Mgahinga National Park, Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park. Sitting high in the clouds in South Western Uganda, the park is home to around 39 mammal species including giant forest hogs, fronted duikers, buffaloes, and elephants. It is famous for both the endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkey. Its habitat is also homestead to 79 bird species – great for the birding enthusiast!

People visit the area for its gorilla trekking, led through the forest by a local Batwa guide. There is a habituated gorilla family named Nyakagezi, allowing visitors to sit and take pictures with them as well as learn about their behaviours and group dynamics. It is also the only park in Uganda which offers golden monkey trekking. 

The other way to explore this area is through mountain climbing the three volcanoes in the park: Mount Muhavura, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Gahinga. These are part of the spectacular Virunga Range – providing various ecosystems as well as breathtaking scenery.

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