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Distance between Bwindi and Volcanoes National Park

Distance between Bwindi and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Can I do mountain gorilla tracking experience in both destinations?

Many travellers have always not gotten enough of the mountain gorilla tracking experience and opted to do it at both Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Here today is the answer to the above frequently asked questions as far as distance and other facilities in this two parks is concerned.

If accessed from Kigali airport, Volcanoes National Park can be accessed easily and quickly simply because Rwanda is a small country.

filming a silverback in Bwindi National Park
silverback in Bwindi National Park

It takes about a 3 hours’ drive from Kigali International Airport to Volcanoes National Park. However if one is traveling to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Entebbe International Airport, it’s quite a long journey.

The park is over 600kms from the airport. To get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Entebbe international airport, a traveller will spend between 8 and 10 hours on the road.

However, there are flight operations from Entebbe international airport and Kajjansi airfields to Kihihi and Ishasha airstrips. Tourists and travellers can then be transferred from here by road to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, spending a few hours of transfer. Contact Jewel Safaris and let us plan your gorilla safari to either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

Track gorillas in two countries.

However when accessing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Volcanoes National Park or vice versa, it’s about 3 hours of road drive. Jewel Safaris has proven this because many travellers who have travelled with us have always chosen to track gorillas twice in both parks or do other activities around Volcanoes National Park and track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Well the good news is we have received clients that have done it and we affirm to you too that it is very possible. All you have to do is contact Jewel Safaris today and our experienced and knowledgeable team will have it fixed to your safari specifications.


In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there are many accommodation facilities. Inclusive are Four Gorillas Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Mahogany Springs, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Volcanoes Lodge and many others which all offer luxury services, Engagi Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Camp offer mid-range services and there are budget facilities too including Bwindi Jungle View.

A traveller visiting for mountain gorilla experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can easily choose and get the accommodation facility of his/her choice that as well matches his or her budget.

Likewise at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, there are also a number of good accommodation facilities for example, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and Virunga Gorilla Mountain View to mention a few.

How is the tracking experience in both Parks?

Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda apparently has eighteen (18) habituated gorilla groups and still counting. However only two mountain gorilla families are open for habituation in the Rushaga sector. The remaining habituated gorilla families are at your disposal to encounter with while on your mountain gorillas trekking safari.

Due to its hilly topography, tracking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest could be a little difficult for travellers or tourists who may also be carrying luggage. However, you can hire the services of porters to help with the luggage before embarking on your tracking experience. Contact Jewel Safaris to make prior arrangements.

Gorilla ‘Baby Boom’ in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda
Gorilla in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Some gorilla groups are social and tourists easily take their photos as they pose in the thick vegetation. The thick forest vegetation however sometimes makes it hard to take photographs especially of the gorillas that are not so social and still shy. Nevertheless, the experience is priceless and so exhilarating.

Today, Volcanoes National Park in the remarkable Rwanda has ten (10) gorilla groups readily available for tracking experience. Tourists doing mountain gorilla tracking experience in Volcanoes National Park have high chances of easily finding and taking photographs of mountain gorillas because Volcanoes National Park is on a higher elevation of 2500m and above, has a thinner vegetation cover compared to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s elevation which ranges from 1000-2000 meters. However, if you want to walk through the thick vegetative cover that takes you back to the original native Africa, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the a mountain gorillas destination to visit. It is found in the south western part of Uganda-“the pearl of Africa.”

For more information or inquiries about these two gorilla parks yet, kindly contact Jewel safaris-your trusted and reliable gorilla tracking expert and we promise to deliver beyond your expectations.

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