GO GORILLA TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK – NYAKAGEZI GORILLA GROUP IN UGANDA
Nyakagezi Gorilla family is the only one inhabited in Mgahinga National Park – the group is tracked amidst Virunga ranges: Gahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo Volcanoes. Therefore some level of fitness is highly needed – this is one of the best view points for wonderful photography.
Nyakagezi gorilla family is one of the un reliable group due to its seasonal mobility – it some times cross to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park or Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park. If found in the park, Nyakagezi gorilla group is easiest to track given the fact that it prefers a narrow home range for feeding, nesting, relaxing and recreation.
It is unbelievable that Nyakagezi group is composed of three silver backs that stay harmoniously in one group, 2 adult females, 2 black backs and 2 infants.
The family is led by Silverback Mark assisted by Mafia, Ndungutse and Bugingo. Rukundo is the sole Black back, Nshuti an adult female plus two babies namely Nshuti baby and Fred. Fred was named so in 2010 when a veterinary doctor, Fred, attached to Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project worked hard to save it from a life threatening wire snare.
Nyakagzi is the only gorilla group which is habituated for tourism – others are reserved for the researchers. For more information, it is estimated that Mgahinga national park is hosts a total of 80 mountain gorillas. It is unfortunate that the only habituated becomes unreliable. Their recent arrival in the park before the holiday season shows a perfect sense of timing, as it will increase the amount of permits available in the park for this busy period!
Gorilla tracking is only one of the many activities that you can enjoy from Volcanoes’ Mount Gahinga Lodge in Mgahinga National Park. The park, because of its varied habitats, is indeed famous for birding with about 180 birds species recorded. The area is also renowned for tracking the endangered golden monkeys. These striking creatures, endemic to the Albertine Rift, can be found high in the dense bamboo forests on the Gahinga trail. Finally while on a gorilla safari in Africa, guests can meet the Batwa Pygmies, widely regarded to be the oldest surviving peoples of central Africa. For thousands of years they have survived in the dark forests of the African Great Lakes region and over generations built up a symbiotic relationship with their natural home in which skills were passed down throughout their history.
Uganda’s smallest and probably most scenic National Park is situated in the extreme South-Western corner of the Country, forming part of a large conservation area that straddles political boundaries to include Parc de Volcanoes in Rwanda and Parc de Virungas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three extinct Volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga range, lie within the boundaries of the Ugandan portion of this biologically rich area.