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Craft your own custom private East Africa safari with a local trusted expert, avoid agency fees, and enjoy the benefits of a luxury safari vacation tour. Explore our world your way into the Virungas, where the rainforest meets eastern savanna with dramatic effect. Troops of chimpanzees swing through the vines of Kibale and mountain gorilla families shelter within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Jungles. Take a game drive on the beaten savanna tracks and immerse yourself in remarkable wildlife diversity, the 'BIG 5', tree-climbing lions, and the rich avian life. Hike the less crowdy, enriching, and challenging mountain summits of the region and experience Africa from the skies. Immerse yourself in the life of a region, explore hidden corners and appreciate nuances while enjoying the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power with Nkuringo Safaris.

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What Our Guests Say About Us

Based on 74 reviews.
Sarah B.
Sarah B.
November 29, 2020.
Travel in Covid times- 2.5 unforgettable weeks In November 2020, we travelled Uganda as a couple in a 4*4 Jeep. Considering the difficult time we are all in, we were especially happy about the level of service we experienced. If you have a negative COVID-19 test beforehand, you can travel Uganda with no problem. During our travel we felt very safe: all staff wore masks, if you enter buildings (Lodges, Banks etc.) or parks you have to sanitize your hands and your temperature will be taken. All in all, we felt safer than in Europe - as everybody was very considerate about our health. But let`s talk about the experience: - We travelled the north (Kidepo national park) which we highly recommend. The amount of animals (mammals, birds) is spectacular - Furthermore we did Murchinsons, Queen Elizabeth (incl. Ishasha sector), chimpanzee habituation experience and Nkuringo- where we tracked Gorillas in the Rushaga sector - This trip was unforgettable. Our guide made sure we enjoyed it to the fullest. He was very professional and could answer all our questions about animals, history and the country - As tourism is low at the moment, we were even more spoiled by all staff in all lodges, which made our experience even more special We highly recommend to travel Uganda now, as it is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in your travel life. About Nkuringo tours: - From the booking (where we could give our inputs and wishes), to the payment, the guide during the trip to the COVID test to the end, we experienced a highly professional service - We want to acknowledge especially, that if problems arised, they solved them in a professional and efficent manner. For example, we had a car break down (due to the rainy season some roads were very bad). We still arrived in our lodge that day in the evening and were able to proceed with a new car the next day. We didn`t experience any negative impact to our travel, even if this could have been a major issue - All in all, we highly recommend to work with Nkuringo Walking Safaris to experience this beautiful country the fullest
kwaAlaska
kwaAlaska
February 5, 2020.
Great walk and canoe trip. Don’t miss out on this unique experience. Our guide with Nkuringo Walking Safaris, Richard was excellent. We had an informative and unique walk down the mountain from Kisoro to Lake Mutanda. We walked through villages and saw families actively working their farms. Children along the way were delightful. The walk is easy. Once we arrived at the lake we got into canoes with Boatman David and his son. They took us across the lake ( a very big lake) to Chameleon Hill Lodge. The dugout canoe was very comfortable with padded seats to lean against. You can help paddle or not. It was a peaceful and beautiful tour of the lake. Highly recommended adventure.
Victoria V
Victoria V
January 29, 2020.
Amazing 7 day - Gorilla and Chimp tracking and QENP. My husband and I had a week vacation, which is not a lot given all the things we wanted to do/see. Nkuringo organized our trip to make the most of this week. The trip was flawlessly organized. Time-management was perfect. They were flexible and accomodating, all our needs were met and we felt listened to, it was a truly customized experience. Our guide (Darrick) was amazing, he was knowledgable, very informative, and very flexible too! He also went above and beyond to make sure we experienced the things we were showing interest on. We are tuly happy with Nkuringo and will recommend to friends and family.
Tom R
Tom R
January 12, 2020.
An incredible way to see Uganda For part of our trip we trekked through the mountainous region of Uganda, from Gahinga to Bwindi, via Lake Mutanda and Nkuringo. Throughout this part of the trip we were accompanied by our wonderful guide (muhavara) Richard. Richard knew so much about pretty much everything - the local animals, plants and trees, the communities the country's history and culture. He's funny and friendly and looked after us incredibly well. I really recommend this way of exploring the region.
Bill G
Bill G
December 29, 2019.
Best experience I ever had Our trip was actually organised by Wild Frontier Safaris and we spent 3 days at Buhoma Lodge and walked into see the H group on the second day. It took me one and half hours but some of the walking was not difficult. When I arrived it was just so wonderful I was almost in tears, it was one of the most amazing hours of my life, 14 gorillas who just went on with their lives and occasionally came right up to us. Two hours of a steep climb to get out,
Uganda Excellent Adventure
Uganda Excellent Adventure
November 10, 2019.
Business TOTAL COSTING Single occupancy USD 3995. Double occupancy USD 5115. Includes: Car hire, English speaking driver guide, Fuel, Management,Budget lodges,Gorilla permits, Chimps permits. Excludes: Staff tips, Visa fees, Souvenirs, ITINERARY: Drive to L. mburo Park, check in at Eagles Mburo Nest. Afternoon game drive , Zebra, Eland, Impala, Giraffees, and birds. Day2. Very early game drive. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast, and check out to Bwindi Forest. Check in at Bakiga lodge in Ruhija or Rushaga gorilla lodge at Rushaga gate. Day3. Gorilla tracking. Afternoon , Batwa cultural experiencing. Second Night. Day4. check out , visit Ishasha for fig tree climbing Lions and may be share a moment with Elephants as you continue to Kibale Overnight Kibale Chimpanzee Forest GH Or Kibale Forest Camp . Please ask your guide to help you make an early night game drive in the Kibale forest public Road . Lots of nocturnal drive . First night. Day5. Chimpanzee tracking, another thriller , Chimpanzee are far interesting compared to other animals in the wild. If you can please ask for old UWA Staffs around Kibale who retired from work but has great knowledge and understanding of chimpanzee social behaviors. ( Astone, Gerald, Bradford and Silva) Afternoon go for culture information. Second Night. Day 6. Long day drive to Murchison and sleep at M R L , Day7 Morning game drive, boat cruise and hike to top of the falls. lodge MRL.
Fabwid
Fabwid
October 1, 2019.
Unvergesslich Wir haben als grosse Gruppe eine massgeschneiderte Tour durch Uganda gemacht. Dabei haben wir viele Dinge erlebt: Kampala, Kibale (mit Schimpansen Tracking), eine dreitägige Wanderung durch das Rowenzori Gebirge, Safaris im Queen Elizabeth National Park & Ishasha, Wanderung & Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi, sowie Safari in Lake Mburo. Wir waren alle sehr begeistert von der Reise. Unsere Guides Jack, Derrick, Patrick, Francis, Kefa und Lucky waren sehr kompetent, freundlich, umsichtig und humorvoll. Auf unserer zweiwöchigen Reise haben wir sie alle ins Herz geschlossen und sie wären aus unserer Reisegruppe nicht mehr wegzudenken gewesen. Die Crew hat alles gegeben, um uns möglichst viele Eindrücke zu vermitteln und für unsere Sicherheit und unser Wohlbefinden zu sorgen. Zudem haben alle Beteiligten jederzeit alles daran gesetzt, dass wir keinen Termin verpassen. Von unseren Programmpunkten auf der Tour würde ich ehrlich gesagt keinen einzelnen weglassen. Es ist jedoch wichtig zu erwähnen, dass die Wanderung und das Gorilla-Tracking sicherlich eine gute Fitness voraussetzt. Das Gorilla-Tracking ist so wohl in Uganda einzigartig und echt eine „once in a lifetime“ Erfahrung. Aber auch auf allen anderen Safaris haben wir eine Vielzahl von Tieren aus direkter Nähe bestaunen können.
SafariMundo
SafariMundo
May 21, 2019.
Incredible Lifetime Experience! We traveled as a group of 6 in January with Nkuringo Safaris . Our tour guide/driver/ game tracker/ organizer was Jack. He is probably the best tour guide I have ever met, professional, courteous, knowledgeable and caring about his country, his people and his culture, and the amazing bonus of being an ex park ranger. He knew all the parks like the back of his hand, he knew the rangers, where to find the animals and when. We were very quick to realize that with Jack as our guide we were going to have the best of Ugandan adventures. And we did. Such an amazing country, and of course sad to see the slow return from the devastation of decades of hardship. We learned almost as much about the beautiful people and culture of Uganda as we did about the wild animals we had come to see. Queen Elizabeth Park was incredible, I have been on quite a few safaris in Africa but never have seen such a variety of animals in one place, in the same day. The boat trip on the Nile was also gorgeous and filled with animal life along the shores. The lodging was very nice, with very good meals and excellent service. Some lodges were higher quality than others but they were all very comfortable. For me, as a primate lover, the highlights were the Chimp tracking and of course the Gorilla tracking. It exceeded my hopes, dreams and expectations. Our group was quite fit, and had done our research on the conditions in the mountains. We were shocked that some other ( Non Nkuringo) tour groups would bring tourists that were completely unfit and unprepared for the difficult conditions of the Gorillas tracking. Both of our groups saw unprepared tourists being carried out of the forest on stretchers. ( some did not bring the correct shoes, were not fit to hike difficult terrain and mountains, not aware of issues from high altitude, basically had no idea what they were getting into etc) Nkuringo was very careful to let us know just what to expect so we were well prepared and were all seasoned hikers. Simple Advise: Read up on where you are going before your Trip and be sure that is what you want to do :) The Mountain Gorillas need to be saved, their habitat must be expanded and they must be continually protected from humans encroaching on their habitat. It was a wonder to see them and I hope and Pray that they will be there for generations, and that the Gorilla trekking will not be expanded in a way to ruin the peaceful existence they deserve. Thank you Nkuringo Safaris!
Carmen K
Carmen K
March 13, 2019.
Private Taylor made 24-Day Uganda Rwanda AMAZING experience My husband and I wanted a private safari tour. This was our first safari and our first visit to Africa. I used Trip Advisor’s resourceful reviews and customer feedback to make a list of places we wanted to visit. I emailed 6 different safari tours in East Africa with our travel dates, list of attractions and lodges we wanted to visit. Most of them emailed me right away with what seemed like copy/paste, cookie cutter trip itinerary. Lydia from Nkuringo Safaris took the time to read my list and respond with questions to help tailor my trip. Once she designed a customized private tour package for us, she communicated often via email and WhatsApp to further understand our needs. She scheduled our personal guide, Patrick to be by our side for the entire 24-day safari trip. He followed the detailed program from beginning to end but was very flexible changing the itinerary to suit our style and comfort level. We booked 8 different lodges and only one was disappointing. As soon as we told our guide, he immediately acted and transferred us to a suitable lodge. Our guide Patrick was passionate about making our African trip truly memorable. The trip was perfect from start to finish. I highly recommend Nkuringo Safaris and their outstanding staff. We trekked Uganda and Rwanda. Both treks were difficult but with the assistance of the porters we got to the gorillas and were not disappointed. Each country was an entirely different, but equally enchanting experience. The team of professional trekking guides, walking porters, animal trackers, and walking safari guides all love to share the pride of their land, exploration and adventure. Our visit to see the gorillas exceeded expectations. How safe was the trip? Is the question I get asked the most after being back from our trip to East Africa. At no point during the trip did we feel in any danger. Our guide Patrick was by our side every step of the way. We traveled on a well-equipped, comfortable and spacious, super reliable 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser. Patrick always had bottle water and snacks available for us. He was very experienced and knew the destinations very well. He is known and respected by everyone in both Uganda and Rwanda. Locals refer to him as big Papa. During the safari game drives, he drove on a mission, taking us off the beaten track to uncover every hidden gems. We met many groups of people with their tour guides, none looked as happy as we were with our Papa! So many highlights of the trip, every day completely different to the last. We are truly humbled and touched by the heartfelt sincerity of the people we meet on this safari. Everyone was professional and very knowledgeable but most of all helpful and kind. They all wanted us to have the most amazing experience. To them, this is not just a job, they support the local guides and the growth of the communities through tourism. The moments shared with the local people will be forever lasting memories. Every local we met shared their unique and warm hospitality. We arrived with an open mind and left with a full heart and long-lasting friendships. Here’s a brief list of our program: Flew from Florida to JFK to Amsterdam to Entebbe —UGANDA • Protea Hotel, Entebbe, took speed boat on Lake Victoria to Ngamba island Chimp sanctuary. Amazing experience! 2 nights Aerolink Flight to Mweya • Kyambura Gorge Lodge, 2 nights. Cruise along Kazinga Channel, Lake Edwards. Hippos, elephants, buffalos and so many more wild animals. Chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth was incredible. Definitely trek chimps in Uganda. Coffee plantation tour. • Ishasha Wilderness Camp, 2 nights. Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game drive, lions, tree climbing lions, elephants, baboons. Bush breakfast and sundowner. All Incredible tours. Aerolink Flight to Kisoro • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, 3 nights. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Gorilla Trekking to meet the Nkuringo Family. Buniga Forest walk to experience the Batwa people. Amazing!!! Cross Cyanika border into Rwanda. —RWANDA • Sabinyo Lodge, 4 nights. Volcanoes National Park, Dian Fossey Karisoke RC, Gorilla Trekking to meet the Susa gorilla family of 22, Golden Monkeys. Life changing experiences! • Nyungwe House, 5 nights, The best lodge!! Visited Musanze Market for vibrant fabric purchase. Colobus monkeys, chimpanzees trek not so great, canopy walk was fun. Tea plantation and factory tour, best massage spa, yoga. Flight Rwanda Air from Kanombe to Kigali • Ruzizi Tented Camp, 2 nights. Akagera National Park. Ruzizi camp was terrible. I would not recommend. The Park and the guides were amazing! Game drive to see zebras, giraffes, hippos, elephants, vervet monkeys and more. • The Retreat, Kigali 3 nights. City hotel with full amenities. Highly recommend to stay here and decompress from the safari before traveling back home. We visited Genocide memorial, Shopping Kimironko markets, Kigali Craft Village.
Hannah W
Hannah W
January 13, 2019.
Outstanding Safari with an excellent guide We were lucky enough to have Jack as our guide on our 14 day trip through Uganda and Ruanda. Due to his experience as a Ranger in different national parks he has an enormous knowledge about wildlife. Furthermore he answered all our questions regarding culture, history and recent events in the above named countries. Not only is he very reliable but also always on time. We couldn‘t have asked for a more professional guide and can fully recommend him and Nkuringo Safari.
 

East African Destinations

Nkuringo Safaris main office is based in Uganda, extending our safari operations to three other East African destinations. Our Africa safari destinations feature well-selected attractions and hidden gems to give you a private raw remote feel of the cradle of humankind and bring you as close as possible to the natural and cultural wonders of the region. Please browse through our four selected countries and find your style and taste.


 

Top Safari Experiences

Whether you seek to drive the savannah plains in search of the BIG 5, spending one life-changing moment with the mountain gorilla giants, keeping up with our close primate cousins, witnessing the natural wonders, walking the warm sandy beaches barefoot, or dancing to local tunes with the natives, our team of East Africa safari experts can guide you into creating a successful safari holiday with unbeatable experiences. Take a look at our safari types below.



 

The Best East African Safari Packages

Looking for inspiration to start planning your most anticipated East African Safari? Here's a list of our top trending Africa safaris; romantic or honeymoon vacations, family or group holiday packages - all customizable in your way.



Classic Rwanda Safari, gorillas, culture & wildlife

Classic Rwanda Safari Holiday

10 Days Gorillas, Culture & BIG 5

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Rwenzori Hiking Safari

Rwenzori Hiking Safari

9 Days | Mountaineering & Hiking

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