Situated in the southwest of Uganda, Mgahinga National Park is one of the two national parks in Uganda that host the exciting mountain gorillas that is to say itself and Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Mgahinga is one of the most visited national parks in the country for the exciting activities and attractions it’s associated with, especially the mountain gorilla and golden monkey tracking activities.
The National Park also shelters other small primates especially the l’hoest, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys alongside other exciting mammals. Mgahinga National Park is known for its stunning scenery of the extinct volcanoes.
It is important to remember that this national park hosts three of the eight Virunga mountain ranges, that is to say, Mount Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga. They are characterized by thick tropical rainforests on their bases and slopes, lush flora and beautiful views as they protrude through the clouds. Mgahinga National Park is the smallest national park in the country seated on an area of approximately 33.9 square kilometers.
About the Park
Mgahinga was established as a national park in 1991 after being a game reserve since the 1930s. The park was established mainly to protect the endangered mountain gorillas that inhabited the region and were on the verge of extinction due to threats from human activities. Before 1991, biological surveys were conducted and rangers were trained to ensure that the gorillas were kept safe from the poachers and the wrath of human activities that were reducing their habitat size and their numbers from time to time. Tourism activities started in 1994 when some of the gentle giants were habituated.