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Kisoro Airstrip – Your Gateway to Western Uganda’s National Parks

Kisoro Airstrip is located in Kisoro district, in the southwest of Uganda, bordering Kabale, Kanungu, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The airstrip provides the easiest way to access the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

If you prefer not to travel long distances on your Uganda safaris, then you should consider opting for domestic flights.

Tourists that cannot afford flights to Kisoro Airstrip can opt for gorilla trekking from Kigali.

Kisoro Airstrip

Kisoro Airstrip was established to facilitate travelers’ access to southwestern Uganda.

This airstrip is the most convenient for reaching the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

The airstrip is approximately 343 kilometers from Entebbe International Airport.

Although Kisoro Airstrip currently does not operate international flights, there are plans to upgrade it into an international airport, which will make it easier for tourists to access the parks directly from abroad.

Kisoro airstrip can be accessed by air from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield using domestic flights.

These flights typically depart from Entebbe early in the morning and mid-morning, taking 1-2 hours to reach the airstrip.

From there, you will need to drive for about an hour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and approximately 2 hours to reach the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas.

There are 15 gorilla groups in Bwindi that tourists can trek in four different sectors: Nkuringo, Ruhija, Buhoma, and Rushaga sectors.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park also offers gorilla habituation experiences where you can spend more time with gorillas than during gorilla trekking.

Bwindi is home to 350 recorded bird species, with 23 being endemic to this area, 324 species of trees, 200 species of butterflies, and over 400 various plant species.

About Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest national park in Uganda, covering about 33 square kilometers.

Despite its size, Mgahinga is home to three of the Virunga Volcanoes: Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Muhabura, and Mount Gahinga.

The slopes of these Virunga Volcanoes are inhabited by mountain gorillas.

Tourists can trek one habituated gorilla family in the park known as the Nyakagezi gorilla family.

Golden monkey trekking is another diverse and interesting activity in Mgahinga.

Volcano climbing can also be done on any of the three volcanoes, with Mgahinga and Sabyinyo being the only ones hiked from the Ugandan side.

When you reach the peak of Mount Sabyinyo, you will be able to stand in three countries (Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo) at once.

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