The main contractor for the road reconstruction and tarmacking between Kabale and Kisoro will within the month of June hand over two more completed sections of the new road to government, after completing all the work and inspections recently. Tourist visitors already enjoy a smooth ride, but for some 10 miles which will be ready later in the year. The ease of driving along what this correspondent thinks is one of Uganda’s most scenic routes, and passing constant ‘awesome’ views along the entire route including driving through an extensive bamboo forests and then the so called Kanaba Gap where a clear view towards the volcanoes in Rwanda is possible and on clear days all peaks can be seen in the distance makes the road a favourite with tourists and locals alike.
Lake Mutanda near Kisoro expands the options for visitors with boating and bird watching and two gorilla national parks, Mgahinga and Bwindi, can easily be reached from Kisoro. Luxurious accommodation is available at Clouds Safari Lodge but both in Kisoro and up the mountains are more affordable options available for those travelling on a budget. The borders to Congo Dr and Rwanda are near the municipality and should no gorilla permits be available on site in Kisoro – thankfully the available slots for tracking are mostly sold out – ad hoc visitors can always cross into Congo and try to track there, or else pay a quick visit to the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda.
Compiled by Jackie