Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a commonly asked question by first-time travelers! The answer is that getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is simply easy whether traveling by road or air transport but the most important thing is you holding your personnel documents which can identify your nationality to ease access into the national park. Such personnel documents include passport, national identity as well as a gorilla trekking permit if you’re to trek mountain gorillas.
However, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can either be accessed by road or by air transport, located in southwestern region of Uganda approximately 530 kilometers from Kampala the capital city and renowned as home for the half remaining mountain gorillas in the world whose encounter and eye contact is the most exciting.
This national park is the oldest and most biologically diverse tropical rain forest with over 400 plant species, it sits on the rim of the rift valley in southwestern Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable national park is home that protects over 120 mammal species ,350 species of birds ,202 butterfly’s species ,100 species of ferns ,163 species of trees and 27 species of frogs such as geckos, chameleons many other endangered species. More so, Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees which will rewards it to be one of the top visited safari destination in Africa.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest offers gorilla trekking as the main tourist attraction which can be conducted in 4 gorilla trekking trailheads that is Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga sector, also with over 21 habituated groups of mountain gorilla families ready for trekking. Each of these sectors can be accessed by the car depending on your choice of stay and the family of gorillas you’re to trek.
Interestingly, those who wish to travel by road transport get to enjoy the road sides as well as the country side with some stops for memorable photograph and in case you use the route via Queen Elizabeth national park you will have a chance to view the unique tree climbing lions along the ishasha sector just worth it. Absolutely road transport is rewarding though a tiresome travelling journey.
By Road Transport
Bwindi Impenetrable national park estimates about 530 kilometers from Kampala main city. The park can be accessed by road from several routes that include;
Bwindi can be reached through Queen Elizabeth National park using Mweya –Kihihi-Buhoma. This route is scenic which passes through Uganda Queen Elizabeth national park’s southerly Ishasha sector, offering a chance for the travelers to see the rare tree-climbing lions. From Mweya to reach Bwindi takes 160 kilometers and 64 kilometers from Ishasha.
You can as well access the park through;
Kampala –Kabale-Kanungu -Buhoma the journey that takes 5 to 6 driving hours.
Kampala-Ntungamo-Rukungiri-Kihihi a journey that lasts 5 hours to reach the main destination.
The Kabale-Ruhija –Buhoma takes 5 to 6 hours’ drive
Kampala-Kabale –Nkuringo a journey that last 6 to 7 hours’ drive.
From Kampala or Entebbe straight to Bwindi Impenetrable national park can take about 9 to 10 hours’ drive to access the park.
By Air Transport
The fact about all Uganda’s national parks can be outreached by domestic flights which are organized by the tour operator as part of tourist’s tour package. Aero Link is the domestic flight to use, having two carriers scheduled or charter flight that operates to Kihihi Airstrip.
The Aero link has got professional pilots and trained cabin crew members with good care towards our clients. It is configured to carry up 11 passengers and the caravan has cargo holding to keep passenger’s luggage but designed to carry 15kilometers from the clients. It also offers comfortable seats with legroom for our clients.
Other Airline carriers that fly to Uganda’s national parks include Fly Uganda. Eagle air both offering comfortable sitting pitch leg and are daily working flights to all Uganda’s national parks.
Visitors can fly from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi airfield to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro town. We recommend you always send in your scanned personnel documents in time like passport, Visa for easy reservation by help of your tour operator who will do all the flight booking arrangements for you.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park can be either be reached by Air or Road Transport but we advise our guests who cannot sit for quite long driving hours, you should always opt for Air transport which can last for 2 hours than road transport that can take 8 to 9 hours to access the main destination or the trekking sector.
Inclusion, getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park is simply easy either by Road transport or Air transport the choice is yours. Though road transport can take a full day to access the park but quite interesting and rewardable. Then air transport is good for old aged travelers, can be booked right from Entebbe International Airport and it takes 1:30 hours only.