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We are delighted to announce that the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group, long-time residents of Mgahinga National Park, has just returned home from Rwanda!
There are a total of 80 mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, but the travelling Nyakagezi group are the only habituated group for tourism. 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! What is even better news is that all nine members of the group have returned without injury or loss.
The group had been stable in Mgahinga National Park for some years but always had a fondness for travel and would occasionally cross the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo or Rwanda in search of different adventures. Now that the gorillas are back home we are monitoring the situation and will provide more information regarding gorilla permits' sale to visit the group.
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, guests here 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.
For more information on the lodge, safaris and stays in the area, contact a member of our sales team.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.