Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is open for gorilla trekking all year round, but the Best time for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is during the dry season. The dry seasons are in two different times of the year which are the months of June –August and December –February. During these times, the trails tend to be drier which makes it easy to go through them.
It is best advisable to track gorillas during the dry season since it’s easy to trek gorillas as well as view wildlife. However, the dry season is actually the peak or high season therefore early booking is recommendable since permits can easily get fully booked as well as accommodation.
In the dry season, there are high chances of no rain during the trek and therefore making the one hour spent with the gorillas more pleasant. Trekking on drier trails is great and spending a whole hour watching a mountain gorilla family known as Nyakagezi without interruptions by rain is awesome and much amazing.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and home to mountain gorillas with 1 habituated gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla group. The park is located in Southwestern Uganda. The park covers only 33.7 square kilometers deriving its name from a local word “Gahinga” which means a pile of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes. Nyakagezi is a place in Mgahinga where there is a lot of sumptuous food attractive to the gorillas.
Just like the park’s name, the area was gazetted to protect the one gorilla family in the park. This group was in the previous century known to be transboundary between Uganda and Rwanda, however, the group is known to live only within the park. Lately, the Hirwa gorilla group of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park with 20 members moved into the park.
Many travelers on Uganda gorilla safaris usually prefer to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Mgahinga Park is however, one of the best places to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda and this is why;
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