Hitting the Trails and Peaks-Hiking Trails-Climbs-Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Posted by on July 7, 2018

Hitting the Trails and Peaks –  Hiking Trails – Volcano Climbs – Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Hitting the Paths and Peaks Volcanoes and Valleys – The Best Hiking Trails and Volcano Climbs


Hitting the Trails and Peaks – The Best Experiential  Hiking Trails in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda. An adventurous collection of some of the best Hiking  Hitting the Trails and PeaksTrails and Volcano Climbs in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

Hike the Sabinyo Gorge Trail where you view primates, numerous birds, and animals such as Forest Elephants. the Border Trail that is adjacent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo or climb one of the three Volcanoes in a day-climb.

There is the Interactive Cultural Batwa Trail where you spend time with the original people of the forest and learn their ancient ways of living in this area leaving a low ecological footprint.

Any of the Mgahinga Gorilla Park Hiking Trails or Volcano Climbs can be included in your Safari in the heart of Africa. Places unlike any others where you have ever hiked, climbed or taken a Nature Walk.

Hitting the Trails and Peaks-It is time to hit the Trail – to see Uganda, Mgahinga Gorilla Park off of the beaten tourist track, discovering the undiscovered – we would love to give you more information about Hiking and Climbing the Mountains that Cook, the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern Uganda.


Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – a One-of-Kind Hiking-Volcano Climbing Experience

Take a look at the various Trails, also do not miss the vegetation zones that you will be passing through.  While Hiking or Climbing in the Park you are accompanied by armed Rangers who know the Park well, keep your well-being in mind and get you back safely. The Beauty about Hitting the Trails and Peaks in Mgahinga Gorilla Park is that most of the time it is so without the crowds unlike in Rwanda.


Hitting the Trails and Peaks– Best Experiential Hiking Trails and Climbs in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Hiking Trails – Nature Walks – Volcano Climbs on  the Virunga Volcanoes


Hitting the Volcano Peaks – Volcano Climbs in Mgahinga Gorilla Park:


 Climb Mount Sabinyo (Sabyinyo) (3669 meters high):

This volcano is also called “Old Man’s Teeth” pointing out that the crown of the volcano has eroded over time.  There are 3 peaks on this mountain with stunning views of Rwanda – Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda – the last peak involves climbing up some ladders – the end result is rewarding – you will be able to step into the DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda – all without a visa and passport.

The Mount Sabinyo climb requires a pre-dawn start – porters can be used to assist you by carrying your day pack.  This is a guided hike – you will need two to three liters of water, packed lunch and maybe some snacks.  It is always best to be prepared.

Many wear the wrong clothing, it can get cold and damp on your climb of the mountain and is no place for shorts and tank tops.  This is the most Popular Volcano Climb in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


 Climb Mount Gahinga ( 3474 meters high):

As you approach the park you will notice that there are piles of rocks all around the gardens of homes at the base of the hike – Gahinga means little rocks, little stones, and villagers here have gathered and used them for centuries.

This is a 6 – 7-hour hike – climb and once again quite rewarding in nature with great views, you also pass through the Bamboo Forest and different vegetation zones as you move toward the summit.

At one time Mount Gahinga had a lovely crater lake but over time it has turned into a scenic swamp –

Two liters of water minimum will be needed, packed lunch and snacks. A walking stick and porters are two great additions to your Climb- the stick can be obtained at the beginning of the trek for a small fee and a porter makes your load lighter.


 Climb Mount Muhavura  (4127meters high)

This  volcano is also referred to as “the Guide.”  Visible from far and wide it provides some of the best views available in Uganda – from the top of the hikers can see the Virunga Volcano Chain, Lake Edward, and Queen Elizabeth Park.  Even the peaks of the famed Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon are visible from here.

This hike takes about 8 to 10 hours but well worth it – a very early start is needed in order to complete this one day – like other volcano climbs, it is a difficult hike and one needs to be in good shape.

Two liters of water will be needed – packed lunch and snacks such as dried fruit, nuts that you can buy locally in nearby Kisoro.

Porters can be used to make your climb easier. Using a porter assist the local community and allows you, in turn, enjoy the climb and hike.


Hitting the Hiking Trails in Mgahinga Gorilla Park:


 The Batwa Trail:

On this interactive, experiential trail you will see the forest through the eyes of its first people – the Batwa Pygmies, they evicted when the park was created.  Since then they have lived on the outside of the park only seeing tourists come into their ancient hunting and gathering territory.

This guided hike is both a nature walk but also a cultural walk since you learn the ways of the Batwa People.  Learn how they hunted, gathered honey, herbs for medicine, made clothing, ate berries from the forest and more.  This is certainly a must do in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  An activity not to be missed.

The trail ends at the Garama Cave where you partake in a cultural celebratory time with music and dance.

See the Forest through the eyes of the First People of the Forest – the Batwa People.


 Hiking the Border Trail Hike: 

This five-hour-plus hike through the montane forest on Mount Sabinyo and moving toward the Democratic Republic of Congo.  You will be rewarded with great views of Mount Sabinyo – both its peaks and the gorge that is there.  This is one of those double benefit hikes that you also get to do some fine and rewarding birding along the way.

Take a packed lunch with you, lots of water and enjoy, your guide will point out some of the golden monkeys, forest elephants and other mammals, birds and primates along your path. The hike is about 5 hours in length.

At the end of the trail, you can say that you have visited the Democratic Republic of Congo – sorry no stamp for your passport.

This is a guided hike with an armed escort as in all cases in Uganda.


 Sabyinyo Gorge Trail:

This is a six-kilometer hike along a scenic mountain stream that meanders through dense vegetation with African-Montane vegetation as you head through the gorge.

At the end of the trail on a clear day, you have a beautiful of the rugged peaks of Mount Sabyinyo above you which is a sight.

The added plus you often have taken this 5-hour hike – that has a moderate level of difficulty to it is that you often encounter Golden Monkeys, Duikers, and other mammals.  Birders will spot many species here including the Rwenzori Turaco.

This is a guided hike with an armed Ranger escort – Uganda always takes extra measures for the safety of Visitors to the Pearl of Africa.


Hiking Advice and Tips:

 Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a hikers and climbers paradise. Here we have some practical advice and tips for the Hiker.  Wearing the right clothing is a big part of all that.

There have been no injuries reported about visitors to the park.  It is best to follow some practical advice about hiking in Uganda.

Hiking in Uganda is quite different from what you are used to in your home country.  You are in the tropics and often like in the case of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – you are in a rainforest.

It takes a bit more planning, wearing the right clothing, shoes and or boots and you are not hiking on your own but always with an armed escort guide.

Should you have any questions, please write to us.


 Hiking Trails and Volcano Climbs:

Hiking the Trails and climbing the peaks in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Off-the-beaten Path, close to Kigali, close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a combination of Primates, Birds, Wildlife, Culture and Traditions, Hiking and Climbing.

This off the beaten path location is a paradise for hikers and climbers.  Besides Hiking and Climbing, there is Gorilla and Golden Monkey Trekking where one can say several days in the area and also take in Lake Mutanda and the southern region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you continue hiking through an ancient forest.

Southwest Uganda is one of the best areas in all of Uganda for hiking and hitting the peaks of the Volcanoes.  We can include any of the above hikes and climbs in your Experiential Safari in Uganda and Rwanda.


 If you are wanting to include any of the Hikes and Climbs in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in your safari let us know.

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