Mgahinga

The park is located at the intersection of three countries - Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo - making it part of the larger Virunga Conservation Area that is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in Africa.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is known for its incredible population of endangered mountain gorillas, making it a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to one habituated gorilla family that can be visited by tourists, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Aside from the gorillas, Mgahinga is also home to a wide variety of other primates, including golden monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and baboons. The park’s diverse habitats support a range of bird species, with over 180 recorded species, making it a haven for birdwatchers.

The park offers several hiking trails, with the most popular being the hike to the summit of Mount Sabinyo, which takes about 8 hours round trip. The summit offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including views of the other two peaks of the Virunga Mountains – Mount Gahinga and Mount Muhabura.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also a cultural hub, with the Batwa people living in the foothills of the park. The Batwa are an indigenous tribe of hunter-gatherers who have lived in the region for centuries. A visit to the Batwa community provides an opportunity to learn about their unique culture, including their traditional hunting and gathering techniques, dance, and music.

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