Situated in the Southwestern side of Uganda, Kisoro as a district is a remarkable travel destination when it comes to tourism into the pearl of Africa. Encompassed with green rolling hills and sceneries, Kisoro is a hidden masterpiece that every traveler should know about and fancy on his/her safari in Uganda.
Kisoro is around 9 – 10 hours drive from Entebbe international airport / Kampala and this also provides you best of your pre-gorilla tracking experience making it more fun and exciting with numerous stopovers along with the way and lunch stops will offer you an added opportunity to meet and interact with Ugandan locals and the experience makes you feel like part of them.
Stop at the Uganda equator. The line for photographs and enjoy the awesome views of Ankole planes and farms.
If you are going Kigali to Uganda gorilla safari flying into Kigali Rwanda, Kisoro is the closest Ugandan destination from Rwanda and here the drive from Kigali to Kisoro is roughly 3 hours via the Cyanika border come and get a lifetime experience and unmatched value on your day tour to Kisoro.
Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home to the endangered golden monkeys hence the best destination for golden monkey tracking in Uganda with roughly 500 golden monkeys, see Mgahinga as the best spot for golden monkey trekking and the interesting part is that a permit for golden monkey trekking is at USD 100 which is relatively affordable in comparison with the mountain gorilla permit and the golden monkey permits are issued by Uganda wildlife authority.
Trekked in the rain forest of Mgahinga gorilla national park, mountain gorillas are a leading tourist attraction in the Kisoro district. It is unquestionable that over 60% of tourists going to Kisoro, do gorilla tracking to have a one on one with the Nyakagyezi habituated gorilla family, which is the only gorilla family group in Mgahinga gorilla national park.
In October 2019, Mgahinga forest was blessed to receive the Hirwa gorilla family that had migrated from volcanoes national park in Rwanda though it later went back in volcanoes, and as of now, it is only one gorilla family and the avails only 8 gorilla permits every day. A single-person trek gorilla permit in Mgahinga is at USD 700 for both foreign residents and foreign residents and foreign non-residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. Gorilla permits are sold at the Uganda wildlife authority and can be booked directly or using safari vacations and travel services your ideal tourism company.
Situated along the way to and from Kisoro district, the Echuya forest is a wonder in the area.
The forest has around 150 bird species, 12 of which are endemic to this region, 20 species of mammals, 23 months, and 53 butterflies among others. It is believed that this area was a permanent settlement for Batwa people who were later transferred from the forest in the 1990s to improve, maintain and promote forest conservation.
Kisor is blessed with various natural caves that include Garama cave, Ruhenju, and Mwambike among others. These caves were initially used as hiding places for the Batwa from their enemies and Garam cave was the home of the Batwa king, the local guides will guide into the caves with using a torch for light and note that you have to put on gumboots to pass in the muddy inside these caves.
Church hill viewpoint
Try as much as you can to visit the church hill viewpoint at Kanaaba hill in Echuya roughly 7 kilometers from Kisoro district. This strategic location of church hills viewpoint at the lakes of Kayumba and Chahati, lake Bulera, KKigezi hills, Lake Gihondo, Echuya forest, and the Kigezi hills, and the mighty Virunga volcanoes in Uganda, Rwanda, and DRC.
Come at the point where the famous Winston church hill declared Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa”, and the temperature at church hills viewpoint is 360 degrees turn a clear day.
A boat cruise on the calm waters of Lake Mutanda is a must to do for each and every traveler to the Kisoro district. This 26 sq km and 60-5 meter deep lake are among the four lakes. Lake Mutanda has 22 islands each of which is unique in its way and worth exploring. A cruise to winner’s beach Mutanda offers you a fresh feeling of the natural beauty with less or no crowds unlike the beaches of Entebbe. For birds, the shore of Lake Mutanda is home to many bird species and some small mammals that feed on fish.
For a more adventurous experience like any Virunga volcano is Kisoro district is home to the three exceptional Virunga volcanoes is Gahinga, Sabinyo, and Muhabura all located in Mgahinga gorilla national park. In relation to this a Sabyinyo gorge, and caldera walk all offers you a relaxing lifetime experience.
As we conclude, Kisoro is Uganda’s treasure with various things to see and do within the shortest time possible.
Contact safari vacations and travel services to book an Uganda safari to Kisoro district and discover the hidden treasures. If you have time enough for you, you can also visit other places in tracking, Queen Elizabeth and other national parks, other tourism sites for wildlife safaris, and boat excursions.
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