How To Access Bwindi By Air
How to access Bwindi By Air? Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in East Africa and it’s one of the country’s most visited national parks offering gorilla trekking experience and the only gorilla national park where tourists can engage in gorilla habituation in the Rushaga sector of the park.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be accessed by air transport through Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has got four sectors namely Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo, and Rujiha so traveling by air will need you fly to an airstrip near the area you will be trekking mountain gorillas from and where you booked accommodation from.
There are two airstrips near Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and that is Kihihi airstrip and Kisoro airstrip. Kisoro airstrip is located just 6km from the Rwandan border and 343kms southwest of Entebbe international airport, tourists traveling to Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors found in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park should fly to Kisoro airstrip.
Tourists traveling to the Buhoma and Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park should fly to Kihihi airstrips and then drive to their hotels. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can also be reached by flying into Kigali international airport in Rwanda and then drive for 4-5 hours to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Traveling to Bwindi by air transport is mostly used by luxurious clients or those that don’t have enough time to spend in the country or visit other national parks. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be accessed by road transport from Kampala/ Entebbe within 9-10 hours though the journey by road is hectic it’s the best option for adventurous travelers because you will have a scenic view of the pearl of Africa right from where the journey will begin up to the time you reach Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Tourists can also travel to Bwindi national park through the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park to have an opportunity of seeing tree-climbing lions.
Traveling to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be also recommended for disabled tourists or the elderly who wouldn’t like to spend a lot of time driving to the park the whole day. Choosing to travel by air will depend on the budget of the tourist. Tourists can also fly to Bwindi national park then drive to Kigali Rwanda for a few hours and fly out from Kigali international airport.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to the highest concentration of primates in the whole world with more than a half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas; living in the thick forests of the park. Other primates that have a home in Bwindi national park include red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, chimpanzees, and many others.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park was gazette as a crown forest reserve in 1932 and designated as an animal sanctuary in 1964 and by 1991 it was established as a national game park and as of now it’s being managed by Uganda wildlife authority. The Park is home to over 348 bird species, 120 mammal species, 163 tree species, 220 species of butterflies, 104 fern species, and over 1000 flowering plants.
What is the best time to visit Bwindi?
After understanding how to access Bwindi By Air, you need to choose the time to travel to the park for mountain gorilla trekking experiences in Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be visited at any time of the year but the best time to visit the park for gorilla trekking is during the dry season which occurs from June to September and December to February.
Mountain gorillas in Uganda can be visited and trekked at any time of the year though some months are better than other months, the dry season in the country happens in June to September and December to February and this is the best time to visit these giant apes. during the dry season, most of the day is sunny and the vegetation is not so thick therefore you can easily come to see mountain gorillas. in the dry season, all roads leading to the national parks are accessible and the trekking trails are all dry in good conditions giving you the best gorilla trekking experience. Tourists planning to visit gorilla parks in the dry season are advised to book their gorilla permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid disappointments when they arrive in the country and there are no permits available.
During the dry season, many of the hotels get fully booked so it’s also good to book where you are to stay in advance before coming to the country, and if you are to trek in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park its better you book accommodation in the sector you are going to trek from.
During the wet season of October to November and March to May, there is plenty of food for mountain gorillas, and easily accessible so they don’t move far to higher elevations in search of food, they can easily be allocated in a few hours although the rainfall during this season makes the roads leading to the parks impassable and the trials sleepy and muddy.
Another advantage of trekking in the wet season is that most of the lodges at the parks reduce their rates making it a perfect time for budget travelers to travel, gorilla permits are also available, unlike the peak season where you have to trek in advance. In the wet season, bird lovers can combine gorilla trekking with bird watching because it’s during this time that the migratory birds come to the country from North Africa and Europe. The wet season is also the best time to take photography when the vegetation of lush green.