fly in or driving safari to bwindi np gorillas
- September 11, 2014
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
Bwindi Impenetrable national park can now be accessed by road (driving safaris) or by flying (fly in safaris). Each side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has an airstrip where small flights can lan. In the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, clients can land at Kisoro Airstrip and then take a two and half hour drive to Nkuringo or Rushaga
If tracking gorillas in the eastern or northern parts of Bwindi Impenetrable National park. That is Ruhija and Buhoma sides respectively, tourists can fly from Entebbe to Kihihi or Kayonza Airstrip. From Kayonza, the drive time to Buhoma is about 45 minutes while it might take up to two hours drive from Kihihi Airstrip to Buhoma. If you are trekking gorillas in the Eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Ruhija, then about three hours should be enough
If you choose driving, then it takes about eight to nine hours from Kampala to Buhoma or Ruhija and about nine two ten hours from Kampala to Nkuringo or Rushaga. Driving from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National park is very scenic and lots of things to see en route. These include stops at the equator crossing, royal drum makes, spotting the ankole long horned cattle being grazed by the him pastoral group and of course the rolling hills on kigezi region.
From Entebbe to any side of the park might take up to one hour flight or more depending on connections made. Fly Uganda and Aerolink Uganda are the two main operators of flight to Bwindi Impenetrable national Park among other National park. Aerolink operates two daily scheduled flights from Entebbe to Kihihi both in the morning and afternoon sometimes connecting to other national parks. The first flight departs Entebbe at 7:30 and arrives at Kihihi at 9:45 am while the afternoon flight departs Entebbe and arrives Kihihi an hour later.
Fly Uganda operates charters that can land in Kayonza which is closer to Buhoma side of Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Kihihib Airstrip depending on the number of clients on board. For bigger crafts, they land in Kihihi Airstrip. They also operate a per seat rate with a minimum of two people in order to cater for those with low budget and can not charter their own craft
Kisoro airstrip is most accessible in the morning due to strong winds and influence of volcanic hills in the region
If you have less time and want to do gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, you could try flying but should you have enough time and want to know about Uganda and its country side, then try out driving as it will be more rewarding