Uzuri Uganda Safaris
- Office In:
- 1-5 employees (Founded in 2014)
- Member Of:
- AUTO & FDSA
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
- Price Range:
- $35 to $500 ppper person per day (USD, excl. int'l flights)
Email Danijel | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
We are a couple living in Austria and we decided to travel to Uganda in June 2020. First we thought about to book via an agency in Austria or Germany but as it was very expensive we tried to find an agency in Entebbe or Kampala. We wrote to 5-10 agencies and then we chose the best option for us which was Uzuri Uganda Safari and Edris.
The communication with Edris was from the beginning very simple and he responded to all the questions (and we had many of them) very well and fast (within 24h).
As it was a bit strange for us not to book with an Austrian or German agency we were a bit afraid that we would arrive and no one would be waiting for us. But we paid the gorilla and chimpanzee permits in advance and we told Edris we would pay the remaining balance on arrival. This was no problem so it was kind of security for us that it would go well because we just paid the permits in advance and Edris sent us immediately the permits with our names.
Due to COVID we had to postpone our trip 2 times and also this was no problem and everything was well organized by Edris (changing the permits and also the accomodations).
After 1 1/2 year waiting finally we arrived in Entebbe and surprise surprise Edris and our guide Ronnie were waiting for us at the airport to pick us up and start our journey.
Our car was a 4x4 LandRover which I would also prefer the next time (the other option was a mini-van). The car was in a very good condition with a roof for game drives and enough space for 2 people. Smaller issues with the car (flat tire) during the journey were well managed by our guide so we almost didn‘t notice there were any problems.
The lodges Edris suggested and we finally booked were all nice and clean with a good standard and the food was really good. Only the last stay in Entebbe before departure was very loud in the morning.
Our guide Ronnie was very good. He knew very much about culture and animals and was able to answer almost all questions we had. He is also a very good and safe driver. Sometimes we just had smaller communication problems but this is almost not worth mention it.
We had an itinerary which was fixed before the journey but we were able to discuss some points during our stay so we were flexible to change some smaller things like game drives and walking safaris.
Altogether we can highly recommend Uzuri Uganda Safari for trips in Uganda because of professionalism, reliability and flexibility. If we come back some day again this will be our agency of choice.
Email Lea | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Incredibly helpful, flexible, forthcoming and accommodating!
Due to Covid-19 I had to postpone my trip with Uzuri Safari from March 2020 to August 2021, but it was absolutely worth the wait! Edris was beyond helpful throughout the whole organisation of the trip, from providing covid-updates to being super flexible in changing dates, adding a friend to the trip, and giving recommendations beyond our booked trip - never experienced such 1st class customer care!!
Once picked up from our guide Vincent, the trip (it was two of us plus Vincent) was brilliant: Vincent was super helpful, easy to get along with and had a lot of knowledge. He put in heaps of effort for us to have a good time and we really enjoyed not only all our activities (Queen Elizabeth, Gorilla Trekking, Lake Bunyonyi, etc.), but also just having a good chat and laugh with him!
Highlight was the gorilla trekking, absolutely incredible and definitely worth it!!
All in all, Uzuri Safari was a great choice as they were helpful, flexible and incredibly accommodating from start to finish, and we always felt in very good hands, despite Covid making it all a lot more difficult! Thank you Edris & Vincent!
Email Miquel Rafa | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
The best travel support for a private birding tour to Uganda
We had a wonderful experience with Uzuri Safaris in July 2021, for 14 days. The assistance from Edris in the preparation and development of our itinerary was very helpful and beyond what we were paying for. He sorted out all the changes of the Covid restrictions and the vehicle was perfect, including the loss of luggage at the arrival to Entebbe (which we recover on our way, at Murchinson). Our driver, John, was extremely helpful during the trip, facilitating all the logistics we needed along the route (accommodation, meals, entrance to parks, etc) and a reliable and passionate birder who was helping us all the time we were together. We recommend him with no doubt. Thank you for providing your excellent professional services and for the great time we had in Uganda!
Email Maurice Schneider | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Top Marks for the Uzuri team.
We arrived Entebbe at the un-godly hour of 3.00am aboard Turkish Airways, having been travelling for the better part of 2 days. On arrival, Edris came to pick us up and transferred us to our hotel for a few hours to freshen up and rest. At 8.00am, Edris was back to hand us over to our safari driver/guide Ronnie who we spent the next 8 days in his company. Our trip to Uganda was largely focused on the great apes – the chimpanzees and gorillas but nothing prepares you for what more Uganda has got to offer. We saw spectacular landscapes, met the hospitable Ugandans and enjoyed the great food. The lodges and camps that were selected during our stay were all wonderful. Our highlight was the Bush Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park where elephants were constant visitors. We were able to take in all the nocturnal sounds from the comfort of our banda.
During our drive to Bwindi we came across the lions that climb trees and we were told we were very lucky to see them. The main reason our trip will be hard to beat is our driver/guide Ronnie. We loved Ronnie! We enjoyed every moment with him. Courteous, polite, knowledgeable, a skillful driver in all conditions and an expert in flora and fauna. His smile and passion are infectious, and his ability to spot wildlife hidden in thickets from a long way away is remarkable. We saw the big 5, lots of birds, and the encounters with the gorillas was the very best. No words can explain this
encounter. You have to do it yourself! Edris called to say farewell at the end of the trip and wish me and my wife well. His service is personal, friendly and magnificent. I look forward to recommending his services to some of my other friends who plan to visit Uganda. Money well spent for memories that will last a lifetime.
Email Jimmy Campbell | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
‘A fantastic 10-Day honeymoon safari in Uganda’
We had a wonderful honeymoon experience with Uzuri Uganda Safaris. From the outset, Edris was the most accommodating tour organizer that responded to our enquiries and together we came up with an itinerary that included the big ticket items that we wanted to see and suited our budget. During the tour itself once we arrived in the country, everything went like clockwork as we were very well taken care of. Even when we had a little issue with the hotel in Kidepo, he quickly resolved the issue together with our guide and we were given a better accommodation option. Joachim, who was our guide for the 10 days was knowledgeable and kind, so we really enjoyed his company. We spent 9 days between two spectacular parks and enjoyed every moment. We saw the big 5 and I have got to say Kidepo is a very spectacular park where you literally have the park to yourself given that few tourists visit this secluded national park. Edris called Joachim’s phone once in a while to check in with us if everything is alright, which was very thoughtful. Edris went over and beyond to make our honeymoon trip great. Uzuri Uganda Safaris is a very reliable company, and I would recommend to anyone thinking about a safari vacation in Uganda. We definitely will book with them in future when we decide to come back to Uganda.
Email Joshua Copeland | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Everything went perfect, encounter with chimps and gorillas WOW
Uzuri Safaris are an excellent tour company to deal with. Right from the get go, our communications with Fiona were easy and quick. It did not matter what time, Fiona was able to reply to our many questions, requests for changes in the program in no time. She had no problems modifying our tour to suit our needs better. Once we arrived in Uganda, our guide Ronnie was excellent. Right from the pick-up at the airport all through the trip to the end, Ronnie was able to meet all of our expectations and indeed exceeded them. He would stop anytime we asked to take pictures and also when he saw things that he thought we would be interested in. Things that were interesting to us and that we would have missed without him. Our first stop on this epic trip was Kibale Forest National Park – the home of the chimpanzees.
The sounds the chimpanzees make even before seeing them is super exciting and it still rings in my ears every time I remember the trip on look at our pictures from the trip. Having trekked for about an hour on largely flat terrain to find the chimpanzees, we came across this large troop with some of the members up in the trees while a few others were on the ground. One female with a baby came very close to where we were standing and it was just wow! It literally gave us a good opportunity to take as many pictures! The chimps up in the trees did not mind us as they
went about their day – enjoying some kind of fruit. The swamp/community walk in the afternoon is also a must if you are not too tired.
Email Amy Andree | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Most organized professional safari company I’ve ever booked through.
Edris went above and beyond from start to finish with this trip. It exceeded all expectations and I had the time of my life in Uganda. He responded very quickly and was very accommodating when I requested to change the itinerary. Our guide, Ronnie, was excellent as well. He kept us safe and entertained! The experience on safari was like nothing I’ve ever witnessed and I’ve been on a few safaris!
Email Molly Lawson | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
My friend and I booked through Uzuri and had nothing but wonderful experiences! Edris, the owner, was incredibly helpful throughout the entire scheduling journey as we added and changed our itinerary. When we arrived, our guide Ronnie picked us up at the airport and was with us the whole time, checking in daily to make sure we had the best experience possible. He even helped capture 15 poachers! And when coronavirus caused my flight to be canceled, Edris and Ronnie rescheduled our flights for us without compromising anything we had planned! This was my first safari, and I cannot recommend Uzuri strongly enough!
Email Pawel Piesowicz | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Unforgettable Uganda Trip
We had a wonderful 12-day safari with Uzuri. Our driver Ronnie was very knowledgeable and friendly. He is an excellent driver and always kept the car clean. We visited Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo and of course the unforgettable gorilla trekking in Mgahinga. The itinerary planned by Uzuri ensured we had a nice balance of busy and relaxing days. The accommodation choices were great with Chameleon Hill Lodge being our favourite. We would definitely recommend Uzuri for those planning a safari in Uganda.
Email Gil Wier | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
Seven day tour with Uzuri was outstanding!
My son works in Kampala, and he chose Uzuri for our customized tour. In seven days we hit Murchison, then Bwindi, then Queen Elizabeth. We chose 'mid-level' lodges and all met expectations. And some had almost gourmet level dining! In Murchison, even an amateur photographer can look like a hero because the wildlife was so abundant. Really though, the key to our great trip was our super guide from Uzuri, Vincent M. Knowledgeable, super friendly, spirited, and extremely competent, he made all the difference. Some of the roads were difficult, but Vincent knew them all and drove us safely and efficiently through the mud and the detours. He was often in contact with other guides to give us the best experience available at the time. He didn't miss any detail of our trip. I highly recommend Vincent M and Uzuri Uganda Safaris. Entire experience was one for a lifetime!
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