Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of Uganda’s new parks and the smallest one covering 33 sq km. It is found in the southern end of Uganda on the volcano Mountains that are composed of three ranges. The highest peak in these rages is on Mt. Muhavura at an altitude of 4,127meters above sea level.
Gahinga where the National Park got the name is the oldest but the shortest at 3,474 meters above sea level. The 3rd one is Sabinyo at 3,669meters above sea level which is shared by the three Countries Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mountain Gorilla and Golden monkey trekking plus bird watching are the main activities here.     Mountain climbing and caving are the other popular activities in this park. This is one of the sites you have to go looking for the Albertine Rift Endemic species like the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, and Shelley’s Crimsonwing among others. However, there are other birds of interest like Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Dusky Turtle Dove, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Malachite Sunbird, and Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird among others.  

There is Gahinga Lodge that belongs to Volcanoes Safaris a km from the visitor’s center, Travelers’ rest, Tourist Hotel among others in Kisoro town. The park is 14 km from Kisoro town. It is 555 km from Kampala the country’s Capital, and it takes about 8-9hr drive.  

Activities carried out in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park


There are many activities you can participate in on your tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park safari holiday.

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Gorilla Trekking

Mountain gorillas are among the the most endangered primate species that are only found in three countries in the world. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the four national parks that inhabit the forested mountains in southwestern Uganda

The Golden Monkey Trekking

The Golden monkey’s preferred habitat abounds in bamboo and forest zones, and their movement or shift in location depends on the prevailing season and climatic changes. When the ripening season is on (usually the Dry season), these primates stay still in a particular area of occupancy, similarly when the rainy seasons that promote germination and shooting of bamboo begins

Bird Watching in Mgahinga Gorilla National park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is blessed with a unique bird fauna; 79 bird species have thus far been recorded within the park, including several species endemic to the East Congo Montane region. Notable bird species include Rwenzori Turaco, Crowned Hornbill, Black Kite and Crowned Crane, Handsome Francolin, Dusky Turtle Dove, Alpine Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Montane Double-collared Sunbird.

Mountain Hiking

Hiking the Virunga Volcanies in Mgahinga can be fun and really rewarding because there are lots of attractions you will meet during your hike. If you like hiking in some of the most pristine forests Africa has to offer Mgahinga shouldn’t be missed! There are lots of tours available to park.

The Batwa People (Pygmies)

Have you heard about the “people of the forest”? Have you had the chance to meet them during your visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?
The Batwa have a rich oral tradition that includes storytelling, songs, and dance. These forms of communication are used to pass down their history, myths, and cultural knowledge from one generation to the next. They often speak their own distinct languages or dialects, but they may also speak the languages of the dominant groups in the regions where they reside.


Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is open for gorilla trekking the whole year, but the best times are during the drier seasons from June to August and December to January. At these times the trails tend to be easier to navigate and spending a precious hour with the gorillas might be more pleasant when it isn’t raining.

Book your trip with trusted tour operator and enjoy the ultimate experience of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park!