Located in south western Uganda in particular Kisoro district, Mgahinga gorilla national park is the smallest park in Uganda at about 33.7km. However it is also one of the most dramatic for it lies on the northern slopes of Mts. Muhavura, Mgahinga and Sabinyo, which are the three volcanoes that create a stunning regional backdrop.
These 3 peaks form the Albertine rift valley and are divided between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Virungas are home to more than half of the worlds population of the endangered mountain gorilla. 380 individuals are said to be roaming in the volcanoes while the remaining 340 live nearby in Ugandas Bwindi impenetrable national park. Mgahinga national park has got two wet seasons; February- May and September – December. The maximum amount of rainfall in a year is 250mm of rainfall and July the driest with just 10mm.
What to do:
Gorilla tracking is the parks most popular activity. It merits a visit simply to appreciate the beautiful scenery. A choice of hikes allows for all abilities, which range from the 8 hour return trip to the summit of Mt. Muhavura to a gentle stroll across the lower slopes beneath the magnificent three peak backdrop. Other popular tourist activities here include mountain hiking, and visiting the Batwa pygmies and the Garama Cave where you will be entertained by the Batwa music at the end of the Batwa Trail.
Where to stay:
Up market accommodation is available at Ntebeko. There is also alternative accommodation in Kisoro Tourist Hotel, Kisoro Travelers Inn, and other places in and around Kisoro. Camping is also available near the base of Mt. Mgahinga.