The park takes its Name from ‘’Gahinga’’ – a Local word that means Piles of Volcanic Stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the Volcanoes. The Park was gazetted in 1991 following the British declaration of the Area as a game Sanctuary in 1930. The Park sits high in the "clouds", at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests as well as the endangered golden monkeys. Further More, The Park is well known for its Cultural Significance, in Particular for the Indigenous Self sufficient Batwa Pygmies who are the hunter gatherers and the Indigenous People of the Mgahinga Forest whose ancient Secret Knowledge remains unrivalled.
Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.