For over a decade, there has been only one focus, “Creating Memorable Safaris.”
About us – Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – where the outcome of a Safari is more critical than Income
About – Us – Kabiza Wilderness Safaris: You might have heard the saying: “Do not Despise the Day of small beginnings>.” In 2008 Geoffrey Mugambwa and Jon Blanc sat in a car going over our Uganda business license application. The beginning of our journey (safari – Swahili for the journey).
More budding entrepreneurs start businesses in Uganda than anywhere else in the world. However, over half of those businesses failed in the first year.
There are many reasons. One that is often overlooked is what I call the “Duka Principles.” A Duka is a shop alongside the road. At first, there is one Duka, but soon another Duka opens next door, selling the same items. Then another and another. Many of them fail in their attempt to make a living as a business.
The Duka principle exists in Tourism. Every week you can find another entrepreneur trying to cash in on what was, before the pandemic, a lucrative business for many. There were so many newcomers at times one was reminded of the famed “California Gold Rush.” Even in 2022, some are hoping for Tourists to flock to the country to go on a Safari.
About us – Kabiza Wilderness Safaris: From the day of our small beginning, we have become a recognized and respected tour operator. We have time, experience, and history on our side, and we know what we can or cannot do and will tell you if we are not the right match for your needs. The Goal is a memorable Hakuna Matata Worry-Free Safari in the Pearl of Africa for you.
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris is an authorized, fully licensed, tax-paying Uganda Tour Operator. We have a regular Business License, Kampala City Business Licensed, and, most importantly, are licensed and approved by the Uganda Tourism Board (License UTB/TT/82445).
Kabiza Wilderness is a current member in good standing with AUTO, the Association of Ugandan Tour Operators, and partners with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to sell and promote Gorilla Permits.
We do not sell safaris all over the African continent. We take the words of Winston Churchill to heart, who wrote in his book “My African Journey, “Concentrate on Uganda.” Our Safari focus is on Uganda. We live and work here. It is our home. We know the country, its attractions, on and off the beaten path,
We go to Rwanda since Kigali International Airport is the gateway to Rwanda and Southwest Uganda, which includes Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
We know what we are best at, “Creating Memorable Hakuna Matata Worry-Free Safaris in Uganda.”
We are not a Jack of all Trades and the Master of none, and we stick to what we are best at. ” Hakuna Matata Worry Free Safaris.”
Much of what we offered a decade ago we no longer do. Today, we concentrate on what we offer: private, quality, Luxury, and midrange Safaris. We offer what we do best.
We also offer Specialty Safaris, Safaris for Seniors, Honeymoon Safaris, Family Safaris with teens or young children, Hiking, Climbing, and Wellness Safaris.
We focus on the outcome of a safari rather than the income from it. Your satisfaction is our aim.
Kabiza Wilderness is not just about selling safaris; we provide vital and current information about traveling to Uganda as a tourist.
Our website is one of Uganda’s most visited Tourist Orientated websites and has been that way for over a decade.
We give you practical “Know before-you-go Advice.” Advice that any tourist coming to Uganda can use.
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris- Creating Memorable Safaris where you are the Focus.
- We assist you in planning the Safari that is best suited for you.
- We provide American Style Customer Service with welcoming African hospitality.
- Experienced Driver-Guides.
- Reliable Safari Vehicles.
- What you see on your Safari Itinerary is what you get. There are no bait and switch lodges, vehicles, or activities. Should anything change be necessary, you will be informed and consulted.
- We offer flexible Pandemic Safari Booking, which gives you peace of mind.
- Our Kabiza Price Guarantee covers you.
- Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Golden Monkey permits, and all activities listed on your safari itinerary are included in the price except where it states optional.
- We offer only private, full-service Safaris with all meals included in the Safari Price.
- Air Evacuation Insurance and a quality Hospital are included
- All Lodging includes a Private Bath at your midrange or luxury lodges or hotels, as noted on your itinerary-
- Our Private Hakuna Mata Matata luxury and midrange Safaris have been enjoyed by thousands since 2008.
- In case of a medical emergency, you are covered by the Flying Doctors Air-Evac insurance to a Nairobi quality Hospital. We recommend that you have travel insurance that covers you during pandemic times.
- With us, “The outcome of your Safari is more crucial to us than our income.
The Kabiza Wilderness Safaris Network:
Kabiza Wilderness does not operate as a Lone Ranger Tour Operator, and we belong to a reliable network that is the backbone of Tourism in Uganda.
- We are a Member of AUTO, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Countless tour operators operate in Uganda, and many work outside of AUTO.
- We are Licensed by the Uganda Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism, which means a periodic evaluation of whether we meet and exceed required Tourism Standards.
- We partner with the Uganda Wildlife Authority in promoting and selling Gorilla Permits, giving us priority access to permits non-AUTO members do not have.
- We partner with AeroLink Safari Airline for our Fly-In Safaris.
- We partner with select quality midrange and luxury Lodges and Hotels and give you the best price possible.
About – Us – Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – the Administration Team
Jon Blanc – Director – Mentor – Sales and Marketing Writer:
Jon Blanc is an American from Blaine, Washington, on the Puget Sound. Born and raised in a small, historic town. He has lived in France, England, Rwanda, and Kenya. By the time he left for Africa, his library had contained over 1,000 books in English and German on Africa.
He has been exploring and enjoying Africa since 1992. Initially worked in Humanitarian Development in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda in July 1994 after the Genocide. Since that time, he has researched and studied Ugandan Politics going back to Colonial Times, History, Culture, Various Ethnic groups, Flora, Fauna, and parks and places of interest to visitors and tourists.
He comes from a diverse background in Sales and Marketing, Public Speaking, Storytelling and Writer, Luxury Boutique Bed and Breakfast Experience, Hiker, Conservationist- student of African Life, History, and Culture focusing on Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Additionally, he was the one to introduce American Style Customer Service to the company.
Kabiza.com is his creation. The site began in 2002 with insights into East Africa’s life, culture, traditions, and history and became a Safari Website in 2006.The Swahili word “kabissa” means complete hence Kabiza.com became the choice since it sounded similar.
Safaris are his Hobby, the Pearl of Africa his passion, and his favorite pastime introducing first-time travelers to Uganda. To its natural wonders, welcoming and friendly people, primates, wildlife, parks, and places.
Geoffrey Mugambwa – Director – Safari Implementation:
Partner in Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – brings over 20 years of Safari Experience. He is Ugandan-born and raised, yet thoroughly familiar with clients’ needs from around the World.
Geoffrey is the craftsman who takes a Safari Itinerary and makes it a reality. His extensive background has prepared him to excel at the services provided for our clients.
Geoffrey knows Uganda and Rwanda, from parks to roads, whether paved or dirt. He is also remarkably familiar with each park and reserve’s wildlife. His years of experience in the tourism industry make him a treasured member of the Kabiza Wilderness Safaris team, and much of the success of the company is due to his knowledge and influence on the driver guides.
Geoffrey loves his Country, Africa, and the preservation of its treasures, such as primates and wildlife found here. The safari business is not a career or job but a passion. Aside from Tourism, there is his family. As a hobby, he loves watching British Premier League Football.
Brenda Sempungu – Director of Safari Creations
Brenda is creative, innovative, and thorough, with over 15 years of experience creating Safaris in Uganda. At Makerere University, it was not tourism but psychology that gave her an understanding of what clients from around the World wish for on a Safari.
Married to a conservation journalist, she is the mother of twins and knows all about needs and how to creatively meet them. She creates Safaris that are innovative beyond expectation. Her English communication skills exceed others that have worked at Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.
Her knowledge of Uganda, its parks, and lodges allow her to create a memorable Hakuna Matata-No-Worries Safari. She will design your safari to what you want and wish for.
Brenda knows Uganda, but more importantly, she is passionate about the Country, which shows in her emails and Itineraries and phone communications via WhatsApp.
We are proud that Brenda is part of the Kabiza Wilderness Safaris Team and her abilities to teach other team members how to deal with clients from a customer service perspective.
About – Us – Kabiza Wilderness Safaris
Consider Kabiza Wilderness Safaris for your Safari in Uganda
The number of Safari Tour Operators is overwhelming when you search for the right Tour Operator for your Safari.
We have time, experience, and history on our side, and we know what we can or cannot do and will tell you if we are not the right tour operator for your needs.
The outcome of your Safari is more important to us than our income, and we will do whatever we can to make your safari memorable. Please note that our site is not focused on selling Safaris, and we believe in giving you all the current information about Uganda. The sales of safaris will follow.
Uganda, Know before You Go. Get to know the Pearl of Africa before you arrive. We have become one of the most visited Informational Travel-Tourism Sites in Uganda. We give you current, freshly updated information. Uganda, Know Before You Go. Use our Site Search, and you will find the answer.
One of our clients wrote, “No other tour organizer begins to share the wealth of information on their websites as you do. It helps answer a lot of questions-I have revisited the different topics multiple times, and it has also helped put my husband at ease.”
Another Client wrote, “I chose Kabiza Wilderness Safaris because I came across their incredibly helpful pages on gorilla trekking. I found them to be straightforward and incredibly helpful. Even if you choose to go with someone else- read some of Kabiza’s content, and you’ll have a better trip.”
About – Us – Kabiza Wilderness Safaris
What our Clients say about their Safari experience with us: