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3-day Kabale-Kisoro trek

  • start from Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi or Kisoro
  • energetic hiking and some dugout canoeing
  • spectacular views, volcano and island stories
  • meals and camping with local families
  • traditional healer
  • session with a craftmaker
  • sleeping on the island of pelicans
  • Batwa "Pygmy"-guided Echuya Forest nature trail
  • great lunch at the Coffee Pot in Kisoro

    daily departures from The Home of Edirisa (Kabale, 8am) or the Gorilla Junction (Kisoro, 1pm); from USD 230

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Kabale - Kisoro Itinerary

Day 1: Kabale - Lake Bunyonyi

After an early breakfast at The Home of Edirisa we will start our hike at 8am. We will need about three hours to reach the Bunyonyi area. The prize for our relatively intense climb will be pretty views over the town and the hills, followed by outstanding lake vistas and our guide's stories about culture and nature.

On the ridge of the peninsula we will first meet Omugurusi Jeremiah, a traditional healer. After he shares his vast knowledge with us, we will continue to Ianick Mugasa. He is a son of the soil who returned from Europe to establish the Africa Explorer Cultural Village some 2,300 metres above sea level. Over lunch, Ianick can tell us many stories about the Bakiga, their traditional beliefs, Rastafarianism and much more.

Ianick's place will have presented us some spectacular vistas - but we will look for more. Kyabahinga is uniquely located to give us an outlook over most of Lake Bunyonyi's 29 islands. We will hear some of the colourful tales, legends and historical facts related to these islands.

Our final stop on the ridge will be the home of Mrs Anna, a leader of a craft group. She will show us how local crafts are hand produced, and give us a chance to make some for yourselves. And, no, this is not for ladies only! Gentlemen can attempt a banana leaf elephant or a photo frame as well.

In the afternoon we will descend to the water and enter the dugouts. We will paddle to Habukomi, the island of pelicans, where we will enjoy Tom's Homestay.

Day 2: Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Kayumbu

By 8am we will be on our way to the other side of the lake and ascend towards the Echuya Forest Reserve, reaching it at midday.

In Echuya we will experience something unique: a Batwa “Pygmy” guided nature trail. Our man will be Kanusu, an experienced guide who will tell us how Echuya was once their home and later became a source of all kinds of natural resources.

Kanusu will show us different herbs, plants that make rain, gold digging sites and more.

The crossing of the forest will take us about two hours. Our picnic lunch will happen above Lakes Kayumbu and Chahafi. The latter was once a colonial military outpost. In 1914 the English used 100 porters to carry a giant canoe from Chahafi to Lake Bunyonyi to attack the rebel leader Katuregye - perhaps using the trail we will be taking? Still, our destination will be the closer lake, Kayumbu, where we will camp on the shore.

Day 3: Lake Kayumbu - Kisoro

We will take a short walk to Lake Chahafi and paddle across it for a great breakfast at Lake Chahafi Resort. Afterwards we will embark on a 4-hour hike to Kisoro Town, through villages on fertile volcanic soils, back to civilisation.

We will be welcomed to the town by a splendid meal at the Coffee Pot Cafe. Our tour will end with the legendary Jean "Gakondo" Mugisha showing us his local museum and telling us about the Bafumbira ethnic group.

Price: USD 230 per person (five people or more)
four people: USD 250 pp
three people: USD 310 pp
two people: USD 390 pp
one person: USD 610
To find trip companions, consult our list of upcoming treks

The price includes everything during the trek (guiding, activities, tented accommodation, meals and snacks, water), plus one night in our dormitory (single/double/self-contained rooms also available at an extra cost) at The Home, and a tour of our Bakiga cultural museum. It does not include transport from Kisoro to Kabale or accommodation in Kisoro (but we can certainly arrange that for you).

Discounts for organised groups are available.

More info: home@edirisa.org; +256 75 2558 222.

photo: Blasio Byekwaso, Georg Schaumberger, Marcus Westberg, Miha Logar and Edirisa archives

Overview | 5-hour Lake Bunyonyi | 1-night Tom's Homestay |
1-day Kabale-Bunyonyi | 1-day canoe trek | 2-day Bunyonyi-Mutanda | 2-day canoe trek | 3-day canoe trek | 3-day Kabale-Kisoro | 5-day Kabale-Buhoma

To learn more about the trekking area, please download the free Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide and get yourself a copy of the award-winning Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook.


General Overview
Canoeing & Trekking on Lake Bunyonyi
Treks to Gorilla National Parks
Tailor-Made Treks
Budget Accommodation on Lake Bunyonyi
Tom`s Homestay on Lake Bunyonyi
Batwa Today (Echuya Forest Reserve)
Cultural Museum of the Bakiga (Kabale)
Special Offers for Families
Special Offers for Schools
Trip Advice
Accommodation Upgrades
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