MGAHINGA National Park

Mgahinga is Uganda’s smallest national park which was established with a main purpose of protecting the mountain gorillas of the Ugandan sector of the Virunga Conservation area that straddle Rwanda and the D.R.C. Of the 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, 300 are found in the Virunga Volcanoes, whilst the other 300 are in the nearby Bwindi National Park. Mgahinga is a dense tropical rainforest on the lower slopes of the volcanoes where the vegetation includes bamboo and lots of lichens and mosses – delicacies to a mountain gorilla.

There is only one group of mountain gorillas in Mgahinga that is habituated to humans. Known as the Nyakagezi group, these gorillas can be visited on a gorilla track. A Mgahinga safari will take you to the richly forested Virunga Volcanoes for an audience with a mountain gorilla.