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Nyakagezi Gorilla Group of Mgahinga gorilla national park

Nyakagezi Gorilla Group Mgahinga gorilla national park located in southwestern Uganda is home to Nyakagezi gorilla family, the park covering an area of 33.7 sq km is home to over 80 mountain gorillas

Nyakagezi Gorilla Group of Mgahinga gorilla national park

Mgahinga gorilla national park located in southwestern Uganda is home to Nyakagezi gorilla group / family, the park covering an area of 33.7 sq km is home to over 80 mountain gorillas and also home to over80 different bird species of birds, primates like the golden monkeys, and home to 3 of the 8 Virunga range volcanoes. Other mountain gorillas can be found in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in southwestern Uganda, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, and Virunga national park in DR Congo.

The popular Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family is the only habituated mountain gorilla family in Mgahinga gorilla national park in southwestern Uganda. The group was found roaming in Uganda DR Congo and Rwanda but since 2012 it has decided to settle on the Uganda side.

One of the most interesting things about the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family is that the old silverback Bugingo still lives in the group which is not a usual case among mountain gorillas because once another silverback takes over leadership then the defeated one is banished to the forest alone or seeks refuge from other gorilla families.

There are only 8 permits available for those who want to trek the Nyakagezi gorilla family on a single day. The family is made up of only 10 members with 4 silverbacks, 2 adult females, 2 black backs, 2 juveniles, and 1 infant. The gorilla family was initially dominated by Bugingo at the time of habituation but is now dominated by a silverback called Mark.

Nyakagezi gorilla family is one of the easiest gorilla families to trek in that it prefers a narrow home range for breastfeeding, nesting, and relaxing due to the abundance of food in the area they don’t have to move for long distances foraging all day.

What best time to visit Nyakagezi gorilla Group in Mgahinga gorilla national park?

If you are among the people who always wonder about the best time to visit Mgahinga gorilla National Park to track Nyakagezi gorilla group, we have your worries answered here. Mgahinga is visited throughout the year and the climate is pleasant thus all adventure activities are possible throughout the year.

Mgahinga gorilla National Park is full of amazing tourism activities which available to travelers throughout the year. Gorilla trekking is among the many activities that can be enjoyed while you have visited Mgahinga at you convenient time of the year. However, all said, Mgahinga can best be explored during the months of dry season and they include June to September and December to February. The reason is that during this time, the roads are not muddy and slippery.

Dry Season                                                                                                                                         

Dry Season is the season where you get to know gorilla trekking is exciting by seeing the high demand of gorilla permits and lodging facilities. You are advised to book in a 5 month advance for the adventure so as to avoid disappointment. Mgahinga can best be explored during the months of dry season and they include June to September and December to February. The reason is that during this time, the roads are not muddy and slippery.

However gorilla trekking during dry season has got its own flaws because the views during this season are not clear due to the hazier air related to dry season.

Wet Season                    

Wet Season happens from April-May and October- November. This season is not best recommended since the trails are muddy and slippery and the tracking conditions are not favorable. Wet season is disturbed by hailstorms and mist thus making it difficult to view wildlife from a distant position. During the rainy season, it rains and clouds disappear after raining plus mist uplifting which is not the sake with the hazy air of dry season. The scenery is breathing taking because the vegetation is greener during the rainy season.

The best time for bird watching is wet season and in this season migratory bird species are seen in the air and you will watch bird species like Brown chested Lapwings.

Therefore travelers to Mgahinga should know that the weather prediction of the park are not 100% perfect due to the high rate of global warming. This is so, because even though it is dry season, you might see it rain hence tourists might be disrupted in their daily activities since they were not prepared for it. It is thus recommended that you carry rainproof backpack, long trousers, rainproof hiking boots, rain jacket, and long sleeved shirts. This is good for you to be prepared for the unexpected.

Finally, even though Mgahinga can be visited throughout the year, you can best experience the parks adventures during the dry season that is June to September and December to February because wet season conditions are not favorable (May, April and November).

Accommodation during Nyakagezi gorilla group trekking in Mgahinga national park

Mgahinga national park has a variety of accommodation to choose so finding one is not a problem. The park has lodges, hotels as well as campsite offering luxury, mid-range and budget options in the areas of Kisoro, Ntabeko and also near Lake Mutanda. These include Mount Gahinga safari lodge, Amajambere I’wacu camp, chameleon hill lodge, Nkuringo safari lodge, traveler’s nest hotel, clouds mountain gorilla lodge, mountain Gahinga rest camp and mountain Gahinga lodge.