Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

  • Mgahinga

    Uganda's smallest and probably most scenic National Park is situated in the extreme South-Western corner of the Country, forming part of a large conservation area that straddles political boundaries to to include Parc de Volcanoes in Rwanda and Parc de Virungas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three extinct Volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga range, lie within the boundaries of the Ugandan portion of this biologically rich area.

    Mountain gorillas form the main attraction at Mgahinga National Park, which protects the Ugandan portion of the Virungas, an imposing string of nine freestanding extinct and active volcanoes that runs along the border with Rwanda and the Congo.


    Location

    South-Western corner bordering Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo

    Size

    33 sq km

    Getting there

    One day drive from Kampala to Kisoro where public transport (Taxis) can take you to the park gate.

    What to do

    Gorilla trekking (Gorillas are at times cross border) limited to a maximum of 6 people per day – Permits must be pre-booked at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala.
    Nature Guided walks through a variety of wildlife, Volcano climbing at Muhavura, Sabinyo and Gahinga, Bird watching and monkey viewing.

    When to visit

    Any time, as long as the gorillas are around.

     

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