Gorilla Safaris in Uganda have been made easier by the two major flights; the Aerolink and Fly Uganda services , these have made it possible to fly to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park simple and quick. They operate scheduled flights from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi airstrip in Bwindi. This will save travelers long hours of driving which at times have hindered travelers with short trips from trekking mountain gorillas. Bwindi is located 550 kilometers from Entebbe airport roughly 9-10 hours of driving. The introduction of direct flights from Entebbe/ Kajjansi airstrip to Bwindi has therefore been a good idea, which guarantee increased Uganda gorilla safaris to this impenetrable forest. Bwindi is a home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas with 17 gorilla families available for trekking everyday. Also, Scheduled flights to Bwindi will enable short Uganda gorilla trips like 1 days Uganda gorilla trip unlike before.
Aerolink morning flight departs Entebbe International Airport at 7:30am and arrives at 9:45am while the afternoon flight departs Entebbe at 12:30pm and arrives at Kihihi on one hours time. From Bwindi impenetrable National Park, morning flight departs Kihihi at 9:45am and arrives at Entebbe International Airport at 11:55am. The afternoon flight departs Kihihi Airfield at 2:05pm and lands at Entebbe International Airport. If you are going to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there is one morning flight that departs Entebbe International Airport at 7:30am and lands at Kisoro Airfield at 9:45am.
Aerolink not only organises flights to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park but also arranges safaris with Queen Elizabeth, Kibale and Murchison falls national parks .In Queen Elizabeth National Park, crafts land at Kasese or Mweya Airstrip and if you are going to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park known as Ishasha and popular for tree climbing lions, then you will land in Kihihi. In Murchison Falls National Park, crafts land in Bugungu for the southern sector of the Park and at Pakuba for the Northern sector known as Paraa.
The fly Uganda flights will operate 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday setting off from Kajjansi airstrip between Entebbe and Kampala capital city. Travelers will either fly from Kajjansi to Kihihi airstrip in kabale or Kajjansi to Kisoro airstrip. From there, you will be picked by our driver guides and transferred to gorilla trekking starting point for this magical encounter. The distance from kihihi airstrip to Bwindi entrance gate takes roughly an hour drive, which gives travelers enough time to prepare and get ready for the hikes.
For the past year, domestic flights in Uganda have been operated by Aero link connecting to Murchison falls, Kidepo valley, Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Bwindi forest national parks. Fly Uganda has therefore complemented to Aero link in promoting easy access to Bwindi and other tourism destinations in the pearl of Africa. Kisoro airstrip serves as the base for those who would like to go for gorilla tracking in the southern sector. Serving the Nkuringo and Rushaga sector in southern Bwindi forest as well as Mgahinga gorilla national park.
To avoid missed flights, potential travelers are reminded to keep time. On every operating day, flights will depart from Kajjansi at 08h00, arriving in Kihihi at 09h30. The return flights will depart Kihihi at 10h00 arriving in Kajjansi at 11h30.
When to book a flight?
Just like other airlines, Aero link and fly Uganda encourages all their customers to book at least 2-3 days prior the actual day. The reason for early booking is to ensure timely and quality service delivery. You can do your bookings through us as a company or book direct with the flight services.
Why Bwindi is an exceptional?
Bwindi forest national park is undeniably a first priority for most Uganda safaris attracting the highest number of travelers to southwestern Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is Uganda’s most don activity which attract hundred’s of travelers to this impenetrable forest. The forest is a home to 17 gorilla families and is one of the two gorilla destinations together with the Virunga massif. Interestingly, gorilla permits in Bwindi costs $600, each, which makes Uganda gorilla tours affordable, compared to Rwanda. The other populations of mountain gorillas live in the Virunga massif, which is shared by Mgahinga, Volcanoes and Virunga national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo respectively.
In general, Bwindi forest is an exceptional tourism destination you cannot afford missing out on yours Uganda Safari. Fly to Bwindi, meet face to face with the endangered species and enjoy this life changing gorilla encounter.