Trekking

Trekking

Hike through lush rainforests, climb Africa’s tallest peaks, and trek across vast savannas

Trekking and hiking in East Africa offers a unique and exhilarating experience, allowing you to get up close and personal with the natural beauty of the region.

East Africa has a range of challenges for both novice and expert hikers alike. Perhaps the most well-known in Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) at 19,340 feet (5,895 m) in altitude, making it the highest mountain in Africa.

It’s followed by Mt. Kenya at 17,058 feet (5,199 m). The Ruwenzoris, or “Mountains of the Moon” (Uganda), are Africa’s highest mountain chain, rising to 16,762 feet (5,109 m). 

Though these mountains are right around the equator, they are usually snow-capped year-round. The feel of trekking through this special Afro-alpine vegetation on these mountains makes it one of the most unique hiking experiences on the planet.

From Safari to Summit

East Africa is one of the only places in the world that lets you combine your safari experience with world-class trekking.

In Tanzania, you have the chance to take on Africa’s most well-known peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

In Uganda, you can trek to the summit of the Rwenzori Mountains, the highest mountain range in Africa, or hike through the spectacular scenery of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. 

In Rwanda, you can hike through the stunning Volcanoes National Park and track the mountain gorillas, or explore the lush forests of Nyungwe National Park and encounter chimpanzees and other primates.

Recommended Tours

At Kikooko Africa Safaris, we offer customized trekking and hiking itineraries that cater to your interests and needs. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a beginner, we can tailor-make a trekking or hiking tour that meets your specific requirements.

Let’s start planning your next safari.

Warren Ankwasa

Founder, Kikooko Africa Safaris

Our tailor-made safaris are designed to offer you the best possible value to make your East African experience a memorable one.

As a boutique tour operator, we are happy to personalise your trip budget and package according to your needs. When you’re ready, send us a message.

We’ll be in touch within 2 business days with ideas for your next adventure.

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Photo Safaris

Photo Safaris

See East Africa through your lens

Our East Africa photo safaris are designed for both amateur and professional photographers who want to take their photography to the next level and capture stunning images of the wildlife, landscapes, and cultures of Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. 

You will have the opportunity to photograph a wide range of wildlife, including gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, elephants, and many other species. Our experienced guides have had the pleasure to work with professional photographers from all over the world and will be able to take you to the best locations at the best times of day to capture the perfect shot.  you’ve been dreaming of – and then help you to capture the shot you’ll never forget.

Grow as a Photographer

Our photo safaris are not just about taking pictures, but also about learning and improving your photography skills. On certain photo safaris, we are pleased to be able to invite professional photographers will provide you with valuable insights into composition, lighting, and other technical aspects of photography, helping you to capture the perfect shot.

Recommended Tours

At Kikooko Africa Safaris, we offer customized photo tour itineraries that cater to your interests and needs. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, a landscape photographer, or a culture lover, we can tailor-make a tour that meets your specific requirements.

Let’s start planning your next safari.

Warren Ankwasa

Founder, Kikooko Africa Safaris

Our tailor-made safaris are designed to offer you the best possible value to make your East African experience a memorable one.

As a boutique tour operator, we are happy to personalise your trip budget and package according to your needs. When you’re ready, send us a message.

We’ll be in touch within 2 business days with ideas for your next adventure.

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Wondering where in Africa to go on your first safari? How to budget for a safari? Want the latest baby mountain gorilla photos?

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Community Projects

Community Projects

Experience East Africa life firsthand with a community project

Kikooko Africa Safaris is committed to supporting local communities in East Africa by offering tours that directly benefit local people and their projects. Our community tours provide a unique opportunity for our guests to engage with local communities, learn about their daily lives, and support their projects.

During our community tours, you will have the opportunity to work with students, support entrepreneurs, and learn how local businesses operate. You will have the chance to participate in a range of activities, such as teaching at a local school, volunteering at a community center, and working with local farmers to help grow their businesses.

Important community projects throughout East Africa

Visit remote villages and rural communities, meet with local leaders and community members, and gain a deeper understanding of their projects and initiatives. By participating in our community tours, you can directly contribute to the growth and development of local projects and initiatives, and support the communities that we visit.

Rwanda:

  • Nyamirambo Women’s Center (Kigali)

Uganda:

  • Bwindi Community Hospital (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park)
  • Ssese Islands Beach Management Unit (Ssese Islands)
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Nakasongola)

Tanzania:

  • Ilkiding’a Village (near Arusha)

Recommended tours

Whether you are interested in education, entrepreneurship, or community development, we can tailor-make an itinerary that meets your interests and needs. Our experienced guides will take you to the heart of local communities, where you can learn about their projects and initiatives, and make a difference in the lives of local people.

Local Culture

Local Culture

Spend time among the people of East Africa

When we work with people to plan their personalized East Africa safari tour, they often talk excitedly about what they’re looking forward to, like tracking the mountain gorillas or rafting down the Nile.

 What often turns out to be the most memorable moment for them? The people they meet along the way. At Kikooko, we believe the connection between travelers and locals is a powerful one, and we design our tours to give you an authentic insight into the traditions, customs, and way of life of the local communities.

Visit villages deep in the heart of East Africa

Uganda

Our guides will take you to remote villages and rural communities where you will have the chance to interact with local people and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life. 

During your adventure, you will have the opportunity to engage with local people and learn about their daily lives, traditions, and practices. You will also have the chance to participate in a range of cultural activities, such as cooking traditional meals, beekeeping, brewing banana beer, harvesting tea, and visiting coffee plantations.

Tanzania

In Tanzania, there are over 120 different tribes, each with its own customs, languages, and cultures. The official languages of Tanzania are Swahili and English, although many different languages are spoken across the country. The largest ethnic group is the Sukuma, who make up about 16% of the population. 

Tanzanian culture is known for its vibrant music and dance traditions, such as taarab music and ngoma dance, as well as its rich storytelling traditions, which often center around the exploits of local heroes and historical figures. An unforgettable way to experience Tanzanian culture is to visit a local village, where you can witness daily life and participate in activities like traditional cooking and dancing. 

Rwanda In Rwanda, the largest ethnic group is the Hutu, followed by the Tutsi and the Twa. Rwanda has four official languages, Kinyarwanda, Swahili, English, and French with Kinyarwanda being the most widely spoken.The traditional customs and cultures of these groups are diverse, but they often center around community values, such as mutual support and respect for elders.

The majority of Rwandans live in self-contained compounds and work the adjacent land. Over half of the population is Christian, though many do follow more traditional African beliefs. Historically, Hutu and Tutsi tribes made up the majority of the population. 

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Opportunities to meet locals throughout East Africa

Rwanda:

  • Iby’iwacu Cultural Village (near Volcanoes National Park)
  • Nyanza Genocide Memorial (near Butare)
  • Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center (Kigali)

Uganda:

  • Ndere Cultural Centre (Kampala)
  • Kabaka’s Palace (Kampala)
  • Amabere Caves (near Fort Portal)
  • Igongo Cultural Centre (Mbarara)

Tanzania:

  • Mto wa Mbu Village (near Lake Manyara National Park)
  • Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society (Dar es Salaam)
  • Zanzibar Spice Farms (near Zanzibar Island)

Recommended Tours

Our cultural tours are fully customizable, and we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit your interests and needs. We are committed to connecting our guests with the communities here, so join us on a cultural adventure and experience the rich and diverse culture of East Africa.

Let’s start planning your next safari.

Warren Ankwasa

Founder, Kikooko Africa Safaris

Our tailor-made safaris are designed to offer you the best possible value to make your East African experience a memorable one.

As a boutique tour operator, we are happy to personalise your trip budget and package according to your needs. When you’re ready, send us a message.

We’ll be in touch within 2 business days with ideas for your next adventure.

Safari Inspiration – Straight To Your Inbox

Wondering where in Africa to go on your first safari? How to budget for a safari? Want the latest baby mountain gorilla photos?

Each month, we send tips and stories straight from Kikooko’s headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda, sharing our unique perspective on where to go, what to do, and the impact your travels can have.

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Birding

Birding

East Africa is alive with the songs of more than 1,000 bird species

Discover the fascinating world of birds in East Africa. If you are a bird enthusiast or simply enjoy the beauty of nature, then you’re in the right place. Uganda has over 1,000 recorded bird species and Tanzania has over 1,100, so no matter where you look there’s something special to see.

The sight of colorful sunbirds flitting among the flowers, the call of the African fish eagle, and the majestic flight of the crested crane are just a few of the many delights that await you. The region’s diverse habitats, including tropical forests, wetlands, savannas, and mountains, provide a haven for a wide variety of birds. 

Birding in the Pearl of Africa

Uganda’s national parks and reserves offer some of the best birding opportunities in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, for example, is home to more than 350 bird species, including 23 endemics. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Kibale Forest National Park are other popular destinations for birding enthusiasts.

Recommended birding tours

Join Kikooko Africa Safaris on a birding adventure in East Africa and discover the incredible diversity of birdlife in this stunning country. See below for itineraries that offer incredible birding opportunities. We’re also happy to build a custom itinerary for you to enjoy the ultimate birding experience in Uganda.

Let’s start planning your next safari.

Warren Ankwasa

Founder, Kikooko Africa Safaris

Our tailor-made safaris are designed to offer you the best possible value to make your East African experience a memorable one.

As a boutique tour operator, we are happy to personalise your trip budget and package according to your needs. When you’re ready, send us a message.

We’ll be in touch within 2 business days with ideas for your next adventure.

Safari Inspiration – Straight To Your Inbox

Wondering where in Africa to go on your first safari? How to budget for a safari? Want the latest baby mountain gorilla photos?

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Game Drives & Night Drives

Day Game Drives & Night Game Drives

Meet the wildlife that comes out after dark

Night drives, on the other hand, provide a unique opportunity to observe the nocturnal animals that come out after dark. Spot predators such as lions, leopards, and hyenas as they hunt in the darkness, or see the curious bush babies and civets as they venture out to forage.

Immerse yourself in the wildlife of East Africa with a game drive

Game drives and night drives are two of the best ways to observe East Africa’s incredible wildlife. Whether you are interested in seeing the Big Five or discovering rare and endangered species, the region’s national parks and reserves offer a wealth of opportunities to explore.

Journey through savannas, forests, and wetlands in search of wildlife. Spot lions lounging in the sun, elephants wandering in the grasslands, and giraffes nibbling on the treetops as you enjoy an  unforgettable game drive experience.

Recommended tours

Kikooko Africa Safaris offers customized game drive and night drive itineraries to help make this experience one of the highlights of your African adventure, one filled with sightings and special moments you’ll remember for a lifetime.

See below for our sample itineraries that feature game drives and night drives. We’re also happy to design an itinerary just for you.

Let’s start planning your next safari.

Warren Ankwasa

Founder, Kikooko Africa Safaris

Our tailor-made safaris are designed to offer you the best possible value to make your East African experience a memorable one.

As a boutique tour operator, we are happy to personalise your trip budget and package according to your needs. When you’re ready, send us a message.

We’ll be in touch within 2 business days with ideas for your next adventure.

Safari Inspiration – Straight To Your Inbox

Wondering where in Africa to go on your first safari? How to budget for a safari? Want the latest baby mountain gorilla photos?

Each month, we send tips and stories straight from Kikooko’s headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda, sharing our unique perspective on where to go, what to do, and the impact your travels can have.

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