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Tours, Activities, and Attractions in Kigezi, Western Uganda

Bamboo Ecotours clients enjoying a sunset canoe cruise at Lake Bunyonyi

Tours, Activities, and Attractions in Kigezi, Western Uganda

The ​Kigezi region in Western Uganda comprises six districts of Kisoro, Kabale, Rubanda, Rukiga, Kanungu, and Rukungiri. Kigezi borders two international boundaries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kigezi region is home to the Bwindi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for gorilla trekking. Other top tours and activities in Kigezi include trekking tree-climbing lions at the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, golden monkey trekking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, birding watching in the Echuya forest, hiking the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, canoeing at Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi.

Nature and Wildlife Experiences in Kisoro District

  1. Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi National Park

Gorilla trekking at Bwindi National Park in Kisoro is among the tours and attractions in Western Uganda. Gorilla trekking permits are scheduled through the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in Kampala or by tour operators.​

  1. Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Golden monkeys are unique primates in the Virunga massif of the Albertine graben. For tours and activities in Western Uganda, golden monkey trekking is done at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Kisoro. Mgahinga is Uganda’s smallest park.​

  1. Volcano Hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

In our selection of tours and activities in Kisoro district in Western Uganda, three volcanoes of Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Muhabura are open for hiking adventurers. The most levered volcano is Mount Sabyinyo, also known as the ‘old man’s teeth’ given its rugged nature.

  1. Bird Watching in Echuya Forest Reserve

The Kigezi region is a top birding destination in Western Uganda. Various endemic bird species including the Grauer’s swamp-warbler in the Echuya forest and the Rwenzori turaco in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Kisoro. For tours and activities in the Echuya forest, birding watching is the top activity.

  1. Tree Climbing Lions at the Ishasha Sector, Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated in Kanungu district (north of Kisoro) in Western Uganda. The world-famous tree-climbing lions are not to be missed in your selection of tours and activities in Uganda. Consider booking your safari and visit the tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector.

  1. Nature Walks in National Parks across the Kigezi Region

Nature walks and tours and activities in Western Uganda are organized in the Bwindi National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Kisoro, and the Echuya Forest Reserve. The nature walk is a perfect addition to a gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.​

Community-Based Attractions and Experiences in Kisoro

  1. Canoeing at Lake Mutanda

Canoe trekking at Lake Mutanda in Kisoro district, Western Uganda, is one of the top tours and activities booked through the Kigezi Travel Guide website. Canoeing at Lake Mutanda is a recommended activity during the gorilla trekking adventure at Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.​ Choose between the sunrise and sunset canoe trekking at Lake Mutanda.

  1. Batwa Cultural Experience

The Batwa, believed to be the first inhabitants of the mountain gorilla region of Kigezi in Western Uganda, are an indigenous group with a unique culture. Consider booking a cultural tour in our selection of local tours and activities in Kisoro and learning about the Batwa forest peoples’ rich cultural experience.​ The cultural experience takes place in the villages of Kisoro district

  1. Coffee Making Experience

Nothing can beat the coffee-making experience in the communities around Lake Mutanda in the Kisoro district. If you plan to visit Bwindi National Park in Western Uganda for gorilla trekking, consider booking the coffee tour and contributing to responsible tourism efforts in the local communities.​ The coffee-making experience is one of the best tours and activities scheduled on the #VisitKigezi marketplace.

  1. Mabungo Village Cultural Tour

Experience the culture of the Bafumbira community of Kisoro district in Western Uganda by joining the Mabungo cultural tour near Kisoro town. The Mabungo culture tour is one of the local tours and activities possible to arrange during gorilla trekking at Bwindi National Park.

  1. Gisozi Caldera Hike – Mgahinga

The Gisozi caldera or also known as the ‘King’s Hill,’ is among the local tours and activities at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Kisoro, Western Uganda. The Gisozi caldera is a cinder cone located at 3km from the Ntebeko gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The hike requires moderate fitness.

  1. Lake Mutanda Historical Island Tour

Planning to visit Western Uganda, prepare to explore Lake Mutanda’s historic island, a top choice in the tours and activities available in Kisoro. During the trip, learn about Lake Mutanda’s history, farming practices, terracing, and enjoy sighting the African clawless otters and the Virunga mountains of the Albertine Rift.​

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