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Erin   –  
Sweden SE
Visited: January 2023 Reviewed: Feb 9, 2023

Email Erin  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Experience of a lifetime

Had a great time with Safaris by John! John is a terrific guide and very personal and caring and we felt very taken care of. The choice of Safaris by John had a big impact on why we had such a good time in Uganda!

Michelle   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Jan 4, 2023

Email Michelle  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Jon is knowledgeable, kind and a great travel guide.

Jon was my guide for 9 days. It was my first trip to Africa and a dream come true to be there. I was traveling solo and he made many efforts to ensure my experience was everything I dreamed it would be, from great conversations where he shared information on the wildlife and culture of Uganda to showing me many different villages and people and taking steps to ensure that my journey into the rainforest to see the gorillas was extra special.

Especially as a solo traveler, I felt safe every step of the journey and Jon consistently kept us on schedule. What I was able to see and experience there was more than I ever could have imagined.

Uganda is a beautiful country and I can’t wait to return again soon and have Jon guide me on my next adventure.

JT   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2022 Reviewed: Nov 11, 2022

Email JT  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

No need to search more — you found the best guide

I’ll keep it as brief as I can. My wife and I had an incredible 10 days with Jon. We did the full circle of Uganda. You must do the gorilla trekking. Give him a sense of your needs, abilities, and time, and he will tailor you some options for your trip. His judgement for us was perfect. He is so kind, patient, and thoughtful. He also loves his country. He is a person you can trust and lean on during your trip. We cannot recommend him enough. We recommend him to everyone!!

Kortney   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2022 Reviewed: Nov 10, 2022

Email Kortney  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Knowledge, Kind, Fun, and truly gave us the best experience in Uganda from start to finish!

Wow- An adventure of a lifetime!

Coming from the United States we had no idea what to expect from Uganda. Jon made us feel comfortable from the first moment we arrived at the airport until the moment he brought us back 10 days later. Jon was the most caring, genuine tour guide! He was incredibly knowledgeable about the culture and land of Uganda and was eager to answer all of our questions. Jon has perfect English and is truly a professional. He made sure we were always comfortable and getting the best from our experience. Jon made such an awesome effort to see all of the animals and he did not disappoint. The country is the most beautiful! We have traveled near and far and Uganda continues to stand #1 on our list. The people are so kind and loving, the nature is breathtaking, the animals are exotic, and the country feels untouched. We loved getting to know Jon and after 10 days of traveling with him, we felt as if we were saying goodbye to a friend. We will forever cherish this experience. We have recommended him to our friends and one group of them already went on a safari with Jon. They were just as wowed and we were. I hope you are lucky enough to have Jon for your adventure! You will love it- a trip of a lifetime!

Lisa   –  
Germany DE
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Sep 25, 2022

Email Lisa  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

If you want to have a trustworthy and very friendly Tour Operator - Go With Safaris By Jon!

We were on the road with John for 6 days and enjoyed every minute of it! We are very grateful for this wonderful time and that we learned a lot about Uganda, the culture and wildlife thanks to John's super knowledge! John catered to all our requests, including the many photo stops along our itinerary ;)

Seth   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Sep 8, 2022

Email Seth  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Move over Nicholas Cage! The real National Treasure is here.

Jon M. is an absolute gem and is in the running for National Treasure of Uganda. He made us feel at home, because as he explained, we were. Jon shared his culture and experience with us, was knowledgeable about all of the many animals we saw in addition to the big 5, and knows Uganda like the back of his hand. 10/10, would Safari with Jon again and will be recommending him to both my family and friends.

Matt D   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Sep 8, 2022

Email Matt D  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Bucket List Annihilator

Our group of 4 spent a week in Uganda with Jon. I cannot write enough good things about our experience! When you begin researching to plan a safari, Uganda is not one of the countries that is promoted by search engines or blogs. But I’m here to tell you that not considering Uganda for safari would be a mistake. It FAR exceeded any expectations; and we even had a prior personal recommendation! The parks, wildlife, food, and people were an absolute must for anyone who wants to experience the richness of East African safari! The gorilla trekking is an adventure of a lifetime, but Uganda has so much more to offer. From Murchison Fall’s and Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Chimpanzee trekking and amazing cultural/community experience near Kibale, you can’t help but fall in love with all Uganda has to offer!
All of these things factor into an unforgettable experience. However, Jon M. was the key that absolutely made the trip extra special. He made us feel welcome and at home. Jon is knowledgeable about Uganda, the wildlife, and all aspects of the safari. He was dedicated to making our trip the best it could possibly be, and took into consideration our preferences and goals for the trip. Safari By Jon provided a 10/10 experience that I will be strongly recommending to friends, family, and anyone else who want to go on safari. Jon became the 5th member of our group!
Thank you Jon!

Scott   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2019 Reviewed: Sep 6, 2022

Email Scott  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris


I'm a former Peace Crops volunteer (in Asia), and was referred to Jon by other volunteers in Uganda who had used him for friends family. Easy to trust people with these experiences. Jon was great. Always punctual, safe, and gave us good advice or suggestions when asked. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Cynthia   –  
Canada CA
Visited: October 2021 Reviewed: Sep 1, 2022

Email Cynthia  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Perfectly planned adventure accommodating all our hopes!

Our trip was fantastic - exceeding our expectations! We travelled with Jon for 2 weeks and from the moment of pick up to drop off he was professional, accommodating, detailed, knowledgeable and fun. Even the planning over email before arrival was all clear and simple.

Our highlights were the chimpanzee habituation - 4 hours hiking with a ranger to find chimpanzees that are still getting use to people - we were so close - it was magical! And 2 days of gorilla trekking - Jon planned for us to visit 2 families and on different terrain - it was tough and so rewarding!!!

We also learned about the culture while we travelled to destinations and saw beautiful landscapes as well as leopards, lions, even cubs, elephants, hippos, buffalo, and visited the rhino sanctuary. Plus they planned a special anniversary night for us with signing and a cake - what a surprise! Can’t say enough about the trip and detail Jon put into it always ensuring we were happy and having a great time.

Sabina   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: August 2021 Reviewed: Aug 30, 2022

Email Sabina  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Incredible experience

I cannot recommend Safaris by Jon enough. The whole trip was an incredible experience. Jon is a very knowledgeable guide and organized each day perfectly. Hotels were all superb. I would book Safaris by Jon any time again.

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