Kihihi Airstrip – A Gateway to the North of Bwindi National Park
Kihihi Airstrip is an airfield in the north of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and mainly used by those going for gorilla trekking adventures. The airstrip in Kambuga sub county in Kanungu district serves tourists using air transport to conveniently fly to Bwindi Impenetrable forest or the Ishasha Sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Those visiting Uganda for gorilla encounters of wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park to easily from Entebbe or Kajjanzi airfield to these attractions. Flying from Entebbe to Bwindi is one the gorilla trekking options from which visitors can choose to visit the endangered primates. Aerolink Uganda Limited is one of the major flight operators from Entebbe to various attractions of Uganda including Bwindi National Park. this flight company flies daily to Kihihi airstrip. Aero Link operates domestic scheduled and charter flights to Kihihi and Kisoro Airfields. It takes like 1 hour to transfer by air from Entebbe to Bwindi.
Kihihi Airport also known as Savannah Airstrip, is the third largest airport in Uganda with domestic flights only. Flying for tourism in Uganda involves taking either scheduled or chartered flights basing on one’s budget and urgency. Traveling to the south-western part of Uganda for thrilling safari experiences on your Uganda holiday tour is not limited to road transport but also flying. When you choose to fly during your Uganda gorilla trip, you can either land at Kihihi Airstrip or Kisoro Airstrip. The airstrip to fly to and land on would base on the sector of gorilla permit. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is divided into four gorilla trekking sectors which include, Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo Sectors. Kihihi Airstrip facilitates visitors going to trek gorillas in Buhoma Sector of Bwindi forest.
Fly Entebbe to Kihihi Airstrip and Trek Gorillas in Buhoma
When you take a flight from Entebbe either by charter or scheduled flying, you will land at Kihihi and then transfer by road the lodge. Some of the lodges in Buhoma region include Mahogany Springs, Silverback Lodge, Bwindi Forest Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Haven Lodge Buhoma Community and many more. On landing at the airfield, a waiting driver guide picks you up and transfer to the lodge where you would be treated to the best home experience. Most lodges are not far from this airstrip. Expect to take approximately 20 to 40 minutes or less to arrive at a given accommodation. The same drive who drops you to the lodge will pick you on the day of gorilla trekking, transfer to park offices for briefing before proceeding to the location of the allocated gorilla family for tracking. After trekking Engagi, a local name for gorillas, drive back to the lodge for overnight. On the last day, you will be transferred to Kihihi Airstrip for you flight back to Entebbe. In case of a chartered flight, days may be less since one can fly early and trek gorillas, or stay one night, walk to see them on day two and fly back to Entebbe. It all depends of the arrangement one makes with the safari organizer.