How to get to Mgahinga gorilla national park; Mgahinga gorilla national park is the smallest national park in Uganda covering a total area of 33.7 square kilometers. The park is located in southwestern region in Kisoro district bordering with Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Congo. Mgahinga gorilla national park is one of the destinations in Africa that harbor the endangered mountain gorillas which makes it one of the most visited national parks in Uganda after Bwindi impenetrable national park.
How to get to Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and can either be accessed by road or air transport means.
How to get to Mgahinga gorilla national park by road transport means
When using road transport means, tourists will drive from Kampala or Entebbe via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro and then connect to Ntebeko park headquarters which takes about 9 to 10 hours’ drive in a 4 WD safari vehicle.
Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed from Buhoma sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
You can also access Mgahinga gorilla national park from Kibale forest national park through Kabale which takes about 6 to 7 hours’ drive and Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale which takes about 2 to 3 hours’ drive.
Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed from Kigali Rwanda whereby tourists will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to the park headquarters via Cyanika border which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive.
Tourists can as well access Mgahinga gorilla national park by public means of transport in that there are various bus companies like horizon, jaguar, Bismarkan among others that operate daily trips from Kampala to Kisoro town therefore upon arrival in Kisoro town, you can hire a taxi to the park headquarters because there are no public means of transport to Ntebeko park headquarters. We however do not recommend use of public means of transport to Mgahinga gorilla national park because it’s not convenient, tiresome and time consuming as the buses make multiple stopovers along the way hence we recommend using a tour company like Achieve Global Safaris.
Using road transport means to access Mgahinga gorilla national park is tiresome due to the long distance but as rewarding as tourists will enjoy spectacular views of the Kigezi hills, traditional homesteads, beautiful scenery, landscape, tea and banana plantations, terraced farmlands, roadside markets among others.
How to get to Mgahinga gorilla national park by air transport means
Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed by air transport means whereby tourists will book domestic scheduled or charter flights with Aero link Uganda limited from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips and then drive to the park headquarters. Scheduled and charter flights to Kisoro airstrip are subject to the prevailing weather conditions and are strictly morning flights. Scheduled flights to Kisoro airstrip depart from Entebbe airstrip at 07: 00am in the morning at arrive at 08:00 am while return flights depart Kisoro airstrip at 08:25am and arrive at Entebbe international airport at 11:25am. Using air transport means to Mgahinga gorilla national park is the best option to use for tourists who don’t like travelling long distance journeys and domestic flights to Mgahinga gorilla national park can be organized by your tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris.
Mgahinga gorilla national park offers different activities that tourist can engage in during their safari in Uganda including the adventurous mountain gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking where tourists will get an opportunity to spend one hour with the unique primates, Batwa trail experience where you will be able to learn how the Batwa/ pygmies used to live in Mgahinga forest, bird watching where you will be able to view variety of bird species, nature walks and volcano climbing where you will be able to hike the three Virunga volcanic mountain which are Mount Gahinga that is 3,474 meters above the sea level, mount Muhavura which is 4,127 meters above the sea level and mount Sabinyo which is 3,645 meters above the sea level.
Mgahinga gorilla national park is an incredible destination that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda and the park can either be accessed by road transport or air transport means depending on your preference. Activities in Mgahinga gorilla national park can be combined with activities in Kibale forest national park and for more information you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for interesting and affordable safari packages.