Mgahinga Gorilla National Park



This reserve 300 mi/485 km southwest of Kampala protects the mountain gorillas of the Uganda portion of Virunga volcano range. At only 21 sq mi/34 sq km, this is Uganda's smallest park. It's a pristine swath of tropical rain forest and bamboo, which gorillas love to eat. One group of habituated gorillas can be visited there, but they sometimes nip over the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so gorilla-tracking is not guaranteed. Other attractions include the rare and beautiful golden monkey and the spectacular views to the Virunga peaks. Gorilla-tracking permits must be obtained in advance through the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Entebbe.

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