In the heart of the lush and storied landscapes of Uganda, Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro emerges as a timeless gem. As one of the oldest hotels in the country, it weaves its history with the tapestry of gorilla conservation, making it an absolute must for those seeking the thrill of gorilla trekking in the region. This venerable establishment boasts a prestigious guest list, including the legendary Dian Fossey, who regarded it as her second home.
Constructed in 1955 by Walter Baumgartel, affectionately known as the father of gorilla tourism, this hotel quickly evolved into a hub for those captivated by the majesty of mountain gorillas. Although it underwent a comprehensive renovation in 1999, the charm of its somewhat colonial style endures, preserving the spirit of a bygone era.
Nestled just beyond the bustling town of Kisoro, the hotel’s location is nothing short of breathtaking, with awe-inspiring views of the Virunga volcanoes dominating the horizon. These vistas will etch themselves into your memory, serving as an indelible backdrop to your unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, cradled in the embrace of the Virunga Mountain chain, captivates the hearts of visitors as they wind their way towards Kisoro town. While many journey here to connect with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi ‘Impenetrable’ or Mgahinga National Parks, this enchanting region offers a tapestry of experiences:
The ultimate draw of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, gorilla tracking, is a captivating and unforgettable adventure. It richly rewards the effort required to reach the park and trek through its forests. The park is home to one habituated gorilla family, offering tourists the opportunity to track them daily.
As a distinctive race of the more widespread blue monkey, the golden monkey is a little-known bamboo-associated taxa primate, listed as ‘endangered’ by the World Conservation Union. In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you have the chance to track these enchanting creatures.
The Batwa People, also known as the Pygmies, are the “people of the forest.” Meeting them is a glimpse into lives intricately intertwined with the forest. The cultural trail within Mgahinga National Park allows you to immerse yourself in their ancient ways and explore their deep-rooted cultures.
The Garama cave stands as a key attraction within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This cave was once a dwelling for the Batwa people, who called it home for many generations until they were relocated. A visit here unveils a chapter of their rich history.
Blessed with a unique bird fauna, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers a haven for bird watchers. The park has recorded 79 bird species, including several endemic to the East Congo Montane region, making it a prime destination for bird enthusiasts.
Your journey into the heart of nature’s wonders is complemented by the comforts and storied history of Travellers Rest Hotel. Whether you seek gorilla tracking or the breathtaking landscapes surrounding Lake Mutanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, this experience is one for the books. To uncover more about Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro and embark on a gorilla trekking adventure in Mgahinga National Park, contact Trek Africa Expeditions today.