BIRD WATCHING IN MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK
Mgahinga National Park is the smallest Park located in southwestern Uganda in Kisoro district, offering beyond traveler’s expectations, straddling the borders to the west by Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and boarded to the south by Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda.
Mgahinga National Park adds up the Virunga Conservation Area that constitutes Virunga National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Mgahinga National Park is home to three mountains that form the great Virunga Massif. Mgahinga National Park Mountains include Mount Muhabura, standing at 4127 meters above sea level; Mount Sabinyo, standing at 3645 meters; and Mount Gahinga, standing at 3475 meters.
Mgahinga National Park bird watching is interesting because it’s a birder’s haven to about 180 bird species, including the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, due to different vegetation zones forming a home for different birds.
Mgahinga national park birds can easily be identified by their calls and singing by keen birders. Travelers can take a guided birding tour with a professional local tour guide who can lead you along the buffalo wall trail or a shorter birding trail.
Mgahinga is estimated to have about 180 birds living there, including Rwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Kivu Ground Thrush, Olive Woodpecker, Chubs Cisticola, Crowned Hornbills, and African Hill Babblers, among others.
Mgahinga national park birding can be done at any time of the year, but the best time is the dry seasons of Mid-June to September and November to February yearly because birds are breeding, which rewards travelers with the view of different bird species.