The Far Horizons

African Based Travel Specialist

Plot 901 Former CRS building Opp. Ubumwe House
Member Number: 203008 Tel: +250 785 658 777

We are an in-bound destination management company offering unmatched reliability, destination knowledge, fexibility, innovation and competitive pricing for Uganda and Rwanda.

Our dedicated team will work tirelessly to ensure your clients' safari will be a dream trip, carefully considering every detail to make their experience unforgettable and a highlight they will treasure for years to come, thereby strengthening your brand.

Agents can sign up for exclusive member access to our website at for various useful sales tools including destiantion manuals, sample itineraries, image banks, and other collateral.

Where we operate

  • Rwanda
  • Uganda

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Riding Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Trekking

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

We are current, active and passionate supporters of conservation and community initiatives through our partnership with the Uganda Conservation Foundation. In fact, for every Ugandan safari sold, we make a donation to UCF for one of their valuable conservation projects in and around Uganda’s national parks.

When planning itineraries, our policy is to select the lodges and operators that not only suit our client, but also have strong environmental credentials - such as carbon neutral status and low-impact design; fair and local employment policies; community income generation projects; conservation activities and local food sourcing. We also take care to weave into our client itineraries the many authentic community encounters that can be enjoyed in our destinations as part of the USAID funded STAR (Sustainable Tourism in the Albertine Rift) project.

As a result of our commitment to conservation and communities, we were independently voted the no 1 tour operator in Uganda in 2012 for 'Sustainable Tourism'.


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Uganda Conservation Foundation

The Uganda Conservation Foundation was established to help previously war-stricken, high biodiversity regions in Uganda. Severe poaching had killed all the Rhino and many of the large herds of Elephants that once made Uganda the country with the most mega-herbivores per km2 in Africa. The Foundation evolved from a 1990s project, ‘Elephants, Crops and People’, undertaken by Michael Keigwin in Ishasha (QENP). The project is still a core pillar of UCF activity, with Elephant trenches and Bee-fences constructed and maintained by local committees, as well as the implementation of community income generation schemes. The Uganda Conservation Foundation is a proactive organization - 90% of all donations and funding go directly into the field. And your journey discovering Africa contributes to this, as The Far Horizons makes a donation to UCF projects for every safari sold. We are also developing a leaflet to enclose in client welcome packs that gives more information on the organisation and its work. This makes it easy for clients to make a donation of their own, ultimately helping UCF conserve the wild places they have been lucky enough to visit.


07 March 2014

Bwindi loses second Silverback as Rushegura's dominant male passes away

The Far Horizons is sad to report the passing of one of the greatest silverback gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Mwirima of the Rushegura group. Mwirima passed away yesterday, Monday 3rd March 2014, exactly one month after Mishaya, the dominant male from another mountain gorilla family, was found dead after a sudden intestinal illness. Mwirima was the lead Silverback in the popular Rushegura group, and famously featured in the YouTube video 'Touched by a wild mountain gorilla'.…

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11 February 2014

Bwindi gorilla family lose Silverback to illness

 Mishaya, the dominant silverback from the gorilla family of the same name, was found dead earlier this week, in the forests of  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. The silverback was 28 years old and was the alpha male in a family of gorillas which are habituated for tourism. The average lifespan of a gorilla in the wild is around 35-40 years, though gorillas in captivity have been known to live to 50 years or more. The Gorilla Doctors, a team of vets who work …

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05 February 2014

New for 2014 - Small Group Safaris of Uganda and Rwanda

The Far Horizons is introducing brand new small group safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. Three new itineraries are available departing from late March to November this year. The tours satisfy an increasing demand for high quality wildlife experiences from single travellers and couples - many of whom want all the luxury of a high end safari experience without the cost of a tailor-made tour. "We are keen to ensure we deliver all of the quality and style of our tailor-made product," said Pat…

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18 October 2013

20 Years Of Gorilla Tourism in Uganda

A family in southwest Uganda have celebrated a very special anniversary this week. And they are no ordinary family. The Mubare gorilla family was the first gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to be habituated for tourism, in what was then a pioneering new ecotourism concept. On 13th October 1993, Mubare received their first official human visitors, and gorilla tourism was born, In what has become a vital factor in the fight to protect the species, gorilla tracking in Uganda and …

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08 May 2013

Heavy Rains cause Rwanda road closure for gorilla trackers

Heavy rains during the last month have led to the closure of one of the main tourism routes to Volcanoes National Park, home of the gorillas, according to reports from our Rwanda team at The Far Horizons in Kigali. Rain has caused major structural damage to the Kigali-Musanze highway, prompting officials to close the road until such time as repairs can be completed. In the meantime, our guides are using alternative routes via Gisenyi or Butaro. Drivetimes to Volcanoes National Park have subseq…

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11 July 2012

Rwandair link Mwanza and Kigali with direct flights

Last week saw Rwandair launch a thrice-weekly, direct service to Mwanza. This is their 3rd destination in Tanzania and their 14th destination in the network. Departures will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, using a Bombardier Dash8-200 aircraft with a 37 passenger seating capacity. This will create more choice on the Mwanza-Kigali route, offering affordable alternatives for itineraries that link a safari on the Serengeti with gorilla tracking in the misty Virunga mountains of northern …

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23 May 2012

Turkish Airlines touch down in Kigali with new service to Rwanda

Turkish Airlines have launched a new service to Rwanda with their maiden flight touching down at Kigali International Airport on Wednesday 16th May. The proposed schedule will be a minimum of three weekly services from Istanbul to Kigali. A full schedule will be available soon but in the meantime, for more information on the launch schedule, please email Read more.

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31 January 2012

RDB confirm gorilla permits will increase to $750

After reports earlier this week that the Rwanda Development Board were planning to increase the price of gorilla tracking permits to $750 (from $500) for tracking after 1st June 2012, they have now confirmed they will definitely go ahead with this scheme. Permits for tracking after 1st June will now cost $750. The full details of deposit totals and balance payment deadlines have yet to be released, and are expected to be confirmed by the RDB on Monday 30th January. If tour operators have alrea…

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30 January 2012

AirKenya to launch new domestic scheduled service in Uganda

AirKenya announced plans earlier this week to launch a new domestic scheduled service in Uganda, from 1st July 2012 (subject to the relevant licenses being awarded). The company visited Kampala to brief the tourism community on their plans and discussed their proposal with The Far Horizons in some detail. The routes are designed as hop on, hop off circuits, servicing some of the key tourism destinations in Uganda, including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls Nation…

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30 December 2011

Counting Hippos with The Far Horizons

The Far Horizons are pleased to be able to offer an exciting new experiential activity for clients travelling to Uganda between 9th Feb and 3rd March 2012. Visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park will be able to apply for a limited number of places to participate in next year's Hippo Census and contribute to a genuine conservation exercise. Participants will join the Uganda Wildlife Authority research teams conducting the study to collect data to monitor long term trends in Hippo populat…

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02 December 2011

New Birding Record for Uganda

The Far Horizons is pleased to report that a rare bird has been spotted in Uganda for the first time, creating a new birding record for the country. The Grey Pratincole was recorded by Johnnie Kamugisha, who spotted it whilst on the boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The bird is a West African species and has only been spotted in East Africa once before, twenty years ago in Rusizi National Park in Burundi. Uganda has over 1,000 different bird species and offe…

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04 November 2011

Discounted Gorilla tracking permits for Uganda

Visitors to Uganda can benefit from heavily discounted Gorilla tracking permits in a special Uganda Wildlife Authority promotion running until the end of November 2011. Foreign tourists will pay a vastly reduced rate of $350, reduced from the normal $500 fee, for tracking certain Mountain Gorilla groups in their natural rainforest habitat in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The discount is only applicable to available permits for the Kahungye, Oruzogo, Mishaya and Mubare Gorilla group…

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