Isn’t it wonderful news that Uganda finally allows direct flights? With such a positive development, tourists intending to undertake Uganda safaris can be able to fly directly from an International Airport to Uganda’s spectacular National Parks without necessarily having to first clear with the Immigration offices at Entebbe International Airport.
This move doesn’t only save tourists from the hurdles of going though the cumbersome and bureaucratic process of clearing with immigrations but also will tremendously boost the country’s tourism and ensure the conservation of wildlife. It is clear that Entebbe International is the main Airport in this small East African country and apparently the main point of entry for most International tourists, who then continue to the different National Parks or other destinations.
Also, most domestic flights originate from Entebbe International Airport which was initially hindering the potential of extensively exploring the country’s magnificent tourism potential.
This great move was announced on the 6th October 2017 at the Giants Club Conservation and Investment Forum. This comes as a milestone after three years of introducing the East African Tourist Visa that allows tourists to travel across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya with a single visa that costs only $100. With this, you will not have to purchase another visa each time you are crossing the borders of any of the mentioned countries.
Giants Club is an initiative instigated by the International Conservation Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Space for Giants. It brings together philanthropists, business heads, conservationists and political leaders in solving challenging affecting conservation of Africa’s remaining wilderness. Now with the current development, a tourist travelling from Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya to enjoy the interesting wildebeest migration or volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and land directly into Kisoro Airstrip near Bwindi Impenetrable to participate in unforgettable gorilla trekking experiences, Kidepo Valley or Murchison Falls National Park without first stopping at Entebbe International Airport.
As earlier mentioned this important move comes at such a time after the introduction of the East African Tourist Visa at $100 and allows tourists to travel across the borders of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda with single visa without necessarily having to purchase another Visa to cross another country. This saves you the time and money that you would have wasted crossing the different border points as well as being easier to explore multi-country itineraries.
It is also a great move because it has been approved by the Ministry of Internal Affairs as well as the Civil Aviation Authority where the clearance of tourists will be conducted at several airfields of the different National Parks in the country. Another key advantage of this direct flight to National Parks is that far destinations such as Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga and Kidepo Valley National Parks can easily be explored during Uganda safaris.
Direct flights to National Parks not only benefit tourists but also Uganda’s tourism industry because it will boost the attractiveness of East Africa as an entire destination for International tourists desiring to explore more than one country during an African safari. Imagine how many tourists will make tours to Uganda if they know it’s possible to have direct flights to the National Parks.