Best Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Uganda

Posted by on September 7, 2018

Mountain Gorilla Tracking Safaris in Mgahinga-3-hours from Kigali

Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park – 600 USD Permits instead of 1500 USD Permits in Rwanda.


Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. The Nyakagezi Grou p can be tracked in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and combined with other activities such as Golden Monkey tracking, Virunga Volcano climbing, Nature Walks, and Wildlife Hikes, the Cultural Batwa Pygmy Trail with the first people of the Forest, Cave exploration and that is just the beginning.

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

The Plus Side is that the Park is easily accessible by flying into Kigali Rwanda and trekking in Mgahinga Gorillas which is a mere 3-hour drive and you benefit by saving 900 USD on your Permit.  

Uganda’s Permits remain at 600 USD compared Rwanda’s Permit of 1,500 USD.

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.


 Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. There are about 80 of the Gentle Giants located here, but only the Nyakagezi Family, has 10 family members, including 3 Silverbacks is habituated for visitors at Mgahinga National Park.  

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

Midrange lodges are some distance from the Park and that means a morning drive. 

The reason we listed only luxury Safaris for Mgahinga.  We can modify any of the safaris into a midrange lodge safari.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is one of those special places in the Pearl of Africa, not to be missed.


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, 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 different 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 out 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 8 groups that can be trekked – Nkuringo area is a bit more difficult since it begins with dropping 600 meters down at the beginning of the Trek and at 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 normal Safari – that is why we have created a special page of Tips and Advice.


Hiking and Nature Walk in Mgahinga Gorilla Park takes some preparation, wearing the right clothing, boots, shoes more. The right gear is the beginning of your hike.

Preparing for a hike or nature walk will make it a lot more rewarding for you.  We can also help you if you have any questions and we would also love to help you in creating an itinerary that not only includes gorilla tracking but other activities such as outlined above and a hike in or through the forest just might be right for you.

Hiking in Uganda is simply different from what you may be used to – many hikes are in a rainforest – the altitude is higher and in many cases, it will not be hot due to the elevation.


 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.


Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – small Park in Uganda – and there are many Activities for visitors to the park

You can scale three of the Virunga Volcanoes, also called by locals the Mufumbiro in one-day hikes 5 to 8 hours plus in length.

Participate in the famous cultural and interactive Batwa Trail with the original people of the forest, the Batwa People who are pygmies and there are less than 3000 of them remaining in the area.

You can track Gorillas and the endangered Golden Monkeys here. Hikes and Nature Walks abound including Birding opportunities in one of the most scenic parks in Uganda.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park – a small park with many activities


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