Travelling to Mgahinga Gorilla NP
Mgahinga gorilla lies in southwestern Uganda. It is found in kisoro district which is about 540km from Uganda’s capital Kampala. The route to this small park is a well travelled one due to the high demand of gorilla trekking and viewing among tourists that visit the country.
The most frequently used and main entry point into the country is Entebbe international airport which is quite close to Kampala. It is about an 8 hr drive from Kampala to kisoro. From kisoro you can hire a car to the park, which will take you about 2hrs and 30 minutes. It is also possible to charter a flight from Entebbe to Kisoro Airstrip.
Information about ticket prices and Airline to use can be got from Skyscanner, Expedia, or from your tour operators.
Information about entry requirements such as visa and passports can also be acquired from travel agents.
There are volcanoes camps in the area that provide accommodation. There are also a few cottages on the camping grounds. Kisoro also has a number of lodges and hotels where tourists can stay.
Some of the places that provide comfortable accommodation include; Mgahinga Safari Lodge, Virunga Hotel, Mubano Hotel , Traveller’s Rest Camp, Rugigana Camp Site, Sky Blue, and Mt. Gahinga Rest Camp.
Activities in Mgahinga Gorilla national Park include;
A visit to Ntebeko visitors centre where park activities are arranged. From the visitors centre you can get a pretty good view of the park and
the areas surrounding it.Volcano climbing is one of the more adventurous activities. A visit to Mgahinga give you access to three extinct volcanoes, Mgahinga, Sabyinyo, and Muhavura. A climb to the top of Mt Sabyinyo put you in three countries at the same time. The muhavura trail is the shortest; it takes 5-6 hours to get to the top. From Muhavura you can get an amazing view of the rift valley, Mount Rwenzori, Lake Edward (in clear weather) and about five other Virunga volcanoes.
Bird watching: Mgahinga has over 100 bird species so a bird watching safari is another reason to visit the park.
Exploring the Garama caves and the Batwa trail: The Garama cave lies beneath a plateau near the edge of the park on the northern side. It used to be a council chamber for the Batwa but is now a place for cultural performances.
The Batwa trail on the other hand is basically a trail that leads to the Garama caves. It is a guided walk that gives tourists a chance to learn some traditional and historical insight about Batwa culture and forest life.
Gorilla trekking: tracking gorillas is the most popular activity in Mgahinga Gorilla National park, as the name of the park suggests. It is so popular and in high demand that you need to book your permit and trip months in advance.
A Uganda safari trip to Mgahinga Gorilla national park is an exciting adventure and a true Ugandan experience.