A mountain gorilla in Uganda

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Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the far south-western corner of Uganda. The huge cones of the Virunga Volcanoes, Muhavura (4,127m) , Sabinyo (3,645m) and Gahinga (3,474m), dominate the landscape here at Uganda’s smallest national park. Although it may be Uganda’s smallest national park at at only 33 km², however the Parc National des Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda combine to create a conservation area of 434 km².

The lower slopes consist of high altitude savannah woodland with lots of moss and lichens, this emerges into bamboo and mountain forests; all delicacies to a mountain gorilla. Mgahinga gorilla national park is home to around 50 mountain gorilla individuals in five groups. The Nyakagezi is the only Mgahinga mountain gorilla group which are habituated to humans. This process of habituation can take up to two years. Each day a group of mountain gorilla trackers from the Ugandan wildlife Authority will locate a family group and spend the day close to the group making calming vocalisations or pretending to eat leaves and behave as much like a gorilla as possible. It can take several months before the hand or face of a curious individual is seen through the bushes. Only when the male silverback feels comfortable in the presence of the trackers can a proper study and communication with the mountain gorilla group begin.

Although gorilla tracking in Mgainga Gorilla National Park can take an entire day it is generally less physically demanding than that at Bwindi National Park however the Nyakagezi Group are inclined to cross over the border into either Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo on occasions.

Mgahinga's direct association with mountain gorillas and its comparatively small size leads many people to believe that there not much more to the park, however this is anything but the case. The three peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes, Muhavura, Sabinyo and Gahinga; hiking here can be an incredible experience as you ascend through several different climatic zones and ecological habitats.