Uganda's smallest and probably most scenic National Park is situated in the extreme South-Western corner of the Country, forming part of a large conservation area of about 33sqkm that straddles political boundaries to to include Parc de Volcanoes in Rwanda and Parc de Virungas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three extinct Volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga range, lie within the boundaries of the Ugandan portion of this biologically rich area.

Mountain gorillas form the main attraction at Mgahinga National Park, which protects the Ugandan portion of the Virungas, an imposing string of nine freestanding extinct and active volcanoes that runs along the border with Rwanda and the Congo.


South-Western corner bordering Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo

Getting there

One day drive from Kampala to Kisoro where public transport (Taxis) can take you to the park gate.

What to do

Gorilla tracking (Gorillas are at times cross border) limited to a maximum of 6 people per day – Permits must be pre-booked at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala. Nature Guided walks through a variety of wildlife, Volcano climbing at Muhavura, Sabinyo and Gahinga, Bird watching and monkey viewing.

When to visit

The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August. The best time, the best months of the year would be December to late February and from June to September.

Who to contact

A list of tour operators and agents is available to guide you through. You can choose from our directory.

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