Who is Nkuringo Safaris? About us
Yes, Africa is our home — we’re fortunate to call it that — and we’re thrilled to share it with our guests. In 2007, we set up a camp in Nkuringo in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable NP that has gracefully grown into a multi-award-winning luxury safari lodge in Uganda. The camp couldn’t survive in the middle of the jungle without travelers, so we put together a team of local guides and set up Nkuringo Walking Safaris to take travelers to experience our discovery expeditions and beyond. And we began and built our company here in the beautiful Pearl of Africa. So you see, when you travel with Nkuringo, you’re traveling with more than just a company — you’re traveling with a family of ardent travelers.
— Lydia Nandudu, Co-Founder & CEO
With Nkuringo, Africa is Within Your Reach
True adventures go beyond incredible destinations or inclusive packages. Nkuringo delivers a sense of possibility across Uganda, Rwanda, and a little bit of Kenya and Tanzania. Open spaces, sunshine, and fresh air is an excellent environment for avoiding COVID-19, making an Africa safari one of the best leisure travel activities at this time—health and safety from COVID-19 are at the forefront of our safari operations.
Since 2007, we have been sharing our love of leisure travel in Africa. Today our travel collection features comprehensive guided safaris, gorilla trekking tours, boat cruises, small group tours, family trips, coastal beach holidays, and more. With Nkuringo, wake each morning on safari with a new experience in front of you, and when your head hits the pillow, you will know it has been a fantastic day. Best of all – we seamlessly handle the details. All you have to do is experience the adventure!
It was August 2007, on a research trip to the town of Kisoro, Lydia and Robert (co-founders) were attracted to explore the Nteko Ridge on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It was Lydia’s first visit to Nkuringo village. At the time, it was a 4 hour – 39km drive from Kisoro on an overwhelmingly poor road. Today, we make the same journey in an hour and a half. However, we recommend hiking from Kisoro and canoeing across Lake Mutanda as this gives an immersive experience of authentic Africa.
In 2007 a simple campsite existed at Nkuringo known as Nkuringo Campsite, however business was non-existent. Then Robert Brierley, co-founder of Nkuringo Walking Safaris, had his fantastic idea. He suggested setting up walking trails between Kisoro and Nkuringo and through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, connecting 17 kilometers from Nkuringo with Buhoma. These jungle hikes opened up Nkuringo to visitors and exported a raw experience of this African jungle across the world.
Nkuringo was virgin territory with nonexistent communications and road networks. In 2008, the late Robert Brierley and Lydia Nandudu partnered with Asigario (a local native and former UWA ranger and guide). With each bringing a different skill to the table, they developed a collection of unique, exciting, and challenging walking safaris that curved out our first brand Nkuringo Walking Safaris.
As the number of travelers that wanted to taste our offer grew more extensive, they needed somewhere to sleep irrespective of how simple the accommodation was. By purchasing a building adjacent to the campsite and securing a long lease on a portion of the campsite, Nkuringo Walking Safaris grew by developing our accommodation facility. Nkuringo Campsite was born. Even though the original campsite has grown into a multi-award-winning luxury lodge, Nkuringo Mountain Gorilla Lodge, the original ethos of helping the local community thrive has not changed.
With an ever-growing number of travelers with Nkuringo Walking Safaris and the thirst for classic Africa Safaris in the golden savannas of east Africa, our trips extended to cover Uganda’s incredible attractions, crossing the border into Rwanda’s travel gems and the prominent Africa destinations, Kenya and Tanzania.
Our customers have crafted our success story for over a decade. The emotional rewards that come with that are that we’re driven to care about each of our trips’ emotional experiences.
Robert Brierley passed on in March 2014 at the point of the significant transformation from just a walking safari into an authentic Africa safari operator. We believe he smiles down on the team he left behind as we continue to create unforgettable memories of Africa with our travelers.
Nkuringo Team Staff
At Nkuringo, our team of caring professionals believes that travel is vital to a life well-lived, and they come to work every day focused on making something special happen for our guests. Our employees are passionate about delivering extraordinary Africa Safari experiences that enhance our travelers’ lives and enrich the communities where we give back. With their shared sense of social responsibility, commitment, and innovative spirit, our employees draw on a diverse set of skills, traveling Africa themselves, to bring you the best experience possible.
The Leadership Team
Setting the stage and leading the Nkuringo workforce is a team of trusted industry leaders who draw on their extensive knowledge and expertise to ensure our travel partners and guests experience the best Africa has to offer. Led by Lydia Nandudu, the Nkuringo team will continue to show you, Africa, it’s our history, our unwavering values, and our dynamic team of employees who pave the way.
Lydia Nandudu Mpanga
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Why Nkuringo Safari Reason
How does a luxury safari company amaze and excel for more than 15 years? By a cheerfully relentless dedication to service and innovation. Another of the reasons why our guests say that we treat them like a well-loved family. Those familial values inspire the many Nkuringo Differences.
Nkuringo Safaris represents “thirteen years of refining our craft,” adds managing director Lydia Nandudu. “For us, Africa safari is very personal. We want our travelers to see it through our eyes, through the eyes of Africans. We try and show it to you as though you’re members of our family. And simply by booking a safari with us, you help a family of Batwa tribe in Nkuringo Village.”
Travelling responsibly is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make. We believe that travel should be a force for good and by uniting with our employees, partners and travellers, we can make a positive impact in our local and global communities.