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For clients that are worried about the long driving hours between the various national parks, we do offer flying safaris with domestic airlines which offer both scheduled and charter flights in to Uganda’s national parks and at affordable rates.
Having a flying safari is one of the best and quickest way for business clients that have very limited time in the country and yet want to visit some of the country’s national parks.
The flying time in between each of these National parks is about one hour and 20 minutes on the direct charter flights though clients have to note that scheduled flights could take a bit longer because of the various stops enroute.
Aerolink uses Cessna Grand Caravans and offers daily flights in to Bwindi National parks with stops in Kisoro and Kihihi Airstrips, Queen Elizabeth National park (stopping at Kasese and Mweya air strips), Murchison falls National park (stopping at Bugungu, Pakuba & Chobe airstrips), Semliki National park and Kidepo National parks.
You can have the option of flying in between all the national parks or combine flying with driving to make sure that you don’t miss out on the natural diversity and overwhelming beauty of the Pearl of Africa.
Please note that we do all these local flight bookings for you and we can always send you a schedule of the flights should you require them.
You need to however note that the luggage allowance per person is 15kg.
We do all the bookings for you for can you can email us and we send you a schedule for the various destinations if needed.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Travel Time: Approx. 8 hours
Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a Churchill Safaris representative.
From Kampala you will begin the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq. km and boasts 90 mammal species, the infamous mountain gorillas, a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon etc.
You will stop en route to look at the Royal Drum makers, see the Equator where you can stand in both hemispheres simultaneously. From there you continue through the terraced hillsides of Uganda arriving to Bwindi in the evening in time for dinner.
Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
All the rooms at Mahogany Springs are suites. The Superior Suites can be Twin, Double or Triple. These suites are spacious with large double doors and beautiful windows. Each Suite has its own private exquisitely designed terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding area. All suites have large en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeously designed open terracotta shower.
This morning you set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all. If time permits there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in during the afternoon.
Batwa Trail: During this moving tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups.
Guests are then invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King to be entertained by traditional music and dance.
Village Walk: Overlooking the imposing hillsides of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, with the mist swirling over the summits, this is one of the most dramatic settings for your cultural tour! Among others, meet a traditional healer, who not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants.
Bwindi Community Hospital: Started by a Canadian doctor BCH revolutionized health care for the Batwa and the Bwindi community. This free hospital tour provides insight into the region and issues that the local community member’s face.
Waterfall Walk: Walk along the Congolese border and Bwindi to see the magnificent waterfalls and the incredible scenery.
Overnight at Mahogany Springs lodge on FB basis
The day is yours as you explore all that Bwindi has to offer! Go for an optional second gorilla trekking experience, or choose another option. There are so many things to explore, go for a birding safari in the interior of the forest. Other popular options include a visit to the Batwa Trail or experiencing local village life. We can also arrange for you to visit Bwindi Community Hospital or support our efforts at conservation by planting a tree at a local school. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner.
Overnight at Mahogany Springs lodge on FB basis.
Depart Bwindi early in the morning to catch your return flight home in either Entebbe or Kigali.
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well or the southern sector of Bwindi if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Buhoma at the time of your booking.
Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.