Domestic flights from Kisoro to Entebbe
Domestic flights from Kisoro to Entebbe are commonly used by tourists that are coming from Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Kisoro airstrip is located in the southwestern part of the country where Bwindi gorilla park and Mgahinga national park are located. The airstrip is located about 1-2 hours’ drive to these national parks and it’s used by luxury travelers who hate traveling for long distances and those that love traveling in a luxury style.
Domestic flights from Kisoro to Entebbe
Domestic flights from Kisoro to Entebbe are mostly used by travelers that are saving time and those that hate traveling long distances. Flying from Kisoro to Entebbe takes 1 hour and 45 minutes only while those that are to drive from Kisoro to Entebbe take i-10 hours which is too long for some travelers. To reduce the time tourists spend driving back to Entebbe, tourists book flights to Entebbe international airport from Kisoro airstrip.
Domestic flights from Kisoro airstrip to Entebbe are organized by different airline companies in the country among which include Aerolink Uganda, Bar Aviation Uganda, and Fly Uganda. A traveler to use these airline companies will have to book with them first and this is always in advance. You can book the flight by yourself or a local tour operator who will contact the airline company for the availability of the set as and once they are available, yours will be booked and you will be able to fly from Kisoro to Entebbe.
Tourists who are flying to Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla park in most cases book a to and from ticket and therefore a plane will always come for them on the agreed date. Travelers that are sleeping in lodges inside the park will have to drive and reach the airstrip in time before the flight. Flights from Kisoro to Entebbe are done three times and a day and they take 1 hour and 45 minutes to land at Entebbe international airport.
Kisoro airstrip is the only airport linking Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park which are famous homes for mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas of Uganda live in these two national parks which are both found on the same side of the country. Bwindi is home to the highest number of mountain gorillas and Mgahinga is home to less than 80 mountain gorillas.
Bwindi has 21 mountain gorilla families open for trekking and habituation while Mgahinga national park has only 1 habituated mountain gorilla family named Nyakagezi. Encountering mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why tourists visit these parks but several minor activities can be done in the park and these include birding, nature walks as well as community visits.
Travelers that are intending to visit Bwindi or Mgahinga to encounter endangered mountain gorillas should note that a gorilla permit is needed. This is a ticket from Uganda Wildlife Authority to show that you qualify to encounter these apes in their natural habitat. Tourists will present the gorilla permits to the park wardens on the day of briefing before entering into the jungle.
Searching for the mountain gorillas in these two national parks takes you deep into the thick forests where a ranger guide leads you to search for these giant apes. Time taken to locate the mountain gorillas is not always guaranteed but it’s between 2-7 hours and this depends on the location of the gorilla group as well as the speed of trekkers.
It’s always a dream come true for every traveler to be around mountain gorillas and they are always given 1 hour by the armed ranger guides to be around these apes. The time to be around mountain gorillas enables tourists to see the apes do daily activities, take photos, record videos, and also learn about the habits of these apes. Mountain gorillas are close relatives to human beings so it’s always amazing being around them to see if they really behave like us.
When to visit Bwindi and Mgahinga
Bwindi and Mgahinga national park can be visited at any time of the year because they are always open for tourism activities. The dry season from June to September and December to February is the best period to visit these national parks and this is because the months have little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is short and thin with good views of the animals and the roads lead to these parks are passable.
Travelers can still visit Bwindi Gorilla park and Mgahinga national parks in the rainy season of March to May and October to November and this favors budget travelers because the parks are at a discount. The dry season is however characterized by too much rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is tall and thick with unclear views of the mountain gorillas and the roads connecting to the park are impassable.