Mgahinga was awarded Best Trip destination by National Geographic. This is Uganda’s smallest National Park and surprisingly enough, hardly visited by tourists. Luckily with us, you have the flexibility to stop wherever you want and you are not tight to a fixed safari group schedule.
What exciting things you can do in Mgahinga.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park protects the Ugandan section of the Virunga Mountains; a chain of extinct volcanoes forming part of a cross-border system of nature reserves in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mgahinga was gazetted a National Park with the primary aim of providing sanctuary to the mountain gorilla, some 300 of which live in the Virunga.
The gorilla’s families do not live permanently in this park though and migrate freely between Uganda and the neighbouring Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda.
It is best to visit the National Park office in Kisoro for updated information on where the gorillas are residing. Therefore, gorilla trekking in Mgahinga is great for those travelers that like to make up their mind there and then, which is not possible if you want to secure a gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi National Park, as these permits are sold out many weeks /months in advance.
Besides gorilla trekking, Mgahinga is well worth a visit as it offers fantastic and strenuous hiking opportunities, and you have the volcanoes to yourself.
Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo can all be climbed in one (long) day from the park headquarters.