Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Dublin7 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Having purchased our permits in advance, we took the bumpy road to Mgahinga National Park early on New Year’s Eve. We were met by a team of professional guides and introduced to their very well-run operation. Our lead guide, Christine, was particularly cheerful and very clear on how we should behave when we met the gorillas.

We had barely walked for half an hour when we met the first members of the group. Words like wonder and magic can only begin to cover how I felt meeting these playful, yet majestic animals. While we did our best to maintain our distance, the gorillas had no such scruples and at one point, the Silverback brushed up against the back of my legs while walking through our group.

It is not as expensive to meet the gorillas in Uganda as it is in Rwanda and with its much smaller size, Mgahinga National Park provides an alternative to Bwindi which I would strongly recommend.
Written January 3, 2020
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Andrew J
Uttara, Bangladesh12 contributions
Jan 2021
In this pandemic time tourists are few. I was treated to a solo tour with Jerome, who is an excellent and knowledgeable guide there. Along with the golden monkey trackers and two security rangers we had a memorable day with the monkeys.(I had seen gorillas in Bwindi, though you can do that in Mgahinga too). I would recommend taking a porter if the budget allows ($15 minimum), not so much because one is needed (the terrain for the golden monkeys was not as rugged as for the gorillas at Bwindi, though it depends on where the animals are I guess), but because the porters are really struggling right now and it's good to help out the local community. With the monkeys, the team made a great effort to ensure that I could see and photograph them easily. Mgahinga is a beautiful place and at the moment you are likely to have the sheer joy of having it all to yourself, or nearly so. Highly recommended, especially now.
Written January 29, 2021
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BCSinig
Sebastopol, CA141 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We visited this lovely park to see the Golden Monkeys. The day started with a performance from a local heritage group. Then, we headed up on foot with our team of guides to locate the Golden Monkeys by foot. Total hiking time was about 4 hours at a leisurely pace. We also stayed with the Monkeys for an hour and stopped to have a packed lunch as well. Porters are available to bring your packed lunch and you are encouraged to use them to contribute to the local community. The Golden Monkeys are adorable. We were able to capture some fantastic photos too. The trackers and guides really care for this endangered animal. The Park itself seems very dedicated to them as well.
Written June 13, 2022
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HeatherMegaMauriFan
London236 contributions
Dec 2021
My review focuses on the physical aspects/tips/recommendations as it goes without saying how amazing this experience is especially when you get your first glimpse of a silverback.
It is strenuous, despite being one of the easier trails. We started out at 2.500m and after about 15 minutes I couldn't breathe - altitude sickness. Fortunately we had an inhaler and I ended up using it throughout the trek to be able to breathe.
We spent 1.5 hours with trackers going ahead to find the gorillas and then the 4 hours with the gorillas went very quickly. It took then at least 4 hours to get back down and that was the difficult part. The group was dispersed and the terrain was very steep. They eat and move faster than you think!

There were 6 of us in total and we had all different levels of fitness. The guide Patrick was focused on safety and there was a large group of rangers, trackers and then the porters. Our porters (Ignatius and Gloria) were outstanding.

Tips: No tripod (the terrain is so steep you won't be able to use it)
Bring:
waterproof overjackets and trousers
leech socks
head net as there are biting insects
gloves that cover your wrists
walking poles

You will slip, you will fall, you will shed tears, but you will have the experience of a lifetime.

Find out in advance which sector you will be doing and prepare yourself physically and mentally. I rented a static bike 2 months before to get my fitness levels up and it really helped! Good luck to you.
Written January 26, 2022
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Lotte_88
München96 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I can highly recommend this NP to see the gorillas. Perfect for individual travelers, it was super easy to get a permit on short notice (either in the Kampala or Kisoro UWA office) and groups are generally smaller than in Bwindi. We were only 3, which was perfect! The gorilla family was super close to the gate, so we found them after only 30 minutes of very easy walking. We then saw the really big family of 17 gorillas, getting super close to us.
An absolute highlight was a mother showing us her 1 week old baby, which is very rare since they usually hide them in the first months. Even our guides took pictures! I couldn't be happier with the experience and am so glad I chose Mgahinga. Great advice for budget travelers, stay in Amajambere Camp right next to the gate. Very simple accommodation, but saves you the way from Kisoro in the morning!
Written January 14, 2020
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Michelle L
Kihei, HI64 contributions
Feb 2020
After spending time Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes, Bwindi and Mgahinga hands down the best overall management, guides, porters, educational materials and scenic views were found here in Mgahinga.

From the very first moment you arrive in the park the staff is friendly and helpful and the grounds and facilities are beautiful. The guides here are enthusiastic and provide tons of information about the family of gorillas you will be seeing and are very proactive about positioning of the group members so that everyone has an opportunity for great photos during their time in the park.

Compared to Bwindi where the guide was abrupt, often rude, gave little if any information about our gorilla family and had no consideration for slower members of the group Mgahinga was a breath of fresh air.

As a professional photographer I loved both Gorilla treks that I did here and am already planning a return trip to do more. I can't recommend this park or it's staff enough.
Written February 16, 2020
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Marta Kobylecka
4 contributions
Mar 2020
It was an easy and pleasant trek as gorillas were just 20 mins away from the park gates. The guides were knoelwdgeable and knew how to keep this trip safe. We spend 1h with gorillas. It started in the morning, around 8.30am at the gate, and we were done before 11. It was really great experience.
Written March 20, 2020
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Morgel's Meanderings
Minneapolis, MN28 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Walking amongst the gorillas is awesome! They are such peaceful creatures. They amble about their carefree days passing within yards of you stopping to munch on nearby vegetation. It's well worth the price of admission.
Written February 15, 2020
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Bernd E
Parkhurst, South Africa137 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
After Matunda Lake, our next stop was Mgahinga National Park. This time not to see the Gorillas, we wanted to visit the “Batwa”, a local Pygmies tribe. Guided by a park ranger and four Batwa we headed out into the forest where the Batwa’s showed us most of their daily life, from housing to hunting.
An interesting day with lots of information.
Written March 31, 2020
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Sternsl
Seminole248 contributions
Dec 2021
Hiking to see the golden monkeys in the rain is definitely not easy, but it's worth it. Make sure that you have good hiking shoes, and I would recommend gaiters. Expect to slip and slide if it's been raining, and make sure to use a hiking stick.
Written February 9, 2022
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