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THE POT OF GOLD AND SILVER IN UGANDA

THE POT OF GOLD AND SILVER

Do you think it’s at the end of the Rainbow? Well, you should be close enough to reality as we shall be looking to find the pot of Gold and Silver in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

I present to you, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Located in the South-Western Part of Uganda in the remote district of Kisoro. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park at 33.7 square kilometers, is Uganda’s smallest but most scenic national park. It sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227 m and 4,127 m. It lies close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. The park takes its name from “Gahinga” – the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes.

Why am I calling it the “POT OF GOLD AND SILVER”?

Well, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to the endangered mountain gorillas, the major reason as to why the park was created and one of the reasons people visit this scenic breathtaking park. The park protects these endangered apes that roam through the Virunga ranges that are spread through Uganda, Rwanda & DR Congo.

Currently, there is only one habituated gorilla group that can be visited by the tourists – known as the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group which consists of 9 members, among these include 4 silverbacks.

THE POT OF GOLD AND SILVER IN UGANDA

I am guessing you can now see where I generated from part of my title for this amazing park.

Gorilla families are led by a strong male known as a silverback. This silverback is always in charge of protecting its family against any intrusion and usually determines the family’s daily routine.

Trekking these gentle giants in Mgahinga is a thrilling and rewarding experience especially when you combine it with a Golden Monkey tracking experience. Golden monkeys live in big numbers whereby a group has a range of 60-80 members.

THE POT OF GOLD AND SILVER IN UGANDA

What a beautiful sight to see! Well, well, well… here comes the Gold, and my pot is full.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also home to the endangered Golden Monkeys which are found in Central Africa in the Virunga volcanic mountains. Endemic to the Albertine Rift, the golden monkey is characterized as a bright orange-gold body, cheeks, and tail, contrasting with its black limbs, crown and tail end.

Golden Monkey tracking as an activity was introduced in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to complement on the tracking of the Nyakagyezi gorilla family in the national park. As a result of doing this, other tourist activities sprang up at the park.

Other Tourist activities offered in the national park include:

  • Cultural encounters (Batwa Trail): The Batwa Trails is the most common and eye-catching cultural encounter within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Uganda at large. You will be able to learn about the Batwa people and their ways of living to visit the traditional healer and also enjoy the traditional songs and dances performed by the Batwa people.
  • Bird watching: With over 115 different species birds in the park, you can participate in an exclusive bird watching safari. The most spectacular birding spots within the park include the Gorge trail between Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga that offers magnificent sightings and along the Uganda-DRC border.
  • Volcano climbing: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to 3 wonderful volcanoes (Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabinyo, and Mount Muhabura) that ie win the Virunga Massif and their peaks reward you with the breathtaking views of the rolling highlands.
  • Nature walk / Hiking: Going for a nature walk in the national park will introduce you to the several primate species, the different kinds of butterflies and birds, and exceptional tree species gracing the slopes and highlands of the Volcanoes and giving shelter to the parks residences.

Conclusively, from the amazing and thrilling Gorilla trekking experience to the much rewarding and fulfilling Golden monkey tracking experience, your “Pot-list” will not only be filled with Gold and Silver.

But will also overflow with the other memorable activities that you can take part in on your visit to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Where Silver meets Gold).

With so much to gain and nothing to lose, Discover the thrilling Pot of Gold and Silver.

2 Comments

  1. donnan byabazaire says:

    Interesting meaning of Mgahinga. And good insight of the general ranges and primates present.

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