How to get to Bwindi for Gorilla trekking.
How to get to Bwindi for Gorilla trekking.

How to get to Bwindi for Gorilla trekking.

Getting to Bwindi Forest from Kampala or Entebbe – Africa Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most important tourist destinations in Uganda and how to get to Bwindi for Gorilla trekking is one of the most frequently asked questions on Gorilla trekking through Uganda. The Park is located in southwestern Uganda. It is home to over half the world’s remaining population of mountain Gorillas. Previously the journey from Kampala or Entebbe to Bwindi’s impenetrable forest was long and difficult, taking a whole full day of travel. But Now with the development of better road networks and domestic flight routes, access is relatively straightforward and easier.

Four different areas within the park are used for gorilla trekking and that’s Buhoma and Ruhija in the north, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south.  But Buhoma is the most popular sector of all for the gorilla trekking adventure. 

How to get to Bwindi’s impenetrable forest for gorilla trekking.

Travelling to Bwindi By air.

Are you touching down in Entebbe or Kampala and you plan to visit Bwindi’s impenetrable forest for the gorilla trekking adventure to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, are you trying to find out how best to get to Bwindi from Entebbe or Kampala. The distance from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is approximately 540km and the drive time is approximately 8 to 9 hours of driving. You can as well get to Bwindi’s impenetrable forest by flight which is approximately 1-2 hours.

Bwindi has three airfields and these are found at Kihiihi and Kyonza in the northern area as well as Nyakabande located in Kisoro at Nkuringo for clients going for mountain gorilla trekking in the south of Bwindi. As a tourist, you can choose to fly right from Entebbe or from Kampala at Kajansi airfield from where you will be taken to the modern tarmac airstrip located at Kisoro.  The planes may also be chartered to the Savannah or the grass Kayonza airstrips.

Flights depart from Entebbe or at the airstrip in Kajjansi any time from 7 am depending on the schedule of the flight that was booked and after an hour or two of the flight, you land at the airstrip in Kisoro or Kihihi. From here you can be picked up by your driver-guide or the hotel shuttle and taken to where you plan to stay for the nights in Bwindi.

Getting to Bwindi Forest for Gorilla Trekking By Road

Road transport is the easiest to use to get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and various routes can be used to reach the park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be accessed from Kampala via Masaka and Mbarara town driving for close to 7 hours and 35 minutes a distance of 467.7 kilometers.

Bwindi National Park can be accessed right from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the north which is a two-three-hour drive, from Kabaale town to the south which takes only about one-two hours, or it can be from Kampala through Mbarara for about six-eight hours. These roads meet at Butogota which is a distance of only 17 kilometers from the Buhoma entrance gate. And if it’s a rainy season, visitors are required to use a 4-wheeled vehicle for matters of safety.

 Getting to Bwindi Forest for Gorilla trekking By bus

If you are to use a Bus, a daily bus service leaves Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi. At Butogota, you will have to use a public minibus, or boda-boda or hire a private vehicle to take you to the park entrance gate at Buhoma. However, we do advise clients to book the safari through a Tour Company or Safari company.

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