Kisoro is about 550 kilometres from Kampala city. The common means of travelling to Kisoro is through taking bus coaches which can cost any where between USD 10-20. There are several bus companies that operate on the Kisoro-Kampala route. Some of these companies are Jaguar, Bismarkan, Horizon and the Post Bus. Most people tend to prefer taking the Post Bus which is regarded to be more comfortable. The journey from Kampala to Kisoro can take any where between 8 and 10 hours. However it is also possible to get a car hire though more costly.
For people travelling from abroad directly to Kisoro, flying to Kigali city in Rwanda is the best option. Kisoro is just 3 hours drive from Kigali which makes the road trip shorter compared to driving from Kampala.
Kisoro also has an airstrip that serves chartered flights from Kampala
Getting around in Kisoro is possible. The most common mode of transportation used by the local people are motorcycles locally known as "boda bodas." However it's advisable whenever riding a bodaboda to put on a helmet as a safety measure. You can also a hire a matatu to take you around. For information on how to get a taxi or matatu, contact the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park office in Kisoro town.
Kisoro Travel Guide , a local tourist information portal can also be useful in getting ideas on how to explore different places in Kisoro district and surrounding places.
You can get a gorilla trekking permit for Mgahinga at the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kisorotown for $600 ($350 low season in April, September, October). Moses (077 874 6242) can take you from town on a motorbike for 3000 ush. He's great. The gorilla group is headed by Mark with four other silverbacks, two female adults, two juveniles (one named machati, super active and playful, will come up to tourist), and there's a baby gorilla pisasa, only 8 months as of March 2014.
Talk your way into DR Congo. If you take a motorbike about 30 minutes to the border there is a sign that says "You are now leaving Uganda and entering Zaire", which makes a great picture. We talked our way across the border and there is a small village there, with the rebels being rather friendly, but do so at your own risk.
In your free time, you can also volunteer at community projects. Mgahinga Community Development Organisation,[[]] a local NGO has a couple of volunteer opportunities where volunteers can work on several projects like teaching computer and sports lessons at community schools.
Kisoro has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping. Kisoro market is open every Monday and Thursday. There is plenty of stuff you can buy ranging from fresh fruits to fabrics. There are also lots of shops that are open every day along Kisoro main street. Kisoro is also known for handcraft shops where you can buy gorilla musks, t-shirts and other hand made things.
There are a couple of good places where you can find delicious food. One of the favorites is Graceland Motel which is located on the main street close to the District Local Government offices. For those who like taking coffee, there is a new coffee place called "The Coffee Pot," which is in the same building as the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park office.
Most guest houses and hotels in Kisoro sell drinks but if you want to go out some where else for a drink, there are a number of places where you can go. Heritage Guest House on the main street has a friendly bar and then Club striker on Mutanda road. There are other hanging out places along Mutanda road.
For mid-range options, Travelers Rest Hotel in Kisoro town and Mt. Gahinga Lodge near the main gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are the best options.
Clouds mountain gorilla lodge
Take a walk around town or hike Nyabitare hill where you will have a full view of the entire Kisoro district. The hill is a good spot for taking cool pictures especially in the evening hours. Nyabitare is also a good spot for site seeing especially Lake Mutanda and the sunset.
Contact Green Hills Ecotours, they will connect you to their local tour guides to explore this beautiful town and can offer Gorilla trekking with transport to Mgahinga Gorilla National park or Nkuringo and Rushaga both found in Bwindi National Park.
To/from Cyanika, the border of Rwanda, is a quick 5000ush boda ride. Rwandan visas can be obtained on arrival (January 2019) for $30. They only accept USD (not RWF!). A matatu to Ruhengeri costs 500RWF. Money changers swap USH to RWF at 5000:1000 at the border.
To Queen Elizabeth NP take a matatu to Kabale 15,000 USH. From Kabale take another matatu to Mbarara 17,000 USH. In Mbarara, take a bus headed to Kasese for 20,000 USH. The matatu travels along the main road through the park, keep an eye on your GPS, and ask the driver to stop when you get near to your lodge. All the bus transfers happen in the same stations so you don't have to worry about changing stations or finding your way around town. Simply get off one and get on another. There is little signage but lots of people hustling for your business. This rout can also be reversed to get into Kisoro from QENP.
To Kampala, take a matatu to Kabale 15,000 USH. From Kabale take another matatu to Mbarara 17,000 USH. In Mbarara, change to direct bus to Kampala.