Mgahinga Gorilla National park is Uganda’s smallest national park situated on 33.7 square kilometers and sits high in the clouds at an altitude of between 2227m and 4127m. It is an important habitat to the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. It is located in the remote South-western district of Kisoro.
Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas- the major reason as to why the park was created. The park protects these endangered apes that roam through the Virunga ranges that are spread through Uganda, Rwanda & Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mgahinga is also known to shelter 3 of the 8 Volcanoes in the Virunga Massif that include Mount Gahinga at 3474 meters/11,400 feet , Mount Sabinyo at 3674 meters/12,180 and Mount Muhabura at 4127 meters/13,540 feet above sea level.
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is home to over 39 animal species and it’s where Gold meets Silver – golden monkeys meet mountain gorillas with other rare animals that are easily seen on guided wildlife tours within the park.
Mgahinga is one of the most fascinating birding destinations in Uganda. There are over 115 bird species including 14 bird species of the total 24 bird species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift Mountains within the park.
Around this park, there are Batwa people. Originally, these minority people were inhabitants of the rainy forests on which they heavily relied as their source of food & medicine for years. They were also excellent hunters & fruit gatherers in this tinny National Park.
There are numerous caves but the most significant of all is the Garama cave located 4 km from Ntebeko visitor center. The 200 meter long caves are sacred places for the Batwa who were evicted from their ancestral forest in 1991.