Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
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The distant Volcanoes of Mgahinga, Uganda
Mgahinga is an inspiring location and a great base if you’re a hiker or walker. On day one, we hiked across cool, undulating countryside between fields of potatoes in delicate purple flower. As we walked, we were told about the traditional life of the Batwa ‘pygmy’ people, previous inhabitants of the Forest. The trek to see the playful Golden Monkeys, one of Africa’s rarest primates, was a highlight of our trip. Our excellent Uganda Wildlife Authority guide really added to the experience. “Golden Monkeys fear Crowned Eagles” he told us. “When the monkeys hear them, they come down from the trees to hide.” As with trekking the mountain gorillas, UWA constantly monitor the whereabouts of the Golden Monkeys, so the chances of seeing them are very high.
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