Book your trip with Gorilla Photography through Nature Adventure Africa Safaris. On this gorilla photo safari you will see the mountain gorillas of Uganda along with amazing cultural photo opportunities in the stunning Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are the only parks within Uganda that provide habitat to the mountain gorillas, an IUCN Red List endangered species.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park’s protected area is contiguous with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
These parks form the 434 square kilometers Virunga Conservation Area (VCA) for mountain gorilla habitat. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park protects about 8% of the total Virunga Conservation Area.
This Park is located in the south – western corner of Uganda and it covers the northern slopes of the three northern most Virunga volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura, Mt. Gahinga and Mt. Sabyinyo.
Mgahinga protects 76 mammal species, including the golden monkeys, black and white Colobus mountain gorillas, leopard, elephant, giant forest hog, bush pig, buffalo, bush buck, black- fronted duiker and several varieties of rodents, bats and small predators.
Only 115 bird’s species have been recorded here, possibly a reflection of the park’s small size, the park is still of great interest to bird watchers, as several of the species recorded are localized forest birds, and 12 are considered to be endemic to the Albert Rift region.
Mgahinga National Park hosts one family group of gorillas, called Nyakagezi. In the past the Nyakagezi group moved between Rwanda and Uganda, but for the last two years these gorillas have been staying put in Uganda. The family group consists of ten gorillas, including four silver back males.
I spent 4 days and 3 nights in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for a gorilla photo safari. This national park is another great place to trek gorillas though it harbours less mountain gorillas compared to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Most gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda take place in Bwindi more reason as to why you should try exploring this magical national park that lies along the Virunga Mountains.
We met our local guide just prior to breakfast on the first day of your 4 days Mgahinga gorilla safari, and then drive off after to south-western Uganda.
We had a stopover at the Uganda’s Equator for snacks and some bit of photography. The Equator line separates the northern and southern hemispheres of the world hence, a perfect opportunity for you to take photographs with both legs on different hemispheres of the world.
After the experience, we continued our drive straight to Kisoro Travelers Rest Hotel and relaxed as we prepared for gorilla trekking the following day.