Hiking activities in Mgahinga gorilla national park: In this part of Uganda there are many more other things to do before or after gorilla trekking, we also offer hiking safaris experience in Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda.
For those who are looking for short hiking tours in Uganda, we have day hiking activities in Mgahinga gorilla national park which can be done any day throughout the year, on this hike you don’t need to be an experienced hiker which means that even beginner can go on this hike, this hike can be easily added to your gorilla trekking safari itinerary/program just contact us.
1. Hike Mount Sabyinyo 3669 m
Mt Sabinyo is one of the three volcanoes in Mgahinga gorilla national park, hiking to the top of Sabyinyo gives you an opportunity to standing in 3 countries Uganda, Rwanda, and DR-Congo, Mount Sabyinyo also known as “old man’s teeth” by the by local people in Kisoro area because of its shape which looks like old man’s teeth. When hiking Mt Sabyinyo has 3 peaks, this hike takes about 7 to 8 hours and you step in 3 countries without a visa and passport, if you are interested in hiking mount Sabinyo we recommend that you have to be physically fit in order to enjoy this hike because Mt Sabyinyo is very steep so we advise you to plan accordingly.
2. Hike Mount Gahinga 3474 m
Mt Gahinga is the easiest to hike among the three volcanoes found in Mgahinga gorilla national park, it takes only about 4 to 5 hours to hike to top and back but it also depends on one’s fitness it can take fewer hours. Gahinga means a pile of stones/rocks and you will be able to see many piles of stones almost everywhere once you reach the Kisoro area. Hiking Mt Gahinga takes you through a bamboo forest and many other different types of vegetation before reaching Crater Lake on the top summit of mount Gahinga.
3. Hike Mount Muhabura 4127 m
Mt Muhabura volcano is also located in Mgahinga gorilla national park, Mount Muhabura is the highest volcano. Muhabura means “the guide” in the local language, the main reason to why local people named Mt Muhabura “the guide” it was because in the early days there was no proper road network and Mount Muhabura is very tall and it can be seen from very far in all direction within Kisoro area and in Kigali region.
Mount Muhabura hiking you don’t have to be an experienced hiker but it requires one to be physically fit, it takes about 8 to 9 hours to hike up to the summit of Mt Muhabura and back to the base, mount Muhabura hiking starts to point at 7:00 am so you must be at the starting point before 7:00 am, hiking Muhabura will give the opportunity to have a good view of some Rwanda, Congo, and Uganda.
4. Add mountain gorilla trekking to your hiking safari in Mgahing gorilla national park
Apart from hiking activities in Mgahinga gorilla national park, there are many other activities that can be done before or after hiking which may include both gorilla and golden monkey trekking. Mgahinga gorilla national park is also home to two mountain gorilla families, the Nyakagezi gorilla group and the Hirwa gorilla group. Uganda gorilla permit price is $700 per person, this still cheaper if you compare with the Rwanda gorilla permit which costs $1500 per person.
5. Add Golden monkey trekking to your hiking tour
Mgahinga is the first place in Africa where you can trek golden monkeys, the second place where you can see golden monkeys is in Volcanoes national park of Rwanda.
Golden monkeys are also one of the most endangered primates spices like gorillas, it important note that Mgahinga has the highest population golden monkeys in the whole world and Africa, golden monkey permit cost only $100 per person so it is highly recommended and it can be easily added to any of your Uganda safari itineraries.