Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in southwestern Uganda and is part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area, which also encompasses protected areas in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is situated in the Virunga Mountains and covers approximately 34 square kilometers (13 square miles). Though small in size, Mgahinga is immensely important both ecologically and culturally, and it offers visitors a chance to experience a diverse range of flora and fauna in a relatively compact area.

One of the park's primary attractions is its population of mountain gorillas, a critically endangered species. Visitors can go on guided gorilla tracking expeditions, which are not only thrilling but also contribute to the conservation of these magnificent creatures. The revenue generated from permits and tourism helps fund conservation initiatives and supports local communities, creating a sustainable model for both human development and environmental protection.

Besides mountain gorillas, Mgahinga is home to other remarkable wildlife, including golden monkeys, another endangered primate species that can be tracked in the park. Buffalo, elephants, and various antelope species also inhabit the area, although they are more elusive. The park is a haven for birdwatchers as well, with over 115 recorded bird species, some of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley.

Mgahinga offers more than wildlife viewing. It's also a place of great cultural significance, especially for the Batwa people, indigenous hunter-gatherers who were among the forest's first inhabitants. The Batwa Trail is a cultural experience that allows visitors to learn about traditional forest life, including herbal medicine, bamboo cup making, and hunting techniques.

In terms of natural beauty, the park features three main volcanic peaks: Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabyinyo. Each offers trekking opportunities, with varying degrees of difficulty and length. The peaks provide stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape, including views into Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In summary, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers a unique blend of ecological richness, cultural heritage, and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you're interested in up-close encounters with some of the world's most endangered primates, eager to immerse yourself in local culture, or looking to challenge yourself with a volcanic trek, Mgahinga provides a diverse range of experiences that make it a must-visit destination for any nature lover or adventure seeker.

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Geeky Facts about Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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The park is home to 300 mountain gorillas and they are free to cross the borders between DRC, Rwanda and Uganda.

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Three extinct volcanoes are located within the park.

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Mgahinga is Uganda’s smallest national park.

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Gorillas & Hiking Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains

Gorillas & Hiking Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains

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6 Days Gorilla And Golden Monkey Trekking Mgahinga National Park

6 Days Gorilla And Golden Monkey Trekking Mgahinga National Park

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3-Days Mountain Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Tracking Safari - Budget

3-Days Mountain Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Tracking Safari - Budget

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£975 / person

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