Mgahinga Gorilla

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. The park takes its name from “Gahinga” – the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes. The park is 515km from Kampala which takes about 8 – 10 driving. The park is 33.7km2 making it Uganda’s smallest. The park was specially created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey.

Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that form the Virunga Conservation Area which lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.

Mgahinga hosts 48 mammal species including mountain gorillas, buffalo, golden monkey and even more that are still being recorded, butterflies and 294 bird species including 21 Albertine endemics.

Hike to track the habituated Nyakagezi gorilla family are undertaken here. However the rugged mountainous terrain makes for very demanding hikes so guests here are advised to be in good physical shape and expect up to 8 hours of tracking.

Other hikes can also be arranged including hikes on the Batwa trail, hikes to the summit of Mount Gahinga and hikes to Sabyinyo gorge.

Accommodation used by The Tourist Centre

  • Nkuringo Safari Lodge – Mid-range
  • Mgahinga Safari Lodge – Luxury
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