How to get to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
How to get to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park: The park is the smallest of all national parks in Uganda and is located in the southwestern of Uganda. It extends to northern slopes of the three Virunga Volcanoes and these are; Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m), and Mt. Gahinga (3,474 m) in south of Kisoro and is bordering Volcanoes national park to the south, Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west by. To access Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for a Gorilla Safari can be done either by Air or Road transport.
Most people travel on organized safari that are arranged by various tour operators. If you are looking for an independent trip, you should consider driving to the park or using public transport as per our resource information. On this website, you can also check out our road trip ideas. Once you get to the park, you hike through the park on foot.
By road, travelers can access Mgahinga Gorilla park by use of a car from Kampala via Kabale to Kisoro. This journey takes about 8-10 hours. It is 510km from Kampala; the most commonly used route passes through Kabale and Kisoro. The 434km journey from Kampala to Kabale can be completed in 8 hours on good tarmac. It is then a further 76km to Kisoro town on a mountainous tarmac road with steep ascents and descents.
An attractive route, alternative route leaves the main road at Kabale and follows the shoreline of the superbly scenic Lake Bunyonyi to rejoin the Kabale-Kisoro main road at its halfway point at Muko.
Ntebeko, the main entrance to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is 14km from Kisoro at the end of a dirt road with some steep and rocky sections.
Mgahinga can be reached from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. From Bwindi’s southern gorilla tracking trail heads at Nkuringo and Rushaga, Kisoro lies 28km south and Mgahinga 14km beyond. Mgahinga is almost four hours drive from the main trailhead at Buhoma. Dirt roads from Buhoma pass the Ruhija trailhead to join the Kabale-Kisoro tarmac road (see above).
Domestic Airlines & Flights in Uganda
One can board a plane from Entebbe to Kisoro Airstrip which is near the park with fly Uganda and Aerolink run scheduled domestic flights to most parks. This is the quickest mode of access and it takes about 1 hour. There are daily scheduled flights which must be booked long in advance with your local Uganda safari operator.