How safe is it to fly from Entebbe to Bwindi impenetrable national Park?
How safe is it to fly from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park? Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the safest tourism destinations to fly to in Uganda. Internal flights access Bwindi every day throughout the year as it gives one of the amazing life experiences of seeing the gorillas. Flying reduces the time to spend on the road, which is normally 8-9 hours that is sometimes tiresome, you can arrive at the Hotel/Park earlier than spending the entire day driving and be able to engage in various interesting activities. Most of the travelers have opted to fly as it is the fastest way to get to Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park in Uganda.
What are the Airstrips to fly to, to Bwindi impenetrable National Park?
Encounter Africa safaris organizes fly-in safaris to Bwindi National park and all other safari destinations in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has two closet main Airstrips where you can land on your safari visit to this outstanding Park. The Airstrip you fly to determines the region of Bwindi you are visiting and staying. For those visiting the southern part of Bwindi (Rushaga and Nkuringo regions), you can fly into Kisoro Airstrip which is a 1-2 hours drive to the Park, and those visiting the Northern side of Bwindi (Ruhija and Buhoma regions) can fly into Kihihi Airstrip.
Flights to Kisoro and Kihihi Airstrip can depart from Entebbe international Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip depending on the flight company you opt to use. The flight takes approximately 2 hours to Kisoro/Kihihi depending on the routing. You can as well fly from Kasese Airstrip, Mbarara Airstrip in the western Uganda to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. We can book for you flights to every National Park while on your safari to see the Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Wildlife viewing, Hiking and cultural encounters.
There are majorly three flight companies that operate flights in Kisoro and Kihihi Airstrip closest to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Aerolink Uganda is the leading company with daily flights from Entebbe International Airport. The other air companies are Eagle Air, Fly Uganda that operates from Kajjansi Airstrip. All these companies can as well operate scheduled and chartered flights. For a complete glorious adventure, our professional, experienced English-speaking driver guides will be waiting for you upon arrival at any Airstrip for all the transfers and activities in the Park. We only use 4×4 safari vehicles for your comfort and memorable experience.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park is in the southern part of Uganda sharing a border with Congo, it is one of the few two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world; it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National park is divided into different sections/sectors where you can do the Gorilla tracking experience namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo gorilla sector.
Bwindi Forest National Park has 18 different habituated gorilla families open for gorilla tracking experience, each gorilla family has different gorilla individuals, and each gorilla family is headed and controlled by the dominant male gorilla the Silverback. For you to go on the trek, they require you to have a Gorilla permit valid for trekking that day. Gorilla permits are limited in number per day given it is only 8 people allowed to trek per gorilla family per day in Bwindi Forest National Park.
What to do and see in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park when you fly from Entebbe
There is a lot to see and do in Bwindi impenetrable national park, this park is one of the leading great tourism destinations in Africa that you shouldn’t miss on your bucket list. See below the activities to do and attractions to see in Bwindi.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Gorilla trekking is the primary activity to do and see the gorillas while visiting Bwindi. Bwindi Forest National park is home to half of world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world meaning your visit here you have 98% chance of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest National park are found in four different sections of the park that is Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south and Ruhija and Buhoma in the North East and East part of Bwindi National park respectively.
Having a gorilla permit is the key priority for you to have a gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Kigali. The gorilla permit has to be purchased in advance to secure a spot for your trek for any date depending on your travel dates and availability of the permits that day. Gorilla tracking is done in a group of eight people per gorilla family meaning eight permits only are available for each gorilla family, for you to secure a place for a day’s gorilla trek you will need to secure your gorilla permit in advance months or days prior flying to Bwindi Forest National park. When you book an all-inclusive Gorilla Safari flying safari with Encounter Africa Safaris, all you need to do is to send us your actual dates when you prefer trekking gorillas and we will check the availability of permits online. We will reserve your permit tentatively and send you a permit payment invoice. Once you make payment, we will secure your permit and thereafter send you scanned copies of receipts from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National park
When you fly from Entebbe to Bwindi to see gorillas, the Gorilla Habituation experience allows you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation. Only four people may do gorilla habituation activity in Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. With this you are required to book your gorilla habituation permit in advance to secure your place. The experience starts and takes up to half or a full day depending on the time you take to find them.
Gorilla habituation activity is only done in the south of Bwindi impenetrable National Park between the sectors of Rushaga and Nkuringo. During this experience, you visit the gorillas that are being habituated and the gorillas are not yet used to Visitors and act wild, with researchers and guides, you monitor the way gorillas feed, move, rest and also communicate with them. This is one of the most interesting activities to do when you fly from Entebbe to Bwindi
Bird watching in Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park is a home to various unique bird species including the Albertine Rift Endemic birds and it is a place to be for Bird watchers, Key bird species to spot on your birding tour in Bwindi National Park include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimson wing. We do organize birding packages with flights to Bwindi Forest National Park, with professional birding guides you are able to identify different birds.
Cultural and Community Encounters in Bwindi
Bwindi Forest National Park used to be inhabited by the Batwa people commonly referred to as the pygmies for many years until recently when they were removed from the Bwindi Forest to the surrounding communities of Bwindi Forest National Park to ease mountain gorilla conservation and tourism. You will have an opportunity to see these pygmies used to spend their time in the forest, where they used to stay, how they used to harvest wild honey, as well as hunting. They will show off their dances and explain how they have managed to settle and enjoy normal life outside the forest. You can as well visit the rest of the community in the outskirts of the forest, the women groups that do crafts and sell food, the community schools and we encourage if you have any donation to support the children with clothes and scholastic materials.
Bwindi Forest National Park is made up of a tropical forest which is one of the oldest forests in the world existing for more of the past 250,000 years back; it has ancient tree species and some of them endemic to this forest. It is as well known to be impenetrable due to its thick canopy making nature walks enjoyable, on your nature walking safari in Bwindi Forest you will have a chance to learn about different tree species, spot different bird species as well have a chance to see different animals including rare forest elephants if lucky, monkeys, baboons. These nature walks also given you a chance to blend yourself with nature including a visit to the beautiful waterfalls and rivers in the Bwindi Forest National Park. Depending in the time you have, you can choose a package that can be tailored with all these activities to best suit your interest.
Where to stay in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park when you fly from Entebbe
Bwindi impenetrable National Park has four regions namely; Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga, You will choose accommodation/Hotel depending on the sector you would like to visit. When you check availability of permits with us, we shall let you know which sector has permits available and also suggest the hotel in that sector. All these sectors have hotels/Lodges ranging from budget to midrange to luxury and to up market hotel with low season rates and high season rates. For example, In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma community camp as a budget hotel, Buhoma Havens lodge as Midrange hotel, Bwindi lodge, Mahogany springs lodge, Buhoma lodge, as Luxury lodges and Gorilla forest camp as the Up market hotel. In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla camp and four gorillas Lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge.
Why book with Encounter Africa safaris to fly from Entebbe to Bwindi?
Encounter Africa safaris offers amazing experiences Bwindi impenetrable national Park, the rest of Uganda and the East African region. Contact us for our discounted packages and also tailor-made trips. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have, over time, assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well-experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor and safari bookings to help you learn about the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us.