MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Sharing a border with neighbouring Congo(Parc National des Virunga) and Rwanda(Parc National des Volcans),Mgahinga is the country’s smallest national park and protects the Ugandan part of the ‘Virunga mountains;a range of extinct and active Volcanoes that straddle the border.A tropical rainforest,much of the lower slopes have been depleted by the encroachment of farms,however,the bamboo and alpine forests remain largely intact and offer refuge to visiting gorilla groups from neighbouring Congo and Rwanda.These Gorilla groups frequently ‘pop in’ and take temporary residence for a couple of months at a stretch.Additional wildlife includes Blue Monkeys,Black & White colobus monkey,leopard,forest elephant,giant forest hog as well as numerous species of birds.As well as being famous as a refuge for ‘Gentle Giants’ Mgahinga is also a favourite with hikers who come to explore the many caves and the three volcanoes,which lie partly within the park’s borders.

Mountain gorillas form the main attraction at Mgahinga National Park, which protects the Ugandan portion of the Virungas, an imposing string of nine freestanding extinct and active volcanoes that runs along the border with Rwanda and the Congo.

Memorable Gorilla Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda can be offered by Adventure Trails Uganda .

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