Kisoro is located in the southwestern part of Uganda, Kisoro district borders both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kisoro is well known as the main hub for mountain gorilla tracking, Both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are found in Kisoro district, gorilla tracking is the main tourist’s activity in Kisoro, Kisoro has several nature-based local activities that can be explored during your visit to Kisoro.
The most popular top attractions and tourist activities in Kisoro that can be done before or after gorilla tracking may include canoeing on Lake Mutanda, Lake Murehe, Rwanda and Congo border walk, Hike Mt Muhabura volcano, hiking King’s (Gisozi), Sabyinyo volcano hike, Mt Gahinga volcano, visit Batwa communities, golden monkey tracking, market visits, and local community visit
Lake Mutanda is very beautiful and adventurous, canoeing is one of the activities that can be done before or after gorilla tracking, while Kisoro Lake Mutanda is one best places you can go for relaxation after volcano hiking or gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest national park or in Mgahinga gorilla national park.
This activity takes place inside Mgahinga gorilla national park. The Batwa Trail was created to showcase the rich heritage of Batwa ( the forest peoples), Batwa people were the original inhabitants of the Mgahinga gorilla national park, Batwa trail takes about 4 to 5 hours for the full hike, on this hike Batwa will demonstrate how they used to fetch water using bamboo, their old ways of hunting, harvesting herbs for medicine and wild honey and many other demonstrations of how they used to live their life in the forest which includes a cultural show by the Batwa community at the Garama cave entrance which is the ceremonial ground for Batwa cultural leaders because a cave is a very important symbolic place in the Batwa culture.
While in the Kisoro area, you can opt to go for the DR-Congo-boarder walking trail, This walk takes you to the Uganda-Congo border and it takes only about 2 hours to walk along the borderline. This walk gives you excellent views of the Kisoro area, Congo, and part of Rwanda, you will also get the opportunity to learn about Rwanda, Uganda, and DR-Congo culture because border communities have a lot to share in common.
Gisozi Caldera is also well known as “Kings Hills” by locals, The Gisozi Caldera is located about 2 kilometers from the main gate and park headquarters of Mgahinga gorilla national park, for those who love natural walking Gisozi caldera hiking is recommended while in Kisoro, the walk takes you through communities, farmlands, homestays and trading centers, and homes. The whole tour/walk to the summit of Gisozi caldera takes about 2 hours of exciting walk.
Golden monkey tracking is another exciting and popular tourist activity in Kisoro, golden monkey tracking is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park and it’s the only place where you track both mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
There is only one habituated golden monkey troop/group so entry permits are in high demand so it’s advisable to book in advance, golden monkey tracking takes about 2-5 hours, contact us for your booking and any other information you may need to know about Uganda.
Mountain gorilla tracking remains the top attraction and tourist activity in Kisoro, and in Africa, Uganda gorilla tracking is done in both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national parks, in total Uganda has over 20 habituated gorilla families/groups open for tourism, the age limit for gorilla tracking is 15 years and above, for anyone to see mountain gorillas must have obtained tracking permit which one must book/purchase 6 months and above in the advance contact Kisoro Tours Uganda we will organize your tour at affordable price.
Mgahinga gorilla national park is composed of three volcanoes which is one of the best for those who love hiking in Africa, Mount Sabyinyo volcano (3645m) in the local language means “the old’s man’s teeth”, Mount Gahinga volcano (3474m) meaning “pile of stones” and Mount Muhabaura volcano (4127m) meaning “the guide”.
Among the three volcanoes, Sabyinyo is favored by hikers because Sabyinyo volcano (3645m) has three peaks and when you hike to the third peak you get the opportunity to sand in three countries which are Uganda, Rwanda, and DR-Congo.
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