About Kikooko Africa Safaris

Kikooko’s Mission

Kikooko Africa Safaris Ltd. was started from a singular passion growing up: to share the love of Uganda with the rest of the world. 

Since its founding in 2013, Kikooko Africa Safaris has grown to become an international brand known for providing immersive safaris that have a positive impact.

We combine expert local knowledge with international standards of service and professionalism to provide safaris in Uganda and throughout East Africa that explore the expansive wilderness in an intimate, thoughtful, and responsible way.

The Name Kikooko

Kikooko Africa Safari’s founder, Warren, comes from a place in Uganda that is the home to the Bakiga people who live in the hills and mountains that create the region’s spectacular scenery. In Rukiga, the local language of the Bakiga people, Kikooko means “animal.” 

We chose Kikooko (pronounced “chick-oh-ko”) because the diverse range of animals in Uganda is such an enticing reason to visit and we are passionate about their conservation and protection.

By fostering that connection between the traveler and our home – the people, the land, and the wildlife – we are able to use our trips to make a real impact in East Africa.

Kikooko is more than just a tour company, it’s a dreammaker for both our clients and the local people whose lives it helps to transform. When you choose to travel with us, you choose to transform a life.

Kikooko’s Community Impact

We ensure our business has a positive impact within the communities and environments we work by investing to support community projects, opportunities for our youth, and environmental initiatives.

Meet Team Kikooko

Warren Ankwasa

Founder and Managing Director

Rena Keller

Co-Founder, Strategic Consultant

Sabine Wagenbach

Sales Support, Switzerland

Alex Jeffries

Director of Marketing

Joke Speelman

Fundraising for Kikooko Community Activities

Uganda Ground Team

Alex Biryomumesho

Head Guide

Ivan Akampurira

Senior Guide

Aminah Tushemereirwe

Assistant Director

Lydia Ankwasa

Sales Consultant

Peace Musiime

Sales Consultant

Marion Kusemererwa

Office Support/Procurement Personnel

Our Affiliations

We are proud to be members of the following organisations that support responsible, safe tourism efforts throughout Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Uganda Tourism Board – Uganda’s official government body responsible for promoting and marketing Uganda as a tourist destination.

Uganda Wildlife Authority – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is a government agency responsible for managing and conserving Uganda’s wildlife and protected areas. ​

AMREFAMREF Flying Doctors is the leading provider of fixed – wing air ambulance services in Africa.

USAGA – The USAGA builds and strengthens the capacity of its members to provide safari guiding services in Uganda.​

Agro-Tourism Association – Agro-Tourism Association is dedicated to agricultural development, empowering farming communities, and connecting tourism and land.​

Sanlam – Sanlam is a diversified financial services company headquartered in South Africa, with a strong presence in more than 30 countries on the African continent, including those in 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.

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