Mgahinga is found in the south west bordering Rwanda and cong. It comprises 3 extinct volcanoes and 3 extensive swamps. It is the smallest national park about 550km from Kampala. It was established in 1991 and governed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. It is only this park and bwindi in uganda that protect habitat for mountain gorilla. The park is about 15 km by road, south of the town of kisoro and approximately 55km by road west of Kabale. It is the smallest park over the 3 national parks in the virunga conservation area the other two parks are Virunga national park in DRC and volcanoes National park in Rwanda.
Gahinga means piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes where cultivation is carried out.
The park has one habituated gorilla group called the Nyakagezi Group that can be visited by tourists. Although this group sometimes crosses the border into Rwanda and DR Congo, the group has been stable in the park for the past 4 years and thus, it is a great option for those who would like to track the Virunga gorillas while in Uganda.
Things to See in Mgahinga National Park
Things to Do in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Where to Stay