We introduce you to the Mgahinga Community Campground, your gateway to the Batwa and the gorillas, and the volcanos climbing experience in Uganda.
Mgahinga Community campground is located at the gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This camp offers accommodation in the furnished Bandas, dormitories, and camping ground. other services include meals, guided community tours, and organizing treks inside the park. It is the oldest camp in the area. The campground belongs to the local community under Mgahinga Community Development Organisation (MCDO). The generated income and benefits are channeled for the development of the community living near the park.
Why you must stay here
The lodge is located next to the park gate and visitor information where the park treks start. it is very convenient for those looking to trek the volcanoes or do nature walks inside Mgahinga national park.
gives you an opportunity to rewind in a beautiful setting, nice people and quieter environment. It is a village setting that showcases the true culture of the Bafumbura tribe in the Kisoro district.
The camp has local guides who are residents and knowledgeable of the entire area. Availability of community activities to do in and outside the park. the community guides will take you to the local cafes, farms, schools, and scenic landscapes in the area.
The accommodation prices are low and will excite every traveler who is on a low budget. since the camp has a restaurant, it will be easy to order your meals and drinks at the camp, making the stay very convenient.
Activities and day trips you can participate in during your stay:
Using the Mghainga community campground as your base, you will easily explore the entire Mgahinga region. it is also suitable for guests who want to cross from Rwanda and explore some bit of Uganda since the area is located on the border. The camp is connected to many local community development projects. Those looking to volunteer will find a lot of work to participate in. the following are the key activities you can participate in.
- Community cave tours
- Volcanoes climbing
- The Batwa experience
- Lake mutanda tours and experiences
- Gorilla tracking
- The visitor information center
- Golden monkey tracking and other nature walks inside the park.
- Viewing or walking in the terrace as you head to the caves or just walking in the village.
- Beautiful vies and scenery of the volcanoes and farms in special patterns
- Trekking to the top of the volcanoes as you enjoy the scenery over the extended volcano chains.
- Tracking the mountain gorillas in one of the most beautiful volcanic scenery
- Supporting a child sponsorship project for local children.
- Skills empowerment to the farmers, youth, women, and other households in areas of sustainable agriculture and other micro enterprises
- The camp is fully owned and run by the local community hence generating benefits such as income and employement.
- It creates an important market for local produce including handicrafts, foods and other services offered to the tourists
- The project is a mediating agent between the community and the park in areas of conservation awareness. it sets a good example of community coexistence with wildlife
- the camp supports research in conservation and community development and offers volunteer and student intern placements to enhance knowledge exchange.
What to bring:
- Walking shoes or boots as it can get muddy
- Insect repellent
- Hat and sun cream
- worm clothing, Layers, and waterproof jackets
- Cash for tips and gift purchases
- Drinks and snacks can be purchased
- Binoculars and camera
- Plastic bag to protect cameras etc.