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