Mount Gahinga Lodge
Mgahinga National Park
AccommodationThe six cottages or bandas of Mount Gahinga Lodge are built of stone and protected with a thatched roof. In front of the entrance there has a terrace with seating. Each banda is colorfully decorated and has twin or double beds, en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and running water and a private terrace with seating.
The main building offers a lounge, bar, restaurant, library and sundeck with magnificent vistas of the Virunga Volcanoes.
LocationMgahinga Park covers the part of the Virunga Volcanoes located in Uganda. The area was declared a National Park in 1991 to protect the area from land grabbing and to preserve the habitat of the gorillas. The Batwa pygmies were displaced in the process and live currently outside the park. The approximately 18 remaining families live in simple conditions and are mainly supported by tourism.
The lodge is reached from Kisoro in about an hours drive. There are regular flights to Kisoro from Entebbe.
WildlifeAt the moment one habituated gorilla family lives in the park, the Nyakagezi group. The group used to migrate back and forth between Rwanda and Uganda, but now seems to have settled permanently in Uganda, i.e. Mgahinga Park. Trekking to the gorillas and sightings are relatively easy as the majority of the forest is bamboo and not as dense and overgrown as in Bwindi.
ActivitiesGorilla trekking, Golden Monkey trekking, visit to surrounding villages and Batwa pygmies.
The Gorilla trekking starts in the morning and can take as little as two hours or as much as six hours, depending on where the gorillas are. Only 8 guests are allowed per gorilla group and the maximum time spent with the gorillas is strictly 1 hour. Minimum age for Gorilla Trekking is 15 years.
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