Mgahinga Park Guide

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Adventure Through Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga is a unique destination because it is the only National Park in Uganda where “Silver meets Gold”- the only Park where you find both the mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys in Uganda. Come Visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Go Gorilla Trekking, Enjoy Hiking, Sightseeing & More.

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Mgahinga National Park Safaris & Travel Planner

Welcome to the Mgahinga National Park Safari Planner, an online guide dedicated to exploring the Mgahinga National Park. This guide aims at helping travelers enjoy and make the most of their gorilla safari holiday to this amazing national park located in South Western Uganda. Find information about the park, things to see and do, travel tips and more.

About the Park

Mgahinga National Park is the smallest of Uganda’s national parks covering an area of about 38 kms. It is the Ugandan part of the bigger Virunga Conservation Area, which is a jointly protected area comprising of the Virunga National Park in Congo and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The park includes three extinct volcanoes: Mount Sabinyo (3.669 m.), Mount Gahinga (3.474 m.) and Mount Muhavura (4.127 m.). “Mgahinga” is named after Mount Gahinga plus the initial of Mount Muhavura.


The vegetation is the one typical of afromontane areas, with a consistent bamboo forest. There are 76 mammal species recorded, including buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden monkeys, leopards. 115 bird species have been recorded, including Rwenzori turaco, crowned hornbill, black kite and crowned crane. Mgahinga hosts a population of golden monkeys and a few families of mountains gorillas called Nyakagezi a trans-boundary specie.


Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a small park but with many unique and interesting tourism activities.

  • The main tourist activity attracting tourists to Mgahinga National Park is gorilla trekking, an activity which involves watching the mountain gorillas in the wild. Though sometimes the gorillas migrate to Rwanda, if you are looking to tracking the gorillas in Mgahinga, you can enquire about the movement of the only one habituated family of mountain gorillas.
  • Mountain Hiking is another thing to do in Mgahinga National Park. Each of the three volcanoes can be climbed with a day trip hike as recommended by the lonely planet, without a special mountain equipment.
  • Batwa Experience – Visits are organized to the Garama Cave, near the Park Head Quarter in Ntebeko, which is 432 m. in length and was once inhabited by the pygmies population.
  • A number of one day nature walks are available from the gate at Ntebeko (the Sabinyo Gorge trail and Rugezi Swamp trail), especially for bird watching activities, visit to the Batwa cultural centre and the Golden monkey trekking is now famous.


Mgahinga National Park can be accessed by road or air transport.
Kisoro Town at the foot of Mt. Muhavura is about 540km from Kampala and takes about 8 hours via Kabale on an excellent paved road surface. Public transport by bus is available on a daily basis.
Mgahinga is located 13 km from Kisoro town and can be accessed by Public transport.
Kisoro Town can also be accessed by air. The town boasts of a bitumen runway Airfield at Nyakabande.

Travel Tips

Have you decided to take a a gorilla safari to Mgahinga National Park? Congratulations! You won’t regret it – now let us start planning your safari so once you step foot in the park you can be awed by the the gorillas, scenic beauty, and wildlife, and not distracted by the logistics of the trip itself.

Things to Know

Find here the different things you need to know before you go to Mgahinga, check our page to find information about information on how to get there, when to go, weather and climate, things to pack and more so that you can enjoy a stress free holiday.

Tours and Safaris
Decide how you’ll travel to Mgahinga National Park. Whether you are looking to taking a gorilla safari or looking to take a hiking trip, there are lots of options for you! Find packaged safaris offered by trusted tour operators, selected trip itineraries to help you create a custom trip and more.

How to Get There

Most who visit the park take a road trip vacation either starting from Kampala or Kigali in Rwanda. There are also options to fly to a smaller airport near the park. Once you get to the park, you’ll need a vehicle, bike, or tour transportation to get around.

Things to Do

Choose the various things to do on a holiday in Mgahinga National Park. Are you interested in a gorilla trek to the habituated gorilla group or you are interested in only sightseeing? Though small in size, Mgahinga National Park offers great opportunities to enjoy your adventure. Are you interested in hiking or you are looking to golden monkey tracking? Visit our Vacation Ideas page to get suggested itineraries and tips on traveling on a budget. Decide what you want to do and see before you search for lodging or camping locations.

How to Book

Get all the information you need to know about how to book activities, tours, safari lodges and more from this section. Get exclusive information to help you reserve your hotel or campsite, gorilla permits, rental cars or bus tickets, tours and safaris etc. Depending on what time of year you are visiting the park you’ll want to reserve most of these element early enough in advance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_widget_sidebar title=”Discover Mgahinga” sidebar_id=”page”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row”][vc_column][foundry_text_image layout=”box-left” image=”514″][vc_column_text]

Mgahinga National Park Safaris

There are lots of things you can do in Mgahinga National Park. From popular gorilla safaris that involve hiking in the forest to meet the Nyakagezi Group to hiking volcanoes, golden monkey trekking, birding and Batwa Trails, your visit to Mgahinga will be a rewarding experience. Here are the top safari offers for Mgahinga National Park.

  • 3 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Trek
  • 4 Days Mgahinga Gorillas & Golden Monkey Trekking
  • 3 Days Volcanoes Hiking

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