Mgahinga Gorilla National park is Uganda’s smallest National Park. It covers 33.7 square kilometers and sits high in the clouds at an altitude of between 2227m and 4127m. It is an important habitat for the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. It is located in the remote Southwestern district of Kisoro.
Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes parks in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse. The peaks of the mountains do provide a striking gorgeous scenery.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas- the reason the park was created. The park protects these endangered apes that roam through the Virunga ranges and are spread through Uganda, Rwanda & Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mgahinga is also known to shelter 3 of the 8 Volcanoes in the Virunga Massif that include Mount Gahinga at 3474 meters/11,400 feet, and Mount Sabinyo at 3674 meters/12,180 and Mount Muhavura at 4127 meters/13,540 feet above sea level.
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is home to over 39 animal species and it’s where Gold meets Silver! It is here where you will find golden monkeys and mountain gorillas.
Mgahinga is also a great birding spot in Uganda. There are over 115 bird species including 14 bird species of the total 24 bird species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift Mountains. Around this park, are the Batwa people. Originally, these minority people were inhabitants of the rainy forests of the mountain. They heavily relied on these forests for food, shelter, and medicine. For conservation purposes, the Batwa people were relocated from the forests and many live within the environs of the park at the moment.