For over a Decade there is only one Focus “Creating Memorable Safaris.”
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – where the outcome of a Safari is more important than Income
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris where we have one Goal – “Creating Memorable Safaris.” An African Safari for most is a once in a lifetime journey – The word Safari means Journey and a Journey it has been for us. Along on our Journey as a Tour Operator we have learned and discovered a lot – failed at times but discovered what we are best at and that is one thing “to consistently create that memorable Safari for you.”
In a businessTour Operators expand to all over Africa – we focus on Uganda, that is what we know best, we live here and work here and are passionate about the Pearl of Africa. We take the words of Winston Churchill to heart when he wrote after his visit to Uganda in 1907 – “Concentrate on Uganda.”
Our Focus has been for our clients to experience the Pearl of Africa as we know it with its Scenic Wonders, Primates, Wildlife, Cultures and most of all it friendly and welcoming People.
The outcome of a safari in Uganda is more important to us than is the profit the income and sets us apart in this vast sea of Ugandan Tour Operators.
We know what we are Best at – just one thing “Creating Memorable Safaris”
We are not a Jack of all Trades and the Master of none, we simply stick at to what we do best “memorable Safaris” Much of what we did and offered a decade ago we no longer do and offer – amazingly when you offer less, concentrate on what you do offer you surprisingly do more business and compete with fewer.
During the past decade, we have learned a lot as to how to best serve our Clients. Understand their wishes for authenticity, off the beaten tourist track activities. We do not offer Safaris that we think you should do but create the Safari that you want which turns into a private memorable Safari for you.
A Safari begins with planning, your private driver and guide will implement the itinerary as it is written and make an adjustment based on your input.
Our Website is mostly information about Uganda and Rwanda. You can discover what you can do and see on a Safari in Uganda, but also a lot of practical “Know before-you-go Advice” that enhances your time with us on a safe and secure Safari.
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris- Creating Memorable Safaris where you are the Focus
We are a registered, licensed, tax-paying Tour Operator that is a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, we, however, see ourselves as a Matchmaker. We match the Natural Wonders of Uganda with your wishes as we create and implement your Safari. Whether that be arranging a date with a Mountain Gorilla Family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or a Chimpanzee Troop in Kibale Forest or tracking a pride of collared Lions in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Innovations based on what is best for our Safari Going Clients motivated us to offer Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Uganda long before others did. We offered the Gorilla Habituation Experience when it was still a pilot test program. we quit offering budget and shoestring safaris in order to concentrate on quality rather than quantity offering mid-range and upmarket luxury Safaris.
At the same time, Affordability remains on our minds and is reflected in having a functional office, streamlined staff, our means of selling was and is E-Tourism, we do not attend International Trade Show, do not have overseas offices – when you deal with us you are dealing directly with a Ugandan Tour Operator and the result is affordability.
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris -under the Hood- a functioning Engine
Two Men – poles apart when it comes to personal interests and motivations but share one passion – Uganda – the Pearl of Africa and for over a decade together they have made real the safari dreams of Clients from around the world.
Jon is an American, born and raised in Germany, living in Kampala – Uganda, hails from Birch Bay – Blaine along the Puget Sound in Washington State, USA, enjoying Africa since 1992 initially working in Humanitarian Development in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda after the Genocide. He comes from a diverse background in Sales and Marketing, Public Speaking, Story Teller and Writer, Luxury Boutique Bed and Breakfast Experience, Hiker, Conservationist- student of African Life. History and Culture.
Safaris are his Hobby, the Pearl of Africa his passion and his favorite pastime is introducing first-time travelers to Uganda to its natural wonders, its welcoming and friendly people and culture.
Partner in Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – brings over 20 years of Safari Experience – Ugandan born and raised – yet fully familiar with the needs of clients from around the world.
Geoffrey knows Uganda and Rwanda, from parks to every road whether paved or dirt. He is also very familiar with the wildlife in each park and wildlife reserves. His years of experience in the tourism industry make him a very valuable 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, loves Africa – the preservation of the treasures such as primates and wildlife that are found here. To him, the safari business is not a career or job – but a passion – His one weakness – British Premier League Football.
In order to survive as a Safari Tour Operator in a sea where there are over 1,000 competing companies of one sort or another, you have to do something right.
You have to deliver what you promised that in spite of a delayed plane, missing luggage with all the trekking gear, an unexpected rainstorm that could ruin a chimpanzee trek, a lodge employee that today has an attitudinal problem, a lodge serving, horror of all horror, instant coffee for breakfast, even worse, a lodge running out of wine on New Year’s Eve, actually happened.
Enter our Driver-Guides who are literally Mr. Fixit handymen that can adjust to a bridge outage, a muddy murram road, Reviews -about how we did on Safari.
We are delighted that Jon arranged our ten day gorilla safari in Uganda. The organisation was excellent, we saw gorillas at close range and stayed in lovely accommodations. Our driver/ guide Omar was absolutely first class. I really cannot fault the trip and have no hesitation in highly recommending Kabiza to others. Seeing gorillas in the wild is one of life's beautiful experiences.Jan ShouldersJanuary 29, 2019
Jon was awesome to deal with, right from the get go, and he was very patient with my concerns about booking and paying monies to an organisation we found online. Transferring money was safe and easy.
We sent Jon an idea of what we wanted to see and how long we had to play with and he gave us several itineraries to choose from.
We booked more than 6 months in advance to secure our Gorilla permits and in the end chose to do 2 days in Uganda with the Gorillas, which we do not regret for 1 second.....we had the most amazing, once in a lifetime experience - both days were different and just as amazing.
Brian as our guide for the trip, he was there to meet us at the airport and from then on, was there for anything we needed.....even to the point that when we were on our last Gorilla Trek and running out of time, he went and bought us our wooden Gorillas that we really wanted but had run out of time. We did have some down time and Brian made suggestions about what we could do and was happy to take us anywhere we wanted.
The Dian Fossey Museum was a great stop to get some background, and then the Trek to her grave site and to where her cabin used to be, was very special, also very hard (we had mud up to our knees) but we would do it again in a heartbeat.
We chose up market accommodation for the trip and we were not disappointed....great food, great customer service and great facilities.
The drive to our accommodation in Uganda was both interesting and 'thrilling'! The roads are dirt and very uneven and at times narrow, thankfully Brian was very good at navigating the terrain and made us feel at ease.
We have travelled quite a bit and had some unforgettable experiences, Kabiza have added to these and gave us a once in a lifetime experience that was worth every single cent.
Everybody should have this experience, these are beautiful creatures that need our help (tourism $$) to ensure that they are there for centuries to come for all to enjoy.Mignon FurnellJanuary 27, 2019
Dear Fellow Travellers!
I have been booking tours within Uganda with Kabiza for many years and they have always been an excellent Partner. From the very beginning of planning a wildlife tour to Uganda to the actual Safari they are a very trustful and reliable tour operator. The owners Jon & Geoffrey have been in the tourism business for along time and they do know their country very, very well when it comes to planning and operating a tour! All in all a great company to have a wildlife tour with!
Thanks very much once again for the last tour in December 2018.
Wolfgang from AustriaWolfgang StolzlechnerJanuary 14, 2019
Of the many wildlife and gorilla trekking tour operators available, I chose Kabiza Wilderness Safaris because I came across their incredibly helpful blog posts on gorilla trekking and found them to be straight forward 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.
After choosing Kabiza, Jon and his team's level of service was exemplary! Jon was fast and crisp in all of his email communications and he set up a tour that met our needs exactly. Our tour guide Carlos was wonderfully kind and helpful. He had us feeling at home in Africa within minutes of meeting him.
The gorilla trekking itself was magical with Jon and his team being absolutely on point in quickly snagging some habituation permits that became available at the last minute. We stayed at lodges across different price points and each location was comfortable, clean and had it's own charm.
Huge thank you to Jon, Carlos, and the rest of the Kabiza Wilderness Safaris team for a wonderful vacation!Ananda GhoshJanuary 11, 2019
We recently returned from Uganda and Rwanda where we did a 4 day gorilla trekking tour, all arranged by Jon at Kabiza Wilderness Safari, and I have to say the experience was nothing short of phenomenal. From the beginning of planning the trip, Jon was very responsive and accommodating to all our requests. He listened to what we wanted and then made suggestions, which all turned out to be amazing, and all for a competitive price. Our driver Bosco was fantastic, very knowledgeable and personable, and all the the different lodges we stayed at throughout the trip were spot on. Mount Gahinga Lodge was fantastic, from the food, to the service and most importantly the proximity to the entrance of the park. Chameleon Lodge is another gem perched on top of Lake Mutanda, it's a little bit of a trek to get there, but the view makes it worth it. Overall the trip far exceeded our lofty expectations, which is a huge compliment to Jon and everyone at Kabiza. Seeing mountain gorillas up close in the wild is an experience unlike any other and something you'll never forget. I can't recommend Kabiza Wilderness Safari enough! You won't be disappointed.Paul VoisardDecember 11, 2018
We just came back from an amazing 9 days safari started in Kigali and ended Entebbe. We did many parks, gorilla tracking x 2 etc ...
From the first contact with Jon to the end, everything was perfect.
Ask for Remmy as your driver. He has 10 years experience, he drives very well and safely in these bad Uganda roads. He showed to us many animals in the park , he tried hard and made sure we saw the lions and many more. We had many laughs throughout the roads. The car 4x4 was in good condition with a pop off roof.
All the lodges Jon suggested were very good . We particularly loved Gahinga lodge ( near entrance of Mgagingha gorilla park ) , ishasha wilderness camp in Queen Elizabeth park and safari crater lodge in kibale.
I asked other companies for prices and the price with Kabiza was very competitive even little lower than others. I enjoyed my trip and I highly recommand you Kabiza Wildwrness safaris . Thank you Remmy and Jon .Stephanie CardinalNovember 5, 2018
We have just returned from the most amazing and exciting trip to Rwanda and Uganda. Everything was above and beyond our expectations thanks to Jon and Kabiza Wilderness Safaris. From the early stages of planning, where Jon was extremely helpful and accommodating making sure we got the tour just perfectly tailor made to our wishes to the wonderful lodges, the incredible wildlife and the astonishing natural beauty of The Pearl of Africa. For anybody wanting a trip of a lifetime, we can warmly recommend Kabiza. Thanks a million, Jon - we hope to be able to return soon.tine altschulerSeptember 24, 2018
To our past clients as we say in Uganda “Thank You for Appreciating.”
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris for your Safari?
The number of Safari Tour Operators is simply overwhelming when you are searching for the right Tour Operator for your Safari. We have time, experience, history on our side. We know what we can or cannot do and will tell you if we are not the right match for your needs. With us it is simple – our goal is a memorable Safari in the Pearl of Africa for you.
Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – we know Uganda – the Pearl of Africa – we live and work here.