Uganda Airlines is set to start her direct flights to Kigali Rwanda with effect from December 2019. This will be after Uganda airline has received the two remaining aircraft expected to reach in October 2019. The Uganda Rwanda direct flights will undeniably easy movements and connections between the two destinations especially for those who want to trek gorillas in the Virunga conservation area. Uganda Airlines resumed operations on 28th August 2019 after 20 years of non-operations. Currently, the operative routes include Nairobi, Mombasa, Juba Mogadishu, Kilimanjaro, and Dar Salaam. Also, the Uganda national carrier is set to start its flights to Mombasa, Kilimanjaro, and Bujumbura starting on 9th October 2019. Besides Rwanda, Uganda Airlines is set to deliver an additional fleet flying direct from Entebbe international airport to Lusaka, Johannesburg, and Zanzibar.
Flight schedule for Uganda Airlines
Uganda Airlines is scheduled to fly 3 times a day from Monday to Friday and two times a day every Saturday. Currently, there are no scheduled flights on Sundays. Intending travelers are advised to book for tickets at least 3 months in advance to ensure timely planning and avoid last-minute pressures.
Uganda Airlines’s Fares
Flying with Uganda Airlines is so affordable and so far the cheapest option of people traveling within Africa. All fares are currently discounted to encourage more customers and easy connectivity. The Two-way flight fares for Uganda Airlines are:
$278 (1,022 million Shillings) to Nairobi
$225 (800,000 shillings) to Juba
$590 (2.1 million Shillings) to Mogadishu
$286 (1.05 million shillings) to Dar e salaam
$292 (1.073 Million Shillings) to Bujumbura
$ 325 (1,195 Million Shillings) to Mombasa
$311 (1.143 Million Shillings) to Kilimanjaro
Reasons for the delay of Uganda Rwanda flights
There could be more reasons why Uganda flights to Rwanda delayed. However, the ongoing frosty relationships between Uganda and Rwanda is believed to be a major reason why Kigali was not included as a route in the initial schedule. Since early this early, Rwanda and Uganda have been in bitter relationships all related to politic and security. Rwanda reacted bitterly by closing Katuna borders to Uganda, which affected travels and business on the border especially in Uganda side. Also, Rwanda discouraged her people from traveling to Uganda. The good news is that in August 2019, President Museveni of Uganda and President Kagame of Rwanda signed a peace agreement to open up the borders and ensure smooth business and travels between the two countries. Uganda Airlines is still undergoing the designation process to determine where first flights will be to Kigali, Lusaka, Zanzibar or Johannesburg. In the meantime, Rwanda Air continues to make daily flights into Entebbe international airport. The exact date when Uganda Airlines will fly to Rwanda has not yet been set but expected any time. The designation is a mandatory procedure before an airline begins to fly into a particular destination.
Uganda Rwanda safaris
For many years now, Uganda and Rwanda operate connecting safaris to offer travelers with diverse travel experience. The entry borders between Uganda and Rwanda are Katuna in Kabale and Cyanika in Kisoro districts. Or recent Rwanda Uganda safaris have become so common following the double increment of Rwanda gorilla permits since May 2017. Most travelers especially those on a budget opt to fly into Kigali and drive to Bwindi Forest where gorilla trekking is fairly affordable. Rwanda and Uganda are homes to the highest number of endangered mountain gorillas. Uganda shelters other 600 mountain gorillas which make half of the world’s total gorilla pupation while Rwanda is home to a quarter of the world’s mountain gorillas. A single gorilla permit in Rwanda to trek gorillas costs $1500 while Uganda gorilla permit costs $600 to be increased to $700 with effect from 1t July 2020.
Other similar activities to do in Uganda from Rwanda include Virunga hiking especially Sabyinyo, which can be, hiked fro either Uganda or Rwanda. In other words, the two countries share the volcano. The summit of Mt Sabyinyo is in both Uganda and Rwanda.
In general, the launching of Uganda Rwanda direct flights is a great relief for travelers connecting between countries. Contact us today, book your flight to Rwanda and connect between two countries in the shortest time possible at affordable prices.