Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a park in south western Uganda. It covers an area of about 33.3sqkm. This national park sits high in the highest peaks of the volcano. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park mostly inhabits rare endangered species of primates like the golden monkey, the mountain Gorillas and beautiful bird species that reside in its beautiful dense forests. It sits high up , at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127. As its name origins mean volcanic piles ‘gahinga’. It’s on the volcanic ranges called Virunga that lies at the boarder Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Mgahinga’s most distinct features are the three volcanic ranges; extinct though, these ranges have extreme fertility to grow impenetrable trees, but also crops to feed the indigenous people and other wildlife in the park. They also have different eco systems from other volcanoes and this contributes to a great scenery and great biology life.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also has rare species of Gorillas that are rare and nomadic in type in that they move to all the three countries, they are very big and live in both groups and single life. This park also habits golden monkeys; can you believe a golden monkey? Yes they exist, very beautiful, white heads, golden and quick but also friendly. You will see this and more.
The park also holds cultural significance to the indigenous people the ‘Batwa’. These people are believed to have abilities like the gorillas they have stayed so much amongst, they can live in trees, eat wild food , hunt meat and roast it in wild fire, then they refuse to be civilized, to stay in homes and accept electricity, they are also mostly pigmies about 100 cm, or 150 cm maximum. But these people have a lot of knowledge about the forest and on interactions with them you will enjoy their narration and histories of the park.
Be certain to look at this park on your adventures in Uganda.
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