Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park-Uganda

Posted by on August 6, 2017

Mountain Gorilla Tracking Safaris in Mgahinga

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 GrouGorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Parkp 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 walk 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 nine family member and is habituated for visitors at Mgahinga National Park.  That is most often not a problem since most visitors to Uganda track the Primates in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and not in Mgahinga Park. Since there are fewer visitors to this park, there are also fewer requests for permits in this park and with planning, it all works out most of the time.


Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Mgahinga Gorilla Park


3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla Trekking is a  once in a lifetime experience, on the bucket list of many near and far.  This Safari starts in Kigali – Rwanda where you can easily fly into and then we take you on a 3-hour drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  It is not only the short drive-time that makes this safari attractive, it is the price of the permit, Gorilla Trekking Permits are still 600 USD compared to 1500 USD in Rwanda, you not only save on the Permit Price, Lodging, no matter whether you choose Budget, Mid-Range, Upmarket or Exclusive. The cost per day runs less than in Rwanda.

On top of the Savings, there is the Trekking Experience itself.  This Gorilla Safari not only takes in Trekking of the Gentle Giants but Golden Monkey Trekking at a lower permit price than in Rwanda, though there are more Golden Monkeys found here than in Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


4-Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari:

This is another one of those out of the ordinary Gorilla Safaris that we offer.  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.

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.

Lodging can be arranged in between the two comforts ranging from Budget to Exclusive Luxury.  The Choice is yours.  At the end of the 4-day Safari, we take you back to Kigali for your flight out.


5-Day 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.


6-Day Gorilla – Golden Monkey – Canoeing and Hiking Safari:

This is a popular safari that includes Gorilla and Golden Monkey Trekking, Climbing one of the 3 Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda, a time with the Batwa Pygmies.

The Safari includes a day of exploration of Lake Mutanda where you visit one of the Islands.

This is a great experiential safari for the outdoor enthusiast.  You are not spending the day in a vehicle, but you are hitting the trails and peaks, trekking the Gentle Giants of the Forest and more.

The Safaris begins and ends in Kigali, but portions of this safari can be included in a Safari that includes Southwest Uganda.


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 Tips and Advice:Hiking-Walking-Safaris-Tips-Advice-Uganda

Hiking and Nature Walks in Mgahinga Gorilla Park takes some preparation, wearing the right clothing, boots, shoes more.

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 various 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 for Central and Southwest Uganda is the easiest way to start your safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


Top things to do and see in Mgahinga Gorilla Park:Top Things to do see in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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.


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