Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the three Virunga Parks where you can go gorilla trekking in Africa.
What are the Best Months to Go Gorilla Trekking
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be visited all year round. The best time to go gorilla trekking in Mgahinga are the warmest and driest months – December to March and June to October. Though these months make hiking easier, during the dry months, gorillas move further in search of food. Therefore hikes may involve longer treks. Please note that the temperatures and weather are unpredictable. It can rain any time of the year.
Gorilla Trekking is also possible during the wet season. The wet season offers abundant food and hikers during the wet months of April, May and November may experience shorter hikes.
How Much Do Gorilla Tours Cost
Gorilla Tours do not come cheap! Do not select a company strictly basing on price! Gorilla Permits cost USD600 per person. A Fully Inclusive Tour must include a gorilla permit, transportation in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle, accommodation and activity fees.
Please note that prices may differ significantly between operators due to the different safari lodges included in the package. We have listed some tour operators from where you can get an excellent quality gorilla trek at a reasonable rate.
How Many Days are Needed?
In the past, getting acclimatized to the montane environment was a must. Today there is a growing number of tourists interested in day tours to Mgahinga. If you have less time, the most recommended tour is a 2 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Trek from Kigali. The shortest tour from Kampala or Entebbe is a 3 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Trek. Having more days on the tour will offer you better chances for an adventurous holiday within the Virunga Mountains.
Packing List for a Gorilla Trek
The packing list for a gorilla trek includes a good number of critical items. You will need to come with most of these items from your home country given that you may have little time to buy some of the items from Uganda or Rwanda. The detailed Gorilla Trek Packing List provides a clear picture of what you need to pack as well as the recommended gear.
Clothing: Here are the must carry clothes that you will need for your gorilla safari in Uganda. This includes headgear, footwear, gloves etc
Bags and Day Packs: Get to understand which bags are ideal for a gorilla safari.
This the most this a list of credible gorilla trekking tour operators that we have reviewed here in Uganda and we are certain that they have registered companies, offices, skills to make your gorilla safari a success!!! The list is not biased and we have ensured they are trust worthy.
How to Choose a Tour Operator
There are several tour operators offering guided Uganda safaris to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. However selecting an operator can be daunting. We list experienced, competent and professional tour operators who practice high safety standards.
This is a list of all the accommodation in Mgahinga National Park. The accommodation options range from budget to Luxury accommodation.
Here are the Most Popular Reads on This Guide; that will help you plan a perfect safari in the Virunga Mountains.
– Tipping on a Gorilla Safari: How Much to Tip Porters and Guides
– Safety: First Aid Kit, Emergency Medication Needed for Hikers
– Responsible Gorilla Trekking: How to Plan an Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tour
– Visa and Passports