for tracking by tourists on Uganda safaris. They are only found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. This same park is home to mountain gorillas and best for a gorilla trekking safaris Uganda. It’s from the fact both golden monkeys and silverback gorillas live in the same park that the slogan “where gold meets silver” was derived.
The golden monkeys in Mgahinga go through a habituation process to get familiar with the presence of humans before they are opened up to tourists. The habituated troops are available for tracking and the semi-habituated groups are available for golden monkey experiential.
Golden monkey trekking isn’t as exhausting as gorilla tracking since the golden monkeys do not build new nests each day and therefore their movement is easily traceable.
The golden monkey experiential is the best way of having a greater insight into the lifestyle of the monkeys. You spend more time with the golden monkeys and learn their behavior before being fully habituated.
For hiking and nature walk tours to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, contact us to tailor any trip either short or tailor-made to long safaris. Other trips in the same region also include Uganda gorilla safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, wildlife tours to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and hiking in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. With expertise in planning gorilla tracking safaris, we can also customize your Rwanda gorilla tours or gorilla trekking in Congo.
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