Things To Do In Kisoro

Mgahinga is found in southwestern Uganda in the Kisoro district.

Things To Do In Kisoro After Gorilla Trekking In Mgahinga

Do you know that there are things that you can do in Kisoro after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park? Africa adventure vacations are here taking you through the number of activities that you can do or select from them. Remember that Mgahinga is one of the 4 national parks with endangered mountain gorillas. Mgahinga is found in southwestern Uganda in the Kisoro district.

In Uganda, you can find mountain gorillas only in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park where they are living in their wildness. In Mgahinga, there is only one habituated gorilla family called the Nyakagezi gorilla family and therefore only 8 permits are available daily. We organize amazing gorilla’s gorilla safaris holidays and see the endangered mountain gorillas and other primates and again suggest other things that you can do in Kisoro even after Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park.

Kisoro is the main town is the main hub and business center after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park and those for the people who have trekked in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. There are available affordable accommodation facilities in Kisoro town which have attracted several tourists to come and stay within the park. Gorilla trekking is the main activity in Mgahinga National Park, besides there are other top activities that you can do in Kisoro other than gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park.

Extra gorilla trekking in either Rushaga or Nkuringo region of Bwindi

Kisoro is blessed with the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park that lies within the district. Visitors who are interested in doing multiple gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park to make compulsions by seeing how gorilla trekking in Rushaga and Nkuringo gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. People do multiple gorilla trekking in different National Parks to compare the experience and enjoy the behaviors exhibited by different gorilla families and thus for comparison purposes you can choose gorilla trekking in Kisoro Bwindi southern park.

Enjoy Batwa Cultural Trail Experience

The Batwa cultural trail experience is also another top thing that you can do in Kisoro after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park. The local Mutwa guide will lead you for this experience and you will learn a lot about the experience of the Batwa life who used to stay in the Mgahinga forest. Be entertained by the traditional dances and music of Batwa and learn how they used to make fire traditionally without matchboxes. There are other Batwa in the southern Park of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors.

Volcano climbing

After your gorilla trekking is Kisoro, you can also opt to go for Volcano climbing Mgahinga National Park has got 3 volcanoes that are available for climbing and these include Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabinyo, and Mt Muhavura which stands at 4127 meters and are closely adjacent to Kisoro town offering great adventure hiking safaris.

Wildlife Viewing

Mgahinga National Park boasts over 76 species of Mammals and some of these include the bush big, golden cats, jackals, porcupines, duikers, leopards, giant forest hogs, civets, elephants, and buffaloes. These animals, however, are rarely seen due to the difficulty in the terrain and during your gorilla trekking or your hiking, you might find the footsteps of these animals and even if you’re lucky to see them.

Gorilla habituation process

Visitors still in Kisoro can do the gorilla habituation experience in the southern part of Bwindi especially those who are interested in spending more time with mountain gorillas. The gorilla habituation experience is done is Rushaga or Nkuringo in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Only 4 people are allowed to visit each gorilla family and this means that you should book your gorilla habituation experience permit in advance to be able to enjoy this great adventure activity.

Bird watching

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the best destination for bird watching in Uganda, the park is the home to over 150 species with various Albertine endemic. And these are a great adventure for bird-watching lovers.

Nature Walk

Nature walks in Mgahinga are so interesting and amazing activity for visitors after their planned gorilla trekking activity. The gorilla trekking will make you learn more about the Bwindi safari activities and other wildlife species in the forest including the ancient tree species.

Local community visits

Visitors can go through the local villages in Kisoro get a chance to provide insights and learn more about the Bakiga and the Pygmy Batwa people staying out of the forest currently. You can enjoy other activities such as volunteering especially to the nearby schools and communities owned by the local people do mountain cycling and better see the butterfly at night hours all done in Kisoro town.

Golden Monkey tracking

Golden monkeys in Uganda are only found in Mgahinga National Park and you can include them on your safari especially after the gorilla trekking in the same forest. Visitors will be allowed only one hour to see the golden monkeys and similarly to gorilla trekking activity, the activity commences in the morning with a briefing and then after the walk to the forest and see the rare golden monkeys. You will need to book a golden monkey trekking permit to be able to see golden monkeys in Kisoro a greater the gorilla trekking.

Golden monkey habituation experience

After your gorilla trekking activity in Mgahinga National Park, you can go ahead and do a golden monkey habituation experience where you will be able to spend four hours with golden monkeys. You will see and learn how Golden monkeys are trained to get used to human beings. Golden monkey habituation experience commences in the morning with the briefing and then after the walk to the forest and see the rare golden monkeys. You will need to book a golden monkey habituation permit to be able to see golden monkeys during your gorilla habituation experience in Kisoro after the gorilla trekking.

Village walks around Kisoro Town

You will go through Kisoro villages and find the local markets and learn more about the people of Kisoro as you get enough time to engage more with Bakiga and Bafumbila people while entertaining you with their traditional dances and drama, taste their local food among different activities.

What is the best time to visit Mgahinga National Park?

Kisoro and Mgahinga National Park can be visited throughout the year and the best time to visit Mgahinga National Park is during the dry season which comes in January, February, and June up to early September. This is the best season because it makes the areas dry and most of the routes and trails in the park used for gorilla trekking can be easily accessed. The dry season also gives a clear vision of the park and its gorillas and golden monkeys since the vegetation is a bit dry to allow easy visibility.

Where to stay in Kisoro or Mgahinga National Park

The accommodation facilities in Mgahinga or Kisoro range from budget up to luxury accommodation facilities. In Mgahinga National park, visitors can stay at Lake Mulele Safari Lodge, Gahinga lodge, and Lake Chahafi resort. You need to make you’re booking as early enough to ensure you get a better accommodation facility to stay at during your stay in Mgahinga gorilla National Park.

How to access Mgahinga National Park and Kisoro by road and air?

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Kisoro can be accessed from Entebbe international airport or Kigali international airport in Uganda. Getting to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park via Kigali international airport is so easiest and shortest route as it will take you about 4 to 5 hours to reach the park through Katuna or Cyanika borders between Uganda and Rwanda.

Our professional drivers will pick you from Kigali international airport or at the hotel where you slept and traverse with you through the city of Kigali and then start the cross country journey and have your lunch in Kisoro for lunch and a night and then wakeup for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

However, visitors can use 8 to 9 hours to arrive from Entebbe international airport to Mgahinga gorilla National Park with good interesting stopovers. You can as well opt to fly from Entebbe international airport/Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip which is about two hours Aerolink Uganda limited operated flights in addition to other chartered flights such as that land at Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip and then use an airport transfer to your hotel.

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