Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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About Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park covering an area of 33.7 km². The park is bordered by the Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda.

Though the park is small, it protects mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests; it is also important habitat for the endangered Golden Monkeys and other fauna on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. The park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivalled.

The park’s major activity is gorilla tracking since it’s one of the few places in the world where the endangered mountain gorilla’s live and it attract people from different countries to come for Uganda Gorilla Safari. Others activities carried out in the park include mountain/Volcano Climbing, Cultural Encounters with the indigenous Batwa hunter-gathers and fierce warriors who depend on the forest for shelter, food and medicine, Birding, Nature Walks and Hiking around the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes which gives visitors the chance to spot forest birds.