Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Mgahinga gorilla National park settles high in the clouds at an altitude of 2,227 to 4,127 m above sea level. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park consists of the most stunning features of its three conical extinct volcanoes forming part of the spectacular Virunga ranges that lie along the borders of three countries of Rwanda(Volcanoes National Park), Congo(Virunga National park) and Uganda, forming the larger Virunga conservation area.

The Park was created to protect the endangered mountain Gorillas, inhabiting the dense forests, and also a home for endangered golden monkeys.

Not only is the park important for wildlife viewing but also a centre for the large cultural significance of the local Batwa Pygmies.

Mgahinga is contiguous with the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and  Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

gorilla trekking-mgahinga gorilla national parkMgahinga National park is in the Virunga Mountains and the Albertine Rift montane forests ecoregion. Totalling about 33.7 square kilometres (13.0 sq mi). It is known as Uganda’s smallest national Park and experiences two wet rainy seasons, hence gorillas are tracked throughout the year.

How to Get to Mgahinga

Mgahinga is situated about 15 kilometres, by road, south of the Kisoro town and can easily be accessed by either road or air. and approximately 55 kilometres, by road, west of Kabale, the largest city in the sub-region. The entire park is located in Bufumbira County, in Kisoro District.

By Road

It takes approximately 9 hours to drive from Kampala capital city to the Mgahinga National Park with a total distance of 510km, 6 hours from Queen Elizabeth National Park by road, and 5-7 hours drive from Lake Mburo National Park.

By Air

By air, a scheduled flight can be arranged from Entebbe international air[port, Kisoro, after then a 4WD  will be required to drive to the Park, which is located 14km away from Kisoro town

What to do here

Gorilla Tracking in Mgahinga national park

The most fascinating activity here is gorilla trekking, where you will be able to visit the only beautiful group called the Nyakagezi. Gorilla trekking is one vigorous activity that leaves you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you have to dive into the jungle with a trained guide and trek for almost 2-4 hours with a full hour spent in the presence of intelligent primates.

Gorilla trekking has now become famous and on a high rank in Uganda due to the current increase in the prices of the gorilla permits in Rwanda that leaves travellers with no other option than saving part of the fee for other activities, like hiking the volcanoes which are so challenging but rewarding, not forgetting the interesting visit to the cave, plus golden monkey tracking.

Golden monkey tracking

golden monkey-mgahinga gorilla national parkApart from Volcanoes national park (Rwanda) where the golden monkey has been known to be taking place but mgahinga national park in Uganda also is a home for the golden monkey the safari activities enjoyed in the park include golden monkey tracking and they are unique species that self drive travellers can select to do in Uganda while on a self-drive safari as they will enjoy them jumping around the tree tops,

Volcano climbing

The park has three dormant volcanoes that can be climbed. There are some stunning views and the treks lead you into the otherworldly Afro-alpine moorland, home of bizarre plants such as giant groundsel and lobelias. The tree Volcano includes Mt Muhavura with views of Rwenzori mountains, and Mt Sabyinyo which involves breathtaking walks along gorges and a few ladder ascents. Not to mention the reward of getting to the third and final peak when you’ll be standing in Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC at once. The third one is Mt Gahinga.

Batwa experience

The ‘Batwa Experience’ helps preserve the culture of the Twa (Batwa) people who were displaced from their forest habitat when Bwindi became a national park. By allowing you to both meet the Twa and see how they lived in the forest. The five-hour tours include witnessing a mock hunting party with bow and arrows, stories from Twa legend, and song and dance an intense and often emotional experience.

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