Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in Kisoro district, south western Uganda. It spans 33.7 square kilometres and is part of the Virunga conservation area; with the other two parks being Virunga National park in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The park sits in the clouds at altitudes of between 2,227m and 4,127m and covers 3 of the extinct Virunga volcanoes; Mt. Muhavura (4,127), Mt. Gahinga (3,474), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645). Mgahinga is about 480 kilometres from Kampala city; 9 hours’ drive.
The naming of the Park as Mgahinga comes from the Kinyarwanda word “Gahinga” that means “Pile of volcanic lava stone heaps where cultivation is carried out”. “Sabinyo” means “the old man’s teeth” and “Muhavura” means “Guide”.
This park is home to mountain gorillas and the endangered golden monkey. Gorilla tracking permits can be obtained to track the Nyakagezi gorilla group. This group initially moved across the three countries but has settled in Mgahinga National Park. The park will also offer you the unforgettable thrill of hiking to the top of the mountains. Mt. Gahinga has a beautiful swamp at the top, while Mt. Muhavura has a crater lake. You will get to set foot on three countries; Uganda, DRC and Rwanda when you hike to the Mt. Sabinyo summit! The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful vegetation and dense forests.
Hiking, trekking mountain gorillas, and tracking golden monkeys are not the only things to look out for at Mgahinga National Park. It additionally has about 37 other mammals including, leopards, spotted hyenas, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, bushbucks, elephants, black-fronted duikers among others. It also has around 79 bird species.

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