Mgahinga National park is
the smallest park with its 38 sq. km and located in the extreme
southwest corner of Uganda bordering with Virunga National
Park in Congo and Park des Volcanoes in Rwanda. The park is
comprised of parts of three extinct volcanic mountains: Mt
Muhavura (4127m), Mt. Gahinga (3474m) and Mt. Sabinyo (3669m)
which act as an attraction to the mountain climbers. The park
also acts as an attraction because it inhabits a diversity
of mammals in the forest such as the great primate including
3 adult females, 2 silverbacks, 2 juveniles and infants. Other
mammals include buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden monkeys,
giant forest hog, several varieties of small rodents and small
predators.180 species of birds are found here especially the
Rwenzori Turaco and the Red Tufted Malachite Sunbird and crowned
trekking: This is the major tourist activity in Mgahinga Gorilla
National Park. In the park there is one
habituated gorilla family. It consists of 9 members, 2 silverbacks,
3 adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants. Tracking from
this park is easier given that this habituated family is no
longer quite mobile since it has established its base at Nyakagezi.
hiking due to the presence of 3 extinct volcanoes. Mt. Gahinga
(3474 m) takes its name from the small piles of stones found
in the fields called "Gahinga". On the 6 hours round
trip hikers will pass through pure Bamboo forests. Mt. Sabinyo
(3669 m) offers 3 challenging peaks to climb. It takes 8 hours
for a round trip to cover the 14 km stretch. Mt. Muhavura
(4127 m) provides some of the best views of the country. The
hike takes 8 hours round trip covering 12 km.
walk to the Garama cave which is 342m long and 14 deep and
is now inhabited by bats. Sabinyo Gorge trail is of particular
interest to bird watchers and it takes half a day passing
through bamboo forests. Another trail leads to the Rugezi
Swamp where it is possible to see birds, elephants and the
giant forest hog.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has got a number of unique
bird species. The park has so far recorded about 79 bird species
some of which are endemic to the East Congo Montane region.
Common bird species in the park include Ibis, Whydah, Speckled
Mouse birds, and Fire Finch Stonechat, Grey Capped Warbler,
Waxbills, and Yellow-Vented Bulbul.
Community Tour - The park is also surrounded by different
local communities including the Pygmy Batwa African tribe
which in the past lived by hunting and gathering fruits from
Bwindi Impenetrable forest.