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Find golden monkeys and a sense of peace while walking in the rain forest, but it's not the best place for gorilla treksMgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, 2,227 to 4,127 metres above sea level. Its most outstanding features are three extinct volcanoes that form part of the magnificent Virunga range, which lies along the border between Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. As its name suggests, Mgahinga was created to protect the endangered mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests. It's also an important habitat for golden monkeys, which you can track in the forests. There's only one habituated mountain gorilla family and it often moves across the border into the DRC or Rwanda, so Mgahinga isn't the ideal place to go trekking for these great apes.
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Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area, which includes adjacent parks in the DRC and Rwanda. It's unclear how much effective conservation is being done on the DRC side at present because of political instability there. The park contains various ecosystems and is biologically diverse, while its peaks provide a backdrop to the forest landscape. If you enjoy peace and quiet and love trekking and walking, Mgahinga is ideal; you can wander the rain forest and have the place almost to yourself because of the lack of interest by mainstream mountain gorilla tourists. Although the park isn't frequently visited, it has a huge cultural importance, particularly for the Batwa pygmies – hunter-gatherers who are the forest’s 'first people', and know the secrets of the forest.
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The best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the long dry season of June to September or during the short dry season of mid-December to early-February. These seasons offer easier hiking conditions. go there.
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
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Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…