Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Uganda's hidden gem- Mgahinga National Park

by Marin Ritmeijer

Mgahinga was awarded Best Trip destination by National Geographic and Roadtrip Uganda totally agrees. This is Uganda's smallest National Park and surprisingly enough, hardly visited by tourists. Luckily with your roadtrip rental car you have the flexibility to stop wherever you want and you are not tight to a fixed safari group schedule. Read here what exciting things you can do in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and how to get there. 

Hiking and gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park 

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park protects the Ugandan section of the Virunga Mountains; a chain of extinct volcanoes forming part of a cross-border system of nature reserves in Rwanda and DRC. Mgahinga was gazetted a National Park with the primary aim of providing sanctuary to the mountain gorilla, some 300 of which live in the Virungas. The gorilla families do not live permanently in this park though and migrate freely between Uganda and the neighbouring Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. It is best to visit the National Park office in Kisoro for updated information on where the gorillas are residing. Therefore, gorilla trekking in Mgahinga is great for those travellers that like to make up there mind there and then, which is not possible if you want to secure a gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi National Park, as these permits are sold out many weeks /months in advance.

Besides gorilla trekking, Mgahinga is well worth a visit as it offers fantastic and strenuous hiking opportunities, and you have the volcanoes to yourself. Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo can all be climbed in one (long) day from the park headquarters. 

How to get there 

You get to the park headquarters from Kisoro town. Be aware that the road from Kisoro to Mgahinga ( 15 km) is in very bad condition (volcanic stones), so all roadtrippers have to take it very slowly ( < 20 km/ hour).

Interested in other climbing and hiking opportunities in Uganda? Check our blog about Mount Elgon & Sipi Falls and the Ruwenzori Mountains.

Interested in gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park? Check our blog how to organise your gorilla trekking in Uganda.

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