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MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK – OVERVIEW

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park. It covers approximately 34 sq km and borders the DRC and Rwanda on the south western tip of Uganda. It is roughly 510 km from Kampala which is Uganda’s capital city.

There are three extinct volcanoes that are found in the park, these are: – Mt. Muhuvura, Mt. Gahinga and Mt. Sabinyo. The peak of Muhavura has a small crater lake and is the highest point in the park rising to 4,127 metres.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the last remaining habitats of the mountain gorilla found on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains. The gorillas are its main attraction but other large mammals found in the park include bushbuck, elephant, leopard, aardvark, honey badger and jackal. Booking to see the gorillas must be made well in advance and only a small group of visitors are allowed to see them at any given time.

Where to Stay:

There are motels in nearby Kisoro and Kabale. Mount Mghinga Rest Camp offering superb views of the Rift Valley and lies under the towering volcanos. Accommodation is available in tents or large bandas, each having its adjoining toilet and bush shower. Meals are served daily. There is also a camp of climbers within the park.

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