Overview of the 1 Day Mgahinga Birding Safari Uganda Safari / 1 Day Uganda Birding Safari to Mgahinga National Park
This 1 day Uganda safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park gives you an opportunity to indulge in a birding thriller as well as a hike to the top of the Sabinyo summit. Mgahinga volcano ranges of Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhavura hence making it part of the greater Virunga Conservation Area undertaken in the three countries of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Mgahinga’s highest elevation is Muhavura peak with an altitude of 4127m above sea level while its lowest point is at 2227meters above sea level.
Dubbed the place where silver meets gold, indeed this is true as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to the mountain gorillas that are famously known for a silver lining on that develops on the barks of the male gorillas as well as the beautiful golden monkeys. Although these 2 attractions are supreme, Mgahinga Gorilla Park is still a hotbed diverse wildlife such as 180 bird species such as African paradise flycatcher, black kite, cape robin chat, pin tailed whydah, speckled mousebird, African olive pigeon, African swift Ruwenzori batis, Ruwenzori nightjar, Ruwenzori turaco and many others. Mgahinga gorilla park is still home to the 3 ranges of Virunga in Uganda and these include Sabinyo which stands at 3669M.
Highlights of the 1 Day Mgahinga Birding Safari Uganda Safari / 1 Day Uganda Birding Safari to Mgahinga National Park
Transfer from Kigali to Mgahinga Gorilla Park then hike to the top of Sabinyo as well as a birding safari.
Detailed itinerary of the 1 Day Mgahinga Birding Safari Uganda Safari / 1 Day Uganda Birding Safari to Mgahinga National Park
Begin this 1-day safari Uganda to Mgahinga Park with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Kigali city by any of our highly experienced safari guide. Embark on your Uganda tour journey to Mgahiga park and this sees you drive through the land of a thousand rolling hills as which are spectacular to see. Cross into Uganda using Cyanika border. Crossing into Uganda you are ushered into the dramatic scenery like you haven’t seen before as you drive through towering hills and never-ending corners. Enjoy an African massage feeling on this short Uganda safari as this drive is done on dumpy murram roads. On arrival to Mgahinga, prepare yourself for a classic Uganda hiking safari experience as you get to hike the Sabinyo range which stands at 3669m above sea level. As you hike to the summit of this peak listen to the captivating tale about the naming of this mount range then also watch out for the numerous wild apes you might encounter on this hike to Sabinyo such as the golden monkeys and mountain gorillas as well as a variety monkeys and birds that are found.
At the summit of Sabinyo, you will fully understand why the locals named it Sabinyo which means old man’s teeth because you are in a position to clearly see that the peak of this mountain is serrated to resemble the dental formula of an old man with missing teeth. To crown this experience, at the peak you have the experience to be in the 3 countries of Uganda Rwanda and Congo without any visa requirements as this mount shares the boundaries of these countries. Slope down the mount and return to the park headquarters. Transfer to any of the safari lodges near the park for lunch. after lunch kick off your Uganda birding safari experience as you search for several of the 180 bird species that exist here with 12 Albertine rift endemics. During your bird watching safari here expect to encounter bird species like African paradise flycatcher, black kite, cape robin chat, pin tailed whydah, speckled mousebird, African olive pigeon, African swift Ruwenzori batis, Ruwenzori nightjar, Ruwenzori turaco and many others. After about 2 hours of birding thrill, start your return journey back to Kigali and this marks the end of your safari in Uganda.
Although this birding safari has given you an opportunity to meet several of the 180 bird species that exist here, Uganda as a destination is home to 1060 bird species and if you decide to come back to Uganda for another round of Uganda birding safari, visit Kibale National Park Uganda for a stunning birding experience. Kibale National Park is home to 350 bird species with endemic species such as the masked Apalis, blue-headed bee-eater, Nahan’s francolin and Cassin’s spinetail. Kibale National Park habituates 5000 wild chimpanzees with a population of around of over 20 communities have been habituated for visitors to see hence giving you the best to see man’s closest relatives the chimpanzees. Other tourist activities in Kibale National Park Uganda include birding, nature walks in Bigodi wetlands, community walks in Rweteera community. During your visit to Kibale Forest National Park, you can choose to stay in any of the numerous lodging facilities which include luxury safari lodges like Primate Lodge Kibale, Crater Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Chimpanzee Forestguesthouse, Kibale Forest Guest House, Kibale Forest Camp, Rweteera Safari Camp. Getting to Kibale National park is easily done by road as it lies only 312km away from Kampala city Uganda capital. However, if you are interested in flying to Kibale, as of today, you will have to stomach flying to Kasese then drive to remaining distance between Kasese and Fort portal which is about 150km away or 2 hours of road cruise.
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