Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude between 2,227 meters and 4,127 meters. It is situated in the corner of south-western Uganda in Kisoro District, 10 km south of Kisoro town, bordered by the Republic of Rwanda to the south and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. It covers an area of 33.7 square kilometres, making it one of the smallest National Park in Uganda.
Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, 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 these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.
In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, there have been 39 mammal species recorded, although it is believed that up to 89 do occur in the park. Some of these include mountain gorillas, elephants, the spotted hyenas, side-striped jackals, leopards and buffalos. There is also the rare golden monkey, known only to occur in the Virungas and two other forests in Central Africa. The park also provides sanctuary to around 79 bird species, including several endemic to the East Congo Montane region.
The most thrilling tourist activity in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the gorilla safaris. Guides will lead you through the gorilla’s world, explaining aspects of their ecology and behaviour along the way. The habituated gorilla in this park is called the Nyakagezi, which consists of 9 members, 2 silverbacks, 3 adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants. However, due to their constant movement it is advisable to check the current location of the gorillas first and it is advised that gorilla tracking can be strenuous and may take the whole day.
The local area offers a variety of accommodation types, for those who wish to go camping there is ample space at the park gate and Mt. Gahinga Rest Camp. Additionally, there is also excellent traditional bandas managed by the local community.
Admission fees Foreign non-residents: Adults: 40US$ Children: 20US$ Foreign residents: Adults: 30US$ Children: 10US$ Citizens of East African Member States: Adults: 15,000UGX Children: 5,000UGX