On this page I will tell you how to get to and around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; accommodation facilities, camping, best times to visit and more ... Just about all you need to know about this place.
We will be packing your bags later on this page for the walk through this 'impenetrable forest' ... and so that you prepare well in advance, have yourselves a proper 4WD ... the roads here can be quite poor sometimes - especially in the wet seasons. If you love driving, then you haven't driven yet ... Read more about driving in Uganda here.
There are 2 ways to get here ... and I am afraid if you are the kind that can't fly, then you will be left with one option - By Road.
If you are doing a 'mary go round' - visiting the other National Parks as you see parts of rural Uganda, you will quite easily get here; Have you been to the Queen Elizabeth National Park? From there you will only do a 2 - 3 hours drive to Bwindi.
The shortest and easiest is; if you happen to be further south-west in Kabale town, you could decide to visit Lake Bunyonyi first (lovely place!) ... before doing a 2 hours drive to Bwindi.
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And By Air; Believe you, me, you don't want to miss out on those images of rural Uganda ... but if you decide to fly anyway;
Flights can be arranged from Kajjansi airfield near Kampala or from Entebbe Airport. Flight takes about 1 - 2 hours to the airstrip in Kisoro. You could also chatter flights to airfields in Kihiihi, Kayonza and Nyakabande - these are within distance to the trailheads of the park.
Airlines and ticket prices;
Here is a little help with your flight arrangements; See how much the tickets would cost and which airlines fly to Entebbe International Airport. From Entebbe, you can quite easily find out which internal flights will get you to Bwindi. See more here ...
Bwindi can be visited all year round ... but so that you know;
Bwindi can be cold especially at night and in the morning - you are looking at temperatures of about 6/7°C. I guess that is not cold for many of you from say Canada and the Scandinavian states but believe you, me, once you get used to the Ugandan weather, that will feel cold. Average temperatures here are between 7°C - 21°C which can go up to about 27°C.
The rains come in March to May and September to November. They can be quite heavy and go on for a long period. It could also be the long soft drizzles ... and with the kind of hilly terrain and vegetation, it gets really wet here - therefore pack those wellies ...
A small fee will be charged for most of the activities and sites within the park which is different from the entrance to the park and surely as expected, the fee is subject to change. See current fees for National Parks in Uganda here ...
Do you love camping and enjoying nature and the environment? this is where it gets exciting! The sites are amazing - in the middle of a natural setting, surrounded by beautiful sceneries.
You will be spoilt for choice - no need to get sleepless nights over finding accommodation here. There is plenty to choose from, depends on how deep your pockets are. Different rates, different settings across the board; from camping sites run by UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) to the top end privately run facilities. If you are looking for a bit of pampering and comfort, places like the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge will provide just that ...
The small towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo have an impressive collection of luxury accommodation with budget friendly camping sites.
The beauty is; most of these facilities are close to the trailheads of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and there is a lot of information about the park that you can pick up from here.
What else is there to do apart from the gorilla trekking? still wondering ...
Without doubt most visitors come here for the gorillas ... and only get surprised when they get down to reality. This place has a lot more to offer .
I really love the light travellers ... save for the fact that I have never really mastered their trick - my wife is even worse at light travelling!
... But here we go;
For starters, find yourselves a good 4x4 (4 wheel drive car), get your tent and its accessories ready - that is if you are doing some camping.
And for your bag; put that camera first - you don't want to miss out on those wonderful 'kodak moments'. Have lots of films or memory cards and make sure you have enough batteries to last you through.
Here is my little advise - charge your camera and phone at every opportunity - sounds like common sense ... don't be caught out! Have some waterproof bags to safeguard the cameras and any other durable equipment from the wet weather.
Hiking boots, plenty of water to drink, lightweight raincoat is recommended and talk about weather and climate of this place; Quite often, especially in the mornings and late evenings it will feel cold - I know I will get mixed reactions here but listen, ' fore warned, fore armed' ... so they say! Bring some warm clothing - a warm jacket with do. And if you can pack some light weight wellies - be ready to get wet sometimes ....
And for your health, if you are on continued treatment that requires repeat prescription, please have enough to see you through. You will not get chance to replenish ... and as some of medicines might be difficult to find in this part of the world. For any sickness along the way, Bwindi Community Hospital will provide some health care but only for the not so difficult ailments and handle emergencies that require immediate attention.
Hmmm! ... just thinking - Are you doing any Mountain Hiking after this? Here is some useful information.
Have yourselves a lovely time.
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