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Traveler's Rest Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kisoro
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Canada
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131 reviews
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“Better than most Ugandan Guesthouses”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

I've lived in Uganda for quite some time now and unless you want to stay in a 5-star $200+/night safari lodge, you aren't going to get any better than this. The rooms are clean. The showers have water pressure and hot water. The food is better than most at a reasonable price. I really enjoyed my stay and highly recommend it as an alternatively to the expensive safari lodges.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

We stayed here for one night, but ate here two nights. On arrival we received a warm welcome and a friut juice.
Our room was pleasant with comfortable twin beds with mosquito nets, [but we weren't bothered by mosquitos here]. The front window looked over the courtyard and the back window looked onto the garden. There was a table and chairs, and two bedside tables.
The bathroom was a good size with plenty of hot water in the shower.
The resident's bar/lounge area was very comfortable with an open fire.
The food was mainly good. There were a lot of vegetable dishes.
We also stayed in the Kisoro Tourist Hotel for one night, and would say that theTravellers Rest is the better place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

This is a small, simple place, but it is very clean and comfortable. Within walking distance to the center of town if you want to go shopping or get on the internet. Rooms are clustered around a central courtyard. There is a bar and fireplace in the common area. On site laundry service. Meals in the on site restaurant have to be ordered in advance as there is usually only one or two choices for breakfast and dinner. They offer basic packed lunches for gorilla trekking, but a juice box in there would have been nice. Note that they are about 40kms from the gorilla trekking, which requires nearly a two hour drive (in good conditions) to get to the park office. In bad weather or heavy rain, the road into the mountains may not be passable, as happened with me. Overall, a good place to stay in Kisoro.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights using it as a base for Mgahinga National Park.
The room we were in had twin beads with mosquito nets (not that we needed them) and was nice and toasty warm at night compared to our previous lodge in Volcanoes National Park.
The lodge has a nice bar area with comfy chairs and open fire.
The showers are excellent with loads of hot water.
The food was edible but nothing special. It was very hit and miss with some dishes being nice and other being either very bland or very oily.
They have dancers from a local orphanage who come and give performances in the evening
The owners have 2 dogs who are good fun to play with but quite large - if you are scared of dogs this is not the place for you.
Our biggest issue with this place is that it was quite noisy. All the rooms are built round a separate quadrangle and the noise really carries. You will be awake until the last guest/staff member goes to bed at night and you will wake up when the first guest gets their wake up call in the morning...and don't even get me started on the noise that wheely suitcases make at unseasonable hours of the morning!

We arrived in Kisoro at around lunch time intending to go to the national park in the afternoon. We were told that the national park didn't run activities in the afternoon, unless they had already been sorted out in the morning and that if we went to the national park HQ no-one would be there. So instead we did a village walk and visited a local school which was good fun.

The following day we went early to the national park and did golden monkey trekking in the morning followed by a nature walk in the afternoon.

We were a bit dissapointed with the golden monkey trekking. We'd previously done the same thing in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and felt this was much better. In Volcanoes NP the terrain is flat, the monkeys have been habituated for longer and come much closer and you are allowed to use flash to take photos. In Mgahinga you can't use flash, you don't get close to the monkeys and its a tough walk up a very steep hill.

We then did a nature walk in the national park the same day, which we'd organised that morning. We saw some birds (including a Rwenzori turaco), with most of the birds being in the open areas towards the end of the walk. We didn't see any in the forested areas. We didn't see any other animals.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

After gorilla trekking in Bwindi we arrived at the border too late to cross into Rwanda from Uganda and had to spend an extra, unplanned night in Uganda. In a fantastic thunderstorm, forked lightning against sheet lightning and torrential rain, we arrived, late at the Travellers Rest and Jan the manager made us very welcome. He found a room for us and one for our guide, and called the chef back (after 22.30) to prepare some dinner for us - amazingly three courses arrived!

The room was good with lots of hot water (particularly welcome after the long drive immediately following more than 6 hours gorilla trekking) and in the morning, an unexpected pleasure was the wonderful view of volcanoes with their cloud hats on. The garden was lovely, cool and tranquil, and we had a good breakfast too. What could have been a difficult and anxious night turned out to be a bonus thanks to the flexibility of Jan and his staff.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

We were lucky enough to do a 3 day gorilla safari in July and see the Gorillas in the magical Bwindi National Park. We can totally see why Diane Fossey was so taken with these wonderful animals and also why she called the Travellers Rest Lodge her second home.
This lodge was such a pleasant surprise, the main lodge itself has a welcoming bar and restaurant area filled with smiles and friendliness. The food was devine and we all sat down together every night and shared stories of travels and the experiences.
Our room was basic but clean and had an ensuite, hot water ,power points & the laundry service came in very useful. The garden is lovely and full of flowers and character.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

My daughter and I stayed here for one night on our way to gorilla trekking in Rwanda. My daughter is a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda and her fellow volunteers who live in Kisoro told us this was definitely the best place in town to stay . We were met by a very friendly staff and welcomed with complimentary juice. We were impressed with the big stone fireplace in the spacious bar/lounge - quite welcoming and comfy with a roaring fire which was great on a chilly night. Although the rooms weren't elegant, we found them charming and clean. The bathroom with its stone walls was nice and we had very hot water in the shower. The grounds are quiet and peaceful - we were there just after the rainy season, so it was beautiful. We enjoyed our short stay very much and would highly recommend this for anyone staying in Kisoro.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Traveler's Rest Hotel
Address: Bunagana Road, Kisoro, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Kisoro
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kisoro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Travellers' Rest is an excellent place for tourists visiting the endangered mountain gorilla in Southwest Uganda. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, has ten rooms and one suite at reasonable prices. The garden is home to many birds, and in the evenings, when it gets cooler, visitors can warm themselves at the fireplace in the lounge.In the restaurant every evening a fine 4 course dinner is served. "Gorillas in the Mist" researcher Dian Fossey stayed here many times, calling it her "second home". The hotels offers a massage-service, perfect after a long gorilla trekking. ... more   less 

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