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Mgahinga

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, located in south-western Uganda, occupies an area of 38.6 sq km.  Mgahinga is part of a larger ecosystem, the Virunga Conservation Are, which also includes two adjacent parks, one in Rwanda and the other in The Congo. This park is also the home of the rare Golden Monkey,The 3 conical, extinct volcanoes is the most striking feature of Mgahinga Park itself.  The slopes of these 3 northern Virunga volcanoes are the home of the local healers, whose folklore has spread throughout the region.

Gorilla Tracking remains the most popular activity here though it is dependent on the seasonal movements of the habituated groups. As in Bwindi, obtaining permits in advance is necessary and Jewel Safaris will happily make those arrangements for their clients.   In addition, Birding is very popular in the park, particularly in the gorge between Mts. Gahinga and Sabinyo, through the bamboo forest ind in the montane forest.  Also small populations of elephant, leopard, buffalo and black and white colobus monkeys are present, which allows some interesting entertainment for the Hikers and those on the Nature Walks.

 

Accommodation;

AMAJAMBERE CAMP

amajambere iwacu community

This is a community run camp, located near the entrance to Mgahinga National Park, 12 kilometers southwest of Kisoro.  There are a variety of accommodation offered at AMAJAMBERE CAMP; there are bandas, dormitories and space for self-camping.  Accommodation is available on a Bed only basis, Bed and Breakfast, or Full Board.

There is no electricity and as such no hot running water, but for showers, hot water can be heated up.  The nights are cold and real campfires are the source of warmth at night.

All the profit from the AMAJAMBERE CAMP go to a women’s handicraft group in Mgahinga.

 

VOLCANOES MOUNT GAHINGA SAFARI LODGE
5 Gahinga Terrace

VOLCANOES MOUNT GAHINGA SAFARI LODGE is a luxury Safari Lodge at the foothills of the Virunga Volcanes in Mount Gahinga National Park.  Here the Lodge partners with the local Batwa Tribe, who provide interactive tours throughout the community.  The main building, with its terraced outside and spacious sunroom provides a wonderful space for relaxation.

The accommodation is a number of luxurious bandas each with a fireplace, and en-suite bathroom.  The Lodge has a large bar/restaurant for their guests; both with panoramic views of the surrounding forests.  Wifi is available in the Lodge building.

 

 

NOTE:  When leaving Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, we recommend a visit to Lake Bunyonyi en-route to Kisoro. This amazingly beautiful lake is hemmed in by steep mountains and is dotted with many small islands, some with accommodation for travelers.