Best Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda

Posted by on September 21, 2019

Gorilla Tracking Safaris on the sides of the Virunga Volcanoes

Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park – 3-Hours from Kigali

 Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  This is Gorilla Trekking on the side of the Virunga Volcanoes of which there are three located in Mgahinga Gorilla Park where there about 100 Gorillas but only one Family that can be visited.  Meet the Nyakagezi  Gorilla Family that you will track here. The Beauty of this park is that you can combine Gorilla Trekking with other activities such as Golden Monkey tracking, Virunga Volcano climbing, Nature Walks, and Wildlife Hikes, and the Batwa Trail with the first people of the Forest.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is one of Uganda’s off the beaten Tourist Path locations, there are no crowds here in Uganda’s smallest parks, yet a park with many activities, of things to do and see.

Mgahinga Trekking takes place on the Virunga Volcanoes located in the Park, allowing you to replicate the Rwanda Trekking Experience at less than half the permit price that you would pay in Rwanda.

The Safari listed below are all luxury Safaris – the reason is that at Mgahinga Gorilla Park there is only one luxury Lodge, Mount Gahinga Lodge, there is a budget camp but no midrange lodging in or close to the park. 

Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Luxury Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park – 3-Hours from Kigali:

Mgahinga Gorilla Park has come up on the radar of more trekkers as an ideal park to trek Gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes without paying 1,500 USD for a permit and instead of trekking in the same Mountains with a 600 USD Permit.

The 3-day Gorilla Trek in Mgahinga Gorilla Park is a one-of-a-kind Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda- Trek Gorillas not in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest but in the Mountains that Cook – the Virunga Volcanoes.  Replicate the trekking you find in Rwanda in Uganda with one added plus, and your luxury will cost you the same or less as a moderately priced Safari would in Rwanda. Without any compromise.  You stay at the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge in the shadow of the volcanoes and enjoy the Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, and the Batwa People of Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

There are limited permits (8 per day) available for this park in Uganda, and you have to plan well in advance to ensure that you have gorilla permits and lodging space.

Some choose to trek Gorillas in both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Forest.

 4-Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Luxury Safari in 2 Parks -from Kigali

This is twice Gorilla Trekking Safari with two different Groups in two various parks and two different terrains.

Trek the Gentle Giants of the Forest in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site while staying in the exclusive Clouds Mountain Lodge or the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge.

After the first Gorilla Trek drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park where you stay at the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge in the shadows of the Mountains that cook, the Virunga Volcanoes.

Trek the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the Golden Monkeys that are found there.

Return to Kigali, Rwanda for your flight out, the drive time from Mgahinga Gorilla Park to Kigali is a mere 3-Hours. Save 1,800 USD on Gorilla Permits per person over Rwanda – Trek Gorillas where Luxury Gorilla Safaris remain affordable.

  5- Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Luxury Safari – Mgahinga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest                                    

You start in Kigali where we pick you up and can arrange lodging and a city tour for you, and we drive you to Mgahinga Gorilla Park – that is where the first trek takes place. Other activities.  (You can also fly in for this Safari from Entebbe)

The second trek is in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Rushaga or Nkuringo Region of the park. Two great treks in two of Uganda’s Gorilla Parks.  There are now eight groups that can be trekked – Nkuringo area is a bit more complicated since it begins with dropping 600 meters down at the beginning of the Trek and the of it.

Lodging would be in the Mount Gahinga Lodge. One of the best values in Gorilla Lodges with its World-Class Service and Standards.  In the southern Bwindi Area, the choice is either the exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Nkuringo or Gorilla Safari Lodge in Rushanga.

 5-Day Luxury Safari Gorilla – Golden Monkey Trekking, Volcano Climb – Batwa Trail

This 5-day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Safari includes Gorilla Trekking in the Virunga Volcanoes, Hiking on one of the Trails, Climbing a Volcano, Golden Monkey Trekking and a cultural Hike with the first people of the Forest, the Batwa People who will show you their ancient ways of living in the Forest in the Foothills of the Volcanoes.

The Safari starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda, which is a mere 3-hour drive in either direction.  It is a scenic drive through the Mountains into Uganda that is filled with photo-ops.

Any portion of this safari may be changed to your liking, and that includes lodging.

 Gorilla Trekking Tips and Advice:

Most Safari Goers want to take in Gorilla Trekking in either Uganda or Rwanda.  Gorilla Trekking is different from a wildlife Safari in Uganda or other parts of Africa.

It takes some different preparations, things to know about and how to get permits for your Trek.

In Uganda, there is also exclusive, one of a kind all day Gorilla Habituation Experience where you spend 4 hours with a Gorilla Family.  We also have tips and advice for that activity.

Meeting the Gentle Giants of the Forest is different from a regular Safari – that is why we have created a particular page of Tips and Advice.

 Getting to Mgahinga Gorilla Park:

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is in Uganda, yet it is best to fly in Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

The Kigali Airport is just 3-hours from Mgahinga Gorilla Park, which is better than flying into Entebbe if Mgahinga Gorilla Park is your chosen destination.

You can also begin your Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and at the end of it fly out of Entebbe. In between visit Queen Elizabeth Park and Kibale Forest where the best Chimpanzee Tracking in East Africa can be done.

Kigali – which has become the Gateway to Central and Southwest Uganda is the easiest way to start your safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

Alternately you can fly in from Entebbe to Kisoro and do any safari here.

 Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park -Our Take:

There may be only one Gorilla Family to trek here, but it is not the number of Families, it is about the Experience, and when it comes to that, Gorilla Trekking is on par or better than any other gorilla trekking experience.  Those who trek here and have trekked elsewhere prefer the Gorilla Trekking Experience in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

We like the fact that the Nykagezi Family has three Silverbacks, the other activities that can be done here plus Mount Gahinga Lodge, one of Uganda’s Best lodges.

Trekking Gorillas means a bit more planning since there are only eight permits per day here, but you will find that well worth the experience that you will have on your Encounter with the Gentle Giant of the Forest in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

Enjoy your time in Mgahinga Park and your time with the Nyakagezi Group and the setting of Mgahinga Gorilla Park in the shadows of the volcanoes are the perfect place for your Trek and other activities in the there…enjoy the Pearl of Africa – Uganda