Gorilla Tours from Kigali
Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda has now become easier with gorilla trekking tours in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali. If you have always worried about long hours of traveling from Kampala to Mgahinga yet you have limited time, worry no more because we take you through a trek to view mountain gorillas starting from Kigali Rwanda. This is a journey of 3-4 hours inclusive of border crossing (Chanika border) rather than spending between 8 and 10 hours driving from Entebbe or Kampala to Kisoro where Mgahinga National Park is found.
With excellent gorilla tours from Primate Safaris, there is possibility to undertake a short gorilla safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A 1 day gorilla trekking tour can be arranged for you and you get a chance to track mountain gorillas. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a spectacular protected area and it is nestled in Kisoro, Southwestern Uganda. It is the smallest in Uganda and also among the 4 gorilla tracking parks with area coverage of 33.7sq.kms. It was gazetted to protect some of the 1063 mountain gorillas that still exist on earth today.
Unlike the rest of the mountain gorilla parks, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only Nyakagezi group as its only habituated gorilla group family available for trekking. This makes it a magical destination one can trek mountain gorillas less of crowds since it takes only 8 tourists per day. All gorilla treks start with briefing on rules for gorilla trekking and this is done by park official early in the morning from Ntebeko.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park like Bwindi, the rates for gorilla permits is of no difference. Permits are issued at US Dollars 700 if you are a foreign non-resident, foreign residents obtain gorilla permits at US Dollars 600 and citizens in East Africa pay shs. 250000. Gorilla permits can be reserved via tour operator or Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
The dry season is considerably the most ideal time for tourists to travel to Mgahinga National Park to enjoy gorilla trek tours. The preferred dry months range from June to September and December to February. However, gorilla trek tours can also be arranged during the wet season beginning from March to May and October to November. But the wet season is when heavy rains are recorded and generally, the habitat becomes muddy or steep slopes turn slippery.
The list of things you need during gorilla trek tours in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali include among others bottled drinking water, gardening gloves, long-sleeved shirt, first aid kit, insect repellent, hiking boots that are waterproof, sunscreen, pair of socks, non-flashlight camera with extra batteries, rain jacket, snacks, gorilla permit.
Some of the accommodation options to consider for overnight stay in Mgahinga include Nkuringo Safari Lodge, Mount Mgahinga Rest Camp, Mount Mgahinga Lodge, Traveler’s Nest Hotel, Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge.
What gorilla tours in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali include;
Gorilla tours in Mgahinga from Kigali include ground travel in a full-size 4×4 drive vehicle, bottled drinking water, accommodation plus meals, English-speaking driver guide, relevant government taxes, gorilla permit and others.
What your gorilla tours in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali exclude;
Gorilla trekking tours in Mgahinga from Kigali exclude porter fees, personal insurance, visa, telephone bills, cigarettes, tips, laundry, shopping expenses and optional activities.