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Meet the Gorillas & Batwa of Mgahinga

Meet the Gorillas & Batwa of Mgahinga


Mgahinga National Park is one of the parks in Uganda that inhabit mountain gorillas. Head into the park’s dense forests to track Mgahinga mountain gorillas and this can only be assured only if you booked in advance. Once you have located them, you can spend up to an hour watching these magnificent apes feeding, playing and relaxing in the trees.

Gorilla Trekking can be done in Mgahinga Gorilla Park with the Nyakagezi Gorilla Family that is habituated for gorilla trekking tours. It is only one family that is inhabited in this park with the giant silver backs that will always have a welcoming face on them. The moment you spot this family, all the characteristics are more less of human beings and seem to mind their own business as you spend your one hour with them.

This gives you ample time to take photos if interested. The tour guide leads you through the gorillas’ world, surrounded by wild forest and impressive bird life and explaining the gorillas’ behavior along the way. The trekking normally start from Ntebeko Entrance Gate at 8am lasts between 2-5 hours depending on the movement of the Mountain gorillas and visitors spend a maximum of 1hour with gorillas in order to minimize disturbance.

Learn about the lives of the indigenous Batwa on the Batwa Trail. Local guides take you through the 8km gentle trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, demonstrating their traditional ways of life along the way, including hunting, gathering honey, fire making and fetching water. The trail culminates with a moving performance in the Garama Cave, an important spiritual and cultural site for the Batwa.

The Batwa Forest Trail” is part of a project to restore dignity and hope by keeping the Batwa Culture and Traditions alive to the Batwa People, give employment to those who are in involved in the day-to-day project of the “Batwa Trail” from the dancers to the guides, pay for school fees for the children, books and beyond that buy land for the community.

The Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla Park allows you to experience the ways of the ancient Batwa People who once lived in these forests and now show the way of their ancient culture – See the forest through the eyes of the First People of the Forest – the Batwa People who have lived here for 500,000 years. Experience the lives of the Batwa People on the Interactive Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.