Mgahinga Gorilla National Park


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About Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
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Parks total area:
33.7 km² (13 miles²).
Year established:
1991
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Mgahinga National Park is the smallest park in Uganda
  • The park encompasses the peaks of the extinct Virunga volcanoes
  • The park is home to over 150 bird species and 75 mammal species, providing a refuge to the endangered mountain gorilla
  • The most common route to the park requires a full day’s travel
  • June, July and August are the driest and best times to visit

Located in the farthest southwestern corner of Uganda, at an altitude between 2,227 meters (1.4 miles) and 4,127 meters (2.6 miles) above sea level, Mgahinga National Park is the country’s smallest park, covering only 33.7 km² (13 miles²). Set against a breathtaking backdrop of the three northernmost peaks of the now extinct Virunga volcanoes—Mount Muhavura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabinyo—Mgahinga National Park is made up of heath vegetation, montane forest and savannah woodland.
 
In the past, much of the park’s natural habitat was destroyed as a result of population growth and poaching. In 1930, Mgahinga National Park was declared a game sanctuary and in 1991 it was gazetted and made a part of the Virunga Conservation Area. The park is one of only two locations in the country that offers refuge to the endangered mountain gorilla.  Over the course of history, the park has also been considered to be of great biological importance for its ability to provide shelter for mountain plants and animals that migrate along the slopes due to climatic changes. Mgahinga National Park is home to over 75 species of mammals, including elephants, side striped jackals, forest buffalo and the endangered golden monkey. It is also recorded to have over 150 bird species, including the crowned crane, blue-headed coucal and white-naped raven.  
There are different options of travel to the park; however, the most common route runs through Kibale and Kisoro from Kampala (540 km, or 335 miles, away) at an estimated 8 hours of travel time—including 80 km (50 miles) stretch of winding mountainous roads. There are also air travel options from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro.

When to visit Mgahinga National Park

The park has two wet seasons, one from February through May and the second from September through December, during which temperatures are generally cooler, averaging 15 C (59 F) and dropping to about 10 C (50 F) at night. The drier months are the best times to go, especially for gorilla trekking. 

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 18, 2016   |   Visited: Aug 2015.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is good for people who want to make last minute arrangements for seeing the gorillas. We arrived in the evening and had a night at Chameleon Hill Lodge at Lake Mutanda with the most beautiful views of the Lake Mutanda and great Virunga mountains. This view is unbeatable!!We arranged the gorilla tracking at Mgahinga National Park that... read more

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Mountain gorilla
Chameleon
Vervet monkey
Baboon
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 11, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Visiting the mountain gorillas has been my life-long dream, and thanks to KWSS, the experience was thrilling and full of wonder for me, my husband, and two teen sons. We walked for about 1 hour and spent 1 hour observing 10 gorillas grazing, climbing, playing, relaxing, and generally doing what they like to do. One of the gorillas actually approached my husband's c... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 27, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2012.
This was my lifetime Gorilla trekking park. This is the most beautiful park in Africa for the family human revolution.
Great people of Uganda.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 27, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
We visited this park after visiting Volcanoes in Rwanda. Its close proximity to Rwanda allowed us to add this on. I really enjoyed this small park. It was more personal, it had AMAZING bird life and the views of the volcanoes were unparalleled.
I highly recommend this park if you want to see gorillas and golden monkeys. You will not be disappointed. read more

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 27, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
Wow..what an adventure!
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest but one of the most amazing parks in Uganda and Africa.Situated in South Western Uganda in Kisoro District, the park lies on slopes of volcanic Mountains Muhavura, Mgahinga and Sabyinyo.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is eminent for being among the few parks in Uganda, Africa and on Earth wh... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Apr 26, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
The park takes its name from "Gahinga" the local word for the piles of volcanic stones at the foot of the volcanoes. We came to view the mountain gorrilas, but one of the locals advised us that most family of gorillas in Mgahinga like to split their time in neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)and it was rare to find them in the park.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 21, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 2007.
Mgahinga National Park

For all the years I had been in boarding schools with very strict rules and regulations. So joining the university was one of my dreams come true because there was no one to control my movements. The very first long trip I took was to Mgahinga national park which is located in the far south of western Uganda. We moved under the umbrella o... read more

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Safari suitability: 6 / 10
No big five sightings, but gorilla trekking is a phenomenal experience. This is done on foot/hiking and can take 3-8 hours.
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