Wildlife & Animals – Mgahinga Gorilla NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda

Mgahinga is an alternative destination to Bwindi for mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda. The Nyakagazi group is the only habituated gorilla troop here, which offers a very exclusive experience on the day of trekking. Although quite nomadic in the past, the group has settled in the area, but sightings aren’t as reliable as in Bwindi NP.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
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GorillaCommon
LionNone
HippoNone
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraNone
ElephantOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

In addition to mountain gorillas, a troop of habituated golden monkey, which are endemic to the Albertine Rift and more-or-less restricted to the Virungas, can also be tracked. Other mammals resident in the park (but rarely seen) include golden cat, side-striped jackal, giant forest hog, bushpig, buffalo 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.

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