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“Life-enriching tourism”

Wildlife Tours Rwanda
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Owner description: Wildlife tours - Rwanda is a Professional Inbound Tour company; specializing in high quality tours that incorporate pro-poor tourism, responsible tourism and ecotourism approaches in the development, operation and management of all our packages. In addition, we organize cultural and community-based tours within Rwanda and other countries. In the year 2009, 2010 and 2011; 88.6% revenues went to local communities as direct benefits. Besides that, 12 local guides were trained and employed by the company on short and long term contracts; schools, dispensaries, child-headed homes, widows of genocide, reformed perpetrators of genocides also benefited.Through Community-based tours; women empowerment has been achieved and also encouraged innovations, creativity and entrepreneurship amongst the local community groups receiving tourists. Because of incomes generated from tourism in all community-based tourism activities, this reduced conflicts within many homes in villages where we operate.Our tours support conservation as our motto says, "conserve through eco-tourism" The Dream of the company is to see majority of Rwandans benefit from tourism through employment, capacity building and empowering local communities to improve their livelihood, alleviate poverty and strengthen unity among Rwandans. At the same time, we strive to build strong lasting relationships with all our clients and partners. We allocate over 50% of the company profits for community development.
Stuttgart, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Life-enriching tourism”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We selected Wildlife Tours Rwanda because we wanted our tourist dollars to benefit the wildlife and people of those countries. What we got was an extraordinary, authentic journey through Rwanda and Tanzania with experiences and memories so enriching, we consider them part of a college education for our 15 and 16 year old sons. There is simply no equation to measure the value of such a trip: it is priceless. We thank Wildlife Tours Rwanda and Davidson Mugisha, our guide for this!

David's dedication to service and quality was evident from my initial queries and the planning stage. We are a family of four with teenage boys and I sent dozens of e-mails asking questions, follow-up questions, and clarifications. With each of my concerns, David responded thoroughly, patiently, and rapidly. He used his in-depth knowledge and broad connections throughout Rwanda and Tanzania to develop an itinerary for us that covered three very full weeks, loaded with variety, intensity, and rest when needed. He had firsthand knowledge of the places we stayed and always kept our safety, comfort, and goals in mind. He shared his extensive knowledge of wildlife and as well as his specific experiences working with preserving the mountain gorillas. To see the mountain gorillas and wildlife were our primary goals. Meeting these great creatures and witnessing the amazing diversity of wild animals in their natural habitats was in itself an extraordinary and comprehensive trip! David's arrangements and personal contacts added a superlative dimension (e.g., he made certain we had Francois, his friend and a former porter/tracker for Diane Fossey, as our trekking guide).

What he also gave us was a view into Rwandan history, including the 1994 genocide, which was as much personal as professional to him. We left with an education and visceral understanding of the slaughter as well as a strong sense of hope displayed by the process of reconcilliation between the perpetrators and victims. We witnessed the ability of the Rwandan villagers to overcome the horrific nightmare of the genocide and to chose to live side-by-side in forgiveness, cooperation, and harmony for the benefit of their country and children, showing an incredible dedication to living in peace. And, in this village, it was a truly joyful peace. Where in any textbook can you find and feel this? My college education continues, our sons' begins.

Wildlife Tours Rwanda advertises "responsible tourism, pro-poor tourism, and eco-tourism." They should add the words: "life-enriching tourism." Go with them. Learn.

Visited July 2013
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8 Thank KathyK317
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Jungleman_12, Manager at Wildlife Tours Rwanda, responded to this review, August 5, 2015
Thank you for sharing your review on trip advisor!
We are just learning how to respond to reviews
Through clients like you; we are able to empower ourselves and many other people to get out extreme poverty.
Just want to say thank you and be blessed.
David.
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Daytrip to Akagera”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Wildlife Tours provided a fantastic little one-day safari to Akagera National Park. The park is small but beautiful, and David, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Anon Y
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Jungleman_12, Manager at Wildlife Tours Rwanda, responded to this review, August 5, 2015
Thank you for sharing your review on trip advisor!
We are just learning how to respond to reviews
Through clients like you; we are able to empower ourselves and many other people to get out extreme poverty.
Just want to say thank you and be blessed.
David.
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Australia
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Awesome Seeing the Relatives!”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

When you look into the eyes of the mountain gorillas, you know we are related!!
Thank you, David for helping to make our visit to Rwanda such a wonderful experience!
Wildlife Tours was professional from start to finish. 4 of us did a tour together and we agree with all of the other reviews about David being scrupulous, experienced, knowledgable and very easy to communicate with. He also has the welfare of Rwanda and the people at heart.
David managed to have Francoise as our ranger when we saw the "Lucky" group. What a bonus!Francoise was as memorable as the gorillas!
Golden monkeys one day then gorillas the next is a good idea.

Visited May 2013
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3 Thank OhSusannaAustralia
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Jungleman_12, Manager at Wildlife Tours Rwanda, responded to this review, August 5, 2015
Thank you for sharing your review on trip advisor!
We are just learning how to respond to reviews
Through clients like you; we are able to empower ourselves and many other people to get out extreme poverty.
Just want to say thank you and be blessed.
David.
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Denver
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing Trip”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Three of us booked a 1 day gorilla trip in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. We were definitely apprehensive about wiring someone in a foreign country money for the trip (more so because David's company was not in our guidebook). But rest assured that everything worked out and David was Amazing. We were supposed to get picked up from our hotel in Kigali to begin the trip, but we missed a connection and had to spend the night before in Nairobi. We called David and let him know when we would be landing the next morning and he said he would have us picked up at the airport in Kigali when we arrived. Robert picked us up and he is great! After spending some time in Kigali to see the genocide memorial (a sobering experience...recommended!) we traveled to Sainte Anne hotel in Musanze (Ruhengeri). We ventured out to Hotel Muhabura for dinner because it was strongly recommended. While we were eating David managed to track us down just to say hi. It was great to meet him. The next morning he went over some of the details with us and we continued on to the park. While we were hoping to get to see one of the gorilla groups with the young twins, the group that we got to see was awesome. It had the youngest baby at the time (Kuryama). We got to see the sliverback beat on his chest...so awesome! The entire experience was wonderful and David was a pleasure to work with! Be sure to book your permits many months in advance.

Visited August 2012
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4 Thank MG0BLUEDenver
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Jungleman_12, Manager at Wildlife Tours Rwanda, responded to this review, August 5, 2015
Thank you for sharing your review on trip advisor!
We are just learning how to respond to reviews
Through clients like you; we are able to empower ourselves and many other people to get out extreme poverty.
Just want to say thank you and be blessed.
David.
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Terrigal, Australia
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience -”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

He got so much to say, but we'll keep it short.

First, we found Wildlife Tours Rwanda from Trip advisor and we highly recommend it for many reasons:
- Communication with David was always easy via email, we recommend booking with months in advance as the gorilla permits can be difficult to obtain.
- Payment was scary, as doing an international bank transfer to an unknown bank account is not ideal, but I must say, David and the company are really trustworthy and there wasn't any problem at all.
- Our guide/driver Robert was great, very friendly and very keen in taking us to great places.
- The tour organised was AMAZING, the gorilla trekking (we did 2 days) was absolutely awesome, we highly recommend it.. it is a bit expensive but the money goes not only to support the gorillas, but the farmers and the community around. If you are doing it, we recommend late May as the best time to do it as it is not high season (fewer people and more choices), not that rainy (it didn't rain at all when we were there), so still plenty of vegetations and food for the gorillas so walks are shorter to find them.
- The hotels were OK, Gorilla hotel was better than expected, very close to the meeting place to the gorillas.
- The other activities, including the cultural and community visits were amazing, it's great that the company is involved in supporting these communities. It was very nice to visit and been able to support the Twa villagers and the women with HIV.

Thanks a lot David for organising such and amazing trip!!!

Visited May 2013
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5 Thank Andres369
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Jungleman_12, Manager at Wildlife Tours Rwanda, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
It is a blessing to hear good comments from our valuable clients. It's the most satisfying thing to receive from a client! We are committed to giving you the best services.
Be blessed!
David.
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