Fly-in safari to Mweya and Kibale: Kibale forest national park and Mweya sector are located in the Northern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Mweya sector is popularly known for wildlife viewing and game drives since it provides some of the best viewing options for different wildlife.
Kibale forest national park is famous for chimpanzee trekking. For those who plan a fly-in safari to Mweya and Kibale forest park, consider booking your flight on time and all other services required on a fly in. Pamoja tours and Travel Company can help you plan and secure all your chimpanzee permits, transportation means, flight booking and accommodation if you contact us.
Fly-in safari to Mweya and Kibale national park
Flights to Mweya or Kasese airport are the easiest since they are located just near Queen Elizabeth national park. The flight from Entebbe/Kajjansi airstrip to Mweya/ Kasese airfield takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Both parks can be accessed through Kihihi, Kasese and Mweya airstrips depending on the available domestic flight and the routing you plan to use.
Aero link Uganda and fly Uganda prepare daily scheduled and charter domestic flights to Mweya, Kasese and Kihihi airstrips. These are two daily flights one in the morning and another at noon. You are required to check in 90 minutes before the departure of your flight therefore, we advise you to book your flight earlier.
Distance from Kasese airstrip to the parks is 1-2 hours, from Mweya is 45 minutes and from Kihihi is 3-4 hours’ drive. Mweya airstrip is very convenient and for those who wish to reduce the distance from the airstrip to the parks, you can take charter flights although expensive but they can land in even smaller fields.
Organizing and booking a fly-in to Mweya and Kibale national park
After planning for your trip, we can help you organize and book for your fly-in safari to Mweya and Kibale. When booking for such safaris, we will first need your planned dates of going for a safari and verify your booking by paying 50% of the total safari cost after agreeing with your tour operator the cost of your safari. This will help us secure some of the necessary services like the local flights and accommodation. Flight fares cost USD283 for a one way flight and USD472 for a return flight with aero link Uganda or fly Uganda. Once you have confirmed your booking, we will send you a receipt of your payment.
What to do in Mweya and Kibale national park?
Visiting Kazinga channel
This is one of the most comforting and relaxing activity done where you will enjoy the boat cruise to Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth Park. The boat cruise provides a spectacular view of Mweya peninsula and different fishing villages.
Since the shores of Kazinga channel are a place for numerous birds, herds of elephants, buffalos and crocodiles, one can be able to view all of them. Alternatively, you can enjoy the view as you fly in to the park. Also, you can view the beauty of Mweya peninsular of Queen Elizabeth Park.
These usually occur in Mweya which is popular for wildlife viewing. Queen Elizabeth Park is rich in wildlife species giving you a wide range of wildlife species including the big four, water bucks, herds of buffalos, topis, elephants and many others. With luck, you will also be able to spot lions and leopards, see the strange candelabra tree of Uganda and view a number of crater lakes that surround the park and different mountain ranges in the park.
Queen Elizabeth national park is a home to over 600 bird species of which some of these are Albertine rift endemic birds , savannah and water birds most of them that can be spotted on your boat cruise to Kazinga channel. Birding here is perfect, through the open savanna grass lands and along the water banks where you will be able to spot various bird species like African crake, long-crested eagle, broad-billed roller, African white-backed vulture, African green pigeon, Ross turaco, white headed barbet, grey woodpeckers among others. You can spot these birds on your game drives. There are also others like water birds, swamp birds, savannah birds and some Albertine rift endemic birds in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Chimpanzee tracking is one of the famous activities that takes place in Kyambura gorge and Kibale Forest National parks. There are skillful researchers, guides and trackers who help you during your trek for chimps. You will then have to 1 hour to watch the chimpanzees as they continue to do their day to day activities.
This will need you to spend more time in Queen Elizabeth Park or Kibale forest park since it takes place in the morning and in the afternoons taking almost half of the day. This activity requires you to get a permit which allows you to be part of the activity. Fortunately, Pamoja tours and travel company has the capacity to help you acquire the permits.
Cultural tours and Bigodi wetland walk
Wetland walks happen in Bigodi wetland sanctuary in Magombe swamp which has a number of primates and birds living there. More to that, primates like baboons, red colobus monkey, blue monkey, velvet monkey among others are some of the best primates that you can see when you visit this wetland.
In addition, the sanctuary is a home to different bird species. Some of them are red-chested owlet, green-breasted pitta, and brown chested aletha among others. For those who have interest in exploring outside the park, you may choose to visit the local communities around the park and those making a living near Lake Katwe.
There is a project under Kasoga community where people get to share about their hard life experiences near the park. The peace between the local people and the park who work hand in hand is impressive. For those who desire to explore something out of wildlife, cultural tours are the best options for you. They are a good opportunity to meet and interact with the local people.
When is the best time to organize a fly-in safari to Mweya and Kibale national park?
The best time to visit any park in Uganda is during the drier seasons which is in the months of January, mid-December, February, June, July, August and September. During this time, the park is really dry with limited water holes where animals gather for water. This makes it very easy to spot animals and also, the grass in the park is really short making it very easy to see these wild animals. During the wet season, it becomes hard to make trips. This is due to the very slippery trails where cars pass making it hard to drive through the park. Also, rain interrupts the whole experience and the grass is usually long making it hard to see the animals.
When it comes to chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest park, it becomes very hard for you to see the chimps in the wet season. It should, however, be noted that Queen Elizabeth national park is crossed by the Equator. Therefore, it has an Equatorial climate which implies that the park receives rainfall anytime of the year.
Where to stay on your fly-in to Mweya and Kibale forest national park.
Mweya is in Queen Elizabeth National park. Therefore, there are lodges that offer comfortable accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National park. These are midrange, budget and luxury accommodation facilities. Some of them are; Mazike safari lodge, Katara lodge, Bush lodge, Kyambura Gorge lodge, Buffalo lodge, Elephant hub lodge and many others. Feel free to contact Pamoja tours and travel company for more information, bookings and inquiries on where to stay. We will advise you according to your budget and interests.
Lodges in Kibale forest national park also range from budget to midrange and luxury accommodation facilities. For instance; Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Isunga lodge, Kibale homestay, Kibale forest camp, primate lodge, Ndali lodge, Papaya lake lodge, Kyaninga lodge among others.
Our company has gained experience over years in organizing the best and most memorable trips with tailor-made booking safari. The first thing to do when it comes to booking a safari is getting a legit and experienced safari operators. We will help you book all your permits and other services necessary in advance.
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