Kisoro District is a district in the Western Region of Uganda. The town of Kisoro is the site of the district headquarters.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is situated in Kisoro district, southwestern Uganda, this park was gazetted in 1991 and is a part of the great Virunga Conservation Area, which is 434km.
Although it is the smallest in the country covering about 33.7km, it is very important as it is one of the only two parks in Uganda that offer habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla. Gorilla tracking is one of the key tourist attractions in this national park.
Besides the mountain gorillas, other animals found in the park include; buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and the threatened golden monkey among others making game viewing another key activity within this park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers three extinct volcanoes for physically fit hikers. The three volcanoes, Mt.Sabyinya (366m), Mt. Muhavura (4127m) offer excellent volcano climbing experiences.
Garama cave is one of the caves where the once crafty Batwa lived and fought their neighbours, the Bantu. The cave is 3kms from the park headquarters and it takes about 4 hours. The guide will show you how the Batwa lived and fought out of the cave. The cave is 342m in length and 14m deep and is now inhabited only by bats.
This is about 800m from the park gate. On top of this platform one is able to view the magnificent scenery of the National Park and the surrounding areas.
There are display panels at the hill point that give you information about what you see. The hilly nature of Kisoro caused by volcanic activity gives the visitors opportunity to hike, which is one of the rapidly developing activities.
Avi-tourism is a fast growing activity in this area. This activity is carried out along the edge of the park .A stroll along the buffalo wall towards Congo takes you through a wetland area that is rich in a variety of bird species.
Forest walks are carried out within the forested part of the national park. Nature walks are done within and outside the communities.
Market visits are on a particular day of the week. This is usually a life time experience for the visitors. Community visits are also organized so the visitors can get to know more about the people of Kisoro (Bafumbira and Batwa).
Kisoro has a number of crater lakes, the most outstanding being the emerald-green lake Mutanda located 14kms north of kisoro town. The lake offers the best experience of sundowners/sunset cruises. It is also ideal for canoeing, fishing and other recreational activities.