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Bird Watching in Mgahinga

Sabinyo Gorge Trail And Birding In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Of particular interest to birders in search of Albertine Rift Endemics and other localized forest species, this half-day nature trail ascends from Ntebeko Gate through an area of regenerating forest where you might see bushbuck or buffalo, along with mountain buzzard, mountain greenbul, Chubb’s cisticola, and various waxbills and finches.

It continues into a spectacular stand of atmospheric bamboo forest inhabited by golden monkeys (that are unhabituated, so you are far less likely to see them) as well as handsome francolin and Kivu ground thrush.

It then follows a small stream through the lushly forested Sabinyo Gorge to a maximum altitude of around 2,900 meters, crossing several rickety ladders and bridges en route.

The evergreen forest in the gorge is very reliable for the sensational Rwenzori turaco, and it also harbours such localized birds as western green tinkerbird, olive woodpecker, African hill babbler, yellow mountain warbler.

Archer’s and white starred robin-chat, Rwenzori batis, stripe-breasted tit, montane Sooty Boubou, lagden’s bush-shrike, strange weaver, dusky and Shelly’s Crimsonwing, and regal, blue-headed, and Rwenzori double-collard sunbird.

Sabinyo Gorge Trail Fees (Per Person)

  • US$30 for Foreign Non-Resident Visitors
  • US$15 Foreign Resident Visitors
  • UGX15,000 for East African Citizens

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