Best ways to get to bwindi impenetrable national park
Ways to reach bwindi N.P, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda’s ultimate gorilla trekking destination has been part of the country’s National psyche for over two decades. This Park conjures images of meeting face to face with Giant Apes in their natural habitat as well as walking through thick jungles to search for the numerous mammal and bird species that call this Protected Area home. For many travelers, Bwindi is one of the top safari destinations in Africa and one of the unmissable places to explore during Uganda safaris.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park hugs its northern boundary with the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park and within its borders are over 120 mammal species, 350 bird species and over 220 tree species as well as about 200 species of butterflies. This is thrilling and rewarding that even first-time travelers on ordinary forest walks can come across them. Situated in the south-western part of Uganda, the 321-square kilometer Bwindi is approximately 520 kilometers by road from Kampala.
There are two main ways of getting to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and most trips/journeys begin and end in Kampala or Entebbe Town. The easiest and most convenient way of getting to this popular Safari destination involves direct flight from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airstrip (in Kampala) to Kihihi serving Buhoma and Ruhija sectors or Kisoro Airstrip serving Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors.
Flying to Kisoro or Kihihi Airstrip#Ways to reach bwindi N.P
Daily scheduled flights are operated between Entebbe International Airport and Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is undoubtedly the easiest, fastest and most convenient way to get to one of the World’s top gorilla trekking destinations. These scheduled flights are mainly provided by Aerolink or Bar Aviation and take about one and a half hours to deliver travelers to the nearest Airstrip of the sector you are visiting. Kihihi airstrip mainly serves Ruhija sector in the Eastern part or Buhoma in the north while Kisoro airstrip serves Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors in the southern side. On arriving at the Airstrip, a representative (private driver) from Mum and Dad safaris then meets travelers at the airstrip, then transfer to the Lodge for the next activities, meals and overnight.
Road trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park#Ways to reach bwindi N.P
Road trips to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are also a wonderful way of getting to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and a perfect option for travelers on a budget. This beautiful safari destination is about 8-9 hours’ drive from Entebbe or Kampala. While it’s a long drive, it involves taking in jaw-dropping views of the banana plantations, rolling hills, secluded countryside and roadside markets while the road from Kampala to Kabale/Kisoro is tarred, winding and well-maintained with several fuel stations along the way.
It is also possible for travelers to connect from Queen Elizabeth National Park through Ishasha sector in the south of Queen and it takes only 3-4 hours to connect between these two Safari destinations. In so doing, visitors can enjoy gorilla and wildlife safari with hope of seeing elephants, buffaloes, lions, Uganda Kobs, Topis, Defassa waterbucks, warthogs, to mention but a few.
When can I visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is open all through the year but the dry season (December to February and June to September) is the most ideal as the vegetation is sparser and this makes it less tedious to walk and search for the animals (including mountain gorillas). There is also less precipitation levels hence hiking trails are less muddy and slippery thus less challenging to walk through. For travelers that visit during the wet season, expect denser vegetation as well as heavier rainfall levels which make it more challenging to walk through the jungles.
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