What to expect on a Gorilla trek in Mgahinga National Park is Uganda’s must-visit popularly known to be the second Gorilla hosting destination in Uganda if Bwindi impenetrable National Park, there are both located in the Southwestern part of Uganda on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo bordering Virunga National park of Democratic Republic of Congo and Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda inclusive of the Virunga Massif, Mgahinga National Park is characterized with thick tropical rainforests, bamboo forests and some parts covered with swampy areas, it habits least numbers of Mountain Gorillas with only one gorilla family for trekking named “Nyakagezi Gorilla family”. It’s also known to be the only destination in Uganda that habits the Golden monkey primate species in its thick bamboo forests. Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara highway is the best-recommended route when heading to Mgahinga National Park from Kampala including the en-route stopover at the equator in Kayabwe for some brief explanation about it, photographs and snacks then continue with the journey.
Buying a Gorilla permit. As usual, to be allowed for the amazing Gorilla trekking in the Jungles of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you must buy a permit which similarly cost $600 USD per person usually booked in advance before your trekking dates such that it’s processed in time and once money for the permit is paid it’s non-refundable. The permit is valid for use by one person on the respective booked dates.
Short briefing. Before starting the trekking journey early in the morning you are first briefed by the available park officials about how to behave while in the presence of these shy endangered Mountain Gorillas in the mist for a better excursion. After the Park ranger is assigned to lead you through the journey and also ensure that group members follow the rules governing the trekking activity.
Meeting with fellow travelers. This amazing activity is usually done in a group of eight people so you will be able to meet with other colleagues or travellers from different countries and share travel experiences whereby you can also be recommended to other good places to visit which you have never visited, this interaction is usually done while on the way heading to the Jungle which makes it an exciting trekking journey.
Short or Long distance movements. What to expect on a Gorilla trek, The distance moved usually depend on where these shy endangered apes spent their last night, if these apes spent their night very far from the starting point you will be entitled to long-distance movement until you locate their presence and you will be assigned to short distance movements if only these apes spent their last night nearer.
Meeting with Gorillas in the Jungle. After discovering the location of these shy endangered ground-dwelling herbivorous Mountain Gorillas in the Jungle you are only allowed to stay in their presence for a period of one hour while seeing them feeding, playing with young ones, laughing plus taking photos and videos of them for memories. After the one-hour session, you are required to vacate the place such that these apes continue with their day-to-day activities.
Sighting of other Species. While in the jungle you are exposed to different other species which include different plant species including big trees, Reptiles like snakes which include python, black cobra and more, chameleon, geckos and more, different insect species like Butterflies, Bees and more, different primates like monkeys which are found in the thick tropical rainforests, different bird species are also sighted within the suburbs of the Park.
Gorilla trekking certificate Award. After the Gorilla trekking activity, you are awarded a Gorilla trekking certificate of recognition at the park offices which recommends you as someone who has contributed part towards the saving of Gorilla lives.
Misselenoius. These are unexpected occurrences and while in the Jungles these occurrences include the heavy rainfall drops, body injuries due to thorns and hooks, biting insects, skin scratches, and more so it’s advisable you bring your self waterproof jackets and bags, strong impenetrable hiking shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and trousers and insect repellents respectively for safety purposes
Meeting with Batwa People. This is usually done in Mgahinga National park after the Gorilla trekking activity and it involves meeting these local people in their local communities and experience their ways of living plus engaging in their cultural performances, (What to expect on a Gorilla trek in Mgahinga National Park)