Kisoro District Things to Do

  • The main street of Kisoro
    The main street of Kisoro
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  • Collect your gorilla trek permit in Kisoro.
    Collect your gorilla trek permit in...
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  • Silverback
    Silverback
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Kisoro District Things to Do

  • Spend some time with the locals.

    It is interesting to see how the local villagers have adapted to modern life, yet they have still held onto their traditional way of life. The kids in all countries around the world are almost always smiling, wondering what you are doing, why you look different and where you are from. Most importantly, they almost always want to know what you are...

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  • Sit and watch the gorillas - 3.

    I was captivated as the mammoth silverback rolled over in the dense forest, killing a dozen plant species as he did so, before scooping up a member of his group and disappearing behind a tree. If they only knew the plight of their future and what was being done to both protect them on one hand and to decimate their numbers on the other.To see and...

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  • Sit and watch the gorillas - 2.

    When you are fortunate enough to spend some quality time with the gorillas of Uganda it is easy to forget to put the camera down and take in the experience for what it is. So many of my fellow travelers thought that their time with the gorillas had disappeared too quickly.I found it a humbling experience to travel half way across the world, and a 5...

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  • Sit and watch the gorillas.

    For conservation reasons, visitors to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules are strictly enforced:• No person under the age of 15 is permitted on the trek.• You must walk in single file and stay together.• You are not permitted to walk within 21 feet of the gorillas. (However, the babies will come to you!)• Flash photography is...

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  • The ultimate reward.

    The maximum number of people allowed in any one group was 8 when we were ther. This was fantastic as it left you plenty of room to view the gorillas without feeling like you were in the middle of a crowd at the zoo. (I believe that the maximum number of people that are allowed in each group is now restricted to 6.)We were lucky enough to stumble...

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  • Begin the walk with your guides!

    You are reminded that the trekking can take from 1 to 8 hours and that you may have to climb to altitudes in excess of 5,500 feet. The terrain is very rough and at most times of the year it is very muddy. I remember sitting there thinking, “and I paid US$550 for this!!!!”This feeling soon left me as our porters, (for US$10 a porter will carry your...

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  • Drive from Kisoro to the UWA...

    The drive to see the Gorillas is quite long.Getting out of bed at 4am for an early breakfast, you then begin a 3.5hr drive on murram roads, (another name for MUD,) to the UWA National Park Headquarters. The trade off is that you will be passing through some of the most picturesque countryside that you have ever seen. Rising out of the Kisoro...

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  • Get supplies at the local Kisoro...

    When you are planning to trek to the Gorillas you will need to remember to take the following:Wear long, light weight pants. (There are sharp bushes and nettles!Wear a hatWear hiking boots, NOT runners/joggers/trainers. The terrain is muddy and slippery!Carry a back pack.Pack at least 4 litres of waterPack lunch and fruitPack wet weather gearMost...

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  • Get yourself a gorilla treking permit.

    It is advisable to obtain your gorilla trek permit at least three months in advance. The current cost of the permit, in March 2007, was US$550.These permits can be collected from:1. The UWA-MGNP office in Kisoro, after booking in advance and paying a deposit. You will have no trouble finding the office as there is not much in Kisoro.2. The Uganda...

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  • Visit the town of Kisoro

    They say that the Government of Uganda ran a raffle. First prize was 2 days in Kisoro, second prize was a week in Kisoro! There is simply nothing there!The town of Kisoro is located in the South Western corner of Uganda and sits squarely in the shadow of the Virunga chain of volcanoes, location of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Formerly...

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