For several reasons, it is now possible to do mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey treks from Kigali Rwanda. Encounter Africa safaris operate safaris from both Entebbe in Uganda and Kigali in Rwanda. Still, since Kigali international Airport is much closer to Mgahinga National Park, it becomes convenient to have packages that start and end from Kigali instead of starting and Ending in Entebbe Uganda. This is meant to reduce the drive time from the airport to the national park.
About Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey treks from Kigali Rwanda
Mgahinga National Park is a small national park located in southwestern Uganda sharing borders with Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and Virunga National Park of the democratic republic of Congo. This beautiful but small national park is located in the district of Kisoro and bordering northern part of Rwanda. It is the only park in Uganda where mountain gorillas co-exist with golden monkeys naturally. The main activities in Mgahinga National park are gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking and habituation experience, Batwa experience among others. While in Rwanda, one can easily organize Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey treks from Kigali to Uganda through Encounter Africa safaris.
How to book Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey safaris with Encounter Africa
It is effortless to book a gorilla safari to Mgahinga National Park from Kigali Rwanda with Encounter Africa safaris. Encounter Africa safaris has been organizing amazing gorilla safaris for our clients for many years, and by contacting us, you have a reliable partner who will ease your job. Please send us an email with all details about you and your group, and we will check availability of all services ranging from the gorilla and golden monkey permits to accommodation and transport to and from Kigali. Gorilla and golden monkey permits are paramount if one is interested in mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey trekking safaris from Kigali and we thus request you to contact us in advance to reserve and secure them for you.
How and when to book Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey permits
A permit is a document or card issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows you to visit mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park. Please note that gorilla and golden monkey permits are issued separately and independently. As such, you need to let us know of the dates, month and year when you intend to visit mgahinga for gorilla and golden monkey trekking through Kigali, and we will book them for you. Once we have all details, we will then check the availability of mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey permits, reserve them on the system and then instruct you to make payment. Once payment comes through, we will pay and secure your permits. Once permits are secured, will then arrange your accommodation and transport for the tour.
Golden monkey permits can be booked anytime throughout the year since there are no maximum numbers required. Still, for Mgahinga gorilla permits, one is advised to book them at least 3-4 months in advance since the maximum number of people allowed to visit Nyakagezi gorilla family is 8. This is because Uganda Wildlife Authority issues gorilla permits on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since mgahinga national park has only one habituated and resident gorilla family, permits tend to sell out quickly. For those interested in booking mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey treks from Kigali should endeavour to contact Encounter Africa safaris in advance much as we also handle last-minute safaris depending on availability at the time of your inquiry.
Why Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey safaris from Kigali, not Entebbe
One would reason that since mgahinga national park is located in Uganda, then one should fly into Uganda to access this national park. While this is true but on the contrary, the distance covered from Entebbe to Mgahinga National Park is much longer than that covered from Kigali International Airport to the mgahinga national park. It’s for this reason that we recommend starting and ending your mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey safari from Kigali instead of Entebbe unless otherwise. It is approximately 4-5 hours drive from Kigali to Mgahinga National Park via chanika border, which is much shorter compared to 9-10 hours drive from Entebbe international airport to Mgahinga National Park.
Included in the cost of your tour by Encounter Africa safaris
Included in our Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey treks from Kigali are your gorilla and golden monkey permits. These permits will allow you to spend one hour with mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park and golden monkeys in the same park. A gorilla permit includes watching and photographing gorillas and golden monkeys, park entry fees, services of a ranger guide, security as well as your protection while in the park. Included in the cost is accommodation in or around mgahinga National Park. Encounter Africa safaris works closely with the budget, Mid-range and Luxury Lodges in and around Mgahinga and Kisoro town and depending on your budget; we will include a lodge that suits your interest. All our lodges, whether budget or luxury, offer meals on a full board basis and have private bathrooms for privacy purposes. Most hostels have WIFI in public areas and excellent hospitality services.
Included in the cost is transport to and from Kigali to Mgahinga National Park as well as transfers to and from Kigali International Airport. We have a fleet of 4×4 vehicles that will transport you from Kigali to Mgahinga National Park comfortably. Our vehicles are driven by local driver guides well conversant with history, flora and fauna of these two countries; they are trained in defensive driving. They will make sure that your journey from Kigali to Mgahinga suites the bill. While in our vehicle, each of you will be entitled to drinking water.
Excluded in Mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey cost.
There some items that are excluded from our costing and recommended to be organized and booked by you. While we encourage this, our staff will always be available on both phone and email to give you advice and guidelines where requested. Excluded in most of our costs are your international flights, Uganda and Rwanda visa, tips to guides and hotel staff, alcoholic drinks and all expenses of personal nature.
Reasons to book your treks with Encounter Africa safaris
Encounter Africa safaris has been organizing safaris to Uganda and Rwanda for over 10 years, and all our staff have the required expertise to handle all your questions from inquiry, to booking until you finally decide to come and tour with us. Encounter Africa safaris is 100% owned and run by Local Ugandans who were raised and educated in Uganda. Our directors and staff are passionate about tourism and will handle all your requests professionally. Our record of excellence speaks by itself and supported by the many reviews on Trip advisor and Safari booking. For affordable tours and reliable information that you can rely on to organize a successful mgahinga gorilla and golden monkey trek from Kigali, do contact Encounter Africa and you will not regret.