What to do on fly-in safari in Mgahinga

 Please spare time  for a fly-in safari it Mgahinga national park  and engage in the following activities

What To Consider Before Booking a Fly-in Safari To Mgahinga National Park?

Are you interested in booking a fly-in safari to Mgahinga National park in southwestern Uganda? Africa Adventure Vacations is the first thing that you should think of before booking your fly-in safari to this mighty gorilla park. Africa Adventure Vacations puts all consideration regarding your safety and security on your fly-in safari including adhering to standard operating procedures of safeguarding against Cocid-19 including social distance wearing of mask all the time and sanitizing. We offer all packages including the budget packages just contact us and we shall send you the detailed information of all our offers in the quickest time possible.

Mgahinga national park covers an area equivalent to 33.7 square kilometers and this makes it the smallest national park of all ten national parks in Uganda. The park offers a lot of attractive attractions including the rare golden monkeys and the endangered mountain gorillas. It is located in Kisoro district in southwestern Uganda and lies at an altitude ranging between 2227 meters and 4127meters. Mountain gorillas in Africa can only be spotted in 4 national parks and Mgahinga is among these parks. The rest of the parks with mountain gorillas include volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Volcanoes national park in Uganda and Congo respectively. In Mgahinga national park, the mountain gorillas live harmoniously with the golden monkey, and visitors can book and see all the two unique primates of the world.

Mgahinga National Park is part of the great Virunga Conservation areas that includes all the nearby parks of Uganda, Rwanda. and the democratic republic of Congo. Volcanoes national park borders Mgahinga national park in the southern part and in the western direction Mgahinga borders Virunga national park. The volcanoes have got a lot of ecosystems that are striking and interesting for all the visitors to see.

Fly-in To Mgahinga National Park

For some time most of the safaris to Mgahinga national park were mainly road trip from Kampala or Kigali to the park but later it was found that most of the visitors could not visit the park because of the long trip journey that could even last for 10 hours from Uganda’s capital Kampala. This led to the development of different airfields around the park and domestic flights. By now it is possible that you can fly to Mgahinga national park which has made the journey easier and interesting. Taking a flight from Entebbe, one will use only one hour to reach the park and the companies that operate these flights include Fly Uganda and Aerolink. All flights land in Kisoro Airstrip and then you connect to your hotel around Mgahinga National park which about 45 minutes from the airstrip ready to do gorilla trekking/golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Forest National Park.

Visitors should know that the weather conditions in Kisoro especially in Bwindi and Mgahinga are unpredictable and sometimes the weather could delay the flight. However, all flight is taken in the morning hours since the weather conditions in the evening might not be favorable for the flight operators because of the strong winds. Some of the fight delay to depart and leave Kisoro because they do operate connecting flights through Kihihi airstrip and Kasese in case they have got visitors to drop or pick from these airstrips.

When to book a fly-in safari to Mgahinga National Park.

Visitors wishing to book a fly-in safari to Mgahinga National park are hereby informed that the park is available and open for booking throughout the year and this means that you can visit this park all the days or months you want. People find it interesting to book during the drier periods or conditions as it is deemed the best time to book for a fly-in safari to Mgahinga National park. The best time includes – December to March and June to October. It is very easier to do gorilla and golden monkey tracking during the dry season however the gorillas and golden monkeys tend to move for long distances during this period in search of food because food becomes scares during the dry season as compared to the wet/rainy season where food supply is plentiful and therefore you can as well see gorillas or golden monkeys during the rainy season.

 Because of the demand for gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga National park, you must book in advance in order not to miss out on this glorious safari activity. You should book for the flight and get the trekking permits readily available as well as accommodation before they are sold out. Africa Adventure Vacations, we ensure that once you have contacted us, we make sure that all the services are well booked and we provide you with all the necessary information.

What to do on fly-in safari in Mgahinga

Please spare time  for a fly-in safari it Mgahinga national park  and engage in the following activities ;

Gorilla trekking

Gorilla tracking involves visitors moving on foot in the forests in search of the habituated gorilla family. This activity starts in the morning at the park headquarters with a briefing and then after briefing journey to the forest starts while following the well-established trails with the help and guidance of the ranger guides, researchers, and trackers and once you find the gorilla family that you are searching, then you will spend one hour seeing it while standing in a distance of 7 meters away from the gorillas family. After you will return to the headquarters for the certificate to show that you successfully engaged in the gorilla trekking in Mgahinga.It is important to note that you will be required to book and obtain a gorilla trekking permit before you engage in gorilla tracking. We book for you the gorilla trekking permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority basing on your preferred dates.  Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only one habituated gorilla family known as Nyakagezi that is available for gorilla trekking. This means that only 8 visitors per day are granted the gorilla permits to trek this group on daily basis. A gorilla trekking permit cost united states dollars 700 for  Foreign Non-Residents, then United states dollars for 600 for Foreign Residents, and Uganda shillings 250,000 for East African citizens.

Golden monkey trekking

Because of the availability of the golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park, golden monkey tracking is the major activity that is conducted in the park, and therefore this activity is the key for the visitors to Mgahinga Park. Golden monkey tracking makes Mgahinga one of the unique activities the fact that the rare species have only remained in this park. There are 2 communities of golden monkeys that are habituated and are available for tracking. The golden monkey trekking permit costs United States dollars 100 and the activity starts at 7:00 in the morning with a briefing and after you proceed to the forest to see gorillas. Upon seeing those visitors will be allowed only one hour to see and view the golden monkeys. It is only in Mgahinga and volcanoes national park where golden monkeys are found.

Volcano Mountain hiking

Volcanic hiking offers the best adventurous activity to people interesting in hiking safari in Uganda. You can spare time to go to Mgahinga National park for hiking safaris. Volcano climbing in Mgahinga is the best adventure that you have ever heard of. You can decide to hike Sabinyo, Gahinga, and Muhavura mountains.  The mountain is part of the six volcanic mountains in the democratic republic of Congo. Mountain Sabinyo is good for climbing as it stands at 3669 meters and you will spend about 8hours climbing this steep-sided slop up to its peak/summit.

Batwa Cultural experience

Culture experience is one of the activities sold alongside gorilla trekking safaris. It is important to note that Mghinga Gorilla national park before gazetted into a national park was occupied by the indigenous communities of the Batwa pygmies who were later relocated to the areas surrounding the park. This was done to ensure that the gorillas and other primates are well conserved. Interacting with Batwa provides worth interesting activity as they narrate to you their traditional ways of life the fact that they were hunters, and food gathers and they used the forest mainly as the center of treatment where they could get herbs to treat themselves.

Bird watching safaris

Bird watching safari is one of the interesting activities that most visitors have done even when they are on the gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking expedition in Mgahinga national park. there are different bird species that you can sport while in Mgahinga for bird watching and these include Brown-crowned Tchagra, Dusky Turtle Dove, Rwenzori Batis, the Chubb’s Cisticola, Olive Thrush, Regal Sunbird, Cape Robin-chat, Blue-headed Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-headed Waxbill, the Chubb’s Cisticola, Streaky Seedeater, Kivu-ground Thrush, Banded Prinia, Dusky Turtle Dove, among others. Birding in Mgahinga National park takes place between Sabinyo Mountain and Gahinga Mountain and visitors can take about 4 hours on the birding trail with the help of a UWA ranger guide. Our company also has got knowledgeable safari guides with birding experience.

Nature walks in Mgahinga National Park

Uganda Wildlife Authority established trails in the forest specifically for guided nature walks safaris. Nature walks in Mgahinga start any time of the day depending on your preferred time. Visitors for nature walks will get a chance to see forests, swamps, and lakes such as Lake Mutanda, Lake Chahafi different tracks are there in the park for you to discover and establish.

Accommodation for A fly-in Mgahinga National Park

There are different accommodating facilities around Mgahinga National Park and it upon you to choose the best accommodation where you would like to stay depending on your budget. The best option will enable you to stay at an accommodation facility that overlooks the Virunga mountain ranges. The accommodation facilities in Mgahinga range from budget up to luxury accommodation facilities. In Mgahinga National park, visitors can stay at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Gahinga lodge, Lake Mutanda Resort and Lake Chahafi resort.  Some visitors can decide to stay at various lodges and hotels in Kisoro and some can even stay at Bwindi lodges especially at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, gorilla forest camp, Trekkers tavern lodge, Bakiga lodge among others. You need to make you’re booking as early enough to ensure you get a better accommodation facility to stay at during your stay in Mgahinga gorilla National Park.

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