Kigali Airport (IATA: KGL, ICAO: HRYR), formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, but sometimes referred to as Kanombe International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country, and in addition serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda as well, for those intending gorilla and wildlife safaris in Uganda
Kigali Airport Kanombe is one of the hubs for the best landing place for the gorilla trekking safari for all the three countries thus Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. If you’re doing gorilla trekking in either Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda or Virunga National Park in D R C. Congo, the best airport to land in is Kigali. It may also depend on your itineraries, but if you have gorilla only as the main activities you’re coming to do in either country, it is Kigali airport.
Kigali Airport and Gorilla Trekking
Kigali airport is located 15 minutes’ drive from Kigali city center which is a non-busy city due to good road networks, and it is 1 hour and half drive to Gatuna border to Uganda, 3 hours’ drive to Cyanika border to Uganda and 2 and half hours’ drive to Congo border.
For Uganda, it may vary as you may be doing other activities within the countries, which may lead you to use Entebbe international airport, but for Rwanda and Congo gorilla safaris, Kigali airport is the best choice.
Those doing all kind of activities for Congo safaris, such as Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee visit, and Nyiragongo hike. You don’t look any further than using Kigali airport which has a great service of immigration and security is tight. For Rwanda Visa, or East African Visa, you can easily get it on arrival or online.
For Visa purposes, you can apply online or get on arrival for Rwanda Visa or East African Visa in case you’re heading to Uganda and Kenya afterwards. We can as well advice and assist where necessary, once booking with us, we ease everything for our clients
Those intending to safari across both Uganda and Rwanda, you can obtain East African Visa which cost only 100 dollars on line or you can still obtain on arrival.
It also possible to do a relaxed 2 days gorilla trekking in Bwindi with arrival and departure in Kigali, this is impossible when arrival is made in Entebbe. It is also possible to do a 1 day gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, for Uganda, can as well be arranged, but advance booking is very crucial.
Those doing Uganda safari and winding up with gorilla trekking as it is the most case as the highlight of the safari, there is no need to drive way back to Entebbe, you can book your departure flight through Kigali airport and enjoy a Kigali city tour of visiting Kigali genocide memorial ground and Kimironko local market not forgetting the art galleries and do some shopping as you head for your flight.
The roads, are well maintain from Kigali, and are in good conditions, this saves you from the bumpy roads that you go through when having a long drive. You are driven at comfort, with no any stress with less time seated in the vehicle, as you enjoy the ride.
You can do gorilla trekking and have an evening flight on the same date when using Kigali airport as your departure airport, as the driving distance is just 4 – 5 hours’ drive from Bwindi to Kigali.
In case you’re on rush, there is less traffic in Kigali, which may make you miss your flight, it is easy to easily connect to the airport after your gorilla trekking safari, with a short drive, making it easy for you to fly when you’re less tired.
Another one more important concern is, there is a number of a direct flight to Kigali – Rwanda, which makes it easier for you to fly in for your gorilla trekking safari, with less connecting flight hustles, which makes transfers hectic, leading to lose of luggage. RwandAir fly direct to some of the countries in Europe, Africa, Asia etc, you can check it out for your booking
Kigali airport has eased you gorilla trekking adventure. For gorilla safari bookings, do not hesitate to write to our reservations, they will get back to you in a short time.