Big Apes Africa

4.9/5 – 63 Reviews

$2,332 pp (USD)

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Uganda Uganda
1-5 employees (Founded in 2019)
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Custom budget & mid-range tours that can start every day
Rwanda RW
Uganda UG
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We are a Safari Company with operations in Uganda and Rwanda handling Destination management for Tour operators around the world through well crafted private or group tailor made life impacting African experiences. We are a team of Nature lovers and believe in sustainable tourism through conservation and community empowerment. We love to constantly explore our region just for the love of it and it is from this passion and personal experience that we want to craft for you a lifetime experience.


A Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey with Big Apes Africa

From the very start, Big Apes Africa stood out with their exemplary customer service. Our guide, Peter's, responsive and flexible approach made booking a breeze, crafting an itinerary that far exceeded our expectations. This level of personalized service and seamless organization set the tone for an unforgettable adventure through Rwanda and Uganda.

Peter was the heart of our journey. His deep knowledge and passion for his home country of Uganda and neighboring Rwanda were infectious. Listening to him share his insights on the local culture, wildlife, and conservation efforts was a true highlight. More than a guide, Peter was our guardian, ensuring our safety, keeping us on schedule, and immersing us in the authentic local culture with delightful roadside snacks.

The wildlife encounters were beyond compare and accommodations were exceptional, particularly the forest lodge near Bwindi, offering comfort and immersion in nature. The transport by a comfortable green bus and the smooth handling of logistics ensured we could focus entirely on the experience without a worry.

Conservation and respect for local communities were clearly a priority for Big Apes Africa, aligning with our values and enriching our journey. It's gratifying to travel with a company that not only seeks to provide an unforgettable experience for its guests but also cares deeply for the environment and the people who call these places home.

Overall, my experience with Big Apes Africa was extraordinary. I've already recommended them to friends, confident they'll deliver the same magical experience. If you're seeking an adventure that combines thrilling wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, and impeccable service, look no further than Big Apes Africa.

Amazing trip with Peter!

We had a very nice 5-days trip over the Easter break with Peter, travelling across Rwanda and Uganda and seeing Chimps, Gorillas and Golden Monkeys.

Before the trip Peter was very responsive and flexible to accomodate our requests and make the trip as customized as needed, we really appreciated this as it felt the trip was perfect for us!! Once we arrived, everything was very smooth and all the experiences truly enjoyable, with a mix of nature, culture and society. Peter is a very knowledgeable guide and shared with us a lot of insights as we were travelling together.

Bonus points for the 2 lodges we stayed at in Uganda: really beautiful and with a great service level.

Will definitely recommend Peter and the Big Apes Safari team to friends and family planning to visit Uganda or Rwanda!

Fantastic, flexible, fun experience

- communication: Big Apes was consistent and speedy in responsiveness
- service: Peter was dedicated to good service, putting demonstrable effort to make the tour flexible (incl ad requests) and going the extra mile (eg organizing shoe cleaning after the animal trekking)
- value for money: Peter co-designed the trip to maximize value for money
- reliability: we always felt safe and knew that our guide and the operator could be trusted
- overall amazing experience! Seeing the gorillas was truly memorable. Thank you

Trip of a lifetime

I booked a last minute 10 day safari with Big Apes Africa after another provider let me down. Despite only having a week to get everything ready, all of Peter’s arrangements worked out and I had a perfect experience. Out of the 105 countries I‘ve visited so far, Uganda was my favorite.
Not only did I see all of the big 5 and many chimpanzees, but I also had the best possible gorilla sighting in Bwindi with 3 playful babies and a very peaceful silverback.
While I had originally hoped to join an existing tour, I ended up going alone with my guide, Sam. However, this was probably for the best. I felt completely safe at all times and Sam was good company at dinners and a very patient guide during the game drives who ensured we‘d get the best sightings. Eg, when all the other cars had already left, Sam waited until the 3 lionesses got up and came very closely to the car. We were also the only ones to see the leopard in Ishasha that day. Unfortunately, the treeclimbing lions in the Ishasha sector have currently abandoned their previous tree close by the road, but we at least saw them from a distance.
All of the selected activities were amazing and I saw so many additional animals. The only thing I might have changed in hindsight is to spend the last night closer to the airport, as it is a very long journey from Bunyonyi.
All of the food provided was delicious (with vegetarian options available) and the lodges ranged from good to great…They were certainly better than what I had expected, given that the total price for a solo trip was 40% less than what I would have paid to a German travel agent for a shared tour.
Overall, I can’t recommend Uganda or Big Apes Africa enough and I hope that one day, I‘ll be able to do another trip with them and bring my family.
PS: for anyone having doubts about the current security situation- I think the warnings are completely overblown. There wasn’t a moment where I didn’t feel entirely safe, even as a single woman. Just go - it‘ll be the trip of a lifetime!

Unique experience

When looking for a company to gravel with to Uganda we first likes up some belgian companies ( we thought it would be easier since we both live in Belgium). However one of my friends who did the gorilla trek with big apes recommended me to do it through a local company. I reached out to Peter and not even 30min later he already sent me a full document based on what we wanted to See/ do. All the communications went very fluently. All our questions were answered well and in a reasonable time frame.

So we decided to book a 10-day tour through Uganda. In terms of price-quality, it was definitely okay.

We slept in a different lodge every day. these were always clean and authentic. As for the food in the lodges, this was also always fine. In the morning there was an assortment of tea, coffee, fruit, pancakes and eggs. In the evening it was always a three-course menu.

Sam, The driver who accompanied us was super patient and well organised, he did his best to make the journey safe and unforgettable. Thanks to his cautions, we stayed far from danger. And we appreciate his care and respect towards animals.

Lastly, The trips covered different places, which provided us a chance to see different parts of the beautiful country. We saw a lot of wild animals (only pity is we missed the Leopard) and impressive nature.

I would hightech recommend people to visit Uganda and do it with this amazing company!!

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