Makario Safaris

4.8/5 – 64 Reviews

$3,647 to $4,087 pp (USD)

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Senior Consultant Winnie on safari

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Makario Safaris

(64 Reviews)
Office In:
Rwanda Rwanda
1-5 employees (Founded in 2019)
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Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Botswana BW
Kenya KE
Namibia NA
Rwanda RW
South Africa ZA
Tanzania TZ
Uganda UG
Zimbabwe ZW
Senior Consultant Winnie on safari

Senior Consultant Winnie on safari

Founded over 5 years ago, Makario Safaris, based in vibrant Kigali, specialises in crafting authentic, indulgent travel experiences. We are a licensed, Rwanda Development Board-registered company, and proud members of the Rwanda Tourism and Travel Association. Our expertise extends beyond Rwanda, offering unforgettable journeys in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and the captivating landscapes of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Capetown. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!


Confident and stress free experience

We booked a gorilla trek in Volcanoes national park with Makario Safaris from the UK. This included transport from Kigali to the excellent Five Volcanoes boutique hotel, a gorilla trek and onward transport to lake Kivu. Given the high cost of trekking permits and bad experience of some travellers with other companies, we wanted to book with a reliable agent. Marario Safaris stood out and our confidence grew with our communication with their director, Mwake Utange. We received tailored quotation with detailed itinerary, confirmation and copies of our trekking permits, contact details of our driver and Makario managers in the event of any problems. Nothing was too much trouble. As a result we have had a stress free lifetime experience, with everything taken care of for us at each part of our journey. We wholeheartedly recommend Makario Safaris as a professional, friendly and reliable agent.

Great and unique experience

Incredible and unforgettable experience. However, there were some moments in which our presence was too invasive. The workers cut large branches on several occasions so that we could see the gorillas that were hiding behind them, even though we told them it was not necessary.
When the tourist is put first instead of the wild animal, these types of excursions lose their essence of being something wild and natural. More and more people prefer and value tourism that respects wildlife. Despite all this, being able to observe them so closely and literally communicate with them was something I will never forget.

Incredible experience

Once in a lifetime experience trekking to see gorillas in Rwanda. Very well organised by Makario Safaris, my driver was excellent, a very safe driver and very happy to share his knowledge and insight on this fascinating country. He took me to a great restaurant for lunch and to a women’s collective to buy well-priced crafts and jewellery. I’d highly recommend Makario.

Great experience!

Makario Safaris took great care of us. From detailed and responsive preparation ahead of the trip to reliability and great planning while we were in Rwanda, I definitely recommend them! Our short 5-day trip to Rwanda was thoughtfully laid out, starting and ending with an understanding of historical/cultural context and incredible primate experiences in between! Our driver, Godfrey, was absolutely amazing - kind, reliable, friendly and put up with all my questions. Lodging was excellent, and everything went smoothly and as planned.
All in all, it was an incredible experience!!

Incredible Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

We were picked up by Eric at our VRBO in Kigali and were driven 2 ½ hours to Volcanoes National Park. Eric was very knowledgeable, not only about the Gorilla Trek. We asked Eric all about Rwandan culture and the amazing scenery that we traversed, and we learned alot about Kigali and Rwanda during our trip.

When we arrived at Volcanoes National Park, Eric took care of all the details. All we had to do was drink our coffee and wait to be assigned to a group for orientation. We were assigned one of the easier hikes due to me being 70 years old and perhaps not in as good of physical shape as I once was! Eric then took us to the starting point of the hike where we met porters and our guide, Jolie, took us into the jungle.

I am glad that we had the easier hike! We started with a 30 minute hike through farming fields, but the hike changed as soon as we entered the Park. Our guide was joined by trackers with machetes who carved a path to our gorilla family that they had previously tracked. It was rainy season and during the next 45 minutes we quickly found ourselves in ankle-deep mud. We had taken the advice of using a porter for both my wife and I, and trust me if your guide recommends having a porter, do it!

Once we encountered the gorillas, it was magical. The gorillas are so close to you, even at one point a blackback gorilla reached out and put his hand on my wife! And we caught in on video which will be a highlight for ever. We saw a silverback, three blackbacks, many females and babies, and even twins which are very rare. 60 minutes flies by as you are captivated by what you are experiencing. The guides are with you, positioning you for your best viewing and even taking your picture "with" the gorillas.

After our hike back, our shoes were covered with mud. During our stop for lunch, Eric worked with the restaurant to clean our shoes and socks! Amazing service. Lunch was great and the service was even better.

If you are considering a Gorilla Trek, you cannot go wrong with Makario Safarios.

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