Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the Virunga Mountains and is contiguous with the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is situated in Kisoro in south western Uganda about 540km from Kampala and is the smallest gorilla national park in Uganda.
The huge cones of the Virunga Volcanoes: Muhavura, Sabinyo and Gahinga, dominate the landscape here. The lower slopes consist of high altitude savannah woodland with lots of moss and lichens, this emerges into bamboo and montane forests; all delicacies of the mountain gorilla.
The park is arguably the most scenic park in Uganda, offering panoramic views that stretch northward to Bwindi and a southern skyline dominated by the steep volcanic cones of the Virungas.
Up to 76 mammal species are being protected in the park, including the golden monkey, black and white colobus, mountain gorilla, leopard, elephant, giant forest hog, bushpig, buffalo, bushbuck, black-fronted duiker and several varieties of rodents, bats and small predators. 115 bird species have been recorded.
The habituated gorilla family which used to reside in Mgahinga NP is no longer living there full time, they move between Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC and cannot be viewed. The Nkuringo group in Southern Bwindi can be visited instead.
That said holidays to Mgahinga offer a far broader range of activities than any of the other 'mountain gorilla reserves', including caving, forest walks and day hikes to the three volcanic peaks.
Mgahinga is an hour's flight or a long day's drive from Entebbe. It can also be reached from the Rwandan side in a four hour drive from Kigali.
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