Size: 33.7km², making it Uganda’s smallest National Park
Altitude: 2,227m and 4,127m above sea level.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park derives its name from “Gahinga” – a local word which means refers to the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes. The British administration announced the area a game sanctuary in 1930. It was nationaly announced as a National Park in 1991. Mgahinga has one trans-boundary gorilla group available for tourism.
About Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is seated high up in the clouds, with an altitude between 2,227m and 4,127m above sea level. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its thick forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. In addition to being useful for wildlife, the park also holds a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. These hunter-gatherers were the “first people” of the forest, and their ancient knowledge of forest’s secrets is unrivaled. Mgahinga’s most attractive features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes and part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in the stated countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.
Featured Sights and Animals
Activities to look out for.
- Gorilla Tracking in the Park
- Bird Watching in the Park
- Wildlife Viewing
- Guided Forest Walks