Do you want to trek gorillas in Uganda? You travel to the extreme south western part of county to reach un to meet face to face with these endangered species. In Gorilla trekking in Uganda is only done in the tropical rain forests of bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park in kabale and kisoro districts. Though the two national parks are neighboring each other,t there are features that make gorilla trekking experience different.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is UNESCO owrld heritage centre situated in the south west of Uganda in kisoro, Kanungu and Kabale districts. It’s a home to over 400 rare mountain gorillas, and because of the large numbers of these gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable national park has been put on the world map as the only park having almost half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas.
On the other hand, Mgahinga is located in the extreme southwest of Uganda in kisoro district. Its among the three parks that are located on the Virunga ranges that separate or join the three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.Mgahinga has very few mountain gorilla families compared to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. This has put it on a disadvantage when it comes to gorilla trekking.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park has over eleven habituated gorilla families unlike Mgahinga that has only one habituated gorilla family which is Nyakagezi. But in Bwindi there is diversity, you can choose to trek in the north (Buhoma) and families there are the; Mubare which is the oldest family in Bwindi, Habinyanja and Rushegura. Still in Bwindi you can choose to trek gorillas in the east commonly known as the Ruhija side and visit the Kyaguriro, Oruzongo or Bitukura families. And if you choose the southern part, you are more assured of seeing the Nkuringo, Nshongi, Kahungye and Bweza families.
According to research, Bwindi Impenetrable National park is the only place where mountain gorillas live with the chimpanzees in the whole world. Bwindi is also rich in terms of birds and twenty five of them are endemic species which makes it better than Mgahinga national park if one is a birder. In Uganda, mgahinga national park is the only park where mountain gorillas co- exist with golden monkeys giving you an awesome experience trekking the mountain gorillas in conjunction with the golden monkeys.
Both Bwindi and Mgahinga national park can be accessed y both air and road, putting them on the same advantage in terms of transport. However still Bwindi being on a better advantage than Mgahinga because it can be accessed through two air strips; Kahihi and Kisoro air strip unlike Mgahinga that can only be accessed through Kisoro airstrip.
Bwindi Impenetrable national forest has several accommodation options in all sides of the forest. There are the budget, up market and mid range lodges for you to decide accordingly, however in Mgahinga the only up market lodge is the Gahinga lodge, other options are found in kisoro town.
Adding more advantage on the Bwindi Impenetrable national park, it is nearer to other national parks like Queen Elizabeth national park which is a two hours drive from Bwindi. You can have join experiences connecting from one game park to another looking for the climbing lions in Ishasha or a boat cruise on kazinga channel with the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. You can further proceed to Kibale national park also known as the place with the best habituated chimpanzees in the whole world. With that comparison, you can now choose wisely a place to trek the mountain gorillas, whether Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga national park to get the best experience.
Conclusively therefore, gorilla trekking in Uganda is a memorable experience. Trek gorillas in bwindi impenetrable forest national park or mgahinga gorilla national park and get a life time expereince.Read More
Uganda has scores of exotic animals in their natural environment and many people come to the country to watch them as they hurt down their prey while others look for survival. It is very adventurous and great to come up close with these wild animals. One can say these animals are also found in the zoo so why does he have to hassle and go to the park to watch them.
All you need to know about these animals that they were born to be wild being held in the cages it is like they are not living their lives to the fullest. In the jungles is where these animals belong, they were made to look and hurt for food not to bring it to them on a silver plate. It is in the jungle where they experience the utmost life and energy.
To see these animals live their lives is by taking a Uganda gorilla safari. This safari involves going to Bwindi impenetrable national park to track the mountain gorillas. These primates are the most sought after animals in Africa due to their uniqueness in the way they lead their lives as their social behavior are almost similar to that of man that is the male gorilla is the head of the family and it can never leave its family alone as the female gorilla pamper the male one and also takes care of the young ones. Many people think that gorillas are wild beast yet in actually sense they are very peaceful and vegetarian animals.
Visiting the mountain gorilla in Bwindi impenetrable national park is a life time experience and very educative as it teaches man that he has close relatives. Many tourists have even come back to Bwindi to experience the gorilla rhythm instantly since this is really an unforgettable experience and one of a kind.
These mountain gorillas are also found in Mgahinga national park in the Virunga region at the border of Rwanda, Uganda and the democratic republic of Congo. This has one habituated family of gorillas to visit.
It is also important to note that there are only 880 mountain gorilla left in the world and these are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountain gorillas are regarded as endangered species meaning that at any one time are getting extinct.
On a Uganda gorilla safari, there is an option of visiting other primates that is the chimpanzees and the different monkey species. The chimpanzees are apes like humans and have 98.8% of human DNA which makes them man’s closest relatives. These chimpanzees are also a beauty to watch as they also do certain things like man but only these stay on top of the tress canopies.
It should be note that these safaris become enjoyable and safe by hiring a car in uganda that is suitable for the safari as the areas where these gorillas are found are remote and have raged roads. So put that in mind one has to travel by a 4×4 uganda car hire that is a RAV4 which is pocket friendly and comfortable, the land cruiser which is more safe and comfortable, the minibus and coasters vehicle for the many people.
Come to Uganda and see the live animals on Uganda gorilla safari as you travel in a comfortable car.Read More
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the tourist attractions enjoyed in Kisoro district, southwestern Uganda, this park is a part of the great Virunga Conservation Area, which is 434km. Although it is the smallest national park in the country covering about 33.7km, it is very important given that it is one of the only two parks in Uganda that offer habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas that are as few as 900 individuals left in the whole world.Many travelers who have visited this park hail it for its great scenery and amazing beauty.
Location of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in South Western Uganda. The park can be accessed by road from Kampala – a journey takes about 12 hours. Many travelers also travel to the park from Kigali, Rwanda – a journey that takes about 3-4 hours.
Things to See & Do in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mountain gorillas is one of the key tourist attractions in this national park and the main reason as to why this park was created. At 600 US dollars, travelers can book permits to take gorilla tours within the montane forest. Nothing is as rewarding as taking an adventure to track mountain gorillas.
Besides the mountain gorillas, other animals found in the park include; buffaloes, elephants, bush bucks and the threatened golden monkey among others making game viewing another key activity within this park. Golden monkey tracking is also another primate viewing that travelers enjoy in the Mgahinga Forest.
The rich and unique culture of the Bafumbira and Batwa enhance the display/performance of beautiful cultural dances and practices which leaves you yearning for more. These performances are done on request by the visitors.
Market visits are on a particular day of the week. This is usually a life time experience for you. Community visits are also organized so the visitors can get to know more about the people of Kisoro (Bafumbira and Batwa).
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers three extinct volcanoes for physically fit hikers. The three volcanoes, Mt.Sabyinya, Mt. Muhavura offer excellent volcano climbing experiences as well as Cave Exploration. Garama cave is one of the caves where the once crafty Batwa (who were warriors) lived and fought their neighbors, the Bantu. The cave is 3kms from the park headquarters and it takes about 4 hours. The guide will show you how the Batwa lived and fought out of the cave. The cave is 342m in length and 14m deep and is now inhabited only by bats.
Kisoro has a number of crater lakes, the most outstanding being the emerald-green lake Mutanda located 14kms north of Kisoro town. The lake offers the best experience of sun downers/sunset cruises. It is also ideal for canoeing, fishing and other recreational activities. Avi-tourism is also a fast growing activity in this area. This activity is carried out along the edge of the park.
A stroll along the buffalo wall towards Congo takes you through a wetland area that is rich in a variety of bird species. The spectacular views of the rift valley and the magnificent crater lakes offer great scenic views thus making scenery viewing one of the important tourist activities. Other spectacular sceneries include the Abbis at Muremure in Kitende parish.Read More
Sometimes travelers put eyes off Uganda when looking for fantastic Africa holidays yet it’s the only country where one can enjoy unrivaled wildlife viewing as well as primate trips. It’s kind of hard to believe but a 7-10 days Uganda tours is one of the coolest things one can go for while in the pearl of Africa. Seriously several animals are spotted on a safari in Uganda including lions, zebra, giraffe, buffaloes, elephant, hyenas, chimpanzees, monkeys, baboons, topis, kobs, mountain gorillas among others.
Doing a safari to Uganda best parks like Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls, Kibale forest, and Bwindi forest makes tourists enjoy each day with lots of surprises calling out loud to thank the almighty for having made the earth pretty. Ooooh and oh my God are some commonly used words by travelers having fun in different parks. All Uganda parks are good but a visit to Bwindi forest and Queen Elizabeth in company of an experienced guide is memorable life time journey you can never forget while in any corner of the world.
Another funny moment that tourists love catching up is the 1 hour of photography and observation of mountain gorillas in the green forest. It all starts with a trip to Bwindi forest a home for mountain gorillas. The scenic drive takes you through the wildness of Ishasha part of Queen Elizabeth National a park that famed to the world for being a home for the unique rare tree climbing lions together with other park wildlife. Many know mountain gorillas as one of the coolest wild animals on earth the truth you see for yourself. A mere looking at them makes you like their nature and interesting appearance basically equivalent to that of man. The sliver back gorillas movement and behaviors portrays a living image of a united family. Thousands have always left Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with amazing memories and am certainly sure that you will be amazed. Uganda gorilla tracking tours to this park can be done individually or in groups. After the trek, Uganda has some magical relaxing leisure adventures and sunrise that you can experience at Lake Bunyonyi Islands. There is natural calm beauty that surrounds you from both the lake and sky making you wonder if this is Africa.
Normally next morning at Lake Bunyonyi, tourist witness a lovely morning sunrise just like that of Kivu in Rwanda as a symbolic sign for a bright day. Would highly recommend this place for couples of honeymoon holidays because it has the most desired ambiance for two. When the sun slowly starts rising, it transforms the weather to total warmth setting up every guest for sunbathing as well as boat ride excursions. Usually the cold is moderate and normal in the early mornings and late evenings.
Still on this tour, travelers learn that the people of Uganda are generous and social when it comes to cultural intervention and the Batwa people says it all. Soon as you get to their home, they welcome you with exciting cultural songs and dance and later settle down to hear from you as they also take you through their life experience. Following their direction inside the forest Uganda the best destination for Cultural tours.It would be beautiful if you visit this place while in Uganda.Read More