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Where to find each family in Bwindi Impenetrable NP and how to get there.

How to get to Bwindi Impenetetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi lies in south-western Uganda, about 530km from Kampala the capital city. The park can be reached by road from several directions depending on where you are tracking.

  • Kampala - Mbarara 280km / 5 hrs
  • Mbarara - Kabale 147km / 3 hrs
  • Mbarara - Ntungamo 60km / 1 hrs
  • Ntungamo - Rukungiri 45km / 1 hrs
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The above driving times and distances are all tarmac roads leading to access points for Bwindi.

Bwindi Park entrance sign Viewing the gorillas Bwindi

The following driving times and distances are all murram roads. Please note that we recommend 4WD for all these routes, particularly in rainy season. Murram roads in Uganda can deteriorate very quickly if not maintained, so driving times and conditions are approximate.

Buhoma

FROM KAMPALA

  • Via Rukungiri
The quickest and most direct route to Buhoma is through Rukungiri, although there are two alternative ways from Rukungiri depending on road conditions at the time.
Rukungiri - Khihi - Buhoma 82 km / 3 hr
Follow signs to Kihihi, then to Buhoma. Signed 'Bwindi'
Rukungiri - Kanungu - Buhoma 110 Km / 3 hr
Follow signs to Kanunga, then to Buhoma. Signed 'Bwindi'
 
  • Via Kabale
Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma. 95 km / 3-4 hr
Most scenic route
Follow the Kisoro Rd for approx 25 km, turn right signed Ruhija. Continue through Ruhija to Buhoma. Signed 'Bwindi'
 
  • Public Transport
A daily bus service leaves Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi from which a taxi can be hired for the last 17km to Buhoma.
Note: There is no regular public transport between Kabale and Butotoga so if you are relying on public transport you would be best to use the Rukungiri route.
 
FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
  • Queen Elizabeth NP (Mweya)-Ishasha- Kihihi-Buhoma. 160 km / 3-5 hr
This route passes the park's southerly Ishasha sector, providing the chance of a stopover to search for famous tree-climbing lions.
15km from the junction to Ishasha Rest Camp, veer left at the fork and continue another 12 km to Kihihi. Turn right and continue through to Buhoma. Signed Bwindi National Park
Queen Elizabeth NP (Mweya)-Ishaka- Kagamba-Buhoma. 200 km / 6 Hrs
Follow the tarmac road to Mbarara as far as Ishaka, turn right onto murram and continue 33 km to Kagamba to join the Ntungamo - Rukungiri route above.
 
  • Public Transport
Public transport along these routes is limited, so your best alternative is to retrace to Mbarara and join a Kampala bus from there.

Ruhija

  • Kabale-Ruhija 36 km / 1-1½ hrs
Follow the Kisoro Rd for approx 25 km, turn right signed 'Ruhija'. Signed 'Bwindi'
 
  • Public Transport
If you are reliant on public transport we recommend you use it as far as Kabale only, but not from there. Private hire vehicles are readily available in Kabale to transfer you to Ruhija even on the morning of tracking - although it does make for a very early morning start.

Rushaga / Ntungamo (Nkuringo)

Rushaga and Ntungamo are only 17 kms apart so it is feasable to use either of these or even Kisoro as your base and use a private hire vehicle to transfer you on the morning of tracking.

  • Kabale- Kisoro 80km / 2½-3 hrs
Direct main road, currently being upgraded to tarmac.
 
  • Kisoro-Ntungamo 36km / 1-1½ hrs
A windy and bumpy road, but well signposted from Kisoro.
 
  • Kabale-Muko-Rushaga-Ntungamo 80 km / 2½ hrs
The route is signposted 'Nkuringo' to the right off the main Kabale-Kisoro road shortly after leaving Muko. After approx 20 km you will reach the turn to Rushaga for tracking Nshongi. Another 10 kms, a few kilometers after Rubugiri there is a junction signed – “Nkuringo 10km”. This junction joins the direct road to Ntungamo from Kisoro.
 
  • Public Transport
Public transport is readily available from Kabale to Kisoro, however you will need to arrange a private hire vehicle to continue your journey to Ntungamo or Rushaga.

By Air

Travelers can fly from Entebbe or Kampala (Kajjansi airfield) to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro. Planes can also be chartered to the grass Kayonza or Savannah airstrips.
Bwindi is well served by two airfields at Kihiihi for the northern sector and Nyakabande in Kisoro for those going to track gorillas in the southern sector. 
Aerolink Uganda offer daily scheduled flights to both Kisoro and Kihihi, otherwise a number of charter airlines are also available.

Aerolink Uganda Flight Schedule

   
Entebbe - Kihihi (Buhoma)

Daily Service AM
From     To            Depart    Arrive
Entebbe    Kihihi    07.45    09.30
Kihihi    Entebbe    09.45    11.25
   
Daily Service PM
From     To            Depart    Arrive
Entebbe    Kihihi    12.45    13.55
Kihihi    Entebbe    14.05    15.55
   
Entebbe - Kisoro (Nkuringo / Rushaga / Ruhija / Mgahinga)
   
From     To             Depart    Arrive
Entebbe    Kisoro    07.45    08.55
Kisoro    Entebbe    09.10    11.25
   
Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.
  

Charter Airlines

Fly Uganda
Eagle Air
The Vine Air
 


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