Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. Covering an area of about 34 square kilometers in Kisoro district, southwestern Uganda, Mgahinga is the smallest national park in Uganda. Besides its small size, however, the Park is one of the only four national parks in the world still residing the precious and endangered mountain gorillas.
This beautiful small-sized Park lies in the Virunga Massif, which also includes Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and DR Congo’s Virunga National Park – all mountain gorilla refuges. In addition to mountain gorillas, Mgahinga is also a home of beautiful golden monkeys as well as some of the Virunga volcanoes like Gahinga, Muhavura, and Sabyinyo.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park consists of the partly forested slopes of three extinct volcanoes. From far away, the huge cones of the Virunga volcanoes dominate the landscape and beckon you as you approach. When you reach the park you can get a great overview of the area by walking up the viewpoint, just 15 minutes from Ntebeko Gate of the Park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has lots of things to see besides its small size, ranging from the endangered mountain gorillas to golden monkeys, three of the Virunga Volcanoes and unique flora and fauna. The best safari activities in Mgahinga are mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, Batwa Trail, bird watching, cultural experiences and many more.
However, other factors remain constant, gorilla trekking is the highlight of any visit to Mgahinga Park. The Park has over 200 mountain gorillas with two habituated gorilla families, namely; Nyakagezi gorilla family and Hirwa gorilla family. A gorilla permit in Uganda costs US$ 700 and gorilla enthusiasts are advised to book in advance to avoid the disappointments of missing out on their much anticipated trip, especially in the peak seasons of June to August, and December to February. There are mob accommodations for tourists.