Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga is the smallest national park in Uganda. It is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in Kisoro district. The park covers the slopes of Mount Muhavura, Mt.Sabinyo, and Mt.Gahinga- these mountains are part of the Virunga volcanoes. The park was a game sanctuary and later upgraded to a game status in 1991. The park is about 10 hours’ drive from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Air transportation is possible; there are daily flights from Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip. There are so many tourist attractions that make Mgahinga gorilla national park a sought-after destination and these include:
The initial idea of creating the park was all centered about protecting the Mountain gorillas. Currently, there is one habituated gorilla group in Mgahinga gorilla national park. The rules of trekking gorillas are not so much different from those in Bwindi impenetrable national park. After briefing at Ntebeko visitor Centre, you head into the wild with the help of a ranger who shall help to trace the gorillas’ previous activities to ascertain their whereabouts. And after some trekking, you shall be able to spot the gorillas.
Golden monkey tracking
Although the gorillas are the center-stage of Mgahinga gorilla national park, the golden monkey tracking is another interesting activity to take during a visit to the park. It is worth noting that the golden monkeys are also endangered species and they attract a great attention to many wildlife travellers. Golden monkey are normally tracked along the slopes of Mount.Gahinga. After spotting the golden monkeys, contact time is only limited to one hour however if you want more exposure, you can go for golden monkey habituation experience.
Birding is possible in Mgahinga gorilla national park. There are rare species of birdlife to witness in Mgahinga national park.
It is possible to climb the peaks of any of the mountains that form part of Mgahinga gorilla national park. All the peaks can be climbed within a day. The park’s highest peak, Muhavura attracts the attention. The summit is adorned with a crater lake of about 40m in diameter.
Mgahinga gorilla national park was home to the batwa. And today, a visit to the batwa trail is possible where you shall witness several of their cultural heritages. Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda outside the park attracts a lot of attention.