Located in Southwestern Uganda, Kisoro town is one of the best places worth visiting while on Uganda safari. Sitting on a hilly side of Uganda, Kisoro town is an incredible tourism transit hub for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is a main town of Kisoro District lying a few minutes off Rwanda and D.R. Congo borders with Uganda and from Kampala capital, about 500km.
Kisoro town is about 76kms by road from Kabale District, 500kms Southwest of Kampala Capital City and it is situated East of Rumangabo and Virunga Massifs in D.R. Congo. It sits at altitudinal range of 1929m and overviews the Mufumbiro Mountains.
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN KISORO.
Kisoro is strategically located in area with distinct attractions and plenty of activities for tourists to explore and experience. They include;
Kisoro town lies in Southwestern where two gorilla safari parks in Uganda are all situated that is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Due to its strategic location, tourists have opportunity to engage in gorilla trekking a lifetime experience.
Gorilla trekking is one of Africa’s most sought after wildlife experience offering a chance to visitors to enjoy a close encounter with the rare mountain gorillas while in their natural habitat. Gorilla permits in Uganda (Bwindi & Mgahinga NP) per person cost USD700 for foreign non-residents, USD600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African citizens.
Leisure at Lake Mutanda.
Lake Mutanda is one of the beautiful lakes in South-western Uganda and also one of the major attractions in Kisoro district. Lake Mutanda is about 20kms North of Kisoro town. While at Lake Mutanda, visitors can take a local dugout canoe rode to one of the stunning islands as they also enjoy splendid views of the Virunga Volcanoes.
Mountain climbing is a thrilling adventure all visitors shouldn’t miss while in Kisoro. The 3 of the 8 Virunga volcanoes are located adjacent to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park just near Kisoro town. These include Mt. Gahinga – 3,475m, Mt. Sabyinyo – 3,669m and Mt. Muhabura – 4,127m.
Golden monkey tracking.
Golden monkey tracking is one of the memorable wildlife experiences tourists can enjoy while on tour in Kisoro, Southwestern Uganda. Golden monkeys in Uganda live in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park part of the Virunga Region. Golden monkeys are among the 20 amazing species of primates Uganda boasts of with about 2000-4000 of them left and thriving within the Virunga region.
Golden monkey permits in Uganda per visitor costs USD 60 for foreign non-residents & foreign residents; UGX 40,000 for East Africa citizens. There is also golden monkey habituation experience with permits costing USD 100 for foreign non-residents & foreign residents while East Africa citizens pay UGX 100,000.
Batwa trail offers amazing cultural interaction with the Batwa and while in Kisoro town, it should be a must do. The Batwa pygmies lived in the forest as hunters and gatherers before they were evicted from the National Park. On cultural tour, you will be led by Batwa guide or alternatively, you can visit Bakiga community.
ACCOMMODATION IN AND AROUND KISORO TOWN.
Some of the best places to spend a night in and around Kisoro town include Kisoro Tourist Hotel, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Travellers Rest Hotel, Ikoro Hotel, Bavah Guesthouse, Virunga Campsite and Backpackers.
Getting to Kisoro.
Kisoro town is accessible by road or by air. By road and from Kampala to Kisoro, it is about 500kms which is approximately 8-9 hours’ drive. From Kigali to Kisoro, it is 135 km, about 4 hours’ drive. By air, one can take a flight from Entebbe Airport to Kisoro airstrip and you can then connect from the airstrip to Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park by road.