MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK is found in the south western part of Uganda, in the Kisoro district. The 510km drive from Kampala takes approximately 9-10 hours and from Kigali around 6 hours. But you can shorten your travel time by taking one of the flights operated from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro airstrip. With an area of 33.7km2 it is Uganda’s smallest park, but it’s borders surround some towering features with altitudes starting at 2,227m above sea level. 3 volca- noes within the Virunga Massif are located in this park, Mt.Muhavura (4,127m), Mt. Gahinga (3,474m) and Mt Sabinyo (3,645m). The names all have meanings in local language, Muhavura means ‘guide’, Mgahinga translates as ‘ piles of volca- nic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes’, while Sabinyo means ‘the old man’s teeth.’
The driest month in July with only 10mm of rain, the polar opposite to its wettest month October where you can expect up to 250mm. The two rainy seasons last from March to May and September to November. All treks to the gorillas start from Ntebeko, with its main entrance roughly 14kms from the town of Kisoro. There are approximately 80 Mountain gorillas living in this park but only the one family has been habituated. It is also home to a wide range of other animals including the endangered Golden Monkey.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK HAS 1 HABITUATED MOUTAIN GORILLA FAMILY
10 members: 5 Silverbacks, 2 adult females, 2 juveniles and 1 infant
Known to be the oldest habituated Mountain gorilla family, and only habitutaed family in the area, therefore permits are limited, only allowing for 8 permits a day to trek to see this family.
OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED AT MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
HIKING TRAILS INCLUDE
GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING
THE BATWA TRAIL
GARAMA CAVE EXPLORATIONS
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:
Echuya Forest, Kisoro Town, Lake Chahafi, Lake Mulehe, Lake Mutanda