Nestled approximately 43 kilometers (27 miles) to the west of Kabale, the largest town in the Kigezi sub-region, Kisoro, Uganda, is a hidden gem awaiting your exploration. Situated at an approximate road distance of 460 kilometers (290 miles) to the southwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, this picturesque town boasts a breathtaking landscape adorned with nature’s finest features. From scenic landscapes to encounters with golden monkeys and mountain gorillas, Kisoro is a haven for those seeking an adventure immersed in natural beauty.
As you step into Mgahinga National Park, you’ll be embraced by an atmosphere filled with the promise of adventure and the splendors of untouched natural beauty. A day’s trek through the forests of Mgahinga, guided by seasoned experts, introduces you to the world of mountain gorillas and their fascinating behaviors. The journey typically begins at Ntebeko Entrance gate at around 8:00 am, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience. Visitors are allocated a maximum of one hour to observe and interact with these magnificent creatures.
The best time to embark on the thrilling journey of gorilla tracking in Mgahinga National Park aligns with the two dry seasons when the park is at its most accessible. During these periods, the dense forests become easier to navigate, and the trails are less muddy compared to the rainy season. The ideal times for Gorilla Safaris are mid-December to the end of February and from June to October. However, gorilla tracking tourism is available year-round.
For those traveling by road, the journey involves driving from Kampala via Kabale to Kisoro, taking approximately 8 hours. Alternatively, you can opt for a quicker mode of access by air, boarding a flight from Entebbe to Kisoro Airstrip, located near the park. This option takes around 1 hour and is the most efficient way to reach your destination. Trek Africa Tours can assist you in booking a scheduled flight from Entebbe to Kisoro airstrip. Standing 14 kilometers away from Kisoro town are the magnificent Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabinyo Volcanoes, forming the awe-inspiring Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park was not only created to protect mountain gorillas and golden monkeys but also to preserve the historical sites of the Batwa people, who once called this area home. As you explore the park, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Batwa.
Lake Mutanda, situated in the Kisoro area, is a breathtaking gem rarely discovered by many visitors to Uganda. This serene lake is adorned with emerald isles, surrounded by the majestic Virunga Volcanoes, and enjoys gentle breezes and a cool yet sunny climate. Here, you can engage in various activities, from canoeing to birdwatching and swimming, all while savoring the unparalleled beauty of Lake Mutanda.
For hiking enthusiasts, Lake Mutanda offers a myriad of options to explore its splendid surroundings. One of the most remarkable hikes takes you on a two-day adventure from Buhoma to Nkuringo, culminating in a canoe trip across Lake Mutanda. The region also boasts numerous other hiking trails and nature walks, ensuring that you can spend a week in this idyllic setting without exhausting all the adventures it has to offer.
Kisoro Tours welcomes you to discover the allure of Kisoro, Uganda, where nature’s beauty and cultural treasures blend seamlessly to create an unforgettable journey.