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The Virunga Conservation Area straddles Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The big draw at Mgahinga, in Uganda’s southwestern corner, is habituated groups of mountain gorillas.

However, the park also supports a variety of other mammals including: Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, and serval. Activities revolve around gorilla tracking, subject to the availability of permits, but it is now possible to also track habituated golden monkeys. You can also climb a volcano, or simply enjoy some of the wonderful walks and photographic opportunities that the area provides.

Please do not forget that tracking the gorillas through the forest requires patience and stamina. Sometimes the trackers find the gorillas within a couple of hours, but it may take up to ten hours of tracking off-trail in thick jungle in order to find them. Steep slopes, intense humidity and regular rainfall add to the challenge, but the exhilaration of a close encounter with these magnificent creatures makes it all worthwhile. Access is always limited to an hour for the gorillas’ well being. For many, seeing a gorilla face-to-face is truly a life-changing experience!

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, golden monkey, mountain gorilla, serval
  • Where: South west Uganda, Uganda
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mount Gahinga Lodge nestles in the shadow of the dramatic Virunga Volcanoes, on the edge of Mgahinga National Park, and is the ideal place to stay tracking gorillas in Nkuringo. Other activities include climbing a volcano, birding or nature walks, or simply taking in one of Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes.