How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

There are four different areas within the park for trekking: Buhoma and Ruhija in the north, and Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south. Buhoma is the main gorilla trekking trailhead.  

Bwindi Impenetrable is the most important tourist destination in Uganda. Management of the park has improved dramatically over the years, including better protection of the environment and the gorillas the live there. Without the crucial finance from tourism, the park would be in a much worse state today. 

How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

By air

Travelling by air is the fastest way to reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and there are a number of flights each day. Most visitors arrive in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), which is roughly 29 miles from the capital city of Kampala. From here, and from Kampala’s Kajjansi Airfield, there are many domestic flights connecting to Bwindi. It is also possible to book chartered flights to Bwindi, if preferred.

For visitors travelling to the Buhoma or Ruhija trailheads in the north of the park, the closest airport is Kihihi. There is also the option of chartering a flight to the Kayonza airstrip. Alternatively, if travelling to the southern trailheads of Rushaga and Nkuringo then Kisoro is the best place to fly to. The total flight times are generally around 2 hours, which are then followed by a short drive of roughly 1.5/2 hours.

How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

By road

Whilst the journey by road is much longer than flying, the route passes through fantastic scenery, and driving through a country often gives you a better impression and understanding of the it than flying ever could. Driving is the most common way for visitors to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

There are a number of routes to take by road, depending on how much time you have and what you want to see. All the routes converge at the town of Butogota, which is then just 10 miles from the Bwindi Park Buhoma entrance gate.

If coming straight from Entebbe or Kampala, the drive time to the park will take roughly 9-10 hours.

For visitors who are already in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi is very easy to reach by a 2 to 3-hour drive south. You can drive through Ishasha on this route to see the famous tree-climbing lions beforearriving in Buhoma. It also takes about 5-6 hours to reach Bwindi from Lake Mburo National Park

How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Possible Routes to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Kampala to Kabale to Kanungu to Buhoma

    This route is one of the longest and most popular routes, covering roughly 330 miles through beautiful scenery. It includes a tarmac highway for the first 5-6 hours, followed by bumpier terrain on a gravel road for the final 4 hours. 

  • Kampala to Ntungamo to Rukungiri to Kihihi to Buhoma

    This is the easiest and quickest route to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, covering around 240 miles. It involves taking the highway from Kampala to Ntungama, before branching off and connecting to a smaller gravel road for the remainder of the journey. 

  • Kampala to Kabale to Ruhija

    Here the route connets Kamapal to Kabale with an 8-hour drive, before leading on to Ruhija in the north easter area of Bwindi by gravel road through local communities. 

  • Kampala to Kabale to Nkuringo

    This is the best route to take to access the Nkuringo area of the park. It involves driving directly from Kampala to Kabale, before following a bumpy mountains road through small communities, covering roughly 65 miles, to Nkuringo. 

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