Home to the rare mountain gorilla and one of the oldest indigenous cultures in Africa, Mgahinga is a very special place.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest national park in Uganda, covering an area of just under 13 square miles. It shares a border with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga NP and Rwanda’s Volcanoes NP and so is home to some of the most important wildlife in the country.
The most famous of these is of course the mountain gorilla and there is one habituated family to be found here. The landscape is particularly striking with three extinct volcanoes – Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo rising from the dense forests which house the gorillas as well as endangered golden monkeys, elephants, blue monkeys and numerous species of bird.
The cultural significance of this park is also important. The Batwa are an indigenous tribe of hunter-gatherer’s who were the first human inhabitants of the forest and one of the oldest cultures in Africa.