Kawira Safaris Ltd
Kawira Safaris Ltd
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Kawira Safaris is a local based tour operator based in Uganda and Rwanda for over a five years now. We offer affordable and unforgettable safari excursions, for a budget conscious travelers who are willing to fulfill their long life wishes. All our tours are available in budget, Mid luxury and luxury options and can be customized according to clients preference. We offer a second-none bespoke service – Amazing game viewing safari hence a memorable African safari.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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CraigH08
Cincinnati, OH67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
FANTASTIC trip! We did a short 7 nights Rwanda / Uganda safari. Everything went smooth. We did reservation only about 50 days before travel, we wondered if that might be an issue. A few weeks before travel Kawira let us know that no Gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi came available on the specific day we were looking for, and instead we were going to Gorilla trek in Mgahinga National Park. This turned out GREAT, as the Gorillas were in full view for us. This change did cause a few changes to our lodging from the initial itinerary, and a slight change in cost. Kinoti Ian (owner, family name comes first, so he goes by “Ian”) did all of the pre-trip planning and communication, which all went smooth. Godfrey was our Kawira guide / driver. He was very kind and helpful, and very willing to engage in conversation and answer our wide variety of questions. Godfrey was very pleasant to spend time with. We flew in / out of Kigali, we visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial (very meaningful 1 – 2 hour stop), then up to Volcanoes National Park (Golden Monkey’s), then crossed border to Uganda (went smooth), then Mgahinga Gorilla trek (amazing), then Queen Elizabeth National Park game trek and boat tour (both GREAT), then short Chimp trek, and then back to Kigali. We did a coffee tour in Kisoro, Uganda, which was great, and also made a short stop at two crater lakes just outside QENP. The scenery on the drives was beautiful. Lots of mountains, and a few FUN bumpy roads. We changed vehicles for one safari drive, and then that vehicle had an issue, but that only lasted 30 minutes and we were back on the road. Godfrey always seemed to have lots of contacts for calling and setting things up. The food and meals were delicious, and the accommodations were all very nice. Remember to bring appropriately sized money / bills for tipping the guides and trackers, and local community members doing demonstrations for you, etc. Money changing in the rural areas can be difficult. They are happy to accept USD, but come prepared with adequate sized bills for your taste in tipping. Tipping is common / expected, but we were advised to just tip whatever we “felt” appropriate. The weather was still nice in late September, beginning of the rainy season, just a few afternoon rainstorms, but nothing disrupted our activities. Everything was turning green, and farmers were starting to plant. I would book again with Kawira, no hesitations. Everything was very professional. …FYI… I will post reviews of specific trip activities and accommodations on their respective Trip Advisor pages.
Written 30 September 2023
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AnslieR
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
If you are keen on photographing animals this is the trip for you especially if you are not going to stay in Volcanoes NP. The Golden monkeys are wonderful and there were so many that everyone (you join a tracking group) got excellent opportunities for great photos. It does entail an early start but well worth it. Zidane, the driver, is a lovely young man, a good driver and a great companion. The lunch was the best I had had in Uganda and Rwanda!
Don’t forget to buy your Golden Monkey permit well in advance!
Written 10 July 2023
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Lisa
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Kigali before we went gorilla trekking in Rwanda and had the best experience and education with our driver/tour guide Denis (with one 'n'). We learned so much from him that we are returning home with the desire to learn more about Rwandan history. Denis also is knowledgeable about the different cultures of people from Kigali to the Volcanoes area. He is a safe and DEPENDABLE driver who know how to navigate the chaos of the roads.

We HIGHLY recommend him for any and all tours or driving!
Written 26 June 2023
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Irishgrace
Dublin, Ireland111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Camped at Muyumbu overnight and 2 days safari drive.

Tents were provided by the park and we brought everything else including blow up mattress and sleeping bags / food , charcoal etc

Great experience, hardly any other cars on the road and we were the only ones in the camp site. It’s protected by electric wire fence so animals don’t come into camp, but you can hear them in the distance.

So peaceful and quiet .

Drives were hot and dusty in the day and temperature did drop at night but not too cold.

Overall an amazing experience
Written 5 June 2023
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Jennifer T
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
This company arranged for my pass to the park along with the transport, from Kigali. My driver was prompt, kind and knowledgeable.
Written 17 April 2023
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kevin phillips
Las Vegas, NV2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We contacted Ian on a short notice to arrange for us a trip to Akagera. Being a last minute request, we found him to be very fast, gave us all information we needed and booked the trip.
Akagera Nat park is close to Kigali, few hours drive from the capital, spent the day in the park and was amazing.
Written 5 January 2023
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John Kresse
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Although the transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP was good, with our driver Kinote Ian, Kawira Safaris has never paid a refund of $2,000 USD due us primarily from cancelled airline tickets that we purchased through them. We are also out another $600 USD for an unused Uganda Gorilla permit purchased through Kawira. Ian acknowledges the debt for the cancellations but has not been forthcoming with regard to any proceeds Kawira may have received for the valuable gorilla permit.
Written 4 January 2023
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Harry Mahieu
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We did the gorilla trekking tour from Kigali. Our tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The experience is almost not describable, such close up with the gorilla families, almost in touching distance. Our two-night stay at Ingagi Park View lodge was special, where do you get a complementary foot massage after the trekking? The visit to the Ellen DeGeneres - Dian Fossey research center is fun and educational. Highly recommended. Africa Explore tour really take care of their guests.
Written 15 December 2022
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George M
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
These people have very poor services. Their staff are very rude and the bosses too are very rude to people.
Written 25 November 2022
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We always aim to deliver a great experience, and we are shocked by this review. From our records we can’t seem to have serviced your request nor offered you any trip with us. Kindly let us know which trip you booked and the staff that was rude to you if this is correct. Thanks for taking the time to drop us a feedback. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure that none of our guest experience this in any out of our tours.
Written 26 November 2022
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Elmo_Cohen
Londonj69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Amazing experience, getting up-close to these beautiful animals. It's very expensive in Rwanda - $1500 just to get into the national park - but worth it (unless you want to do it in Uganda, where it's 1/3 of the price).
Written 3 July 2022
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