How far is Bwindi from Volcanoes National Park: Mountain gorillas may be found in both the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and the Volcanoes National Park, which are the most popular places for mountain gorilla trekking. Mountain gorilla trekking is an activity in which people journey into the jungle to witness mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the Kisoro district, in the country’s south western region, whereas the Volcanoes National Park is located in the Ruhengeri area of Rwanda, in the country’s northwestern region. Various national parks may be on the fringes of these countries, but they are well connected and accessible from a variety of sites within the countries.

Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is a tiny but easily accessible national park, particularly near Kigali. Kigali city serves as a hub for the Kigali International Airport, the country’s largest and principal serving airport, which can accommodate up to six small to medium-sized aircraft. Depending on traffic, it will take between 2 and 3 hours to go from Kigali to the Volcanoes National Park.

How far is Bwindi from Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in Uganda’s Kisoro region, in the country’s south. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is about an 8- to 9-hour drive from the country’s international airport, Entebbe. The Bwindi forest is 600 kilometers from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. This is a lengthy and gorgeous trip with the possibility of passing by the equator line en route, where you may stop for an experimental experience.

How to access Bwindi National Park from Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

If you are flying from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you may choose to take a domestic aircraft. Aero link, a local airline operator, operates flights to the Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips. There are two airstrips near Bwindi National Park, and which one you land at is heavily influenced by the lodging you choose. Another airline, Fly Uganda, operates flights from Kajjansi to Bwindi, which are all one-hour trips that cost roughly $300 USD.

The distance between Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is approximately 3 to 4 hours by road across the Cyanika border. Both parks can be accessed from the Cyanika border, therefore if you have an activity in both parks, it is feasible to include it in your Rwanda safari. Guests who wish to view the mountain gorillas of both gorilla homes may do so by visiting both parks.

Trekking the Bwindi mountain gorillas from Kigali is also a shorter way, as the trip takes 4 to 5 hours over the Katuna border. The Ugandan mountain gorilla permit is less expensive than the Rwandan one, so if you want a cheaper gorilla permit and less time on the road, get a Bwindi gorilla permit and connect from Kigali Rwanda.

There are a variety of safaris available to traverse from Rwanda to Uganda, as well as safaris that begin in Rwanda and conclude in Uganda and vice versa to save time spent on the road. Rwanda and Uganda have a mutual agreement under the East African Community where you may apply for and receive a multiple entry visa for 70 USD, allowing you to enter Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya.

Gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi national park Vs. Volcanoes national park

A mountain gorilla permit at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda costs $1,500 USD per permit, whereas a permit in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is $700 USD. The pricing differential is taken into account by the various national park governing agencies. The experience at national parks, no matter how near they are, is unique.

The vegetation of Volcanoes National Park is primarily bamboo, and the terrain is less difficult, allowing you to spot the mountain gorillas more quickly and get a clear glimpse of the family. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, as its name suggests, is a dense rain forest with a virgin setting, so expect to pass through some bushes and rivers as you search for mountain gorillas.

How far is Bwindi from Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes

Uganda has around 19 habituated gorilla groups and Rwanda has approximately 11 habituated gorilla groups, with a maximum of 8 tourists per gorilla family each day. Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda is the only gorilla park that provides the gorilla habituation experience, in which people spend more than an hour with a gorilla family as scientists work to acclimate the mountain gorillas to human visits.

Visit both locations in the shortest amount of time possible. Contact us and let us know which safari you like, and we will plan your Rwanda gorilla safari.

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