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Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest For Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Posted by on November 26, 2019

The Easiest Ways of Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Park in Uganda – There is more than one way to get there – Take the Road-Less Traveled

Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable ForestGetting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Trekking – What is best for you? That is the question, and here are the answers. The choice is yours to make.

Uganda has one official airport at present. Another one is being built. That one airport is Entebbe International Airport near the capital of the country, Kampala. From Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a nine-hours drive time. 

That is a long drive, no matter how you spin it with words such as scenic. Culturally enriching. Many Gorilla Trekkers take the 18-hour roundtrip and complain until they encounter the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

“Many Roads Lead to Rome,” so the saying goes. “Many Roads lead to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.” Meaning, there is more than one way to get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The many Roads include in 2020 connections with other East African Travel Destinations such as Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar in Tanzania. Nairobi, Mombasa, and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Uganda Airlines has opened various possibilities as has Kenya Airways, RwandAir. 

In 2020 getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is more manageable, and yes, many Roads lead to Bwindi Forest. 

The 4-Ways of Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Trekking 

1-Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Entebbe:

Driving to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Entebbe will take nine to ten hours. This is done each day by visitors to Uganda using a Ugandan Tour Operator. The drive to or from Bwindi will include a stop for lunch. There is also the must-do “Equator” stop that is halfway to or from Bwindi Forest.

You usually arrive at your lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest during the late afternoon. That means you miss out on doing activities in, near, around the park.

The Compensation for most is that you can a sundowner drink when you arrive and watch the sunset.

Please Note:  Even though this is the more time-involving option. It is the option done by most since they do not know the better alternative ways.

2-Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Kigali, Rwanda:

Driving from Kigali to South Bwindi Forest takes you four-hours. You do lose one hour since you will be entering the East African time-zone, which is one hour ahead of Rwanda, which is on the Central African time zone.

Most arrive in South Bwindi by lunchtime and have the afternoon free for activities while others choose to relax.

The Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas option, which includes driving from Kigali to Bwindi forest, is the most popular option with our clients.

You will have to obtain an East African Visa either online with Rwanda Immigration or upon arrival at Kigali International Airport.

3- Fly-in Gorilla Express from Entebbe International Airport:

The fastest way to get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is to fly with Aerolink Safari Airlines to Kihihi Airstrip, which serves the north of Bwindi Forest. The other option is to fly to Kisoro, which serves both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and South Bwindi Forest. 

If you intend to do the Gorilla Habituation Experience, then you must fly into the Kisoro Airport since that is the closest airport to Rushaga. 

A fewer number of visitors do the Fly-In option. The reason is the cost of the flight. A midrange Safari automatically becomes upmarket in price since a roundtrip adds on around $500 or more if you fly into Kisoro.

4- Include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in your Ugandan Safari:

Many Visitors to Uganda want to see the country that is beyond the home of the Mountain Gorillas. That means a seven to twelve-day long Safari in the Pearl of Africa.

Safaris can include Murchison Falls Park, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

Begin the Safari in Kigali, Rwanda, and end it in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the parks that is included in the safari. The Safari can be reversed and begin in Entebbe and ends in Kigali.

Lastly, you can begin and end the Safari in Entebbe and include Lake Mburo National park, and you have eliminated the long drive from Bwindi Forest to Entebbe.

Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – there are many ways to get there.


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