Best Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safaris In Uganda

Posted by on August 26, 2019

Safe Private Luxury-Gorilla & Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

Exclusive Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safaris-Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


 Private Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.  Incredible Up-Close Encounters with the Gentle Giants of the Forest, the Mountain Gorillas. In Uganda. Uganda is the only country where you can choose between two distinctly different Gorilla Sanctuaries.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient Afromontane Forest that is known for its rugged beauty and being home of the most of the endangered giants.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest stunning scenery was recognized by CNN Travel in 2019 as “the Most Beautiful Place in the. World.” Your trek is complimented by superb luxury and exclusive Lodges for your comfort and wellbeing before and after gorilla trekking.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park, the lesser-known Gorilla Sanctuary in Uganda is the park where you trek the  Mountain Gorillas on the sides of the Virunga Volcanoes. There is only one gorilla family that is trekked here, the Nyakagezi Family with five-silverbacks. Many choose to trek the Gentle Giants in both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The park offers such add-ons such as Golden Monkey Trekking and Volcano Climbing. In 2019 it was picked as the 3rd Must Photograph Place in the World.

Private Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safaris staying in some of Uganda’s Best Luxury and Exclusive Lodges. Places that provide the perfect setting before, during and after Gorilla Trek. 

Luxury Gorilla Safaris designed for you, all at a much lower price than in neighboring Rwanda without a compromise in the quality of your experience or comfort at lodges.

No wonder Uganda has become the Premier Mountain Gorilla Destination in all of Africa.


Only Uganda gives you the power of choice when it comes to your Encounter with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.

  • Normal Gorilla Trekking where you are one hour with a Gorilla Family on a 3-5 hour trek where the  Permit Price is 600 USD.
  • You can have “More Time with a Gorilla Family” – 4 hours on an all-day trek on the Habituation Experience that is available only in Uganda.
  • Private Trekking where it is just you, the trackers and porters but no other participants.
  • More Add-Ons such as Chimpanzee Trekking, Golden Monkey Trekking, the Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha, Wildlife Game Drives & Boat Cruises.
  • Authentic Cultural Encounters with the original People of the Forest who are now Conservation Refugees – the Batwa People.
  • Relax and Chill -Out after the Trek along Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda in Uganda 

Need more Reasons for a Luxury Gorilla Safari – read here.


Best Luxury Gorilla Trekking & Habituation Experience Safaris-Uganda for 2019 – 2020

Luxury Gorilla Safaris that begin Kigali, Rwanda from where it is 3-Hours Drive Time to Mgahinga Gorilla Park and a 4-Hour very Scenic Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which CNN Travel picked in 2019 as the World’s most beautiful Place.  Mgahinga Gorilla Park was chosen as the 3rd Must Photograph Spot in the World – this from online research commissioned by Huawei.


 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari- Bwindi from Kigali:

The most comfortable and most economical starting point for this 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari is to fly into Kigali – Rwanda where we meet you.  You can stay overnight in Kigali, or we meet your flight at the Kigali Airport and take you to the Southern Region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Stay in a luxury or exclusive Lodges Clouds Mountain Lodge or the Upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge right in Rushaga.

The gorilla trek can take place in either Nkuringo or the Rushaga area in the southern region of Bwindi Forest.  A four-hour drive saves you over a thousand dollars per person on a 3-Day Safari. Return to Kigali – Golden Monkey Trekking can be included on the third day of the Safari.


 3-Day Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

This is another one-of-a-kind Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda- Trek the Giants of the forest not in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest but in the Mountains that Cook – the Virunga Volcanoes.

Replicate the trekking you find in Rwanda in Uganda with one added plus, and your luxury will cost you the same or less as a moderately priced Safari would in Rwanda without any compromise.  Stay at the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge in the shadow of the volcanoes and enjoy the Gentle Giants of the Forest, Golden Monkeys, and the Batwa People of Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

There are limited permits available for this park in Uganda, and you have to plan well in advance to ensure that you have gorilla permits and lodging space.


 3-day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari from Kigali

On this 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari, you can fly into Kigali, Rwanda and take the most scenic drive through Rwanda’s mountainous region with terraced hills and vast tea plantations through the Kigezi Highlands of Uganda and along Lake Mutanda with its many islands ringed by the Virunga Volcanoes.

You are on an all-day Trek and with a Gorilla Family for 4-hours, there a maximum of 4 participants, researchers and trackers will you insight into the daily lives of the Gentle Giants of the Forest. There are only four permits, and the Safari must be booked well in advance.

More and more of our clients are taking this safari since it is a rare, one of a kind experience that no other country offers, only in Uganda can you spend 4 hours with a Gorilla Family.


 4-Day Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari in 2 Parks -from Kigali

This is twice Gorilla Trekking Safari with two different Groups in two various parks and two different terrains.

Trek the Gentle Giants of the Forest in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site while staying in the exclusive Clouds Mountain Lodge or the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge.

After the first Gorilla Trek drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park where you stay at the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge in the shadows of the Mountains that cook, the Virunga Volcanoes.

Trek the Nyakagezi Group in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the Golden Monkeys that are found there.

Return to Kigali, Rwanda for your flight out, the drive time from Mgahinga Gorilla Park to Kigali is a mere 3-Hours. Save 1,800 USD on Permits per person over Rwanda – Trek where Luxury Safaris remain affordable.


 5-Day Luxury Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari – Mgahinga Gorilla Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

This Safari takes you Gorilla Trekking in two different parks in Uganda. First, it Trekking in the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and then it is off to trek Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  Two kinds of trekking experiences on the same safari.

The safari begins and ends in Kigali Rwanda, as all of our Safaris, this is a private Safari where you stay at a luxury Lodge either in between the two parks, or spend two nights in the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge just outside of Mgahinga Gorilla Park and then two nights at the unique Clouds Mountain Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge in Rushaga.

This Safari includes Batwa Cultural Encounters plus Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.


 5-day Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari (with a flight between Bwindi and Kibale Forests:

This Safari begins in Kigali- Rwanda – Trek the Mountain Gorillas on a Gorilla Habituation Experience All-day Trek and then fly to Kibale Forest where you spend all day with a Chimpanzee Group on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari.

You have the option of flying from Entebbe to Bwindi Forest, onward to Kibale Forest after the Gorilla Habituation Experience and then fly back to Uganda.

Due to flight availability, the order above cannot be reversed on this Safari staying in Luxury Lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest.

This Safari is presently only offered by Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.


 5-Day Luxury Gorilla – Volcanoes – Golden Monkey Safari – Mgahinga Gorilla Park from Kigali:

This is the Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda with small drive-times.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is just 3 hours from Kigali, Rwanda.  Stay at the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge with its world-class standards and service.

Climb one of the 3-Volcanoes, moderate fitness level required, trek the Nyakezi Family with its 3 Silverbacks, trek the Golden Monkeys, meet the first people of the Forest on the Batwa Trail and more.

This Safari is for the physical active looking for a challenging and one-of-a-kind Safari experience. The Safari can also be done as a fly-in Safari from Entebbe, Uganda.


 7-Day Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – Wildlife Safari – Our Most Popular Luxury Safari:

This luxury 7-Day Habituation Experience Wildlife safari begins in Kigali Rwanda, and you fly out of Entebbe in Uganda. During your seven days you spend 4 hours with a gorilla family, all day with a gorilla group, see the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park and a wildlife and boat ride on the Kazinga Channel.

Spend six nights in some of Uganda’s exclusive and luxury Safaris where you most often have a splendid scenic View, excellent meals, and great service.

Fly into Kigali, Rwanda and out of Entebbe, Uganda.


 7-Day Luxury – Twice Gorilla Trekking-Hiking-Climbing Safari:

This is a one-of-a-kind Gorilla – Hiking-Climbing, Canoeing Safari that might test your level of fitness and endurance.

A unique Luxury Safari that you will not find offered elsewhere. Which includes twice gorilla trekking, once on each end of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  A hike through Bwindi – a Hike down to Lake Mutanda with a dugout canoe ride across the Lake.

Top it off with two days of activities in Mgahinga Gorilla Park where you have the choice as to what you want to do.

The Safari begins and ends in Kigali Rwanda for your convenience. You can add days and activities to this safari.


8 -Day – Gorilla – Lion – Wildlife – Chimpanzee Safari:

On this private luxury safari, you can choose the exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience – the CHEX-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience that is all day with a Chimpanzee Saari and the Lion Tracking Research with the Uganda Carnivore Project.

Activities that you will not find on the average Uganda Safari Itinerary.  – three out of the ordinary activities.

On the featured activities, there are permit and space restraints, and we suggest that you book six months in advance with us.

This is one of the most popular safaris that we offer.  It has smaller drive times plus you see more of Uganda.

We allow you to choose your favorite lodges and will advice yo as to which one might be best suited for you.


Longer Luxury Gorilla Safaris that begin in Entebbe-Uganda


 10-Day Luxury Primate Habituation Experience Safari:

This is a one-of-a-kind safari where you spend 4 hours with a Gorilla Family, all-day with a group of Chimpanzees and 5 hours with the Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

This is a Wild Luxury Safari where you stay in some of Uganda’s best luxury lodges while you trek through Western Uganda.

The Safari begins in Entebbe and ends in Kigali, and it can be reversed if you wish.

This is one of the popular itineraries with lovers of primates since it maximizes the times them.  This, like all of our safaris, can be customized into the safari that you would like.

We can reverse this safari and begin in Kigali – Rwanda ending in Entebbe – Uganda.


 12-Day Highlights of Uganda Luxury Great Apes and Big-5 Wildlife Safari: 

This Luxury Great Apes and Wildlife begins and ends in Entebbe.  We can start this safari in Kigali if you would like a bit of creativity.

The Safari takes you through 5 of Uganda’s Parks, places that will show you that Uganda is much more than Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee but a prime wildlife destination in the heart of Africa.

You have the choice of luxury, exclusive or upmarket lodges along the way which bring that added plus of comfort to the safari.

This is a primate plus the Big 5 Safari, moderate fitness level is required for this safari.

The Safari can be adjusted to your liking depending on your input and wishes.


Luxury Fly-in Gorilla Safaris from Entebbe

The Safaris listed here start in Entebbe with a flight over just one hour to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  Beginning in 2019 you can fly from the Masai Mara in Kenya to Entebbe in the morning and take a connecting flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Afternoon.

Any Gorilla Safari in either Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park can be made into a fly-in Safari for you.


 3-Day Fly in Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari from Entebbe:

Fly from Entebbe to either Kihihi near Buhoma or Kisoro for the Mgahinga Gorilla Park, or the Rushaga or Nkuringo area of Bwindi Forest.  This is a 1/2 hour flight and 1 hour from the landing strip to the lodge where you choose to stay.

Your Driver-Guide will meet you with Vehicle and take you to your lodge.  This is the shortest way time-wise to get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

There are upmarket, luxury, and exclusive lodges to stay near your Primate Trek on the next day.  If you remain in the northern area of Buhoma, you can add two days and stay at the exclusive Ishasha Wilderness Camp where you track the Tree-Climbing Lions that are found here.

This Safari should be booked six months or more ahead of Time.


3-day Fly-In Luxury Mountain Gorill a Habituation Experience Safari:

This is one of the most convenient ways to reach the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you can take part in a Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience. You fly from Entebbe to Kisoro, where your driver-guide meets you and taking to the lodge of your choice. This safari can be done using upmarket or moderate lodging in the Rushaga or Nkuringo area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Nkuringo Lodging would be 40 minutes drive to Rushaga on the morning of the Habituation Experience. Other things are added on to this safari such as a village visit in Nkuringo and a Forest Walk with the original people of the forest, the Batwa Pygmies in Buniga Forest. 3-day Gorilla Habituation Fly-In Safari.


 5-Day Fly-in Gorilla Trekking & Tree-Climbing Lions & Wildlife Safari:

On this 5-Day-Luxury Fly-in Safari, you are taking Gorilla Trekking in the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and the Wildlife including the Tree-Climbing Lions found in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth Park.

You Fly to Kihihi which located conveniently close to both the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and  Ishasha.  There is no long drive time involved, and the focus is on Mountain Gorillas and Wildlife.

In Buhoma you have a wide array of luxury lodges to choose from including several exclusive ones.

There is only one luxury lodge in Ishasha since that is more off of the beaten tourist path.

 


 8-Day Luxury  Fly-In Drive Gorilla-Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari

This safari has no long drive times – 2 1/2 hours is the longest time on the road in between 3 parks.  Luxury Lodges, Private Vehicle with the added convenience of flight, which gives you more time in the parks and less on the road.

This is one of our more popular Fly-In Safaris since it includes Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking plus the added wildlife and stunning scenery found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Kibale Forest.  We cover most everything in the safari but drinks at lodges and tips (some lodges serve complimentary non-premium beverages, wine, and beer.)

The Flight from and to Entebbe are with Aerolink Uganda in one of their Cessna Grand Caravan Planes with an excellent safety record.


 Combine the Great Migration with Gorilla Trekking and more in Uganda:

Have Breakfast in the Masai Mara after viewing the Great Migration and fly to Entebbe via Kisumu where you are given a Kenya Exit Stamp.  Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and hop on to Bwindi Forest arriving in the late afternoon where you can watch the Sunset over what CNN considers the most beautiful Place in the World in 2019.

We can arrange both the Great Migration Safari working with our Kenyan Partner, Phoenix Safaris, and the Gorilla Portion in Uganda.

This more direct route saves you time and travel wear and tear.  The flights are with Aerolink which is a regional Safari Airline using Cessna Grand Caravan Planes.


  Kabiza Wilderness Safaris for your Luxury Gorilla Safari?

We live here – we have evolved over the years into a leading Ugandan Luxury Safari Provider without the added cost of sales offices in London, Los Angeles, or Sydney.  We offer you the Best Value for your money on a Private Luxury Gorilla Safari with your choice of lodges, choice of vehicle and some of the best Driver-Guides in the business.

We know our customer’s mindset, we know their preferences, likes, and dislikes and we adjust a safari accordingly

The added difference is that we live here, we know Uganda, it is our home, we know the off-the-beaten-track locations in this country since we have done them ourselves.

For over a decade, we have created safe, private Luxury Safaris in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda, and Rwanda, we stick with what we know best – Uganda.


What our Clients say about us:

We recently finished a gorilla safari in Uganda organized by Kabiza. Jon was very helpful and insightful in arranging all of the details and answering my many questions beforehand. The logistics were well taken care from our pick-up in Rwanda, transportation to Uganda and the return journey. Our guide/driver was very knowledgeable and made sure everything went smoothly with transportation, hotels, trekking, etc. We were very impressed with the natural beauty of the country and friendliness of the people we met. We trekked in both Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. The gorilla trekking was an unforgettable experience. I’d certainly recommend Kabiza and we will definitely use them again if our travels ever take us back to Uganda.Douglas Chudy
We highly recommend Kabiza Safaris. Our planning started only 2 months prior as we had been invited to weddings in Rwanda which prompted unexpected travel to Africa. I feel blessed to have found Kabiza thru google search. Their website is the most comprehensive of all I looked at. Jon was helpful in letting us individualize our tour, adding in extra days for community overnight visits at Boomu Woman's Village and at Ruboni Community Camp to connect with the African people and make our time more meaningful during our 12 days. We were fortunate that two gorilla trekking permits had come available due to someone else cancellation, and our trip was adjusted according to the gorilla permit dates. Communication is key when planning and carrying out such an event. Jon was excellent at returning my emails, answering my many questions and offering suggestions. Carlos our driver/guide was also a great communicator, always giving an overview of the next days events the evening prior. Our initial pickup spot in Entebbe was at an Air BnB not in the center of Entebbe and he called the location the afternoon prior to get exact directions to be on time for our safari start. In preparing for the next day, while in Queen Elizabeth NP Carlos contacted the Lion Researcher to confirm our time with him the next morning. The researcher was no longer available on our scheduled date but was willing to meet us in half an hour so Carlos came by our room to ask if we would like to switch our game drive to having time with the Lion Researcher. If he had not been proactive, we would have missed out on one of the most awesome and entertaining events of our trip. Carlos had a great rapport with Park and Lodge staff and got us connected with a great guide for the chimp trek. At our last NP, Carlos suggested we change out the boat cruise for a Ranger Walk thru the park being up close to the zebras, Impalas and Elon which had not been at the previous NP. It was the perfect sendoff from our five NP tour. Having a private tour in our own comfortable safari jeep, without a doubt was the best way to travel. We witnessed the BIG 5 and so much more. It took me two months to convince my husband to travel to Africa but he totally loved it and so often throughout the trip has told me I absolutely chose the BEST SAFARI company-KABIZA!!! THANK YOU for a trip of the lifetime!!Steven Fisher
(Translated by Google) We had a wonderful holiday in Uganda. I had made contact with Jon Blanc from Kabiza Wilderness Safari more than a year before leaving (we must go a little early to get the "Gorilla Permits") and everything went well, from the first contact until the last day of the stay. First of all, Jon was very available for the preparation of the trip. He quickly answered all my many questions in order to organize the trip as I wished, taking into account his advice of course. We went with family to 5, our son (15 years), our 2 twin daughters (19 years), my wife and me. As a result, we were able to have our own car and spend 12 days in Uganda without having to be attached to a larger group. As a guide / driver, we were lucky enough to meet Wilson. He drives in a very safe way, but it is above all an extremely endearing person who knows the country and the parks on the tip of his fingers. Wilson has quickly become the friend of the whole family and he is for many in the great success of our vacation. We had a probably "classic" trip: Entebbe, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls Park, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Forest (and its gorillas!) And Mburo Park before returning to Entebbe. Each stop was worth it: the rhinos to start, very impressive, especially that we meet them on foot! The Murchison Falls Park with a multitude of animals including elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, antelopes and monkeys of all kinds, not to mention the spectacular Murchinson Falls. Chimpanzees from Kibale Forest, rather difficult to find, it took a very long walk ... At Queen Elisabeth Park, Lion Tracking Research kept its promises by coming very close not only to the lionesses with their young but also a beautiful leopard. Obviously the pinnacle is the time spent in the middle of a dozen gorillas in the forest of Bwindi. We made a stop in Mburo Park on the way to Entebbe to see zebras and impalas. This park allows to approach the animals on foot (with a ranger) and is worth it to stop. The organization was impeccable, everything was well prepared, keeping some flexibility despite everything. All the lodges were very good and the food excellent. And the people of Uganda are infinitely hospitable. Many thanks to Jon, Wilson and everyone we met. I can only recommend Kabiza Wilderness Safari for your stays in Uganda. (Original) Nous avons passé de merveilleuses vacances en Ouganda. J'avais pris contact avec Jon Blanc de Kabiza Wilderness Safari plus d'1 an avant de partir (il faut s'y prendre un peu en avance pour obtenir les "Permis Gorilles") et tout s'est passé à merveille, du premier contact jusqu'au dernier jour du séjour. Tout d'abord, Jon a été très disponible pour la préparation du voyage. Il a répondu rapidement à toutes mes nombreuses questions afin d'organiser le voyage tel que je le souhaitais, en tenant compte de ses conseils évidemment. Nous sommes partis en famille à 5, notre fils (15 ans), nos 2 filles jumelles (19 ans), mon épouse et moi. De ce fait, nous avons pu avoir notre propre voiture et passer 12 jours en Ouganda sans devoir être rattaché à un plus grand groupe. Comme guide/chauffeur, nous avons eu la chance de tomber sur Wilson. Il conduit de manière très sûr, mais c'est surtout une personne extrêmement attachante qui connaît le pays et les parcs sur le bout des doigts. Wilson est rapidement devenu l'ami de toute la famille et il est pour beaucoup dans la grande réussite de nos vacances. Nous avons fait un trajet probablement "classique" : Entebbe, le Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, le parc Murchison Falls, la forêt de Kibale, le parc Queen Elisabeth, la forêt de Bwindi (et ses gorilles !) et le parc Mburo avant le retour sur Entebbe. Chaque arrêt en valait la peine: les rhinos pour commencer, très impressionnants, surtout qu'on les rencontre à pieds ! Le parc des Murchison Falls avec une multitudes d'animaux dont les éléphants, girafes, hippos, buffles, antilopes et singes en tout genre, sans oublier les spectaculaires chutes Murchinson. Les chimpanzés de la forêt de Kibale, plutôt difficiles à trouver, il a fallu une très très longue marche... Au parc Queen Elisabeth, le Lion Tracking Research a tenu ses promesses en s'approchant très près non seulement des lionnes avec leurs petits mais aussi d'un magnifique léopard. Evidemment le summum c'est l'heure passée au milieu d'une douzaine de gorilles dans la forêt de Bwindi. Nous avons fait un stop dans le parc Mburo sur le chemin vers Entebbe pour y voir des zèbres et des impalas. Ce parc permet d'approcher les animaux à pieds (avec un ranger) et vaut la peine qu'on s'y arrête. L'organisation était impeccable, tout était bien préparé, en gardant une certaine flexibilité malgré tout. Tous les lodges étaient de très bonne qualité et la nourriture excellente. Et la population ougandaise est infiniment accueillante. Un grand merci à Jon, Wilson et toutes les personnes que nous avons rencontrées. Je ne peux que recommander Kabiza Wilderness Safari pour vos séjours en Ouganda.Pierre Godelaine
We booked a 7-day gorilla habituation safari with Kabiza. We had an amazing time, the habituation is definitely worth the extra cost - the experience of spending so much time watching gorillas in their natural habitat was incredible. Queen Elizabeth National Park and the chimpanzee habituation at Kibale were also great - with an abundance of wildlife. The accommodation along the way was all very good, with friendly staff. Jon was always very quick to respond to questions we had, and to confirm payment. I also found the website really helpful. Finally our driver, Brian, was fantastic. Friendly, attentive and informative. Coping well with some difficult driving conditions and giving us lots of opportunities for taking photos etc.Justin Carr
We just had a fantastic 11-day safari in Uganda with Kabiza. Jon and his team provided a top-notch professional experience from our initial email contact right through to the drop-off at the airport for our flight home. Jon was happy to tailor one of his suggested safaris to include exactly what we wanted and was always responsive to our emails throughout the planning process. The price was extremely competitive, especially considering the cost of tracking permits, the private driver/guide, and the level of luxury we found at the lodges. Our guide Fred was friendly, very knowledgeable, and a great driver (something you'll definitely appreciate on some of the roads!) We stayed at lodges recommended on the Kabiza website and they were all incredible. Most importantly, every detail of our trip was taken care of seamlessly - lodging, permits, entry fees to parks, etc. You definitely want a reputable operator for a trip like this. We witnessed an unfortunate situation in which someone showed up for a chimpanzee trek and their operator had not set it up - what a nightmare, but not something you'll have to worry about if you book with Kabiza! Finally, the Kabiza website is a treasure trove of information, with articles about everything from what to expect on a gorilla trek to information about the culture in Uganda and Rwanda, and regular updates about current events. We met plenty of people on our trip who weren't even aware that something like the gorilla habituation experience or collared lion tracking existed, whereas we had seen all the details about our options on the Kabiza site. Uganda is a beautiful country, we hope to be able to return soon and it will definitely be with Kabiza. We've been on three other safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, so we've had some experience with trips like this - I can't recommend Kabiza enough!Barbara Rocci
Jon and his team from Kabiza gave my 15 yr old son and I the trip of a lifetime ! After many months of research it was clear Kabiza was a trustworthy professional and experienced company and it was a delight dealing with Jon as he shaped the perfect week long experience for us. I wanted to do the 4 hour Gorilla Habituation experience and I’m so thrilled I did. I was up-close with a majestic Silverback and his family in the remote Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ... The trackers and guides are incredible and will slash foliage ahead of you to help you get the best possible view of these beautiful creatures. You become part of the experiment as this group becomes accustomed to human contact. I should mention the journey is very challenging and can take up to 4 or more hours each way hiking through very steep and at times muddy terrain. A level of fitness is very important ... I also highly recommend you take a porter to help carry the (at least) 3 bottles of water you should take with you. Thank you Frances and Everest for all your help and patience and good humour !!! The accommodation Jon chose for us was outstanding .... Clouds, Crater Lake Lodge and Kyambura Gorge Lodge are standouts. We had simply wonderful drivers on our trip as we experienced not only the Gorillas but the Chimpanzee Habituation which was also wonderful in the Kibale Forest and a safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park where we saw stunning tree lions and elephants and even a leopard... We would like to thank Wilson, Geoffrey and Hamid ....you guys showed us just how beautiful Uganda is. We cannot wait to return and I highly recommend Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.JANE K
We booked a 5 day "Gorilla and Chimpanzee" trek" safari with Kabiza Wilderness Safaris last year for 14 crazy 🇨🇦’s and loved every minute of it. These guys do a great job! From the "pre-planning" details, the information available on Kabiza's great website.... and the knowledge of the guides we travelled with was ALL amazing. Can’t wait to come back again..... working on another trip for next year! ❤️👍 Like Show more reactionsJoey and Christine Walker
I was hesitant at first but Jon from Kabiza Wilderness Safari made me feel comfortable navigating a system from the other side of the world. The advice provided for our five day gorilla/chimpanzee trekking was spot on. Our guide Remmy took care of us for five days. Again, if you are going on one of these treks, I strongly recommend that you take all the advice from their website. Were we do to this trip again, I would definitely use Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.Don Shearer
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 Shoulders
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 Furnell
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 Stolzlechner
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 Ghosh
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 Voisard
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 Cardinal
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 altschuler

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