Taking road trips to Bwindi impenetrable national park from Entebbe is one of the greatest adventures while visiting Uganda. Driving through with the beautiful scenery, Plantations and landscape is breathtaking and amazing. Encounter Africa safaris organizes road trips to Bwindi impenetrable national park from Entebbe for gorilla safaris that start early morning at 7:00 am from Entebbe International Airport or from the hotel, All our trips start in Entebbe or Kampala but we can also tailor your pick to reach Entebbe/Kampala before the trip date or start the trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mbarara Town, Kisoro Town or Kabale Town as they are on the same route to Bwindi. As Countries and Airports start opening up, Encounter Africa safaris present you value for money road trips to Bwindi with well stated Post COVID Lockdown SOPs
Our professional driver guides will pick you from the Airport or Hotel early morning to start the road trip to Bwindi impenetrable national park. You will have stops at the Equator for photography and breakfast, later you proceed to Mbarara at Igongo cultural center for Lunch, and you will pass via swamps, rivers, plantations, Animal farms and you will stop to take pictures as you would like. This road trip takes you through more than ten districts all with different cultures but wonderful hospitable Ugandans. You will also drive through Lake Mburo National Park where you will be able to spot Zebras, Antelopes, and Giraffes depending on Luck. You will drive through the terraced hills of Kabale, Kisoro, and Kanungu for your great gorilla trip
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing a border with Congo, it is one of the only 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 sector.
Bwindi Forest National Park has 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, you are required 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. Book you gorilla lifetime safari with encounter Africa safari.
As Encounter Africa safaris, we only use/ recommend 4×4 safari vehicles that are well serviced and driven by our professional guides to trek the hills of Bwindi forest for your amazing gorilla safari from Entebbe. For budget safaris, we always quote our clients 4×4 safari customized Super custom/Van that are very comfortable and have enough legroom and luggage space, the super custom can carry one to five persons and the van can be used for group tours of about nine to ten persons.
For a luxury gorilla road trip from Entebbe to Bwindi, We use 4×4 land cruisers which can carry up to seven persons and they cost highly. Yes, you can have a budget safari and still opt for a land cruise for your comfort. All our vehicles have A-C, drinking water, Tourism License stickers and are well serviced for your great gorilla safari.
The Kampala-Mbarara-Kabale highway road to Bwindi is not world class but Tarmacked and smooth and it is approximately 9-10 hours’ drive to Bwindi impenetrable National Park from Entebbe, the drive is long but enjoyable as there is a lot to see. The roads leading to any the sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are Marum roads reason we emphasize the use of 4X4 as they are slippery and stuck with mud during the rainy season.
Southwestern Uganda is so hilly and the roads are curving on hills with beautiful scenery. Our driver-guides are very equipped with driving skills and very professional for your safety and comfort to reach your dream destination.
The only international airport in Uganda is found in Entebbe Town (Municipality) reason we strategically start all gorilla road trips from Entebbe. The drive from Entebbe town and Entebbe International Airport is about 9-10 hours but very enjoyable inclusive of the various stops. For Picks from Entebbe International Airport on the day of the trip, we advise flights that land early morning latest at 6:00 am to allow you to arrive in Bwindi during day time. We always advise our clients to have pre-accommodation in Entebbe and arrive a day after to avoid the inconvenience associated with delayed flights.
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 tracking is the primary activity to do and see the gorillas while visiting Bwindi. Bwindi Forest National park is a home to half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world meaning your visit here you have 98% chances 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 Entebbe. 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 visiting Bwindi Forest National park. When you book an all-inclusive Gorilla road trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Entebbe 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 availability of permits online. We will reserve your permit tentatively and send you a permit payment invoice. Once you make a payment, we will go ahead and secure your permit and thereafter send you scanned copies of receipts from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Gorilla Habituation experience allows you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation. Only four people are allowed to 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 in the process of 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 while on the road trips to Bwindi impenetrable national park from Entebbe.
Bwindi Forest National Park is 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 Crimsonwing. We do organize birding packages to Bwindi Forest National Park, with professional birding guides you are able to identify different birds. Contact us for a birding road trip to Bwindi impenetrable national park from Entebbe.
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. A road trip to Bwindi Forest National Park from Entebbe will give you 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 on 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 sight different animals including rare forest elephants if lucky, monkeys, baboons.
We do offer Nature walking packages from Buhoma sector to Nkuringo Sector, 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 on the time you have, you can choose a package that can be tailored with all these activities to best suit your interest.
Since Bwindi impenetrable National Park has four sectors for gorilla trekking namely; Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija, and Rushaga, You will choose accommodation/Hotel depending on the sector you will trek gorillas from. When you check the 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 upmarket hotels 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 a Luxury lodge and Gorilla forest camp as the Upmarket 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.
Encounter Africa safaris organizes road trips to Bwindi impenetrable national Park from Entebbe with many choices of Packages as well as customized packages for your travel. Our offices are located in Entebbe and very accessible for cash payment, inquiries, and any other interest you would like to share with us. We offer free pickups from Entebbe International Airport as it is very close to our offices. Contact us by sending us an email at and we will plan for you accordingly. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly reviewed on trip advisor and Safari bookings.
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