Travellers rest hotel in Kisoro – Being one of the oldest hotels in Uganda, with a history steeped in gorilla conservation, Travellers Rest becomes a must for your gorilla trekking in the area. It boasts an impressive list of guests. To name just one: Dian Fossey, who even called this her second home.
Built in 1955 by Walter Baumgartel, the so-called father of gorilla tourism, it quickly became a meeting place for people interested in the mountain gorillas. It was entirely renovated in 1999, but charm of the somewhat colonial style still remains up to today.
Situated just outside Kisoro, the area is of astonishing beauty and the views of the Virunga volcanoes dominating the landscape will remain engraved in your memory.
The Virunga Mountain chain looms large in your view as you wind your way down into the valley towards Kisoro town. Most visitors are drawn to the region to visit the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi ‘Impenetrable’ or Mgahinga National Parks
Gorilla tracking is a captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and to trek through the forest. Mgahinga National Park has one habituated Gorilla family that can be tracked by tourists every day. Golden Monkey Tracking
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers the chance to track the Golden monkeys sometimes referred to as a distinctive race of the more widespread blue monkey, a little known bamboo-associated taxa primate listed as ‘endangered’ by the World Conservation Union.
Batwa Trail Experience
The Batwa People (Pygmies) are the “people of the forest. Have you had the chance to meet them during your visit to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park? When you meet them, you will clearly see the forest in their eyes and lives. With the cultural trail in Mgahinga National Park, you will be able to experience the ancient ways of the Batwa people who once lived within the forest and also explore their ancient cultures. Batwa Trail
The Batwa Trail leads from the base of Muhuvura Cave. The walk is a living museum where you can learn about the Batwa People, a pygmoid tribe that used to live in the Mgahinga National Park.
The Garama cave is one of the key attractions that should not be missed while visiting Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These caves used to be a home for the Batwa people who had lived there for many years until they were recently resettled.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is blessed with a unique bird fauna. With 79 bird species that have been recorded within the park, including several species endemic to the East Congo Montane region, bird watchers have got an opportunity of adventuring the National Park. Contact Great Adventure Safaris to inquire about travellers rest hotel in Kisoro and gorilla trekking trip to Mgahinga national park.