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What is the number of mountain gorilla permits in Mgahinga national park?

What is the number of mountain gorilla permits in Mgahinga national park?

What is the number of mountain gorilla permits in Mgahinga national park?

What is the number of mountain gorilla permits in Mgahinga national park? Mgahinga national park is the smallest national park in all gorilla parks in the world. The national park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda on the borders with volcanoes national park of Rwanda and Virunga national park of DR Congo of which these three together form the Virunga conservation area. Mgahinga national park together with Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are the only 2 places where mountain gorilla trekking can be done at any time of the year in the country Uganda.

Those interested in trekking mountain gorillas in Mgahinga national park need to know that the trekking is done in only one habituated mountain gorilla family. The only habituated mountain gorilla family in Mgahinga national park is Nyakagezi and it’s said to have the highest number of silverbacks in the world. Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family is made up of 9 mountain gorillas are Mafia, Mathew, Nshuti, Nyiramwiza, Rukundo, Mutagamba, Bugingo, Nkanda, and all these are led by a silverback called Mark.

What is the number of mountain gorilla permits in Mgahinga national park?

Mgahinga national park has only 1 habituated mountain gorilla family called Nyakagezi which means that only 8 gorilla trekking permits are available for trekking every day. The 8 permits are available at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices every day and this means that if you want to trek mountain gorillas in Mgahinga, you will need to book your gorilla trekking permits in advance of 3-4 months most especially if you are intending to visit in the dry season in order to avoid inconveniences.

How to book gorilla trekking permits for the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family

The first and simplest way to book gorilla permits for Mgahinga national park is using a local tour operator. Not every local tour operator is good or trusted as some are scammers and fraudsters which means you will need to first look for you who is licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board.

Africa Adventure Vacations Limited is one of the companies that can help you book gorilla permits for Mgahinga national park. While starting to book gorilla permits for a client in Mgahinga national park, all we do is ask for the travel dates, and using these dates we go further to check for availability of the gorilla trekking permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Once the gorilla permits for Nyakagezi family are available, we send you payment details and after you have sent money and we have received it we go ahead and book for you a permit. After securing a permit, we shall send you scanned copies for your records.

The other person intending to trek Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family can book the permit is by sending an email to Uganda Wildlife Authority indicating the dates you would want to travel and ask if there are permits available and once they say they are available, you will send them money and they book a permit for you.

How much is spending 1 hour with mountain gorillas in Mgahinga national park?

To trek mountain gorillas you need to have a valid gorilla trekking permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority which you can book with Africa Adventure Vacations. The gorilla permit allows you to be around the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family for 1 hour, including entrance fees, ranger guide fees, and community development fees. A 1 hour gorilla permit for Mgahinga national park costs $700 foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250, 000 East African citizens.

When to book gorilla trekking permits for Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family?

Booking of gorilla trekking permits can be done at any time of the year depending on the time you want to travel. However, we normally encourage our clients to book at least 3-4 months before the final trekking day in order to avoid inconveniences. We encourage tourists to book 3-4 months in advance reason being only 8 trekking permits are available on a single day and people who want to trek are so many so it’s better you grab yourself a permit earlier.

What’s the appropriate time to visit Nyakagezi in Mgahinga national park?

Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family in Mgahinga national park can be visited at any time of the year for trekking activities since the park is always open. However, the best time to visit this mountain gorilla family is the dry season of June to September and December to February. During the dry season, there is little or no rainfall in the park, the trekking trails are less muddy and not slippery, the vegetation in Mgahinga is thin giving clear views of eth park animals and good photography, and the roads leading to the park are passable.

Trekking Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family in Mgahinga national park

On the day of trekking Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family, trekkers not exceeding 8 are expected to be at the briefing point very early in the morning. On the briefing point, the trekkers are taught about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking activity such as lowering voices, keeping a distance, and much more after which the ranger guides lead the trekkers into the jungle to search for the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family.

While searching for Nyakagezi, the trekkers get an opportunity to see some of the park animals like the giant forest hogs, bush pigs, buffaloes, elephants, jackals, birds, and different plant covers. After several hours of searching mountain gorillas of the Nyakagezi family and locating them, the trekkers are given a maximum of 1 hour according to Uganda Wildlife Authority rules to be around mountain gorillas while watching them do daily activities like hunting, nesting, feeding, and taking photos. The trekkers will also get to learn more about chimpanzee habits by asking ranger guides as many questions as they want.

What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking the total number of mountain gorilla permits in Mgahinga national park can be done at any time of the year.