Review: Rafiki Eco-Safaris


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Nothing can compare with being fortunate enough to witness some of the most amazing wildlife in the world. If you are searching for a truly unique once-in-a-lifetime experience, then look no further than Rafiki Eco-Safaris in the ‘pearl of Africa’, Uganda.

When you think of safaris, Uganda may not initially spring to mind, but this amazing country undoubtedly has one of the most diverse East African landscapes you will ever have the pleasure of visiting. From the snow-capped mountains to the depths of the luscious forests, there are plenty of wonderful sights to behold – everything from the endangered Mountain Gorilla to some of the most beautiful rare birds known to man.

About Rafiki Eco-Safaris

Rafiki means ‘a friend’ in Swahili, and you certainly feel this connection with Yakub (the owner of Rafiki Eco-Safaris plus fellow safari guide) and his wonderfully knowledgeable colleagues. Privately owned with travel partners in East Africa, Rafiki Eco-Safaris has got everything covered – not just wildlife and birding, but village community visits and sightseeing too. Their experiences are super friendly, suitable for travelers of all ages, and the best bit is that they can be completely tailored to suit your own individual requirements, interests, and budget.

Safaris & Tours

Whilst Rafiki Eco-Safaris do offer set tours, treks, and wildlife safaris, Yakub is more than happy to prepare you an itinerary according to what is on your ‘dream wish list.’ This is just perfect as it means you can spring into action, seeing and doing exactly what you want to.

There are plenty of fabulous options to choose from, including Adventure Tours and primate-specific safaris. Their Wildlife Encounters, however, provide some of the most memorable experiences imaginable, where you can have the pleasure of watching Chimpanzees frolicking in their natural habitat or literally come face to face with the most captivating Gorillas at Bwindi.

For something a bit more adventurous, the Wildlife and Waterfalls tours are truly stunning. Again there are different options in terms of content, activity level, and tour length, but in particular, the 6 Days Chimpanzees and Waterfalls Safari is exceptional, including not only a game drive but a boat ride where you can witness the likes of Crocodile and Hippos. If you are really lucky, you might be privileged to witness one of Uganda’s ‘big seven’ – the scarce Southern White Rhino too!

Eco Commitment

Rafiki Eco-Safaris is associated with Nature Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Safari Guides Association, and the Uganda Tourism Board. Their tours are responsible to the local communities and help to create jobs, but equally as important, they are sustainable to wildlife and the natural environment.

Rafiki Eco-Safaris is also proud of and encourages different cultures from around the globe to visit Uganda. Multi-lingual tour guides can be arranged, and the company ethos is very much about bringing people together to witness the natural beauty this country has to offer.

What makes Rafiki Eco-Safaris different?

It is clear to see that Rafiki Eco-Safaris are all about creating memorable experiences. From the excitement of receiving the first quote all the way through to bidding a sad farewell as your trip concludes, you feel so taken care of, and nothing is ever too much trouble for the passionate Rafiki Eco-Safaris team.

The professional & knowledgeable guides are selected locally, and they really know their stuff – including the best spots to visit and the best times to maximize your viewing opportunities. The trips are authentic, and as they are in small groups (the maximum limit is 12 people), you really do have the added benefit of close interaction, and they are always more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Unlike some parts of Africa, most accommodation in Uganda remains open during the rainy season with discounted prices during these off-peak times. As long as there are a minimum of four people, Rafiki Eco-Safaris tours can still be organized, so you can visit this fascinating country at virtually any time of the year.

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