MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

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This particular safari destination’s main attraction is the mountain gorillas. Mgahinga gorilla national park as its name was created to give protection to the mountain gorillas that live in its dense forests, and it’s also an important habitant for the endangered golden Monkeys.

This Gorilla is one of the amazing and smallest parks in Uganda where the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas will be found.

 

 Located in the southwestern corner of Uganda, the Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura at 4,127 m, Mt. Gahinga at 3,474 m, and Mt. Sabinyo 3,645 m. The Park is about 10 km south of Kisoro and is bordered to the south by the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and to the west by the Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This Park has great biological importance as it provides refuge for mountain plants and variety of wildlife, which moved up or down the slopes as climate became warmer or cooler.  This includes 39 mammals of these including the Mountain gorillas, buffaloes and elephants, also endangered golden monkeys. Others include; giant forest hogs, bushbucks, leopards, spotted hyenas, black fronted duikers among others. It also has around 79 bird species such as White-necked ravens, Black kite, Pin-tailed whydahs, Double-collared sunbirds, Speckled mouse birds, Paradise flycatchers, Hadad Ibis, Whydahs among others.

For generations, Mgahinga’s dense forests were home to the indigenous Batwa: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine.

When the national park was established the Batwa were evicted from the forest and abandoned their low-impact, nomadic lifestyle. The only time they are permitted to re-enter their cherished forest is as tour guides on the Batwa Trail, on which visitors will discover the magic of the Batwa’s ancient home while enjoying nature walks and learning about the cultural heritage.

 

The Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques, gather honey, point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups. Guests are invited to the sacred Garama Cave, once a refuge for the Batwa, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a moving sense of the richness of this fading culture.

Mgahinga gorilla national park has very beautiful lodges with in and around the park that range from budget to luxury that you can choose for your stay. These safari lodges cost between $40 to $500 per night.

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