3 Days Mgahinga Gorilla Trekking Safari
Located in South-western Uganda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a diversity haven national park well known as the second home to the mountain gorillas in Uganda. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and although most visitors opt for the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the gorillas, this small national park is worth visiting as it is a small but very intimate national park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National park was established as Gorilla game sanctuary in 1930 but later achieved national park status in 1991. The park boasts of 76 mammal species and 180 species of birds, 24 of these species are considered to be endemic to the Albertine Rift region. Birding enthusiasts on a bird watching tour in Uganda usually add Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as a site to visit because of its rich bird life.
A gorilla trekking safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a fulfilling adventure that brings you closer to the gentle giants amidst a thick rain forest. We usually recommend this Mgahinga tour for visitors who would like a much easier hike compared to Bwindi national park and for visitors looking to add golden monkey trekking to their tour. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the only place where one can trek the golden monkeys in Uganda.
Detailed Tour Itinerary for a 3 Day trip to Mgahinga National Park
Day 1: Pick up and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Your tour starts with pick up from your hotel in Kampala city, Kampala is Uganda’s capital city and a main starting point for safaris in Uganda. If you are accessing Uganda via Entebbe International Airport we can book the hotel for you for the first night and arrange pick up from the airport as well.
After meeting your driver guide at the hotel at 7:00am you will have a briefing session that is rather short which includes introductions. You then start the journey to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, since it is a long drive expect to see a number of things along the way like local shops, local people going about their day and spectacular landscape. On arrival you will be transferred to your lodge for overnight.
Journey time: 8 hours
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Clounds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Luxury), Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park
You start the day with an early breakfast at the lodge, after which your driver guide then transfers you to the park headquarters at Mgahinga Gorilla national park. The park office has different information maps, books and fliers that you can read while you prepare for the trek. Your park guide will then take you through a briefing session that involves details about the trek, mountain gorillas, how to behave around the primates and Mgahinga gorilla national park. After this detailed briefing session you will be given walking sticks for support while navigating the terrain in the forest and then you begin your gorilla trek. Once you locate the gorillas you are allowed to spend one hour with them during which you can watch them, capture some photos and enjoy the magical encounter with these amazing animals. After the great time spent with the gorillas you start the trek back to the park headquarters/starting point. On arrival your park guide will welcome you from the trek and then issue you a gorilla trekking certificate from Uganda Wildlife Authority, the certificate is a beautiful reminder of the time spent with the gorillas.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala
On this day you wake up to a delicious breakfast at the lodge after which you say your goodbyes to the lodge staff and then start the journey back to Kampala. Lunch will be along the way so you will stop over for that and then continue to Kampala. On arrival the driver guide drops you off at your hotel in Kampala or to Entebbe International Airport if your flight is on the same day.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
What to carry for the Gorilla Trekking Safari
- Long sleeved shirt and long pants
- Hiking boots
- Hat or Cap
- Drinking water
- Rain jacket
Included in the Tour Package;
- Gorilla Trekking Permit
- Safari car and fuel
- English speaking tour and driver guide
- Drinking water in the car
- Full Board accommodation
- Activities as listed in the package
Not Included in the Tour Package
- Optional Activities
- International Flights
- Tips and Laundry at the lodge
- Uganda Visa charges
- Other personal expenses while on the tour