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Rwanda: Getting There

NOTE: Book at least 6 months in advance to get the gorilla and chimpanzee permits, and don't book your flights until you confirm your permit!

Getting There

Airfare is not included in the price of your trip, but we can help you make flight arrangements. In Uganda, the airport is Entebbe in Kampala (EBB). In Rwanda, the airport is in Kigali (KGL).

Flights to Uganda are available from British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, African Express, South Africa Airways and Kenya Airways.

Flights within Uganda are offered by Aerolink which operates twice daily flights between Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo. Fly Uganda also offers scheduled flights to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo.

Flights to Rwanda are available from KLM, Kenya Airways, Brussels Airlines, Qatar Aiways, Turkish Airlines, South Africa Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.

Flights within East Africa are operated by Kenya Airways, Precision, Coastal Aviation, Air Uganda and Rwandair, making the connection between Uganda, Rwanda and the savannah plains of Kenya and Tanzania easier than ever before!

Flights Kigali-Serengeti are operated daily 06:00am-10:25am (a stop at Mwanza for immigration) with a minimum of 2 people for $600/person one-way plus 4% tax plus $37/person departure tax payable at the Kigali Airport with U.S. dollars. It also runs Serengeti-Kigali 14:25pm-17:30pm for the same price.

Starting in November 2014, there are now 3 flights a week between Kigali and Mwanza:


  • WB470… KGLMWZ 10h00 12h00
  • WB471… MWZ KGL 18h30 18h30


  • WB470… KGLMWZ 13h30 15h30
  • WB471… MWZ KGL 16h15 16h15


  • WB470… KGLMWZ 13h30 15h30
  • WB471… MWZ KGL 16h15 16h15

Getting Around

Main roads are generally good but travel is much slower than on European or American roads. Secondary roads are of variable quality and often slow and bumpy especially around the gorilla parks. Be prepared for long car journeys often taking most of the day. Four-wheel drive vehicles are required for certain routes in the rainy season. Light aircraft can also be chartered to the main airfields.

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