Mountain Mgahinga | Gahinga Activities

Mountain Mgahinga (Mount Gahinga) (3,474m) is recorded to be a dormant volcano in the Virunga Mountain ranges. It borders two prominent countries Rwanda and Uganda.

Mountain Mgahinga (Gahinga) lies between Sabyinyo and Muhabura, and is the smallest of these three.

Mountain Mgahinga

Mountain Mgahinga over view

Mount Mgahinga is also known in the local Kinyarwanda/Rufumbira language as “a small pile of stones”, and can be seen with a swampy caldera on its peak.

The Mgahinga caldera is about 180 meters wide, It is said that the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also got its name from this volcano.

It has an elevation of 3,474 meters, and forms up the chain of the of 8 volcanic mountains of the Mufumbiro ranges across Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mountain Mgahinga Vegetation: Physically, it consists of the afro-montane with bamboo composing the main vegetation, this habors the endangered mountain gorilla species in the ecological niche.

Other wild life and bird species form up part of the mountain Mgahinga (Gahinga) Ecosystem, a notable key feature being the rare golden monkey.

It is notably seen that Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries.

Areas of Interest: Caves, Trading centres, nature walks, Virungas. Read more here.

Wild life and Birding: Birds, Gold monkeys, Gorillas, Flogs, Butterflies as detailed here.

There is also a key notable feature that with in the outskirts of this prominent feature, there arises the famous lake Bunyonyi which is known for tourists who are holder maker, its flourishing and has interesting activities.

Activities in Mgahinga can be shortlisted below:

Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla:  The Afro-montane and bamboo forests play a big role in the ecosystem of mgahinga, they are habitats for over 300 different bird species.

This activity can stretch further to the amazing sceneries; in the gorge between Mts Gahinga and Sabinyo, through the bamboo forest, and in the montane forest.

Chimpanzee Trekking:  This is the main catcy scene in this environment where many tourists visit the mgahinga national park, known to a habitat for man’s closest, the mountain gorillas that can be seen grooming others, nesting, walking in search for food just like a society of man would be.

Cultural Encounters: [Batwa Trail]: Visit the well-known former homes for the indigenous Batwa, who by then lived in the dense forested of Mgahinga. This is where they got food, shelter and medicine. Be part of the encounter led by one of the batwa member and explore their previous homestead trails

Hiking and Nature walks: You will have a chance to spot out features like rugezi swamp, bamboo forests, different species of forest birds, wild vegetation, butterflies, tortoises, flogs, and many more surrounding features like villages, lakes. As you hike down the foot hills of the mountain.