Welcome to Herping Tour Safaris Ltd
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!
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.
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)
About Covid Restrictions in Uganda
The Uganda government categorised countries according to COVID surge as below;
Category 1: has only one country which is India. All flights from India and all passengers originating from India were suspended effective 1st May 2021.
Category 2: Travelers from USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania should consider postponing non-essential travel to Uganda.
Any traveler from these countries including Ugandan Nationals and residents will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the points of Entry including Entebbe International Airport. It costs $65 per person but it will change to $30 soon when the Government takes over the Testing Labs
Category 3: These are the countries NOT in category 1 and 2.
Individuals in category 2 and 3 who have received their full COVID-19 vaccination and are not symptomatic will be allowed into the country without need for testing on arrival.
If you do not belong in category 1 or 2 and are fully vaccinated, you are still required to present negative COVID-19 test results valid for 72 hours from when the samples are collected before departing and also before entry to Uganda.
Recommendations to speed up your arrival process at Entebbe AirportEACPASS app before you reach the Testing site to make the process easier for you and to minimize the time spent at the COVID-19 Testing site.
Explore Our Tours
When it comes to travel, we don’t compromise safety, punctuality and comfort. We adhere to the best professional standards with our transport partners.
9 DAYS MOUNTAIN HIKING TO THE HIGHEST PEAK OF MARGHERITA$ 2,000.00 – $ 14,000.00 View Details
6 DAYS HERPETOLOGICAL EXPEDITION IN UGANDA$ 585.00 – $ 1,850.00 View Details
2 DAYS LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK$ 223.00 – $ 700.00 View Details
3 DAYS QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK$ 330.00 – $ 1,070.00 View Details
3 DAYS MURCHISON NATIONAL PARK$ 330.00 – $ 1,095.00 View Details
3 DAYS KIBALE NATIONAL PARK$ 420.00 – $ 1,107.00 View Details
3 DAYS GORILLA SPECIAL$ 255.00 – $ 930.00 View Details
7 DAYS ONE AMAZING AFRICAN WEEK$ 1,255.00 – $ 1,645.00 View Details
12 DAYS UGANDA ULTIMATE SAFARI$ 1,810.00 – $ 2,583.00 View Details
We combine our knowledge and experience to help you find the best lodges or hotels, campsites that match your taste and budget with emphasis on comfort and safety
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 card.
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.