Logistics

All of Volcanoes’ Rwanda and Uganda safari eco-lodges are easily accessible by road and by air. Below we have listed various driving directions to enable you to independently travel to the lodges if you so wish.

From Kampala:

Kampala to Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Take the northern bypass (to avoid the heavy traffic) and drive to the Busega roundabout. Take the Masaka – Mbarara highway (approx 287 Km). From Mbarara town, take the Bushenyi – Kasese road to Kyambura trading centre in Rubirizi district; there is a Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge signpost at the trading centre. Turn right on the Katerera road (1km) to Volcanoes Kymabura Gorge Lodge. Mbarara to Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge is approx 130km.

This journey should take 6 – 7 hours with a lunch stop on the way.

Kampala to Bwindi Lodge
Take the Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara highway (approx 280km). Drive through the main street of Mbarara for about 3km, then turn right and take the Kasese road (Bushenyi and Rubirizi districts).

Continue on to Katunguru – Ishasha junction at the park headquarters (about 10km) where you will turn left on the Murram road (Note the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge signpost is at the turn to Ishasha road). Drive 81km within the park to the Kihihi turning. From the junction in Ishasha to Kihihi town is about 10km.

From Kihihi take Kanungu road up to Kanyantorogo. Take Butogota road for about 33km then turn right (there is a Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge signpost). Drive for 17km to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Buhoma.

This drive will take approximately 10 hours.

Kampala to Mount Gahinga Lodge
Take the Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara highway (approx 280km). Drive through the main street of Mbarara and follow the Mbarara – Ntungamo – Kabale road (158km). Once in Kabale town, take the Kabale – Kisoro road (80km). The Kisoro road has a number of bends, hills and valleys; drive with extra care.

From Kisoro town continue to Bunagana road, turn left opposite the Kisoro police station (50 meters) then turn right and follow the Mgahinga – Kisoro road (14km sign post showing Mgahinga National Park).

This drive should take approximately 8 – 9 hours.

From Kigali:

Kigali to Virunga Lodge
Take the Kigali – Butare road then turn right after 3km and take Kigali – Musanze (Ruhengeri) road.

Drive through Ruhengeri town and turn left and take Ruhengeri – Cyanika road (approx 17km) to Nyarwondo. (At the turn off on the Ruhengeri – Cyanika road, there is a Volcanoes Virunga Lodge signpost). Turn right and take the Murram road (about 5km) on to Virunga and lodge signs will guide you to the lodge.

This drive should take approximately 3 hours.

Kigali to Mount Gahinga Lodge
Take the Kigali – Butare road then turn right after 3km and take Kigali – Musanze (Ruhengeri) road.

Drive through Ruhengeri town and turn off on the left and take Ruhengeri – Cyanika road (approx 28km) to Cyanika border. After clearing with Uganda/Rwanda immigration, continue to Kisoro town (approx 14km).

Take the Bunagana road, turn left opposite the Kisoro police station (50 meters) then turn right and follow the Mgahinga – Kisoro road (14km sign post showing Mgahinga National Park).
This drive should take approximately 4 hours

Kigali to Bwindi Lodge
Take the Kigali – Katuna road (95km) onto the Rwanda/Uganda border post (Katuna border). After clearing with immigration for both countries continue to Kabale town (22km).

Drive for 30km on Kabale – Kisoro road, turn right and take the Ruhinja road (there is a big signpost detailing which it is). Continue on the Ruhinja road until you get to the edge of the forest where you will find a signpost to Buhoma.

Along the way there are signposts for Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge. Please follow the signposts.
This drive should take approximately 7 hours.

Kigali to Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Take the Kigali – Katuna road (95km) onto the Rwanda/Uganda border post (Katuna border). After clearing with immigration for both countries continue to Kabale town (22km). From Kabale town, turn right and take the Kabale – Ntungamo road (75km).

As you approach Ntungamo town, turn left at the Fuelex fuel station and follow the Ntungamo – Rukungiriri road (15km). Turn right from Kagamba junction. Drive to Ishaka town (35 km), turn left and continue to Kyambura town Rubirizi district.

From Rubirizi town continue to Kyambura trading centre where you will see a Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge signpost. Turn right on the Katerera road (1km) to Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

This drive will take approximately 6 hours.

Between the lodges:

Kyambura Gorge Lodge to Bwindi Lodge
This route passes the park’s southerly Ishasha sector, providing the chance of a stopover to search for the famous tree-climbing lions.

From Kyambura Gorge Lodge take the Kasese road and continue on to the Katunguru – Ishasha junction at the park headquarters (about 10km) where you will turn left on the Murram road (note that the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge signpost is at the turning onto the Ishasha road). Drive 81km within the park to the Kihihi turn off. From the junction in Ishasha to Kihihi town is about 10km.

From Kihihi take Kanungu road up to Kanyantorogo. Take Butogota road for about 33km and then turn right (there is a Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge signpost). Drive for 17km to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Buhoma.

This journey should take approximately 5 hours depending on the stops.

Bwindi Lodge to Mount Gahinga Lodge
From Bwindi take the Ruhija road and drive for 70km to the Kabale – Kisoro tarmac road. Turn right to Kisoro road and drive for about 55km onto Kisoro town. From Kisoro town continue on the Bunagana road, turn left opposite the Kisoro police station (50 meters) then turn right and follow the Mgahinga – Kisoro road (14km sign post showing Mgahinga National Park).

The drive from Bwindi Lodge to Mount Gahinga Lodge should take about 5 – 6 hours. However, it may stretch to 7 hours during the rainy season.

Mount Gahinga Lodge to Virunga Lodge
From Mount Gahinga Lodge, drive to Kisoro town and proceed to the Uganda/Rwanda border (Cyanika border post about 22km). From Cyanika take the Ruhengeri road – drive for about 12km to Nyarwondo trading centre and turn left. From here, Volcanoes Virunga Lodge signposts will guide you to the lodge on top of the hill (approx 5km).

From Mount Gahinga Lodge to Virunga Lodge should take you about 2 hours including clearing with immigration.

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