Wildlife & Animals – Mgahinga Gorilla NP
Mgahinga is best known as an alternative destination to Bwindi for mountain gorilla trekking, but it also offers good birding, and an opportunity to spent time with the localized golden monkey. The Nyakagazi group is the only habituated gorilla troop here, which offers a very exclusive experience on the day of trekking. Although it was quite nomadic in the past, it has maintained a permanent presence in Mgahinga since November 2012, and seldom strays from the regenerated farmland and bamboo zone on the park’s lower slopes.
The Nyakagazi group of mountain gorillas is notable for incorporating four sibling silverbacks. A troop of habituated golden monkey, which is endemic to the Albertine Rift and more-or-less restricted to the Virungas, can also be tracked. Bushbuck and buffalo are quite often encountered, while other more secretive resident mammals include golden cat, side-striped jackal, giant forest hog, bushpig and elephant.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The Dry seasons (from June to August and December to January) are the best time for trekking gorillas. The park stays open throughout the year, but in heavy rain, the trails might be difficult to walk and time with the gorillas and photography can be compromised.