Mgahinga National Park, though the smallest in Uganda, offers a diverse range of activities and attractions for tourism. The park covers 33 square kilometers of land and is surrounded by three majestic volcanoes: Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Muhavura, and Mountain Sabyinyo.
Mgahinga National Park is renowned for being one of the last remaining habitats of the world’s mountain gorillas. The Nyakagezi gorilla family is the only habituated gorilla group open for tourism in the park, although they occasionally cross into Rwanda. Besides gorillas, the park is home to various other primates, such as golden monkeys, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and more.
The main activities in Mgahinga National Park are:
Gorilla trekking permits for Mgahinga National Park are sold and issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Due to high demand, it is recommended to book your permit well in advance, sometimes even up to a year ahead of your planned trek. The cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Mgahinga National Park is $700 per person per day.
By Road: The park can be accessed by road from Kampala to Kabare and then to Kisoro. The drive from Kampala is approximately 540 km and takes around 8 to 9 hours. From Kabale, it is about 80 km, taking around 2 hours on a bumpy road.
By Air: Daily domestic flights depart from Kajjansi Airstrip or Entebbe Airport to Kisoro Airstrip. Transfer vehicles can be arranged to take you to Mgahinga National Park, or charter flights can be organized upon request.
Mgahinga National Park offers a range of accommodations, including luxury, moderate, and budget options. Some of the available accommodations include Volcanoes Camp, camping options, Traveler’s Inn, and Kisoro Tourist Hotel. Visitors can choose accommodations close to the park or in Kisoro town.
Mgahinga National Park is open for tourists year-round, as the Nyakagezi gorilla family has been consistently present in Uganda. However, trekking can be more challenging during the severe rainy seasons when the gorillas move to steeper slopes seeking bamboo for food.
The duration of gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park can vary from 2 hours to three-quarters of the day, depending on the mobility of the gorillas. Finding the gorillas is not always predictable, as they might search for new feeding grounds or hide after conflicts with other wild families. Once located, a ranger guide leads the group of tourists to the gorillas’ location.
Visitors to Mgahinga National Park should pack the following essentials:
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