Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivalled.
Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.
DAY 1: Depart your Hotel in Kampala at 6:30Am and drive to Kisoro with stopovers enroute at the Equator crossings, lunch, shopping of Art, Crafts, Fruits and photography in places of interest. Check-in at the Lodge, have supper and overnight.
DAY 2: Have an early breakfast at 6:30Am and thereafter move to the Park offices with packed lunch for a briefing from Ranger guides before embarking on the Gorilla tracking exercise. It takes between 1 hour to 5 hour to find these Gorillas depending on the weather and their feeding habitat location. After an encounter with these gentle giants which will last an hour, return to the Lodge and prepare to take a community walk of the indigenous Batwa pygmies for a diverse knowledge of their cultural background and behaviours. Return to the lodge for entertainment, supper and overnight.
DAY 3: Have an early breakfast at 7:00Am and thereafter check-out from the lodge to drive back to Kampala with stopovers enroute for Lunch, Shopping of Art, Crafts, Fruits and photography at places of interest before dropping you at your Hotel in Kampala.