Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; Trek Uganda’s Volcanic kingdom.
Within the captivating natural wonderland of East Africa, deep in Uganda the Pearl of Africa, lies a sanctuary of extraordinary natural beauty and untamed awe-inspiring wilderness known as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, a majestic natural home for the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
The Park spans over an area of 33 square kilometers and is located in the southern region of Uganda in the Kisoro District. The park stands as a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Ugandan landscape.
The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is bordered by the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda in the south and bordered by the Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west.
Mgahinga National Park is smallest national park in Uganda, and it is part of the larger Virunga Conservation area that spans over the three countries (Rwanda, Congo and Uganda).
Wildlife in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Flora and fauna
The slopes of Mgahinga gorilla National Park are covered with a series of distinct of vegetation such as grass and bush and the untamed vegetation includes the montane woodland, the bamboo zone, montane forest, Rwenzori-Virunga montane moorlands, Albertine rift montane forest, alpine and tree heath and the Ericaceous zone which contains giant trees.
The park is also a home to 39 species of mammals in that include elephants, leopards, buffaloes, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, black fronted duikers, rodents, bushbucks among others.
Mgahinga gorilla national park’s famous residents are the mountain gorillas that live within the forest. Other primate species in the park include the golden monkey, black and white colobus monkeys and chimpanzees inclusive.
The Park is home to over 79 bird species including the Rwenzori turaco, crowned hornbill, black kite crowned crane, blue headed coucal, speckled mouse bird, pin-tailed whydahs, double-collared sunbird, waxbills, grey-capped warblers, Rwenzori turacos, dusky crimson wings, archer’s ground robin, montane nightjars, mountain masked apalis, grauer’s swamp warblers, Kivu ground thrush, Rwenzori Batis, handsome spur fowl, red-faced woodland warblers, paradise flycatchers, fire finch and others