How to Plan the Perfect Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Itinerary

An inclusive 3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is an exclusive silverback gorilla tour.

Itinerary Overview: Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga

How to Plan the Perfect Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Itinerary. The best short silverback gorilla tour to Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This is one of the most scenic National Parks in Uganda for watching silverback Gorillas found in southwestern Uganda.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is found within the Virunga massif which is a chain of 8 volcanoes. The same area is shared by two other national Parks one being Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the other Virunga National Park in Congo.

3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the shortest trip for tourists from Kampala-Uganda’s capital. Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Nyakagezi Gorilla family is the only group in the park fully habituated to Gorilla trekking.

According to 3 Days Mgahinga Gorilla trekking safari, Uganda starts from Kampala from your place of residence by a knowledgeable driver guide. The first and last days are meant for the drive to and from the park and the second day for Gorilla trekking.

But wait, let me tell you something:

 Tour Summary

  • Safari starts and ends in Kampala
  • Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • A maximum 1 hour will be spent with the Mountain Gorillas
  • Road safari by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  •  Accommodation before and after trip can be arranged on request at an extra cost

What you need to know

  • Accommodation is provided as included 
  • Pack the right Gorilla trekking clothes
  • Tour can start any time of the year
  • Minimum age for tour is 15 years 
  • Gorilla permit is included in the cost

Itinerary Gallery: 3 Days Mgahinga Gorilla Safari

mountain gorilla
Gorillas in Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Safari Highlights: Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga

  • Day #1: Transfer by 4×4 safari vehicle to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Day #2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Day #3: Return to Kampala/Entebbe by road  to your hotel or Departure.
What’s the real story?:

Day by Day itinerary of the Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park

Day 1: Transfer by 4×4 Safari vehicle to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Early morning, your safari guide from Kabira Gorilla Safaris will pick you up for a transfer by road to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. After meeting and greeting at your place of residence or hotel within Kampala, the drive starts. The trip may start as early as 6:00 am.

Just about 80 Km from Kampala, you will stop at the equator line for photography.  You then continue with the drive to southwestern Uganda. Lunch is had at a good restaurant in Mbarara.

After lunch, the drive continues to the park with your arrival in the evening. You check in, have dinner and spend the night at a preferred accommodation facility. It can be budget, mid-range, or luxury.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation Options 

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge 

Mid-range: Lake Chahafi Resort

Budget: Golden Monkey Lodge 

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga NP, Uganda 🦍Silverback pushing through the group!

Early morning after breakfast, you will be heading out for your lifetime Gorilla trekking experience. Your driver will drive you to the park headquarters. By 8:00 am the park rangers will take you through the dos and don’ts of Gorilla trekking. 

Gorilla trekking is such a wonderful experience as you walk through the jungles of this little gem. The trek takes a nonpredictable amount of time at least 2 hours or more and a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of the mountain Gorillas. You spend this time taking pictures and filming the Gorilla lifestyle.

After seeing the gorillas and spending 1 hour with them, you then walk back to the park headquarters. This is where you are awarded a certificate for completing the trek. From there your driver ensures your transfer to the hotel for relaxation and dinner. 

You spend the night in the previous night’s hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 3: Return to Kampala by road

On the last day of your 3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park, you have breakfast and embark on the 8-9 hours drive back to Kampala. You have lunch en route.

Arriving in the evening, your safari guide will ensure drop off at a preferred destination or hotel. Marking the end of the 3 Days Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch 

End of the 3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park

Cost Inclusions

  • Uganda gorilla trekking permit 
  • Accommodation & meals as indicated
  • 4×4 safari vehicle
  • A professional English speaking knowledgeable driver guide. 
  • Bottled drinking water on board

Cost Exclusions 

  • International flights & Visas 
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Any changes to the itinerary 
  • Laundry


  • 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
  • 4×4 safari van for budget travelers

Safari Route: 3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park

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