Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is situated in the south western part of Uganda in East Africa and its one of the country’s most visited national park offering gorilla trekking experience and the only gorilla national park where tourists can engage in gorilla habituation.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be reached by air through Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has got four sectors so travelling by air will need you fly to an airstrip near the area you will be trekking gorillas from and where you booked accommodation from.
There are two airstrips near Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and that is Kihihi airstrip and Kihihi airstrip. Kisoro airstrip is just six kilometres from the Rwandan border and 343 kilometres south west of Entebbe international airport, tourists travelling to Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors found in the southern part of Bwindi should fly to Kisoro airstrip.
Tourists travelling to Buhoma and Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park should fly to Kihihi airstrips and then drive to their hotels. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can also be reached by flying in to Kigali international airport in Rwanda and then drive for 4-5 hours to Bwindi national park.
Travelling to Bwindi by air transport is mostly used luxurious clients or those that don’t have enough time to spend in the country or visit other national parks. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be accessed by road from Kampala within 10-11 hours. Though the journey by road is hectic it’s the best option for adventurous travellers because you will have scenic views of the pearl of Africa right from Entebbe to Bwindi national park. Tourists can also travel to Bwindi through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park for an encounter of the famous tree climbing lions.
Travelling to Bwindi national park by air can be also recommended for disabled tourists or the elderly who wouldn’t like to spend a lot of time driving to the park the whole day. Choosing to travel by air will depend on the tourist budget. Tourists can also fly to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and then drive to Kigali Rwanda for few hours and fly out from Kigali international airport.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to the highest concentration of primates in the world with over 13 species living in the forest including the endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi is home to half population of mountain gorillas and other primates like black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkey, chimpanzees, blue monkey, red tailed monkey, giant forest genet and many others.
Bwindi national park was gazetted as crown forest reserve in 1932 and designated as animal sanctuary in 1964 and by 1991 it was established a national game park. The park is endowed with 348 species of birds, 163 species of trees, 120 species of mammals, 104 species of ferns, 1000 flowering plants and about 220 species of butterflies.