Wildlife: Fortunately for the gorillas, Mgahinga's small area is supplemented by those of two larger, adjoining parks in Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park) and Democratic Republic of Congo (Virunga National Park). The primarily intension of eligible people trekking for 8 hours up and down among the hills is to see the gorillas in this park but rarely see larger mammals include elephant, leopard, buffalo and bush pig.
Birds: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is blessed with a unique bird; 78 bird species have thus far been recorded within the park, including several species such as crowned hornbill, Rwenzori turaco and black kite.
The park can be accessed from south western of Kampala and it takes 8 hours drive since it is approximately 535 km. As well as a charter flight can be arranged from Entebbe or Kampala to Kisoro airstrip.
Due to the fact that you will be trekking to the dense tropical forest while trekking for Gorilla we advice you to be prepared with the following as well as we kindly recommend the below:
- Using the trekking boots suitable to steep muddy slopes and rain.
- Carry rain gear, sunscreen and a hut, as the weather is unpredictable.
- Afrigalaxy Tours and Travel will make sure you have enough water and food.
- Binoculars, are recommended to sight more events.
- Photographic is allowed any time but remember to switch off the flash Gorilla aren’t used on this and can be vulnerable toward you or others.
Good Manners for Gorilla Watchers
- Don't point or waive your arms- this can be seen as a threat. Move slowly and stay relaxed and watch what they are doing.
- Keep your voice down or be quiet.
- If approached by a gorilla, back away slowly to keep 5m or more separation.