THE 2 MOUNTAIN GORILLA NATIONAL PARKS IN UGANDA – BWINDI AND MGAHINGA
There are two Mountain Gorilla National Parks in Uganda. These include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. All are found in south western Uganda. Of the two parks, Bwindi has the biggest number of mountain gorillas, which is also half the total of these primate species in the whole world. There are 19 gorilla groups in Bwindi whereas Mgahinga has one gorilla family, the Nyakagezi group. Bwindi forest is divided into 4 gorilla trekking regions under visitors are able to see gorillas. The gorilla sectors in Bwindi include Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga Sector of Bwindi forest. Each sector has gorilla families where each groups is allocated 8 visitors per day for trekking.
In Bwindi, besides gorilla trekking in Bwindi, visitors do nature walks and community tours among others. Apart from gorilla safaris in Mgahinga, golden monkey trekking, hiking, nature walks and community tours are also available for visitors. To visit the parks, travellers usually take 3 days gorilla safaris from Kigali to Uganda or Kampala, Entebbe to Bwindi for gorilla tracking. Due to fact that gorilla permits in Rwanda are at $1500 each, the gorilla parks the cheapest ways for gorilla safaris in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a mountainous forest and a biodiverse region in southwest Uganda. Covering 331 square kilometres, the thick forest is a home to half of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas. The gorillas feed on leaves, roots and fruits from the forest’s several trees and undergrowth species. Gorilla Tourism is the major activity at the park. Read More.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also found in southwestern Uganda in Kisoro district. The park with one gorilla family covers a suface area of 33.9 square kilometres. Set up in 1991, the park has gorilla tracking as the major tourist activity. On top of gorilla tourism, visitors to the park are also able to do golden monkey trekking, nature walks as well mountain hiking. Read More.