Reliable sources tell us that some
Twenty or so Gorillas from Conservation in the Virunga of Hirwa have crossed over
to Mountain Mgahinga National Park in the Southern Western Uganda for at least
a week now.
Mountain gorillas move freely crossing these geographical borders shared by Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo in what is known as the Greater Virunga Landscape. The mountain gorillas came from the Northern part of Rwanda known as Kinigi and they are now camped in Mgahinga. This is not the first time this is happening, until a couple of years ago, it was not possible to book gorilla permits in M’gahinga because the Mgahinga family had migrated across.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is perched in
the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, this
was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense
forests, and it is an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey.
As well as being important for
wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the
indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s
“first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivaled. Just
let you know that despite of massive campaigns for developments, educations this
Batwa group of people have decided to keep a silent ear.
Mgahinga is part of the Greater Virunga Landscape, which is also part of the Albertine Rift .It is richest in endemic and threatened species including all of the world’s mountain gorillas, grauers gorilla and the chimpanzee. Containing eight national parks, four forest reserves and three wildlife reserves, this landscape straddles the border of Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Virunga, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwenzori National Parks are world heritage sites, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Lake George