Tourism Activities In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The strategic location of the park is also important because it helps to sight and do adventurous activities

Tourism Activities In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Are you looking for tourism activities in mgahinga gorilla national park? Well, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is found in the middle of 3 Virunga Volcanoes. The park is a mixture of bamboo and rain forest, silverbacks and golden Monkeys and is a meeting point of gold and silver. Mgahinga gorilla national park can be accessed by air or by road. It is also at the border of west in DRC and in south parts of Rwanda. The strategic location of the park is also important because it helps to sight and do adventurous activities and gorilla Safaris is the top thing to do at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Tourism Activities in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Golden Monkey Trekking

When you reach Mgahinga, you will do gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking. This makes the primate trekking of golden monkey simple and an active adventure. The activity lasts 4 hours per session and within this time you will take pictures with the primates and later you go back to your camp and lodge. 6 members of golden monkey family are habituated and during the habituation process, they learn to bond with human presence in their sanctuary. You can hike through the bamboo forest and meet the golden monkey. Do not forget to carry with yourself binoculars for spontaneous birding, camera to take photos for remembrance of your memorable golden monkey adventure. Gloves, hiking gear, hiking boots, a long sleeved shirt and a rain poncho and the journey will be interesting.

Volcano Hiking or Mountain climbing

Volcanoes are found in the landscape of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and you can’t miss out this. There are 3 volcanoes and they make part of the Virunga ranges located in DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. Every name given to these mountains has a literal meaning. Sabinyo means old man’s teeth, Muhavura means a guide and Gahinga means a pile of stones. Mt Muhavura is the tallest of these three mountains and when at its peak you will watch Virunga. Mount Sabinyo is a path to Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. The path to Sabinyo is occupied with mushy vegetation and the comfortable way to pass through this zone is by dressing in waterproof hiking boots. To climb Mt Gahinga requires hiking through a bamboo forest. These 3 mountains need one to be climbed each day to reach their summits and this can be done when you’re in good physical shape.

Gorilla Trekking Tours

This is one of the major tourism activities done in Mgahinga. The park is famously known as a home of world’s endangered mountain gorillas. In this park, you can’t miss out gorilla trekking activity. The gorilla trekking begins at 8am and it only lasts for 2-4 hours. Duration depends on where gorillas are located and it is because they move far looking for food. There are few rules and regulations that you should have in mind before you breakoff for gorilla trekking and they will be provided at the briefing time and these are some of the guidelines. Do not come for the adventure when you are suffering cold or other infectious diseases because gorillas too can catch human diseases therefore first wait and recover, then you may continue your trip. You should burry the wastes 30cm deep. Trekkers are supposed to be 15 years of age and a flash photography should not be used. 8 people are only allowed to do the gorilla trekking in the park. On your trek you will have a chance of meeting gorillas but it is not a must you will see them.

Batwa Trail Experience

Mgahinga gorilla national park was a home of the Batwa or African Pygmies before being set as a national park and they were hunter gatherers. They were ejected from the park and there are some of them who stay around the park and they participate by acting as tourism guides and porters. They are given a tip for their guide services. A batwa trail gives you knowledge about the activity and they will take you through their transition and history over time. There is a sacred piece of Batwa known as Garama Cave and is good start to know about the history of the Batwa.

Birding for Albertine Rift Endemics

The park has almost 180 bird species that Mgahinga Gorilla National Park host. Birding is done through the year. You will also enjoy a lot of endemic Albertine rift in the George trail. You will see many bird species like Rwenzori Turaco, Dusky Turtle Dove, Cape Robin-chat, White Starred Robin, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Handsome Francolin,  Bronze Sunbird, Black-headed Waxbill and Streaky Seedeater, Kivu Ground Thrush and Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Greater Double collard Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Shelly’s Dusky Crimsonwing, Archer’s Robin Chat, Olive Pigeon, and Black headed waxbill, White-starred Robin,  Cape Robin, Western Green Tinker bird, Malachite Sunbird, Brown Woodland Warbler, Striped breasted Tit, Malachite and Scarlet-tufted Sunbirds. You should carry packed lunch.

Hiking And Nature Walks In Mgahinga

Hiking at the foothills of Virunga Volcanoes gives travelers an opportunity to watch Rugezi swamp, forest birds, bamboo forest, wild vegetation and also viewing the surrounding agriculture villages and lakes.

Hiking through the forest towards the heart Sabinyo Gorge gives good birding chances and also an opportunity to see Rwenzori Turaco. The hiking takes 4 hours and goes through the Rugezi swamp where keen birders watch most birds from.

The walk to Congo border goes through various vegetation zones. Hikers view calderas on height of the Gisozi hill, you will also see Bunagana and kisoro town and also the lake Mutanda.

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