How Best to Access Bwindi Forest, Uganda
Entebbe International Airport (EBB) is where most visitors enter the country. It is about 46km/29mi from the capital city of Kampala. It is possible to fly by domestic carrier from Entebbe or Kampala (Kajjansi Airfield) to Kihihi or Kisoro near Bwindi. Chartered flights to Bwindi can also be booked through your Uganda tour operator customizing for you the best affordable gorilla flying safari. Most domestic flights between parks are arranged by tour operators and included in your tour package.
There are two domestic carriers flying scheduled services to Kihihi (40km from the park) or Kisoro: Fly Uganda is a unique aviation organization operating from Uganda and is all about flying, delivering the highest levels of safety and service. Fly Uganda grew out of a love of aviation 18 years ago. This joy of flying, the ubiquitous safety culture and the highest level of customer service is evident throughout the whole organization and Aero link. Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local Uganda embassy to verify the information below is current. A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months. Passports must have a clean and full visa page for endorsement.
All visitors travelling to Uganda must have a valid yellow fever certificate, which will be required as part of a visa application, and may also be required at the port of entry. Citizens of most countries require a visa, which can be obtained at arrival or in advance. A list of countries that don’t need a visa is available. Visas can be obtained through your local Uganda embassy or high commission. They can also be obtained through an official online visa-application portal. Tourist visas are available for Uganda only, or East Africa (which covers entry to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) for the same cost.
If visited as part of a Ugandan tour, Bwindi can be reached from Queen Elizabeth NP (two to three hours) or from Lake Mburo NP (four to six hours). If coming straight from Entebbe or Kampala, the trip by road will take about six to eight hours. During the rainy season, travel by 4WD vehicle is necessary. Bwindi can also be reached by scheduled or chartered flight.
Access by road can be through several directions such as Kampala- Kabale – Kanungu- Buhoma which takes 5-6 hours. Kampala- Ntungamo – Rukungiri- Kihihi- Buhoma taking 5 hours. Kabale- Ruhija- Buhoma taking 5-6 hours. Kampala – Kabale- Nkuringo taking6-7 hours. With this means, tour operators are very much willing to provide the cars of your choice to take you to your dream safaris.