Traveling to Africa for gorilla trekking? Don’t worry about the availability of permits; Mgahinga gorilla national is not as busy as other parks – Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Uganda. Though you can’t be on arrival, but permits for Mgahinga national park can be obtained as early as only 1 week to the trip, however this is not a guarantee, but a comparison to other gorilla destinations.

Last Minute Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla National park has only one habituated mountain gorilla family, and therefore it is always advisable to book in advance since demand is so high, but since it is not as popular as other parks, Nyakagezi family has not faced much traffic like the one in Bwindi or Volcanoes national parks. Yes, Nyakagezi is the only gorilla group in Mgahinga Park available for trekking every day. Mgahinga covers Uganda’s share of the Virunga Conservation Area and is one of the four parks that shelter these endangered primates.

About Nyakagezi gorilla family. As said already, Nyakagezi is the only gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Nyakagezi family is comprised of 9 members headed by Mark as s dominant silverback gorilla. Other members of Nyakagezi gorilla family are Rukundo, Mathew, Bugingo, Nshuti, Mutagamba and Nveyekuye. The family was named after an area (Nyakagezi) in Mgahinga National park where the family was first spotted. In the past years, Nyakagezi gorilla family was hard to trek due to its mobile movements crossing to the neighboring Virunga park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fortunately, Nyakagezi has presently settled in Mgahinga Gorilla National park ready to receive visitors every day.