Mgahinga National Park

December 4, 2019
Uganda Parks

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southwestern corner of Uganda. The Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), Mt. Gahinga (3,474 m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m). The Park is about 10 km south of Kisoro and is bordered to the south by the Republic of Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of these countries protects its own portion of the Virungas, in the Parc National des Volcans and Parc National des Virunga respectively. The three parks together form the 434-sq. km. Virunga Conservation Area or VCA. Mgahinga is 33.7 sq. km, just 8% of the VCA. The entire Park is in Bufumbira County of Kisoro District.


  • In addition to mountain gorillas, a troop of golden monkeys, which are endemic to the Albertine Rift.
  • Other mammals resident in the park (but rarely seen) include: golden cats, side-striped jackals, giant forest hogs, bushpigs, buffaloes and elephants.
  • Over 180 bird species have been recorded and several are localized forest birds
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