Distance from Kampala to Bwindi Forest – Getting To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Getting To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Routes & Shortcuts to Reach The Bwindi Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is situated in the southwestern region of Uganda which is one of Uganda’s main national parks to encounter the highest population of the mountain gorillas and the only remaining population of the mountain gorillas in the world, Bwindi has got the biggest population of the habituated Gorilla families divided in four different sectors of the park including; Buhoma which was the first sector where the first gorilla family was habituated. other sectors include; Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija sector where gorilla trekking is done, during the activity, you will be led by an experienced ranger/guide in search for the gorillas in the forest. All trekkers are required to have a valid gorilla trekking permit which acts as agate pass for you to be able to see the gorillas in their natural habitat.

The gorilla permit has per now costs $700 per person, per permit tracking.
The distance from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda is approximately 470 kilometers (292 miles) by road. The journey usually takes around 8 to 9 hours, depending on the traffic and road conditions. Keep in mind that travel times can vary, so it’s always a good idea to check the current conditions and plan accordingly.

by road, the park can be accessed from different through different directions via the various sectors in the park, Accessing the park from Kabale-Kanungu-Buhoma takes about 6 hours 0n 440km drive.

Bwindi can be accessed via several routes with the option of driving, could be for 3 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari or 7 days combined Uganda primates and wildlife safari. Gorilla trekking is one of the most adventured trips in Uganda. The distance from Kampala via Mbarara road and Kibale -Mbarara then to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and the drive distance takes about 9-10 hours.

The hillside which are mist-covered are sheltered by one of the ancient and biologically varied rainforests in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park can also be reached from Queen Elizabeth national park in Mweya which estimates 170 kilometers and takes about 3 hours by road.

Also, you can access Bwindi from Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma the driving distance cover about 100kilometers and from Nkuringo route it takes about 90 kilometers which is about 2.5 hours’ drive.
Alternatively, you can fly to Bwindi, there are domesticated flights from

Kajjansi Airfield or Entebbe by Aero link airline or eagle air to Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrip and takes about 1:15 hours then from landing, you will be picked up by the safari driver/ guide and transfer you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park. Also note that; Visitors trekking gorillas in Buhoma sector, are advised to use a chartered plane to Kayonza Airstrip.

For more information on transport and how to get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, contact one of the trusted tour operators who will arrange for you affordable trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and also make arrangements for reservations for accommodation, gorilla permits and transport means.

Also all you need to know about Bwindi Impenetrable forest is the climate and the best time to visit Bwindi impenetrable forest, being a tropical rainforest, Bwindi has got cold climate thus requires all the visitors in Bwindi to carry right essentials for the safari including; rain jacket, sweater, long sleeved shirt and trousers, water proof bag to keep your documents safe, other essentials include; Hiking boots for hiking steep slopes, hat, binoculars, walking stick, insect repellent, enough drinking water to keep you hydrated and energy giving snacks among other.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is an all-year-round experience but the best time to visit is from the month of June to mid- September and December to February which are the dry month thus easier to trek through the trails also by this time, the trails are dry.

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, is one of the famous Uganda national parks receiving the biggest number of travelers visiting the park for gorilla trekking. Besides the Gorillas, there are other animals and various bird species, Butterflies among others. The park has also got various accommodation facilities with good quality amenities ranging from luxury, Midrange to Budget accommodation. The lodges include, Silverback lodge, Mahogany springs lodge, Engage lodge, Volcanoes safari, Bwindi Guest house, Bwindi safari lodge, Buhoma lodge, Four gorillas lodge, Gorilla mist camp, Trekkers Tavern Cottages among others.

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