Mgahinga gorilla National park is also home to 76 mammal species including the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Other large mammals include elephants, buffaloes, leopard, giant forest hogs however these are very rare to see. It is also great for bird watching with over 115 bird species present in the park including various Albertine Rift endemics.
Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga
Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is done daily starting in the morning at 7am with a briefing after that you set off to trek through Gahinga forest to search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has one habituated gorilla family that is Nyakagezi gorilla family with this only 8 gorilla permits are available for gorilla tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park every day. It is recommended you book your gorilla permit in advance atleast 2-3 months before visiting the park so that you are not disappointed.
For a successful gorilla trek in Mgahinga national park, you are required to have a valid gorilla permit secured from Uganda wildlife Authority for your desired date of trek at USD700 for Foreign Non-Residents, USD600 for Foreign Residents, and Uganda shillings 250,000 for East African citizens.
By Road; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Kisoro town from Kisoro town you will drive toward your lodge which close to the park for overnight. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 2-3 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to your Lodge you are booked for your stay.