Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga was awarded "Best Trip 2012" by National Geographic and we totally agree. The area is remote and untouched, and the park offers fantastic and strenuous hiking opportunities. Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo can all be climbed in one (long) day from the park headquarters.
Please note the road from Kisoro to Mgahinga is in very bad condition (volcanic stones), and therefore we advice to take it very slowly.
The smallest national park in Uganda protects the Ugandan portion of the Virunga Mountains, a chain of extinct volcanoes forming part of a cross-border system of continuous reserves in Rwanda and DRC. Mgahinga was gazetted a National Park with the primary aim of providing sanctuary to the rare mountain gorilla, some 300 of which live in the Virungas. However, the gorilla families do not live permanently in this park, and migrate freely between Uganda and the neighbouring Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. Mgahinga is well worth a visit, though, if you are interested in panoramic views and great hiking. It is best to visit the National Park office in Kisoro for updated information on where the gorillas are residing.