Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
High in the clouds, at an altitude of between two and four thousand metres above sea-level, lies the spectacularly scenic Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Located in the south-western of Uganda, Mgahinga is the smallest park at 33.7km2 and is home to ancient tribe of Batwa Pygmies.
Gorillas can be tracked all year, although they are easier to track in the dry season. The migratory birds visit during the wet season.
- At 33.7 square kilometres, it is Ugandas smallest park
- The park was gazetted as a haven for the endangered mountain gorilla in 1991
- Home to the rare mountain gorilla, the Virungas volcanoes span Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Also home to the Batwa – a tribe of pygmies among the first people in Uganda and still living according to the tenets of their ancient culture.
- Location: South-Western corner bordering Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo
Min 16°C/48°F Max 26°C/78°F
Min 16°C/48°F Max 26°C/78°F
Uganda and Rwanda are both near the Equator. As a result the climate does not change much, this makes both countries all year round destinations. Tropical with temperatures averaging about 26ºC (78ºF) during the day and about 16ºC (48ºF) during the evening. The warmest period is December to February. The rainy season in the South is April to May and October to November with the wettest month being April. In the North the wet season is April to October and the dry season is November to March.
- Best time to travelGorillas can be tracked all year, although they are easier to track in the dry season. The migratory birds visit during the wet season.
- WildlifeMgahinga is an alternative destination to Bwindi for mountain gorilla tracking in Uganda. The habituated gorilla troop is not permanently resident in the park, but often moves across the border to Rwanda and Congo. In addition to mountain gorillas, a troop of habituated golden monkeys, which are endemic to the Albertine Rift, can also be tracked. Other mammals resident in the park (but rarely seen) include: golden cats, side-striped jackals, giant forest hogs, bushpigs, buffaloes and elephants
- LanguagesThe official language in Uganda is English. However, limited English is spoken beyond the main centres.
- Flying to UgandaSeveral International flights land at Entebbe, near the capital city of Kampala. Networks of domestic light aircraft flights provide access to airstrips adjacent to all major parks. Road transfers are also available but due to poor road conditions, this may take considerably longer.
- CurrencyThe currency is the Ugandan Shilling (USh)
Start your adventure in Kampala, Uganda's capital city, then continue west of the country in search of the mountain gorilla in the forests of Bwindi.
Explore the Virungas volcanoes in search of mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorillas reside in this area
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