Mgahinga National Park is located in the far South western part of Uganda near the town of Kisoro. The entire park is located in Bufumbira County .It’s sited on the slopes of Virunga Mountains and it’s near by Volcano National Park in Rwanda and the virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It’s about 500kms (8-10) hour’s drive from Kampala via Mbarara and Kibale.It’s the smallest National Park in Uganda about (34sqkm). It’s very important as it is one of the two parks in Uganda that offers habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla. It can be visited at any time as long as the gorillas are around.
The Park is also a home of over 40 mammal species recorded. These include buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, leopards, bush pigs and many more. 80 bird species have been recorded, including Rwenzori turaco, crowned hornbill, black kite and many more. Mgahinga hosts a population of golden monkeys and a few families of mountains gorilla.
Gorilla tracking. This is the major tourist activity in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Tracking gorillas in the thick forest starts from 8.30 and it can take 3-8 hours.
Guided walks to the Garama cave which is 342m long and 14 deep. Is one of the caves where the Batwa fought their neighbors the Bantu, so visitors are able to watch this place and is now inhabited by bats. Takes 3-4 hours.
Volcano climbing .The Park offers the visitors an opportunity to climb the mountain for those who are physically fit. Climbing take place on mountain Gahinga3474m, Mt.Muhavura4127m, Mt.Sabinyo 3669m and it takes between 5-6 hours.
Bird watching. The guide will help visitors to spot unique bird species. The park has over 80 bird species include Ibis, Whydah, and Speckled Mouse birds among others.
Local community tours. The Park is also surrounded by different local communities including the Pygmy Batwa African tribe which in the past lived by hunting and gathering fruits. So a trip to this village gives visitors chance to interact with these people, visit their homesteads, and display their tradition dance. And also the Bafumbira who are majorly famers so they share their methods faming with the visitors.
Accommodation. Visitors to this park can be accommodated in nearby hotels in Kisoro and Kabale.
Mount Mgahinga Lodge. It’s a luxury lodge located near Mgahinga gorilla national park on Lake Mutanda.
Nkuringo safari Lodge. It’s located near Mgahinga Gorilla Park, it offers affordable luxury accommodation facilities.
Travelers Hotel. This is a moderate hotel with self contained rooms and offers basic accommodation facilities to the visitors.so it’s a good place to have a rest from.
Others include Mubano Hotel, Virunga Hotel, and Mgahinga safari Lodge.
At the Park gate, there is a community Camp ground with ample space for camping