About Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris

Every year since 2008, Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris has been the bespoke company of choice for meticulously designing and staging unique and memorable lifetime safari experiences for Uganda , Rwanda Kenya, Tanzania and DRC. It is no wonder that we have been awarded many times, among other the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 5 times and now in the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.

Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris is a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators.   We are also registered and licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board.
For your safety and confidence, your holiday is Insurance bonded, so that in case of anything, you have a backup plan.

Be it luxury, midrange or lower budget, you are guaranteed to make a saving as you get an honestly calculated excellent safari experience offer from us. You will certainly find the experience quality more higher than the real cost offered.

Hundreds of satisfied clients keep us with more business each month by either returning for another holiday or referring their friends and relatives to us.

With our highly skilled safari/holiday experience designers we ensure everyone contacting us gets an exciting time with us right from 1st contact, through the safari package designing and while enjoying the safari experience. Certainly, you will be overwhelmed by the rich insightful destinations' information and timely responses you get for any inquiry.

Our booking policies and systems are constantly being modified to ensure you have the most of convenience and security for your holiday booking.

Being locally owned and managed gives us the firmly grounded flexibility you will need when thinking about the most exciting Uganda or Rwanda experiences regardless of your financial budget plan.

At Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris, it is the clients' passion that drives us. Thus, from our careful designing your itinerary, explaining it, to welcoming you at the Airport, and then staging our uniquely memorable safari experiences (by some of the best Uganda and Rwanda safari guides), we have your desires and aspirations at heart.

Our uniquely designed safaris experiences and tour packages will feature gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, Rwanda wildlife and game viewing safaris, chimpanzee tracking, experiential one-on-one researcher tours, highly adventurous expeditions and bird-watching safari experiences.

So, talk to us today! We will most likely be of more help than you expect - be it gorilla tracking safaris, Rwanda wildlife and game viewing safaris, chimpanzee tracking, and bird-watching packaged tours, culture, white-water rafting, mountain climbing, name it.

Ivan Wassaaka

Ivan Wassaaka

Managing Director

Ivan has a university degree in tourism and hospitality management and a diploma in business administration.

He worked with two leading companies in Uganda before going solo in the competitive world and acted as a guide on both big groups and small groups in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Ivan has vast knowledge in dealing with tourism and in the region as a whole.

Gaster Mawejje, Senior Safaris Reservations Officer

Gaster Mawejje

Senior Safaris Reservations Officer

Gaster has a bachelor’s degree in Tourism from Kampala International University and has been in the tourism industry since 2008.

Gaster is passionate about Uganda and Rwanda. He has travelled widely to all the protected areas in the region and other tourist sites.

For most of your safaris and tour inquiries he will be handy to ensure you get the best.

Fredrick Kateregga, Senior Safaris Officer

Fredrick Kateregga

Senior Safaris Officer

Fredrick has bachelor’s degree in Tourism from Makerere University Kampala and has worked with the company since its inception.

You may not directly correspond with him but he will most likely be the guy to oversee and make sure that your tour/safari is excellently reserved. He will liaise with the lodges to ensure you get the best, and also ensure the entire safari moves as the safari sales personnel liaised with the client.

Uganda Tour Guide Eric Alyai

Eric Alyai


Eric has worked with the East Africa Wildlife Society amongst other conservation NGO’s until becoming a full time professional guide. He also serves as the alternate director of Uganda Wildlife Tour Guides Association. Eric has a vast knowledge of the bush and is known for his uncanny ability to spot rare and elusive animals.

Faruk has led over 350 safaris in over 8 years as a guide and is one of a select few safari guides that has qualified for the Uganda Safari Guides Association Gold-Level Medal. He has worked for several of the most respected travel companies in East Africa before guiding for Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris. Faruk is outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic, entertaining and above all committed to making your safari the trip of a lifetime.

Kasim Kamya Ssalongo

Ssalongo Kasim Kamya


Kasim has been guiding for 10 years in Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya, highlighted by his work with the BBC Natural History unit as a special primates' tracker. Kasim has a sensitive eye out in the field and is one of our most requested safari guides for professional wildlife photographers. He is also part of the East African Ornithological Society.

Kasim received his career education at The Uganda Wildlife Training Institute and has been instrumental in wildlife research for the Department of Wildlife and Antiquities.

Franc Nangooli, Guide, Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris

Franc Nangooli


Franc was born and raised in the Mt. Elgon area.

Franc Nangooli holds a certificate and a double diploma in wildlife management and tourism. He further attended several defensive driving, first aid, and wildlife, tour-guiding courses and is currently one of the best tour guides in eastern Africa.

Franc joined the safari world about a decade ago. He is a successful wildlife spotter and is currently working on improving his birding skills to enhance his credentials.

Game drive in Kidepo safari, Uganda fly kidepo safari

Human Resources

Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris employs a staff of seven competent office workers, guides and drivers. Self-evidently all employees possess high experience and education qualifications. Many different languages are spoken, like English, Dutch, Swahili and several other local languages, in order to manage clients for optimal satisfaction.

Being aware of the crucial role a guide plays in one’s holiday, the company makes high demands on these employees. Each of our guides has an extensive knowledge of the region in which the company operates. They are all adept in their knowledge of the flora and fauna of Uganda and through their experience they can choose the best spots in the country to visit for each particular need. They have experience ranging from regular touring to mountaineering, sport fishing and bird watching.



Our preferred safari transportation mode is the customized 4x4 land cruiser with a pop-up roof and wide opening windows. All vehicles have air-conditioning for your comfort on dusty roads. We have 4-seats land-cruisers, 5-seats lancruisers, 8 seats landcruisers.

We often also charter planes for our clients whenever the need arises.

We aim for a standard of travel a step above that offered by the general travel industry.

Katic Craft Shop

Sustainable Tourism

Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris is highly conscious of the necessity to protect the nature and to make sure that the local community benefits from tourism as well. By offering technical assistance to Ruhija Village, community near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park we are ensuring sustainable conservation as the pressure on the national park, which is also home to the rare and endangered mountain gorilla is significantly reduced.

Besides this, Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris supports eco-lodges like Jacana Safari Lodge, which are built with wood and other materials from the surroundings, doing every effort to conserve the environment with low impact. From its conception, we also use the services of Bigodi Swamp heritage trails and Ssezibwa Falls.

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