Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park only 38kms in size is the Ugandan part of the bigger Virunga Conservation Area, which is a jointly protected area with DR Congo and Rwanda. It includes three extinct volcanoes: Mount Sabinyo, 3.669 meters, Mount Gahinga, 3.474 meters and Mount Muhabura 4.127 meters. “Mgahinga” is named after Mount Gahinga plus the initial of Mount Muhabura.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Species.
The vegetation is typical of Afro Montana areas, with a consistent bamboo Forest. There are 76 mammal species recorded, including Buffaloes, Elephants, Bushbucks, Golden Monkeys, Leopards. Some 115-bird species have been recorded, including Rwenzori Turaco, Crowned Hornbill, Black Kite and Crowned Crane. Mgahinga hosts a population of Golden Monkeys and a few families of Mountains Gorillas.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Activities and Attractions:
Each of the three volcanoes can be climbed with a day trip hike, without special mountain equipment. Visits are organized to the Garama Cave, near the Park Head Quarter in Ntebeko, which is 432 meters in length and was once inhabited by the Pygmy Tribe. The main attraction was the “Gorilla Tracking” to the only habituated family of Mountain Gorillas found here, which in 2005 migrated into Rwanda. A number of one day Nature Walks are available from the gate at Ntebeko (the Sabinyo Gorge trail and Rugezi Swamp trail), especially for Bird Watching activities.
Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.