Welcome to Herping & Wildlife Safaris UG

Unlike any other tour company in Uganda, we are specialists in reptiles, specifically snakes. At Herping Tour Safaris, we offer the best, expert-led herpetological expeditions / snake excursions and snake handling training courses, in addition to gorilla and chimp tracking safaris and tours of Uganda’s National Parks.

We are a Tour and Travel Company based in Uganda, offering tailor made safaris to Uganda. Our safaris are built around each client’s individual needs, time and budget; offering them the complete choice, freedom and a rare opportunity to appreciate Africa’s beauty and diversity. 

At Herping Tour Safaris: We promise what we can deliver and deliver what we promise.

Destinations Worth it!

Our Mission..

We’re dedicated to be the East Africa’s most trusted and innovative travel management company. Our mission is to help tourists travel smart – achieving their expectations and goals. We deliver what we promise and only promise what we can deliver. With warmth, humor and a great deal of thought, we make dream safaris a reality. Let us know your plans, time frame, budget and our team will get back to you with suggestions, itineraries and a price quote!

TWO DAYS SNAKE HANDLING & TRAINING COURSE/ EDUCATION.

Starting At $300 Per Person With Accommodation

Combine your Herping trip with our handling courses probably before going to the field. Our trainer Dadaire Alphar did his snake training in South Africa with one of the most popular worldwide snake expert Mike Perry, Founder and owner of African Reptiles and Venom, a company based in Johannesburg.

Alphar also got involved in training employees for one of Uganda’s biggest hydro electric dam (Bujagali Dam) in early 2020 and was fully recognized and applauded. So, doubt nothing when doing a training with us.

Gorilla Permits

Please book your tours at least 3 to 6 months in advance. Gorilla permits have limited availability, especially in the high and peak seasons (January, February, June, July, August, September and December)

Testimonials

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Danke an das wunderbare Team!

Wir hatten fünf wundervolle und außergewöhnlich erlebnisreiche Tage mit herpingtours. Alphar erwies sich schon im Vorfeld bei der Reiseplanung als zuverlässiger Partner und ging auf all unsere Wünsche ein. Er stellte uns ein ausgezeichnetes Team aus Reiseleiter und Fahrer/Guide zur Seite, das uns professionell begleitete. Joseph und Derick waren stets um unser Wohlergehen bemüht und arbeiteten lösungsorientiert, wo es notwendig Continue Reading

Christine Luebke Germany

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THANK YOU SO MUCH

We had five wonderful and extraordinarily eventful days with herping tours. Alphar proved to be a reliable partner in advance when planning the trip and responded to all of our wishes. He provided us with an excellent team of tour guide and driver/guide who accompanied us professionally. Joseph and Derick were always concerned about our well-being and worked solution-oriented where Continue Reading

Christine German

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Unforgatable Memories

It was one of the best holidays I have spent! Thank you Alpha for this amazing trip, you have planned everything perfectly, great communication, very helpful and full-filled every wish! We made unforgettable memories, new friends and I hope we can return soon!

Juju Janisch Austria

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Wonderful Herping

Together with Ron Martens I had a wonderful herping & great apes trip in Uganda. Alphar went above and beyond our expectations. For anyone interested in seeing Ugandan vipers in the wild, I highly recommend booking Dadaire Alphar!

Sil Van Den Broeck

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Had a fantastic 13-day visit to Uganda with Herping Tours Safaris.

Dadaire Alphar and his team are very professional, knowledgeable, organized and thoughtful experts. Accommodations and food were good, local guides were arranged and everything unfolded smoothly. I would definitely recommend their service for anyone touring Uganda, and plan to return for another visit when i can. Many thanks, Alphar, and I look forward to visiting Uganda with you again!!

Yves Scholten Canada Tour Safari

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So many good things to say about HERPING TOUR SAFARIS!

Going on a herping expedition with them was the best decision I made when travelling to my beautiful Uganda! As soon as I arrived my guide Alphar made me feel like home which made the tour really enjoyable. One thing is clear: he knows the snakes he’s working with and hows to make it a safe and respectful encounter with Continue Reading

Raphaël Hagen

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Well Organised Trip

We had a wonderful herping trip and gorilla/chimps tracking with Alphar in september 2022. Well organised, nice hotels, good food, knowledgeable local herpers, value for money! We will be back Alphar, thanks a lot!

Ron Martens

Communication During Our Tours

For effective communication especially during our Herping expeditions, and also alert calls for your convenience in your accommodation or in places with poor reception, we have resorted to using VHF/UHF FM transceivers for easy communication.

Ultimate Guide To Uganda's National Parks

    • Kidepo Valley National Park
    • Lake Mburo National Park
    • Semuliki National Park
    • Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
    • Mount Elgon National Park
    • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    • Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Murchison Falls National Park
    • Kibale Forest National Park
    • Rwenzori Mountains National Park

YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION

All Travelers coming to Uganda must be vaccinated against yellow fever. This is also one of the requirements for entry into Uganda. On arrival, you’re required to present your yellow fever vaccination cartificate.

VISA
ACQUISITION

All persons intending to travel to Uganda for tourism visit are required to apply and obtain a visa online.

FOUNDER'S BIOGRAPHY - THE LOVE FOR SNAKES

When I was a boy (11 years old), my grandmother died of a snake bite as she did not get immediate medical attention for the condition. Since then – I have had a passionate interest in snakes, their behaviour, and how we may learn to live peaceably with them.

I suspect it was a forest cobra that bite my grandy, and due to much ignorance by then, caused by being uninformed , the family members relaxed to seek for any medical attention, and relaxed since it was late at night; around midnight. They were proposing to seek for medication next morning but all in vain, they found her dead by 5am.

This made me have countless questions which remained unanswered, wondering what the snakes could posses and make someone die just like that. I therefore started seeking for more information and was at one point given an opportunity to volunteer at Entebbe zoo, during my holidays.

This helped me to acquire more knowledge about snakes, their venoms, behaviours, etc. It’s because of you my grandy that I came to realise how important these vilified species are. 

MAY YOUR SOUL CONTINUE RESTING IN PERFECT PEACE.

Besides my grand mother’s incident, I also got attacked by one of our crocodiles at the zoo I’m currently working for in Feb 2019. I sustained several injuries, my arm got broken, up to now having teeth marks(scars) on my left arm which isn’t in its right alignment.

When I recall how I couldn’t hate snakes after losing my grandy, this makes me to be a proud living testimony and a friend to this crocodile.

MAY THIS CROCODILE CONTINUE TO LIVE FOR MANY MORE YEARS A HEAD.

PRO BONO PUBLICO (GIVING BACK)

10% of the money received from our clients goes back to our community educations. 

It’s used as facilitation to carry out snake education and also helping the needy. We intend to extend our services to many people in order to raise awareness of local wildlife in Uganda – in particular snakes – in outlying communities to encourage people to live
alongside our wildlife without the need for fear of, conflict with, or the killing of a species they feel threatened by.

Snake encounters can be alarming for many people, especially if they do not understand how harmless these creatures can be. If you unexpectedly come across a snake, the snake is likely going to be as startled as you are. If you give them space and a path to escape, they will almost always go on their way in peace. 

There is no reason to scare or kill the snake. During our program, we also make communities know and realize how important each animal species are in our ecosystem. Be part of this by always booking with us.