Uganda Fly-in Safari, In a country that is referred to as the pearl of Africa. Fly-in safaris in Uganda are becoming rampant. As people do not want to spend more time moving from one destination to another. And just like the name suggests, this is where people use air transport throughout their safari stay in a country. And the different companies provide small air crafts that transport the different tourists from one place to another.
Although road trips are fun and adventurous. You get to view everything from a close-range position. The bumpy roads that are found in almost every part of Uganda are a nightmare. Especially if you want a smooth ride after a long trip. That is why most people are now opting for Uganda Fly-in safari.
The beauty of fly-in safaris is that you get to visit as many destinations as you want in a short time. You also get to visit some of the inaccessible places in the country.
The different parks and other safari destinations always receive direct flights mostly from Kajjansi airstrip. And these flights provide the tourists with the perfect view of Uganda from the skies. It also helps avoid the hustle of the daily jam that is constantly seen in the country. You are always escorted by a trained tour guide on the fly-in safaris.
The airplanes are filled with medical supplies and medical personnel just in case there are any emergencies. There are several domestic air flight companies that operate in Uganda. These have been listed below for easy search in case you want to fly to your safari destination. Although you should note that some of them fly to specific destinations.
Aero link is the most famous domestic charter flight companies in the country and the rest of East Africa. Normally operates three route flights to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Kasese airstrip and the Mweya airport. Unlike other charter companies. It carries eleven passengers per trip and fifteen kilos of luggage.
Eagle air normally operates in the Northern part of Uganda. That is Arua and Gulu and it is one of the major domestic flight charter companies in the country. It normally flies to Pakuba airstrip and Chobe airstrip. Which are both located in Murchison National Park.
Fly Uganda can be found at the Kajjansi airstrip. It flies to almost all the National parks in the country and it carries two people per day and the flight costs only 290 dollars per person.
There are various destinations where fly-in safaris can be done in Uganda. Some of the best destinations have been listed below.
Murchison Falls National Park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda. Can be accessed by boat, road transport or air transport. It is home to the famous Murchison Falls which are widely visited by the different tourists. The park can be accessed through the Pakuba airstrip and the Bugungu airstrip in the north of the Park. Several airstrips have been constructed in the Park to ease transportation. The list of the few airports that can be accessed within or outside the parks include:
Pakuba airstrip is located in the Northern part of the Murchison Falls National Park. It is the best to use by most of the tourists. Especially if you are searching for accommodation in the Northern Part of the Park.
This is located in the Southern Part of the Park and the flights are always operated by aero link. So for all those who want to access the southern part of the Park with the aim of getting accommodation. This is the best airstrip to use while in Murchison.
This is privately owned and is found near the Chobe safaris lodge. The flights are normally arranged for those that are visitors to Chobe safari lodge. Therefore for all those who want a luxury airplane ride to Murchison, this is the best airstrip to use.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is only 410 kilometers away from the capital city of Kampala… part of Uganda. Most of the flights that go to Queen Elizabeth Park charter either from Entebbe international airport or the Kajjansi airstrip and all these can be organized by the tour operating company that you are using. Even though Uganda has limited airlines, the few that are around are always readily available to take safari tourists to their different destinations.
Bwindi Impenetrable Park is located in the western part of Uganda and it is home to thousands of mountain gorillas. It is the best place where one can enjoy gorilla trekking and birding with ease due to the conservation that has been spearheaded by the government and you will also get to meet the Batwa people who are the original occupants of the area.
There are two flights that operate to Bwindi and these are by Aero link and they are chartered from Entebbe International airport to Kihihi airstrip which is only one hour and a half from the Buhoma region where the Park is located. Note that like Queen Elizabeth National Park, there is no direct flight route and airstrip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Kibale National Park is located in the western part of the country and it is best known for a large number of elephants and gorillas that are found in the area. It is a tropical forest which is currently facing about deforestation by the different companies and locals that live around the Park. There is no direct flight route to Kibale National park but the flight drops you off in Kasese airstrip and then you drive off to the park which is just a short distance away from the airstrip. There is various wildlife that you can see in the Park and thee include warthogs, peter’s duiker, bushbucks, blue monkeys, elephants, buffalos, giant forest hogs, primates, and many more other animals.
Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the North-Eastern Part of the country and the roads leading to the park are so bad since it is found in one of the most remote places in Uganda. The Park is 700 kilometers from the capital city Kampala and is surrounded by the IK and Karamojong people who live in the area. Most of the fly-in trips to Kidepo are organized by aero link and in most cases, the minimum number of people that can be transported is only two due to the small size of the airplanes that are used for these trips.
Mgahinga National Park is also located in the western part of the country near the Bwindi Impenetrable Park. The flights that go to Mgahinga land in Kisoro at the Kisoro airstrip and then you have to drive for a few minutes to the Mgahinga National Park and it can also not be directly accessed by flight due to the absence of an airstrip within the Park.
Semiliki National Park is also located in the western part of the country near Kibale National Park It is also famous for the large number of primates that are found in the Park. The Park also has no direct flight route to it. Therefore the chartered airplane lands at Kasese airstrip. Which is the nearest to the Parka and then you have to drive for the rest of the journey in order to access the Park.
Best of Uganda Fly-in Safari
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Our Safari vehicles are serviced and maintained to a very high standard before, during and after every safari. The age of the vehicles in our fleet varies but most were built between 2008 and 2013. If your vehicle does break down and it cannot be fixed on the road, we will request a rescue jeep which will come for you so that you can continue your safari with minimum impact. Whilst every effort is made to prevent this from happening, the driving is rough and the vehicles do take quite a pounding!
We believe in value for money. Every guest would like to have the most reliable and comfortable vehicles on safari. In response to the clients’ needs, we have a very strict vehicle replacement policy that ensures a young fleet at all times. We have a total fleet of 225 well-maintained motor vehicles, predominantly 4-wheel drives. This does away with the problem of sub-contracting vehicles and driver-guides, which may compromise the quality of services. Our safari vehicles are specifically converted for maximum space and comfort. All of them have hatched roof and sliding windows to facilitate good viewing and convenient photography during game drives and sight seeing.