Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park “where Gold meets Silver” is located in the southwestern region of Uganda, Kisoro district in Virunga Mountains encompasses three active volcanoes Mount Muhavura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabinyo. It is contiguous with Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park and southern sector of Virunga National Park in the Democratic republic of Congo. It is Uganda’s smallest National park with 33.7 square kilometers. It was gazetted as a National park in 1991 and 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 was created to protect mountain Gorillas and endangered golden monkey and other wildlife. It also has a huge cultural significance for the indigenous Batwa pygmies.

What to look forward to while Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

  • Gorilla tracking; it starts from Ntebeko gate in the dry season
  • The indigenous Batwa experience who depended on the forest for food, shelter and medicine.
  • Mountain/volcano climbing; Mount Muhavura is the highest peak at 4,127m, Mount Gahinga is 3,474m, Mount Sabinyo is 3,669m.
  • Birding through Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo provides some spectacular sightings
  • Hiking and nature walk through Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo.