Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda’s smallest park features the most breathtaking landscape. This park lies in the Virunga Massif area, encompassing 3 inactive volcanoes – Mount Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo volcanoes. These landforms are typical land formation of volcanic eruption along the rift valley area.
Considering the presence of the Virunga Volcanoes, Mgahinga NP is without doubt the best place to visit for volcanic hiking. A hike to the peak of Sabyinyo involves conquering the steep/rugged slopes and you will spend about 8 hours. This volcano rises at altitude of 3669 meters, Gahinga Volcano 3474 meters and Muhabura Volcano 4127m.
Geography of Mgahinga Park in Uganda
Mgahinga Park is geographically situated in the far Southwestern Uganda. Near to this spectacular protected area are other beautiful tourist sites including Lake Mutanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Virunga National Park and Volcanoes National Park. It was established in 1991 the same year when Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park was gazetted.
The park spans on 33.7 sq.km of land area, rising high at an altitude of 2227 to 4127m. It forms part of the River Nile watershed area with its boundaries spanning towards the Virunga NP Congo and Rwanda Volcanoes N/Park. If you are in Kisoro, you can drive for 15 km to Mgahinga NP and from Kabale, the park is 55 km.