5 Things To Do In Mgahinga National Park On Honeymoon
There are 5 things to do in Mgahinga National Park on Honeymoon, Mgahinga National park has flawless untouched vegetation and what a great destination to choose for honeymoon. Love blossoms in nature and to celebrate honeymoon in an environment surrounded by nature you feel a tickle inside.
Gorilla trekking is top on the list of the must does of Mgahinga National park but there is more to this. Engage in birding, hiking the enormous Virunga volcanoes, nature walks together is just the perfect choice.
Mgahinga National Park is about 540 km from the Kampala city, it’s a place full of tranquility and far away from the chaotic town noise. The park provides perfect views for nature photography because of eye captivating varying vegetation cover.
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Gorilla Trekking on Honeymoon in Mgahinga National Park
Marking and sharing part of your love journey with a family of mountain gorillas is a memorable experience to celebrate for life. You need to book a gorilla trekking permit which costs $700 per person per trek. Then proceed with accommodation and domestic air ticket in case you opt for fly-in gorilla trekking.
Mgahinga national park so far has only on gorilla family called Nyakagezi family. Its known for being mobile at times crossing into Rwanda or D.R.C.
Each morning tourists gather at Ntebeko Visitor Center for briefing then proceed into the forest to search for the mountain gorillas. You may choose to close off the gorilla trekking group but do this in advance in case you want the family to your selves for a premium experience.
Look out for other exciting primates like black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys and so many others. Plenty of birds spend the day in the forest including Albertine endemics.
Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga National park On Honeymoon
You need some vibe on honeymoon and golden monkey trekking is the perfect choice. They are an endangered species of monkeys with an exciting lifestyle in the forest. They love jumping around and teasing there visitors into hide and seek game. There body structure is larger than the normal monkey size.
The fur on there body is golden brown distinguishing them from other monkeys. In the entire world, golden monkeys are known to be living in the Virunga area only. You may get to see other exciting primates too that you may have missed during gorilla trekking
Watch out for more primates like black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, olive baboons, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’ and so many others
Visit Batwa And Garama Caves during Honeymoon in Mgahinga National park
East or west home is best but the Batwa families lost there home to conservation of the mountain gorillas. The forest was the sole provider for this unprivileged community of the Batwa until the early 1990s when they were evicted in order to draw a line between humans and the mountain gorillas.
This community visit is conducted by the Batwa guide with great knowledge of there past experience. Tit starts from the bottom of Mountain Muhavura to Garama cave. Family is key to the Batwa so they take you through the traditional life of the Batwa pygmies. They present demos of their hunting skills, how they harvested wild honey, traditional folk performances and so much more.
In the past, the Batwa used to raid the gardens of farming neighbors and retreat into the 342 meters long Garama cave placed close to the edge of Mgahinga National Park. This cave also acted like the council chamber for the Batwa.
As of today, the Garama caves are the auditorium for traditional Batwa performances and a reminder of there passed life.
Taking off sometime from your room to engage with the locals during honeymoon is exceptional.
Hike Mgahinga National Park Mountains On Honeymoon
Check your level of fitness amidst fun and some private moments on the mountain while on honeymoon in Mgahinga National park. The three Virunga volcanoes Muhavura Mountain, Gahinga Mountain or Sabyinyo Mountain are a perfect get away from disturbance.
This is a day’s experience that gives you chance to see the beautiful Mgahinga Forest canopy from the top together with its varied vegetation types. While at the summit of Sabyinyo Mountain, you get to see Uganda, Rwanda and D. R. Congo from the same point of view.
You do not really need specific hiking gears for climbing either of the mountains. Gahinga Mountain starting from Ntebeko lasts about 6 hours passing through bamboo forest to a swamp engulfed in the crater.
Hiking Mountain Sabyinyo lasts about 8 hours to and from. Going through three peaks that make up this mountain that is to say Peak 1 before climbing towards peak 2. Peak 2 along narrow ridge that supervises beautiful drops into deep gorges. The last peak that is Peak 3 trails through steep and muddy climb. Returning to your lodge with your spouse and retire to sleep after a long day of activity and great memories is absolutely fantastic.
Birding In Mgahinga National park On Honeymoon
Sharing your best interests with a loved one is exciting and for a couple of keen birders, visiting Mgahinga National Park is the ideal destination. The biggest number of birds In Mgahinga National park can be traced from Gorge trail located half way up mountain Sabyinyo. This area has montane habitats and the trek may take about 3 hours to 4 hours.
You may have the chance to spot Rwenzori Turacos, Alpine Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Malachite Sunbird, Montane Double-collared sunbird. Mgahinga National Park provides habitat to over 115 bird species.
Which accommodation To Book For Honeymoon in Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from Luxury, to Mid-range to Modest. Some of the accommodations are located close to the park while others in Kisoro town. These include Volcanoes Camp, Traveller’s Inn, Kisoro Tourist Hotel, Mgahinga gorilla Triangle, Majambere Iwachu, Community Camp, Mountain Gahinga Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort
How to Book Gorilla Permit For Mgahinga National park
Mgahinga gorilla trekking permits are sold based on availability of the gorilla family which is Nyakagezi that at times wonders in to Rwanda and D.R.Congo. The gorilla permit for Mgahinga National park cost $700 per person per day per trek
How To Book Golden Monkey Permits For Mgahinga National park
Every golden monkeys trekking permit for Mgahinga National Park costs $100 per person per day.
When Is the Best Time To Book Gorilla Trekking In Mgahinga National Park
As long as the mountain gorillas are available, you have all year round gorilla trekking activities to do. Although members of Nyakagezi family mender into Rwanda and D.R. Congo, of recent years, they have been present in Mgahinga National Park. They are kept on probability because mountain gorillas are not prevented from finding new feeding grounds since they are entirely vegan.
Based on weather, the rainy seasons make the ground boggy because the volcanic soils are soft so the months of March to May and November to December receive severe rains creating soggy ground.
Gorilla trekking on the slopes of ridges and plateaus gets quite perplexing during this time as less sun rays penetrate the dense canopy to dry the ground.
The dryer months June to September and January to February have less undergrowth along to the trails. These are the peak seasons for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.
During Golden monkey trekking, the drier months of the year are more convenient since the monkeys have water phobia and therefore try to conquer trees with more leaves where less rain can penetrate.
How To Get To Mgahinga National Park
By road Mgahinga National park is about 540km from Kampala city going through Kabale to Kisoro. This drive lasts about 8 hours excluding enroute stops. The murram road winds around mountains taking about 2 hours to arrive Ntebeko gate.
Crossing from Rwanda Kigali airport then Cyanika border you can get into Mgahinga National park via Kisoro.
Booking in advance your domestic flight, you can Charter to Kisoro Airstrip or Daily scheduled flights can be booked at Kajjansi air strip or Entebbe Airport
What To Pack For Honeymoon In Mgahinga National Park
- Long sleeved shirt and trousers because the forest is a thick jungle with staining dirt that may spoil your clothes you need colors that are friendly to the jungle environment. Avoid Military camouflage as Uganda doesn’t allow non-military personals to wear it.
- Tracking boots because the ground is soggy so you need something comfortable to hike the slopes of Mgahinga mountains during gorilla trekking.
- A pair of Binoculars to give a better view of the gorillas and other forest occupants like monkeys, birds, falls.
- Energy snacks to keep you going after breakfast. Do not smoke while in front of the mountain gorillas.
- Insect repellants to protect your skin from stinging insects that may damage your skin.
- Torch to use when lights go out at night and even most lodges in this area use solar power and a times the panels run out of battery creating a black out.
- A pair of garden gloves to provide a tighter grip on creepers when you slide while hiking.
- Cap or large brim hat to protect your head from dripping dew on the surfaces of the wide leaves.
- Carry some hard cash to change into Uganda shilling in case you want to like hiring a porter, buying souvenirs
- An extra fully charged battery for your camera in case one runs low.