Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest park, but probably the most scenic. It is located on the South western tip of the country on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and covers an area of just 34 sq kms.
It encompasses the Uganda side of the three Bufumbira Volcanic Mountains of Mgahinga (3400m), Muhavura (4127m) and Sabinyo (3645m) on the boundary with Rwanda and the democratic Republic of Congo.
The National Park is known for its Mountain Gorilla Population and was gazetted as a Gorilla sanctuary in 1930, the boundary of which followed approximately the 2450 m contour and the Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) borders. In 1964, the northern boundary was changed to a lower altitude (2280m) extending into heavily encroached zones and gazetted as a Game reserve which made its present area of roughly 47.5km². The game reserve was gazetted to its present status of a National Park in 1992.
Three species of primates are known to be in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and these include; The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), the Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) and Black and White Colobus (Colobus guereza). Other animals of interest include Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer), Giant Forest Hogs (Hylocchoerus meinertzhageni), Golden Cats (Felis aurata), Elephants (loxodanta Africana) and some bird species such as the globally threatened Grauer’s Rush Warbler.
TEA U – MG3: 3 days (2 nights) Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Trek in Uganda.
Day 1: Kampala – Kisoro Drive
Set off by 7:30 am for Kisoro. The drive is long but enjoyable with a stop over at the Equator and for lunch enroute. After lunch drive on to Kisoro –
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest park, but probably the most scenic. It is located on the South western tip of the country on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and covers an area of just 34 sq kms. Overnight stay at Kisoro Travelers or Gahinga Safari Lodge
Day 2: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Trekking tour
Early breakfast then report at the UWA information office where you will be fully briefed on the do’s and don’ts while in the forest. With your packed lunch set off with your guide (s) for the adventure. The track may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 7 hours but from the time the first Gorilla or Gorilla family is spotted, you are only allowed to spend a maximum of one hour with them as they go about their activities. The experience of observing these endangered gentle giants is a humbling and exciting adventure.
Return to your camp/ lodge from where you will relive those special moments with friends over a drink. Over night stay at Gahinga Lodge or Kisoro Travelers.
Day 3: Kisoro – Kampala Safari Drive
After early breakfast, start the drive back to Kampala with a stop over for lunch enroute and other places of interest like souvenir selling points along the highway. Arrive Kampala late afternoon / early evening.