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.
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.
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:
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.