A fly-in Uganda safari will appeal to travelers who not only want to get from the vibrant, thrumming city energy to the heart of the destination’s wilderness parks faster than a four-by-four cruiser but also marvel at the Pearl of Africa’s vast and magnificent landscapes views from above.
When your local guide on the safari game drive mentions mountain backdrops and vast savannah plains, your memory of the aerial viewpoint will give a better picture of the experience.
Uganda’s most famous safari attractions are located in remote places far from urban cities and the only international airport at Entebbe. Transfers between attractions by road is exhausting for many travelers. With a light aircraft, fly-in safaris will transfer you between Uganda’s far-flung attractions, saving you time on transfers so that you can do more with your all-inclusive Uganda safari vacation.
A typical all-inclusive fly-in Uganda safari will charter or catch a scheduled local flight and fly out from Entebbe International Airport in a light 4-11 seater caravan aircraft. Fly over the vast plains and rugged landscapes to your chosen safari park’s landing strip. Travelers also can fly between locations for the safari duration. It is the ideal way to explore Uganda’s remote attractions without struggling through dusty or potholed roads.
We highly recommend fly-in safari trips to solo travelers and couples or two people traveling together. If you’re traveling in a group of four or more, driving would be cheaper and more fun than the flying vacation. But if you don’t have the time and don’t mind the price tag on it, take the aerial transfer: it’s worth it.
Entebbe — Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Kihihi airstrip in the north of Bwindi and Kisoro Airstrip in the south of Bwindi)
The most significant activity on Uganda safari packages is tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Both parks are located in the remotest extreme southwestern corner. The distance between Entebbe and Bwindi is about 500 kilometers (310 miles), which takes about 10 hours of drive-time.
If you’re not interested in driving through the rugged southwestern highland, want to get to your forest retreat fast, and spare your energy for the gorilla trek, take the fly-in Uganda safari from Entebbe to Bwindi.
The flight between Entebbe and Bwindi is about one hour, and in Bwindi, you can land either in the south at Kisoro Airstrip or in the north of Bwindi at Kihihi Airstrip. If you have booked your accommodation in Buhoma Sector in the north of Bwindi, take the flight to Kihihi, which is about 2 hours drive.
However, if your accommodation and gorilla permit is in the Bwindi southern sectors (Nkuringo and Rushaga Sectors), you’ll book the Entebbe—Kisoro flight. Kisoro airstrip is about a 2-hours drive outside Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors.
Suppose it’s not about avoiding the 10-hour bone-jarring journey between Entebbe and Bwindi. In that case, the spectacular aerial landscape views should compel you to take the one-hour flight over southwestern Uganda to Bwindi. The one-hour show is like flying over Nepal’s acclaimed rugged highlands, and it’s arguably worth taking the fly-in safari.
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Bwindi — Queen Elizabeth
Bwindi — Murchison Falls
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Bwindi — Jinja
A Uganda safari holiday offers a more varied experience than Kenya or Tanzania. Plus, adventuring into the primate-rich rainforests, a traveler can venture onto the open savannah plains to catch the extraordinary big game drama, climb snow-capped summits, and explore the Pearl of Africa’s most hidden cultures in the remotest corners.
After tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga, you can connect, by flight, to other remote destinations like Queen Elizabeth NP in the west, Murchison Falls, and Kidepo National Park in the far northeast.
Aerolink, our most trusted local flights operator, operates daily scheduled and chartered flights between Entebbe—Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Kidepo, and Semiliki National Parks.
You can also take a Uganda fly-in safari between Entebbe and Masai Mara in Kenya, or Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, allowing you to watch the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi and also experience the wild magnificence of the Serengeti-Mara triangle.
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Entebbe — Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kasese and Mweya airstrips)
Uganda’s most celebrated tourism asset, Queen Elizabeth National Park, features on most Uganda fly-in safaris, allowing tourists to easily connect with remote nationals in the two extreme corners of Uganda and beyond. The park alone is a massive 1978 sq km top Africa safari game drive destination in the east of Africa, offering incredible wildlife viewing moments, especially for independent travelers.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is about 392 kilometers (248 miles) from Entebbe, and that takes about a 6-hours drive via Kampala-Fort Portal highway and about a 7-hours drive on Masaka-Mbarara highway.
The Entebbe-Kasese/Mweya fly-in Uganda safari will cut the journey to just below an hour, saving a significant chunk of time to explore the park’s adventures or quiet-relaxing time at the camp. A considerable percentage of our travelers jump for this chance to save on time and also experience the Pearl of Africa’s enchanting aerial landscapes views.
Aerolink operates chartered and scheduled local flights between Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi (Kihihi/Kisoro airstrips), Murchison Falls National Park (Pakuba, Bugungu, and Chobe airstrips), and Entebbe International Airport.
All our highly curated, personalized, all-inclusive fly-in Uganda safaris include local flight fees to save you the booking hustle and the drive time, a double win for you.
Entebbe — Murchison Falls National Park (Pakuba, Bugungu and Chobe airstrips)
A bit stretched from the western Uganda safari circuit sits Uganda’s largest national park, Murchison Falls National Park, a gigantic attraction of the world’s most powerful falls and some of the most endearing animals to watch on safari.
The nearest park to Murchison Falls is Kidepo National Park (250 km, about 5 hours drive) and Kibale National Park (500 km, about 8 hours drive). There’s a bone-jarring 13-hour drive between Bwindi and Murchison Falls. That’s is a legitimate reason why most safari operators avoid the route, and others add expensive stops at other parks.
A fly-in Uganda safari between Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Murchison Falls is a great alternative. It allows the traveler to spend their budget on more days at the camp for the experience.
Our travelers have rated the Bwindi-Murchison Falls all-inclusive fly-in safari as one of our most rewarding tailored adventure vacations. Our guests usually spend 4 nights in Bwindi, fly over, and spend 3 nights in Murchison and around the Mighty Nile River and get back home by the weekend.
Whichever number of days you want to spend at the safari camp, you can still fly between Murchison Falls National Park’s (Pakuba, Bugungu, Chobe airstrips) and Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kasese and Mweya airstrips), or Kibale National Park (Semliki), or Entebbe International Airport.
Entebbe — Kidepo Valley National Park (Pakuba airstrip)
Uganda’s most underrated national park CNN Travel Magazine recently named the Mara of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park, sits in the extreme northeastern corner of Uganda. Its location has historically made it impossible to include on most Uganda safaris.
Nevertheless, the semi-arid landscape of the protected reserve hosts an incredible number of wildlife, a spectacular rugged and semi-arid landscape, and some of the fascinating cultural tribes in the country. In Kidepo, many of our guests have reported the best wildlife viewing experiences, notably pointing out the advantage of very low tourists in the park.
Kidepo Valley has one airstrip at Apoka that connects local flights to Entebbe and Pakuba/Bugungu/Chobe in Murchison. If you see mountain gorillas in Bwindi, our fly-in Uganda safari will usually include 3 nights in Bwindi, a connecting flight to Kidepo via Entebbe, and spend another 3 nights, before flying back to Entebbe. A perfect Honeymoon or Romantic Safari in Uganda to celebrate love in the African wilderness.
All our fly-in Uganda safari vacations are tailored to suit our travelers’ budget and style of travel. We run the gamut from shorter jaunts lasting just a few days to month-long itineraries. Our remote Africa safari trips exploring the adventure-filled countryside, giving our travelers authentic local and wilderness experiences.
Like mentioned earlier, our all-inclusive fly-in Uganda safari trips take care of the local flight reservations, transfers between the camp and airstrip, room reservation, park activities, and local expert guide. This gives our travelers the power to experience a rewarding safari vacation in the Pearl of Africa.
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