Cheapest way to travel from Kampala to Bwindi, Situated in the southern western part of Uganda close to the democratic republic of Congo, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park next to the Virunga National Park edging to the Albertine rift.
To access the park, one can use the road, covering a distance of approximately 520 km from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. For an enjoyable journey, it is recommended to use a 4×4 safari vehicle and follow these routes:
Starting from Entebbe International Airport/Kampala to Kabale, which is roughly 414 km, taking approximately 5-8 hours to drive. From Kabale, proceed through Kanungu and Kanyantorogo down to the Buhoma region where the park headquarters are located. This leg of the journey is about 120 km and takes around 3-5 hours to drive. Cheapest way to travel from Kampala to Bwindi
You can still opt to more from Kampala-Kabala which is roughly 414 kilometers and then continue to Ruhija and finally to Buhoma which is 95 kilometers and a 3-hour drive, from Kampala via Mbarara city close 6 to 8 hours’ drive, or from kabala town to the southern just for an hour or two. All the said road routes join/meet at Butogota, a 17-kilometer distance from the Buhoma region entrance gate. Cheapest way to travel from Kampala to Bwindi
There is a daily bus that leaves Kampala for Butogota through the towns of Rukungiri and Kihihi and you can get a taxi from here which takes about 20 kilometers to Buhoma.
However, Nkurungo has no public means unless you have a private vehicle from Kisoro town.
For travelers on self-drive, we advise you to consider a whole day since it is likely to take around 9-10 hours to drive on a twisting road.
The driving time to Bwindi forest is subject to where you come from, If case you’re from Entebbe International Airport, it is a 9-10-hour drive and if you are from Kigali-Rwanda, it is a 3-4-hour drive.
The journey is exciting with scenic views of rolling green steep slopes and hills of the Kigezi region, the Uganda equator line, roadside craft and fresh fruit shops, and Lake Bunyonyi. The small rivers, changes in vegetation, and escarpments before you approach Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, the home to the Mountain Gorillas.
From Lake Mburo National Park in Kiruhura district, it is roughly 4-5 hours. Some tourist companies like a slop over at Lake Mburo National Park to break the long-distance drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. In case you are from Queen Elizabeth National Park the drive can last for approximately 5-6 hours via the Queen Elizabeth National Park‘ southern sector of Ishasha famous for tree climbing lions, to Kihihi town and proceed to the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
At certain times, the road via the Ishasha region is rough and slippery, mostly in the wet season as a result of heavy rainfall and heavy trucks heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo getting stuck on the road. Another option can be a shortcut that drivers use but mostly, you are likely to find yourself on Ishaka road, to Rukungiri to Mengo then Kihihi town, and finally to the Buhoma region.
Travelers coming from Kigali- Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, the Virunga express bus service has different bus routes within Rwanda, so you can board any Virunga bus from any part of Rwanda up to Kigali city. The Virunga Express Company has its offices in Nyabugogo taxi park. They also have Virunga express Costa buses on routes from Gisenyi, Musanze, and Butare each daily from Kigali to Kabale at 3:00 pm Rwandan time.
If you are in Musanze (Ruhengeri) board the Matatu to the Chanika-Rwanda-Uganda border and contact a car rental company or contact us at Safari Vacations and Travel Services to pick you up and continue to Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park.
All in all, the southern and eastern regions of Bwindi’s impenetrable forest are a decent distance from Kigali International Airport or Rwanda.
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