Things to do in Mgahinga gorilla national Park after gorilla trekking, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is just about 9 km from Kisoro town, Mgahinga park is a bamboo rain forest which is home to both Mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, that why it is always described by many naturalists as the place where Gold meets Silver “Mgahing Gorilla national park”, Mgahinga can be easily accessed by road or by air depending on where you are coming, for example, if you are coming from Entebbe or Kampala you can choose to fly to the Kisoro airstrip which takes 30 to 45 minutes or go by road which takes about 9 to 10 hours drive to get to Mgahinga national park, you can as well access it from Kigali Rwanda through Cyanika border and only 4 hours drive
The location Mgahinga gorilla national park is well placed for those who do gorilla trekking in Uganda from Rwanda because it is a short drive from Kigali Airport compared to if you fly to Entebbe Airport which takes almost 10 hours drive to get to Kisoro/Mgahinga while if you fly into Kigali it only takes about 4 hours drive of the scenic sights and adventurous activities at Mgahinga gorilla national park, Kisoro tours Uganda has picked out the key things to do in Mgahinga gorilla national Park after gorilla trekking.
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Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Golden monkeys trekking is not just an actor but an adventure in Uganda, you can choose to go for a habituation experience which allows you to spend up to 4 hours with those small primates, or go for the normal trekking which gives you the opportunity to view the habituated family of golden monkeys for one hour. Golden monkey’s habituation permit cost only $100 per person while normal trekking costs only $60 per person
Batwa Trail Experience in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Batwa (pygmies) is believed to be the original people of the forest, before Mgahinga gorilla national park was named as a national park, Batwa lived in the forests of Mghinga park and mountains as a hunter then later they were forced out of the park but up to now some of them were left to live at a small part of the park to participate in the tourism to work as porters and rangers. Batwa trail takes you through different garama caves with their history of Batwa, Batwa used those caves to hide from the Bantu invasion many years ago, visit Batwa trail and get to know more about the original/first of the forest the Pygmies (Batwa).
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Volcano Hiking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Apart from the gorilla and golden monkey trekking you can as well enjoy a wonderful volcano hiking and climbing experiences of three dormant volcanoes located within Mgahinga gorilla national park. Each of the volcanoes can be hiked up to the summit within one day.
Mount Sabyinyo volcano: is 3669 meters above the sea level which makes it the second-highest mountain in Mgahinga Gorilla national park, the word Sabyinyo means in local language “old man; teeth” just because of its shape, Kisoro tours Uganda recommend hiking Mt Sabyinyo it is clanging hike but worth it.
Mt Sabyinyo volcano has got 3 peaks, when you hike to the third peak which is shared by 3 countries namely Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo which means you will stand in three countries with one visa, Mt Sabyinyo hike to the summit (third peak) will take you about 7 to 8 hours depending on how physically fit you are. Hiking Mt Sabyinyo can only be done via the Uganda side.
Mount Gahinga volcano: is 3474 meters above the seas level, it is also the easiest to hike to the summit. Mount Gahinga in local language means “a pile of rocks/stones”, the stones can be seen everywhere in the Kisoro area where Mgahinga is located. Climbing up to the summit of Mount Gahinga takes 5 to 6-7 hiking through the bamboo forest with other vegetation up to the summit of Mount Gahinga volcano with a crater lake at the top
.Mount Muhabura volcano: is 4127 meters above the sea level making it the tallest among the three volcanoes in Mgahinga, Muhabura in local language means “the guide” simply because it is very tall and it can be seen from a distance within the Kisoro area and outside Kisoro so it worked as a guide earl days for people the people in the area
Hiking-climbing to the summit of mount Muhabura takes 9 hours but this will depend on your speed because if you are slow it can take longer, hiking Muhabura on a clear day gives a good view of Rwanda, DR-Congo, and some parts of the Rwenzori mountains.
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Visit Lake Mutanda in Kisoro
Lake Mutanda is one of the most beautiful lakes in Lakes Mutanda is located in South Western Uganda in Kisoro District well known as the “Switzerland of Africa” Lake Mutanda is 15 km Kisoro town which makes it easier to visit Lake Mutanda after gorilla trekking in either Mgahinga gorilla national park or in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Lake Mutanda is home to 15 islands that are evergreen. The banks are also covered with verdant shrubs and trees with the clouds blanketing the hilltops. Activities at Lake Mutanda have to offer throughout the year which includes walking and hiking safaris, fishing using canoe boats, mountain biking through the local communities that can be enjoyed after or before gorilla trekking. Enjoy a boat cruise on the local dugout canoes to get the best spectacular views of the Kisoro area.
Visit Lake Murehe in Kisoro
Lakes Murehe is also located in Kisoro district on the main road going to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park-Rushaga gorilla trekking sector in the southern part of Bwindi
Lake Murehe is a beautiful lake with many hills around it and decorated by small islands, if you are traveling Kisoro area don’t leave without visiting lake Murehe, and have great time canoeing, hiking in the hills around Lake Murehe in Kisoro District
Visit Lake Chahafi in Kisoro
This small lake is located in Kisoro, Lake Chahafi is also shared between Uganda and Rwanda. Lake Chahafi has the stunning views of Mount Muhabura in Mgahinga gorilla national park and Lake. Some of the activities done on Lake Chahafi include swimming, nature walks, and hiking, enjoy both local and motorized canoeing, relaxing, and enjoy the beauty of Kisoro western Uganda.
Hiking mount Nyiragongo active volcano after gorilla trekking
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