Kihihi airstrip also known as savannah airstrip is located in a small town called Kihihi in southwestern Uganda at Kanungu district. Domestic flights can be taken from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi airstrip.
Kihihi airstrip helps tourists using air transport to easily connect to Bwindi impenetrable national park or Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. The airstrip is so close to Buhoma sector f Bwindi where you can trek the endangered mountain gorillas.
The main reason people fly to Kihihi airstrip is to do gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda, Bwindi national park is home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas who are critically endangered.
Mountain gorillas share 98% DNA with humans making them humans closest relatives, they are mainly herbivores and they eat leaves, bamboo shoot, stems, fruits and sometimes supplement their diet with termites and hunts.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has got 12 habituated gorilla groups that can be trekked by tourists, a maximum of one hour is given for observation after finding mountain gorillas and if gorillas are uncomfortable the visit is likely to end earlier.
Gorilla habituation is a lifetime experience which can only be done at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in the world. Habituation is the process of making mountain gorillas get used to human presence, this is done by joining researchers and scientists for four hours in the presence of gorillas.
You can also fly to Kihihi airstrip if you want to visit the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha sector is renowned for its tree climbing lions not found elsewhere except in Lake Manyara in Tanzania.
Queen Elizabeth national park is also the country’s most visited destination; the park is endowed with over 600 species of birds making it a birders paradise. There are also other various species of animals like elephants, warthogs, leopards, bushbucks, hippos, crocodiles and gorilla trekking can also be done in the great Kyambura gorge.
Getting to –Bwindi by road will take about 9-10 hours, for adventurers travelers this is the best option because you will have greater views along the way with wildlife. Traveling by air transport will only take about 1 hour and this is mostly used by luxurious travelers.