Welcome to Mgahinga National Park Uganda

Mgahinga gorilla national park is the smallest park in the country. It is about 33.7sq km and situated in south western Uganda, in Kisoro district. The British administration declared the area a game sanctuary in 1930 and it was finally gazetted in 1991 and it is part of the Virunga conservation area. The park takes its name from "Gahinga" - the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits in the clouds approximately at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name portrays, the park was established to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its forests and the park is home for the endangered golden monkey
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Most Popular Attraction in Mgahinga National Park

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Mountain Gorillas

Mgahinga is home to the habituated Nyakagezi gorilla group that can be visited while on a Uganda safari - a fairly nomadic bunch that has been known to cross the border into Rwanda and the Congo. The family includes the lead silverback Bugingo who is around 50 years old and father to most of the group; his silverback sons, Mark and Marfia; and two blackbacks, Rukundo and Ndungutse, who love to pose and play in the trees. The two females, Nshuti and Nyiramwiza, both have babies Furraha and Nkanda respectively.

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla. There are two populations. One is found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three National Parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The other is found in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Some primatologists consider the Bwindi population in Uganda may be a separate subspecies though no description has been finished. As of November 2012, the estimated total number of mountain gorillas is around 880.
Historically Mountain gorillas are descendants of ancestral monkeys and apes found in Africa and Arabia during the start of the Oligocene epoch (34-24 million years ago) >>>read more

The Golden Monkey

This is a species of Old World monkey found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, including four national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga and Kahuzi-Biéga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is restricted >>>read more

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Virunga Volcanoes

The Virungas are a chain of eight volcanoes which dot the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Most of these volcanoes are dormant, except Mount Nyiragongo 3,462 metres (11,358 ft.) and Mount Nyamuragira 3,063 meters (10,049 ft.), both in the DR of the Congo >>>read more

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Batwa Garama Cave

Some of the steep mountain slopes contain caves formed by lava tubes, one of them being the famous Garama Cave located near the park headquarters. This is a sacred place for the Batwa, and during the Batwa Trail you can discover how it was used as a shelter during battles and as a place to store >>>read more

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Gorilla Tracking

With a diverse collection of activities that visitors can get involved in, gorilla tracking in Uganda comes out to be the best leading activity at Mgahinga Gorilla national park and almost 75% of Mgahinga's visitors come to view the precious primates. With Country Uganda being left with an estimate of 400 mountain gorillas, the Smallest Mgahinga park becomes one of the two blessed places where a visitor can have high chances to view >>>read more

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Bird Watching

Uganda safaris offer you an oportunity to trek to the Rugezi Swamp, the bamboo forest or the Sanbinyo George for the best bird watching opportunities. The three to four hour Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo can provide a spectacular sightings of the Bronze Sunbird ,Dusky turtle Dove, Olive Thrush ,Cape Robin-chat, Kivu-ground Thrush, , Rwenzori Batis, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Regal Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Black-headed Waxbill and Streaky Seedeater >>>read more

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Mountain Climbing

A tough day’s hike will take you to the peaks of Muhavura; Gahinga or Sabinyo .All three volcanoes in this park can be climbed. Mountain Sabinyo which is, 3,669m high can take roughly eight hours to cover a distance of 14km trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak.It takes around six hours to ascend and descend Mt. Gahinga (3,474m), topped by giant lobelia and a swamp-filled crater During this activity the most lucky >>>read more

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How To Get To Mgahinga NP

Mgahinga is situated about 15 kilometers (9.3 mi), by road, south of the town of Kisoro and approximately 55km.

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Accomodation At Mgahinga NP

Accommodation facilities catering for both up-market, medium range and budget visitors are available.

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Tour Operators in Uganda

Uganda has an association of tour operators. Click here to view a full list of its members and their physical contacts.

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