Things to Do

There are lots of things to do in Mgahinga National Park.

Gorilla Tracking

The most interesting activity in the park is tracking of gorillas and this has inspired tourists to visit the park. This activity takes a period of three days and there are over three groups of gorillas with the grey backed gorilla but tracking require one to move with the permit and the vaccination documents.

Bird Watching

Despite its size, the park is endowed with various habitats that offer home to many bird species that count about 179 to 184 today. For birders, there is no need to worry about where to go for this fascinating experience. Mgahinga offers refuge to birds like Ibis, pin tailed whydah, speckled mouse bird, stone chat, grey capped warbler, wax bills, yellow vented bulbul, fire finch, white napped raven, Rwenzori Turaco, black kite, Blue headed Coucal, paradise fly catcher, double collared sun bird, Rwenzori batis and Rwenzori Nightjar.

There are also wetlands with in the park and along the park edges there are some bird species thus the activity there is bird watching. The species of birds are the grey chapped warbler, yellow vented bulbul, stone chart, Ibis, black kite, wax bill, speckled mouse bird and others. There is a lot more to enjoy at the park you may expect, birding is one of unexploited activities that many visitors have not realized in Mgahinga gorilla national park. But for one to under stand these birds it requires one to have a bird guiding book as well as an experienced guide.

Cave Exploration

The former warrior caves of the Batwa are suitable for cave exploration known as the Garama caves. The great History of the cave on how the Batwa lived and fought their neighbours, cultural dances and the weapons they used for fighting are of great importance and another advantage is that they are near the park headquarters.

Scenic Viewing

Scenic viewing is another activity and it is free of charge the park provides a clear platform to the surrounding mountains, vegetation as well as the Bafumbira and Batwa homes.

Mountain Climbing

For adventure lovers, visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and challenge yourself in any of the Virunga Mountains that are inhabited within the park. Mountain climbing and volcano hiking the most challenging mountain to climb is Mt Sabyinyo that’s why ladders are provided to get to the peak of 3669m high another Mt suitable for climbing is Muhavura it covers a big part of Kisoro and can as well view it while in Kisoro.

You can as well visit the Sabinyo gorge trail and border trail along the Congolese border which will reward you with amazing experiences of a life time. Alternatively, include the cave exploration especially the Garama Cave and enjoy interesting stories about the Batwa pygmies and their king.

Golden Monkey Tracking

Besides mountain gorillas, the park also offers visitors with a golden opportunity to track golden monkeys in their natural habitat. Golden monkey tracking in Uganda is only done in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Like any primates, golden monkeys are also habituated and this means visitors can easily have a face to face interaction with these dramatic creatures. Golden monkeys are some of the rare primates that weigh about 10-25 pounds and they are characterized by golden bodies, cheeks and tails with black limbs and crown on their heads and tail end. Golden monkeys are a popular sub species of the blue monkeys that can be seen in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Volcanoes. As you plan for your safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, never miss to include golden monkey tracking in the list of activities to be done. Staring at these remarkable wild primates is truly experience of a life time.

The Batwa Trail

Besides, mountain gorillas and golden monkeys visit the Batwa community and explore in depth the reality about forest life styles and their ancient traditions in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Batwa pygmies were the first people who lived in the forest for several centuries approximately 500000 years. Taking the Batwa forest trail will enrich you with lots of information about these ancient hunters and gatherers as they also excite you with unique dances. Choose the Batwa forest trail and explore the reality about authentic African experiences. You will also reach to an NGO that supports the Batwa who are now marginalized. There are also several trails within the park that you can choose to hit on but you should be a bit physically fit to hike on the hilly areas.