About Us

It is believed that people travel with different motives, some travel because they would love to see the beauty and scenery of some countries while others travel for social reasons.

African Volunteer Adventures (AVA) is a Ugandan Tours and Safari Company established to deliver an enriching responsible African holiday experience for their customers, with its head offices in Uganda. African Volunteer Adventures has offices and currently operating in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Ghana. African Volunteer Adventures is run by native African natives who are passionate about their continent, their people, their natural resources and providing you with the highest quality yet educational, motivational, inspirational, fun tourism experience that responsibly contribute to the conservation of Africa's beautiful natural resources - her parks, lands and indigenous animals, most notably the endangered mountain gorillas - as well as the development socio-economic and well being of local people.

In order to create an unforgettable experience for you, African Volunteer Adventures is staffed by people who have not only been trained in community developments, conservation and eco-tourism, but also have African experience with the culture, animals and people you will encounter in all the countries of our operation.


We Offer...

• Unforgettable wildlife experiences
• Excellent and very knowledgeable guides
• Custom designed four-wheel drive vehicles
• Delicious cuisine and friendly people
• The type of accommodation you want, from camping to medium to very luxurious

Our aim is to organize trips which give our guests the best African Wildlife experience. We put into practice the numerous requests of our clients to arrange some of the finest trips in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana.

We offer a range of exciting journeys and are proud to offer affordable and customized Safari options for your Ugandan, Rwandan or Tanzanian holiday. You can personalize the offered tours, or arrange your own tours with us, based on your interest, budget, time scale and other requirements

The tours and safaris we offer give you access to the most beautiful parts of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Whether it is a luxury lodge safari, staying in the best accommodations this part of the world has to offer or one of our budget trips that stay in thatched style rooms or even camping in some of the most scenic sites under the great African sky, we will make your safari a very memorable time.

Please do not hesitate to inquire about our Tours or Tailor made safaris, we are always happy to help any Traveler/tourist and researcher who wants to know about the Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana and/or Tanzania. We also give free travel information to anybody inquiring.

Uganda


Dubbed the pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, Uganda is a land of diversity and beauty. It is perhaps not what immediately pops to mind when one thinks of sub-Saharan Africa, many visitors are surprised by its lush greenness and milder temperatures.

Yet, if you are expecting to see big cats, elephants, primates and more, Uganda won’t disappoint. Its numerous national parks are home to lions, elephants, zebras, leopards, hippos and buffalo. Whilst its forests play host to chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons and various other primates… and of course Uganda is one of the very few places in the whole world where you can see the extremely rare mountain gorilla. These majestic creatures reside on the dormant volcanoes found to the south west of the country. In addition, Uganda is a bird watcher’s paradise. Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts over 600 species of bird alone and keen bird watchers come from all over to spot the pouting shoebill (whale headed) stork.


Although landlocked, Uganda has a number of beautiful lakes, including Lake Bunyonyi in the south west, which the BBC described as “one of the most beautiful lakes in the world”. The Ssese islands in Lake Victoria offer a perfect relaxation get away with sandy beaches and lapping waves. The more adventurous traveler can tackle the Nile’s grade 5 white water rapids or go bungee jumping at Bujagali falls, the only bungee jump over the Nile.
 
In addition to its animals and water ways, Uganda also has the Rwenzori mountain range to the west, volcanoes to the south and Mount Elgon to the east. Large sections of the Rwenzori range are a World Heritage Site due to its diverse vegetation which ranges from tropical rainforest to alpine meadows, and its highest peaks are permanently snow capped. Both the Rwenzoris and Mount Elgon offer the perfect terrain for keen hikers looking for a challenge. Mount Elgon National Park is also home to the spectacular Sipi Falls, which offers thrill seekers the chance to abseil down them.

Highlights of Uganda

  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest and Budongo Forest
  • Boat trips on the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Boat trips on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Safaris and game drives with our 4WD safari vehicles on the Savannahs of   Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo
  • Tree Climbing lions in Ishasha
  • Great birding, with over 1000 bird species
  • Hot springs in Semuliki National Park, the only lowland jungle in East Africa
  • The highest mountain-range of Africa, the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains
  • The Virunga Volcanoes,  Mount Elgon, Sipi Falls and Lake Victoria
  • Jinja, the source of the Nile with great rafting opportunities
  • Lake Bunyonyi, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world
  • Local people including the Karamajong and the pygmies
  • Nature walk and meeting local craft ladies making their treasures
  • Visiting local schools in South Western Uganda

Although tribal languages are spoken amongst local people, English is Uganda's official language. The country has a reputation for being one of the friendliest Africa nations, with low crime rates involving tourists. The currency is the Ugandan Shilling (UgShs). Uganda has something to please everyone, animal lovers, thrill seekers, explorers and adventurers alike. 

Rwanda

Often described as ‘the land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda is a country of extreme natural beauty. This small land-locked country on the eastern side of the Albertine Rift valley, part of the Great Rift Valley, is currently experiencing a rebound in tourism after the genocide in 1994. The country is becoming more popular with international tourists due to its reputation as being safe for travellers and the ease with which tourists can travel around the country due to its relatively small size.

Rwanda  has a lot to offer; tropical rain forests, lakes, mountains, savannahs, an up and coming capital city, as well as the Parc National des Volcans which boasts an impressive six volcanoes.

In addition, Rwanda’s mountains have the highest concentration of mountain gorillas in the world.



Whilst the mountains play host to the magnificent gorilla, vast tropical rain forests in Nyungwe house chimpanzees, large troops of Angolan colobus monkeys, Blue monkeys, Patas monkeys and Red tailed monkeys. In addition to primates large game such as elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, zebra, warthogs, hyena and hippo are all found in the great savannahs of Akegera National Park, found to the East.

Kigali, Rwanda’s vibrant capital contains the excellent National Genocide Memorial museum and is slowly regaining its former reputation for having great night life.

Highlights of Rwanda

  • Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park (part of the Virungas)
  • Chimp tracking in Nyungwe Forest
  • Safaris and game drives with our 4WD safari vehicles on the savannahs of Akagera National Park
  • Boat trips on one of the lakes of Akagera National Park
  • Spend some time on the beautiful shores of Lake Kivu
  • Visit Dian Fossey's grave and the Mountain Gorilla research center, Karisoke Research Center
  • Climb one of the volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Volcanoes National Park): Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo
  • Great birding, with over 700 bird species
  • Visit Kigali and the genocide memorial
  • Meet the local people

Rwanda is a tropical country with a pleasant climate with temperatures averaging between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius during the day and between 11 and 17 degrees Celsius at night. Rainy seasons are from March to May and October to December. The official language spoken is French and Kinyarwanda,but English is also widely spoken. The currency is the Rwandan Francs (RFr). 

Tanzania

The land of superlatives!

Tanzania has it all; The tallest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, a hiker’s delight. The greatest game park in the world, Serengeti National Park, home of the most storied annual wildlife migration anywhere. The biggest volcano caldera in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater, with unsurpassed wildlife. The largest wildlife area in the world, Selous Game Reserve. Africa’s most exotic and compelling island, the legendary Zanzibar.

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda on the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique on the south. To the east it borders the Indian Ocean.
The country’s name is a portmanteau of Tanganyika, the large mainland territory, and Zanzibar, the offshore archipelago.

The two former British colonies united in 1964, forming the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which later the same year was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.

In 1996 government offices were transferred from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, making Dodoma the country’s political capital. Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city.

Tanzania is a safari destination without peer. The statistics speak for themselves: An unparalleled one- quarter of its land dedicated to conservation areas, the game lover’s dream. With the world- renowned Serengeti National Park and Incomprehensively vast Selous Game Reserve heading a rich estimation of 20 percent of Africa’s largest mammal population.

There is more to Tanzania than just Safaris; Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, respectively the highest and fifth- highest Peaks on the continent. Lake Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa are the three largest freshwater bodies in Africa. Then of course there is the Magical ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar, the highlights of a vast Indian Ocean coastline studded with fringed-perfect beaches and beautiful marine life.

Tanzania’s daunting natural variety is mirrored by a cultural diversity embracing 120 distinct tribes: from the iconic Maasai pastoralists of the Rift Valley, to the Arab -influenced Swahili of the coast, to the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers in Lake Eyasi.

Tanzania, for all its ethic diversity, is practically unique in Africa in having navigated a succession of modern political hurdles, the transformation from colonial dependency to independent nation, from socialist state to free market economy. From mono-party’s to fully-fledged democracy- without ever experiencing sustained or ethic violence.

Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. Among the languages spoken in Tanzania are all four of Africa's language families: Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan. Swahili and English are Tanzania’s official language.
The currency is Tanzanian shillings (TZ shs).

Ethopia

Wade through incense into a medieval world hewn from stone in Lalibela and watch the line between past and present blur while taking part in striking Christian ceremonies that haven’t changed in 1000 years.

Ethiopia’s storied and sovereign history has left its wide-ranging and fertile highlands laden with historical treasures, ranging from the ancient tombs and obelisks of Aksum to 17th-century castles and burnt-out Russian tanks. Many are more than a peek into the nation’s past; they are a giant two-footed leap. Ethiopia’s landscapes are no less dramatic, and range from the Simien Mountains National Park and Bale Mountains National Park, which proffer tremendous trekking and innumerable interactions with dozens of animals and birds seen nowhere else on earth, to the Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia, an enchanting and unforgivingly hostile environment offering extreme adventure. The remote lowlands in the sultry southwest are also home to untold adventures and house some of Africa’s most fascinating tribes.

Thousands of Years of Highlights and History

Ethiopia's rich historical heritage is unique in sub-Saharan Africa. The country looks back on a history of more than 3,000 years when the city of Axum became the center of an empire stretching from the Nile River across the Red Sea to Yemen. Even today, ruins of palaces and monuments, old inscriptions and underground catacombs demonstrate the magnitude of the ancient city. In another corner of the Ethiopian Highlands, the medieval capital of Lalibela is home to a series of incredible, monolithic rock-hewn churches built in the 12th and 13th century. Known as the New Jerusalem, King Lalibela is said to have ordered their construction when Jerusalem fell to the Arabs at the end of the 12th century.

The imperial city of Gondar is best known for its 17th century castles built by Emperor Fasiladas and his successors. The castle compound is often referred to as Africa’s Camelot and remained the capital of Ethiopia for hundreds of years. In the east of the country, near the border with Somalia, lies the walled city of Harar. With over 90 mosques in the city’s center, Harar is now considered a holy city among Muslims. Discover the ancient and secluded island monasteries of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile, or be one of the few visitors to the region of Tigray’s remote rock-hewn churches, testimonies to the country’s Christian legacy.

English is the most widely spoken foreign language and is the medium of instruction in secondary schools. Amharic was the language of primary school instruction, but has been replaced in many areas by regional languages such as Oromiffa, Somali or Tigrinya While all languages enjoy equal state recognition in the 1995 Constitution Of Ethiopia, Amharic is recognized as the official working language of the Federal Government.

The various regions of Ethiopia are free to determine their own working languages, with Oromiffa, Somali and Tigrinya recognized as official working languages in their respective region.

Ghana

Ghana is a country in West Africa, along the Gulf of Guinea, just a few degrees north of the equator.

Ghana, which lies in the center of the West African coast, shares 2,093 km of land borders with the three French-speaking nations of Burkina Faso (548 km) to the north, Côte d'Ivoire (668 km) to the west, and Togo (877 km) to the east. To the south are the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.

With a total area of 238,533 square kilometers, Ghana is about the size of the United Kingdom, or slightly smaller than Oregon. Its southernmost coast at Cape Three Points is 4° 30' north of the equator. From here, the country extends inland for some 670 kilometers to about 11° north. The distance across the widest part, between longitude 1° 12' east and longitude 3° 15' west, measures about 560 kilometers. The Greenwich Meridian, which passes through London, also traverses the eastern part of Ghana at Tema.

Geographical Regions

Ghana is characterized in general by low physical relief. Indeed, the Precambrian rock system that underlies most of the nation has been worn down by erosion almost to a plain. The highest elevation in Ghana, Mount Afadjato in the Akwapim-Togo Ranges, rises only 880 meters above sea level.

There are, nonetheless, five distinct geographical regions. Low plains stretch across the southern part of the country. To their north lie three regions--the Ashanti Uplands, the Akwapim-Togo Ranges, and the Volta Basin. The fifth region, the high plains, occupies the northern and northwestern sector of the country (see fig. 4). Like most West African countries, Ghana has no natural harbors. Because strong surf pounds the shoreline, two artificial harbors were built at Takoradi and Tema (the latter completed in 1961) to accommodate Ghana's shipping needs.
Low Plains
The low plains comprise the four subregions of the coastal savanna, the Volta Delta, the Accra Plains, and the Akan Lowlands. A narrow strip of grassy and scrubby coast runs from a point near Takoradi in the west to the Togo border in the east. This coastal savanna, only about eight kilometers in width at its western end, stretches eastward through the Accra Plains, where it widens to more than eighty kilometers, and terminates at the southeastern corner of the country at the lower end of the Akwapim-Togo Ranges.

Nature is important to Ghana and a conservation program strives to protect this heritage, to enable us enjoy it with our visitors and to pass it on to future generations.

Ghana has a rich natural treasure made up of 16 National Parks, Resource Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries, which are open throughout the year.

From the savannah of the coastal plains, the dense tropical forest and the grassland of the north to the life giving water bodies, which criss-cross the country, distinct wildlife abound.

English is the official language of Ghana and is universally used in schools in addition to nine other local languages. The most widely spoken local languages are, Ga, Dagomba, Akan and Ewe.

The Ghanaian Cedi is the currency of Ghana.

Tourism; Ghana is and has always been known for it's wide range of tourist attractions and facilities.

For the traveller, Ghana is that latter-day unknown, unexplored and certainly an unexploited destination which abounds in an unbelievable array of striking attractions, distinctive and peculiar to each of the ten regions in Ghana.

There are four major areas of interest to the tourist in Ghana, namely, Culture, History, Ecology and Recreation.

Highlights of Ghana

  • Wli Waterfalls and Mount Afadjato in the Volta region
  • Kakum National Park (acclaimed tropical rain forest)
  • Castles and Forts
  • Boti Falls
  • Lake Bosomtwi
  • Cave exploration
  • Larabanga Mosque
  • Buabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary (Brong Ahafo region)
  • Makola market in Accra is one of the continents's most colourful
  • Paga Crocodile Ponds at Bolgatanga
  • The fabulous National Culture Centre
  • The Manhyia palace in Kumasi, the ancient Ashanti capital
  • A night in the old Portugese fort (Metal Cross) at Dixcove on the coast
  • Lake Volta-World`s largest artificial lake by surface (8,402 sq km) is in Ghana

 

Our Services

  • Safaris (Game Drives)
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Bird Watching Safaris
  • Photo Safaris
  • Cultural Tours
  • Community Walks
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Tailor made Tours
  • Holidays and Volunteer Trips
  • Educational and Student Trips
  • White Water Rafting
  • Meeting the Local People