Mgahinga National park is located southwest of Uganda in Kisoro district, among the Virunga volcanic mountain chain. The park lies along the northern slopes of Mt. Gahinga, Mt. Sabyinyo and Mt. Muhabura all of which are part of the six Virunga mountain chain marking the southern limit of the Albertine rift valley belonging to 3 countries that is the DR congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Each of The mentioned countries manages its part of the Virunga region with the Uganda side being the Mgahinga national park, the Rwabda part being the Volcanoes national park and the Congo portion being the Virunga national park. All these parks are home to the endangered montain gorilla. This is the smallest Uganda national park at 33.7km
How To get there
The Park can be accessed by road 510km from Kampala driving for about 8 hours south west of Uganda to Kisori district. If on a Safari, you can reach Mgahinga national park from Queen Elizabeth NP about 3-4 hours or Lake Mburo NP or Bwindi NP about 5-7 hours.
You can also also use a charter a flight to Kisori airstrip and can drive to the park head offices.
Also the park can be reached from Rwanda just in one hour crossing from Rwanda to southern Uganda vi the Cyanika border. Then drive to Kisori town on a rough road and to the park head offices.
Gorilla Tracking in the park
The main activity in this park is gorilla tracking, and the park has one habituated gorilla family ready for tourists to visit. This gorilla family has just recently stabled in the park as it previously used to migrate between the 3 gorilla conservation area, which include the Volcanoes national park, the Mgahinga national park and the Virunga national park.
Gorilla permits to track Mgahinga gorillas are bought from the Uganda Wildlife Authorities offices in Kampala.