Bwindi Impenetrable national park not far from the virunga conservation area on the border between Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo, is the other place where you can meet the rare mountain gorillas in the world, in three parks. Volcanoes National park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park on the side of Uganda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bwindi impenetrable forest is one of the few remaining ancient rainforest of the central Africa, the forest has a record of being home to the highest mountain gorilla population than any forest in the world. According to mountain gorilla population census 2018, Bwindi recorded 459 mountain gorilla individuals that is over half the world’s total population.
The mountainous Bwindi impenetrable forest has total of 19 habituated gorilla families or groups that are available for trekkers every day with in the four (4) park sectors (sections) where you can start your once in a lifetime gorilla trekking experience, Buhoma sector in the north, Ruhijah sector in the east, Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors in the south. Though many travelers term the journey to mountain gorillas as isn’t an easy one due to long driving time and the rough road conditions, we have however compiled for you other options on how you can access this world heritage site since 1994 with ease.
Board a charter flight from Kampala
There are two airfields near Bwindi impenetrable national park, Kihihi Airfield in the north and Kisoro Airfield in the south, from Entebbe International airport in Kampala there are daily 45 minutes charter flight to either of the airfield. However one needs to first secure a gorilla trekking permit that identifies which sector he/she will be trekking in order to know which airfield he/she will use to access Bwindi impenetrable national park
There are a number of local tour operator companies that one can use to book a charter flight direct from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi Airfield in Kampala to either Kihihi or Kisoro Airfields. Reputable tour operator companies like Gorilla hub tours limited organize both luxury and mid-range gorilla tours to Bwindi Impenetrable national park and the Virunga Massif at large, can book for you both Gorilla trekking permits and charter flights well enough in advance.
Fly into Kigali-Rwanda and Cross to Uganda
Fly into Kigali Rwanda and trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park has become a popular package for travelers due to the numerous advantages one enjoys while on this unique gorilla adventure experience
For some travelers who are afraid of long driving hours in the motor vehicle especially from Kampala to Bwindi of about 8-9 hours, find fly into Rwanda trek gorillas in Uganda as the best route option as it takes about 3-4 hour driving time including border crossing.
This fly into Kigali-Rwanda trek gorillas in Uganda is not only time saving but also cost effective, fly in Rwanda trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest saves one on fuel costs due to its shorter distance, cheaper gorilla permits of US$700 compared to Rwanda’s US$1,500 each and Accommodation as well since there are many cheaper lodging options ranging from budget to luxury around Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Travelers on fly in Rwanda and trek mountain gorillas in Uganda enjoy an advantage of a single tourist visa, Uganda and Rwanda are member states of East African community. The single tourist visa allows a tourist to travel through several East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda on a single visa.
If you are interested in gorilla tours within Bwindi Impenetrable national park but you neither have much time nor accommodate long driving hours from Entebbe or Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable national park try the above mentioned options.