Discovering Mgahinga National Park: Home of the Endangered Mountain Gorillas


Exploring Uganda's Wildlife and Volcanic Scenery in a Unique Conservation Area.

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BY Jessica

Published on February 14, 2023

Mgahinga National Park is a beautiful and unique conservation area located in southwestern Uganda, bordering Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It covers an area of 33.7 square kilometers and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, most notably the endangered mountain gorillas.

The park is part of the Virunga Massif, which is a volcanic mountain range shared by Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park’s most famous attraction is undoubtedly the mountain gorillas, with a population of around 80 gorillas living within the park’s boundaries. Visitors can take guided gorilla trekking tours to get up close and personal with these magnificent primates, which is an unforgettable experience.

Apart from the gorillas, the park is also home to several other wildlife species, including buffalos, elephants, and several species of primates such as the golden monkey. Additionally, the park’s birdlife is diverse, with over 115 bird species recorded within the park.

The park’s landscape is dominated by three extinct volcanoes, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabyinyo, which offer a spectacular backdrop to the park’s natural beauty. The park’s diverse ecosystems, including montane forests, bamboo forests, and open grasslands, provide habitats for the park’s wildlife and make it a unique and picturesque destination.

To ensure the park’s conservation, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has implemented several conservation measures, including anti-poaching initiatives and community-based conservation programs. The park’s conservation is also important to the local economy, as it provides employment opportunities and generates tourism revenue for the Ugandan government.

In conclusion, Mgahinga National Park is a unique and beautiful conservation area, offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the endangered mountain gorillas. The park’s diverse wildlife, stunning scenery, and unique ecosystems make it a must-see destination for any nature lover. The park’s conservation is essential in preserving Uganda’s natural heritage and supporting the local economy.

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