Kisoro is the main town and hub for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, stay in Kisoro for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga. Many tourists choose to stay in Kisoro town given there is affordable accommodation compared to the lodges in the parks and from here you can get a chauffeur ride to the park for gorilla trekking. The main activity is gorilla trekking in Mgahinga which is, however there are other various activities and top things you can do in Kisoro after your gorilla trekking and these include;
Batwa Cultural Trail Experience
On Batwa cultural trail experience tour you will be guided by one of the Batwa guides giving you an opportunity to learn about traditional forest life of the Batwa in Mgahinga Forest which is historically the home of the Batwa, you will also enjoy the traditional dances of the Batwa and Stone Age including making traditional fire among others.
The Nature walk is done in Mgahinga forest it is a very exciting activity to do after gorilla trekking which gives you an opportunity to learn more about tree species as well other wildlife species in the forest.
Village walk around Kisoro
This walk will take you through Kisoro local communities including visiting local markets and learning the day to day life of the local people in Kisoro. You have an opportunity to engage and learn more about the Bafumbira and Bakiga tribes including enjoying traditional cultural dances, local foods and local arts.
Golden Monkey Tracking
Golden Monkey tracking is another activity that can be done after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga, this is only done in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, like gorilla tracking this also starts in the morning with briefing and after you head out with walking through the forest in search for these endangered monkeys. Golden monkey tracking permits are readily available and can be purchased on arrival at the park headquarters.
Golden Monkey Habituation
Golden Monkey Habituation is another activity that can be done after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga, this gives you an opportunity to spend much time with the semi habituated Golden monkeys as you participate in activities geared to making them get used to human presence this also starts in the morning with briefing and after you head out with walking through the forest in search for these endangered monkeys. Golden monkey habituation permits are readily available and can be purchased on arrival at the park headquarters.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the best places for bird watching in Uganda, the park is home to over 127 bird species with various Albertine endemics.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to 76 mammals among which are buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, duikers, leopards, civets, golden cats, jackals and porcupines however due to the difficult terrain and most being nocturnal, they are rarely seen. During your trek or hike you will find footsteps of these animals and if lucky you will see some but hide away from them because they tend be wild given the fact they are not use to human presence.
This is another great activity to do in Kisoro after your gorilla trek in Mgahinga. There are 3 main volcanoes to choose for your hike these include Mount Muhavura 4127 meters, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga all located close to Kisoro these give you an opportunity for hiking giving you great views and adventure.
Local community visits through local villages which provide insights into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy people living beside the Bwindi forest. Other activities include yoga at the Lodge, Mountain bicycle ride, volunteering which is done in the local community schools and projects and Butterfly watching which is done at night among others.
Where to stay in Kisoro for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga
Lodges in Kisoro include Kisoro Travelers’ Inn, Kisoro Tourist Hotel, Ikoro Hotel, other hotels to stay in Kisoro for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga include Gahinga Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, among others. Contact us here for booking and reservation details
What is the best time to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The best time to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown
How to get to Kisoro and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
By Road; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Kisoro town from Kisoro town you will drive toward your lodge which close to the park for overnight. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 2-3 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to your Lodge you are booked for your stay.
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