As you plan for a Gorilla Trekking trip, sometimes on head are questions like: Can I fly to see the Mountain Gorillas? How long is the journey by road from Kampala or Kigali to the gorillas’ habitat? What is the best way to travel to the mountain gorillas?
The main roads to the gorilla tracking regions of Uganda and Rwanda are generally good which are secondary roads. However they are often slow and bumpy, especially approaching Uganda’s gorilla parks. Be prepared for long car journeys often taking most of the day but can be interesting with a number of stopovers and can as well be considered as one of the best way to travel to the mountain gorillas.
At Rwanda Cars for Rental, we have four-wheel drive vehicles which are generally required for certain routes in the rainy season. As you travel, enjoy the journey! The scenery is fabulous.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – home to the world’s biggest population of mountain gorillas – is 8+ hours’ drive from Kampala or Entebbe. If you’ve never visited this part of the world at all, the drive is a fantastic opportunity to view African life in the trading centres you pass through. En route through the gloriously green Pearl of Africa you will cross the Equator (and the obligatory stop for photos!)
If you have time to spare, you can easily make a detour for a Safari in Lake Mburo National Park or Queen Elizabeth National Park.
If you’re pushed for time, or you don’t fancy a long road drive, a short drive isthe best way to travel to the mountain gorillas. The drive to Ruhengeri (Virunga) Volcanoes National Park, home of Rwanda’s gorillas, takes just two hours from Rwanda’s capital city Kigali on very good roads. This is the best way to travel to the mountain gorillas for travelers who dont have much time but would love to see these endangered creatures. En route you will quickly understand why it is called ‘the Land of 1000 Hills’!
It is also possible to fly to Kigali then drive across the border to see Uganda’s gorillas. Both options take considerably less time than driving from Kampala and are actually the best way to travel to the mountain gorillas.