Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest national park in Uganda covering an area of 33.7 square kilometers. As you approach from the east the huge cones of volcanoes start to dominate the landscape. The park is part of the great Virunga conservation area covering the northern slopes of three volcanoes, namely, Mt Muhavura 4,127 meters, Mt Sabinyo 3’645 metres and Mt Gahinga 3,474 metres. The park is bordered to the south by Republic of Rwanda and to the west by Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of these countries protects its own portion of the Virunga range as a conservation area. The three parks together form the 434 square kilometers of the Virunga Conservation Area. The Park experiences two wet rainy seasons; February – May and September – December. The average monthly rainfall experienced being 250mm (October) and minimum is 10mm (July).
There is one habituated gorilla group at Mgahinga known as the Nyakagezi group which roams around the international borders that make up the conservation area. The most popular activity is gorilla tracking. Golden Monkey (endemic) trekking has evolved as a new experience only to be enjoyed in Mgahinga.
• Gorilla trekking
• Bird watching
• Nature walks to the Garama cave and viewing platform
• Volcano hike
• Golden monkey trekking
• Batwa experience
The park is a 9 hour drive from Kampala or a 1,5 hour flight from Entebbe with shuttle plain.
Safaris with Mgahinga Gorilla NP
Take a look under “safaris” in the menu at the top of this page for itinerary options that can be adapted to your wishes. See some top safaris to Mgahinga Gorilla NP below.
Expereince the highlights of Uganda & Rwanda during this safari. Start in Uganda with Queen Elizabeth national park for a boat-cruise spotting elephants & hippos in the banks and a game-drive looking for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, continue on to the beautiful Mgahinga NP for mountain gorilla trekking. Then cross the border to Rwanda where the highlights are golden monkey trekking, beautiful Lake Kivu and finally chimpanzee trekking at Nyungwe Forest.
Come for a 14 days Uganda safari with focus on hikes and primates. You will do a 3-days hike in the scenic Rwenzori mountains as well as a hike to the top of Mt. Mgahinga Volcano. You enter the jungle to meet primates on treks to see chimps, mountain gorillas & golden monkeys.
In this Uganda bird-watching safari we mainly focus on woodland and forest species but also include some great wetland and savanna locations. You have the chance to tick off top species like the Green Breasted Pitta, Nkulengu rail, Papyrus Gonolek and Great Shoebill Stork.