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Agnes Mirembe

I am passionate about tourism and conservation in my country Uganda and East Africa as a whole. I made sure i travel to most of the tourism attractions so as to sell them well to the people from the out side world. I love to put together interesting packages for tourists and insuring they have a great travel experience. Also i believe that through tourism one can reach out and empower local people, that is why i partnered up with a local school in my community to do a tree planting and water project and from each trip done, you indirectly support this project .

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"National parks-Game drives,Gorilla tracking,hiking,Mountain climbing
Beaches-Beach relaxation
Local communities-Coffee Experiential tours, community engagements
Lakes and rivers-Water Rafting, Bungee jumping, canoeing,fishing"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I got involved in travel when i was young as my family used to take us to nice places like the zoo, beaches etc and when i grew up, i pursued a tourism bachelors degree and still here as tourism students, we used to travel for a few tourism field trips. Then during my 3rd year of the degree i got a job in one tour company and this is how my career begun, we used to travel anywhere and everywhere across Uganda on famtrips, i grew passionate about travel as i discovered how beautiful and richer my country was. Then from here after 5 years of working for this company. I decided to start up umoja motherland tours ltd."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget my second time of Gorilla tracking. In the beginning it was a little hectic as we walked and penetrated the Bwindi Impenetrable forest, the thick bushes and tall trees , the stinging plants plus red ants this made me paranoid some how. But when we approached a family of Gorillas with a gigantic silver back ,this was over whelming. Seeing the Gorillas feed, the mothers grooming the juveniles and the baby playing and swinging over the tall tress. This was something magical that i'll never forget."

Agnes is part of the following groups: Tanzania Travel Agents, Rwanda Travel Agents, Uganda Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Agnes

Well organized trip with helpful staff
Tanzania | Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2024

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Blaz F.
Austria | Reviewed on Jan 06, 2024
The communication with Agnes was good from the beginning. The trip was organized well. The hotels they've booked for us were on the expected level, the safari was organized professionally, the driver spoke English well and was always trying to find the best compromise between our wishes and what was realistically possible in the given timeframe. All ground transfers were there on time and got us to where we needed to be on time. We felt very safe with all the guides and drivers we've been in... Read more

The communication with Agnes was good from the beginning. The trip was organized well. The hotels they've booked for us were on the expected level, the safari was organized professionally, the driver spoke English well and was always trying to find the best compromise between our wishes and what was realistically possible in the given timeframe. All ground transfers were there on time and got us to where we needed to be on time. We felt very safe with all the guides and drivers we've been in contact with, we never had a feeling that they are doing anything that is not in the guest's best interest. The team was very responsive and eager to help all the time, so they really deserve compliments for this.

There were some minor details regarding the activities in Zanzibar that were not scheduled in a way that we requested when planning the trip. However, this was quickly solved after contacting the team, so we could see and do everything we've planned prior to the trip. And the plane transfer from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar was organized a bit "the local way", but in the end we got to Zanzibar safely and on time.

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe

One of the most enriching African experience
Uganda | Dec 26 - Dec 31, 2023

Prachi
Prachi S.
India | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2024
Our trip to Uganda was right out of a National Geographic documentary thanks to Agnes! Agnes is one of the friendliest, nicest, and most capable agents I have come across, having traveled to 28 countries. She is very aware and always answers all your questions and queries and helps put any concerns you have at ease.
Even during peak season, Agnes was able to get us the lodges and hotels we wanted to book and get the timely gorilla permits - the local guides Khalif and Mr Muha were very...
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Our trip to Uganda was right out of a National Geographic documentary thanks to Agnes! Agnes is one of the friendliest, nicest, and most capable agents I have come across, having traveled to 28 countries. She is very aware and always answers all your questions and queries and helps put any concerns you have at ease.
Even during peak season, Agnes was able to get us the lodges and hotels we wanted to book and get the timely gorilla permits - the local guides Khalif and Mr Muha were very hands on and answered all our queries on the local Ugandan culture, customs, food, etc.
we had a very enriching experience and I will definitely book with Umoja again in the future for any other countries they plan tours to!

Cheers to Umoja team for a wonderful experience 😊

Hotel Reviews
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
buhoma

A wonderful luxury lodge amidst the BWINDI forest- a must stay for all visitors for gorilla trek - amazing food, friendly staff, and lovely cocktails

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Elephant Plains Lodge

One of the best architecture and spacious rooms- i would highly recommend a minimum 3 night stay and the food was the best I have had in Uganda

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
David at elephant plains was amazing and took care of every detail during our stay
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe
Agnes
Agnes Mirembe
Local specialist in Uganda | Replied on Jan 02, 2024

Thank you so much Prachi

Agnes was very helpful in setting up our trip...
Rwanda | Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2023

Fuad
Fuad A.
Los Altos, CA | Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023
Agnes was very helpful in setting up our trip. When I initiated the trip, I did not know much about Rwanda, all I knew is that my daughter will be working (public health) there for few months and I wanted to take advantage of her being there to visit. I asked for recommendation. Agnes was helpful in that regards. She made proposals, I checked then and did my own research to decide. Our travel plans were fluid, because there were many factors impacting our flights.
With patience, she...
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Agnes was very helpful in setting up our trip.

When I initiated the trip, I did not know much about Rwanda, all I knew is that my daughter will be working (public health) there for few months and I wanted to take advantage of her being there to visit. I asked for recommendation. Agnes was helpful in that regards. She made proposals, I checked then and did my own research to decide. Our travel plans were fluid, because there were many factors impacting our flights.
With patience, she supported our requests and adjusted the plans to match our schedule.

Hotel Reviews
Onomo hotel Kigali

It is clear that this hotel is catering for high end customers and expats. Overall it was good. But the rooms were extremely small. We tried to stay in one room with two bed, for me and my daughter. It was too cramped. We switched to two rooms. The food is OK but not great. The facilities are not maintain well. They advertise they have a gym, When I went there, only one machine worked, they others were hazards, an accident waiting to happen. They do not provide towels in the gym or the pool, you have to request, they bring it on demand, with a bit of delay. I switched three rooms, each one of them had maintenance issues. Squeaky and wobbly bathroom doors. Leaking faucets. In the last room, the sink plug with sink in and could not be taken out. I had to request technician to come fixed twice. The view from the dining area are superb, the pool area is nice as well. The hotel had a gate and cares need to check in before they enter. It give the feeling of safety.

Authenticity & Character
There is African Rwandan character but they are try ng too hard to be like the west.
Location
Easy to reach from the airport
Staff
Nice and kind
Cleanliness & Comfort
Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
Musanze

We loved that lodge. The staff was attentive and kind and the lodge is incredibly nice, spacious, the room was humongous surrounded by lush vegetation. The gardens around the building were very nice, and very well maintained. We stayed in this lodge for three nights. The first night were on our own, no other guests. Their loss, our gain. We were treated by the staff very well. They were attentive to our needs. they have dining area down stairs and upstairs, they have sitting area downstairs and upstairs. Wherever we chose to sit in the evening, they immediately brought a movable "stove" to warm the area. The second night, we were joined by others, the staff was as attentive as the previous night. The evening, the local singers/dancers came to the lodge to give a performance. Everyone had good time. They invited us to join in their dancing. Last day we stayed there, we had to wake up very early (before 4:30) they prepared early breakfast for us, and bagged lunch. We went on a long, tough hike. the trail was muddy, it rained the whole day, when we arrived back to the lodge, We did not want to enter because we were so dirty. They insisted and helped, brought a staff help clean our feed and clothes. We had to do our laundry as we were leaving very early next morning. By far the experience in this lodge was the best we had.

Authenticity & Character
They deserve every praise we give them.
Location
Very close to the volcano national park, and to town.
Staff
Very kind and attentive. They best support and service in our entire trip.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nice main area, nice room and nice ground.
EMERAUDE KIVU RESORT

Very nice location, not as nice as Davinci lodge. The room is very small, it does not fit two independent beds. We had to rent another room.

Authenticity & Character
It is a charming location and decorations.
Location
Excellent location near the lake, the views are incredible.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Overall very good, but they need to pay attention to maintenance
Activity Reviews
Kigali City Tour
Kigali City Tour
Kigali

Was very nice, We loved the trip to the market, As we liked the stop at the question coffee shop and the gallery. We were supposed to visit the Genocide museum, but an unknown VIP occupied the museum and we could not enter that day. Peter P, our driver and guide was incredible throughout the trip. He was helpful, knowledgeable and patient with all our questions. We loved him dearly.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Peter was great, I wish there are 6 stars
Transport
The car was good through out the trip.
Golden Monkey Trekking Experience
Golden Monkey Trekking Experience
Volcanoes National Park

Overall, this experience was great. We started as all the trip to the Rwandan National Parks by going to the Headquarter, after a short briefing, we were driven to the starting point, we met the guide and porters. From there a short hike through nice farming field. we arrived to the edge of the forest. The monkeys rushed out to greet us, or to steal potatoes. All we needed to do was to stand and watch the monkeys. After some time on the edge of the forest, our guides recommended that we cross the short bridge to the forest. Monkeys there were thriving, many of them going about their business, some played, some stood around as if posing for our cameras. We saw at lease two mothers with tiny babies, the guide mentioned one of them was one week old. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

Quality of Experience
We were surrounded by monkeys, eating, playing and coming so close to us.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our driver/guide was great through out the trip.
Transport
Everything was on time.
Cultural Village Visit
Cultural Village Visit
Volcanoes National Park

This visit was very informative and nice. We do appreciate that us visiting such place may help give people some employment and income and prevent them from reverting to poaching in the forest. But I cannot prevent the feeling that the whole thing is staged.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Peter was great
Transport
. . . . . he was always there for us.
Hiking Mt. Bisoke
Volcanoes National Park

This hike was an experience for the ages. We are experienced hikers and have been on big mountains and in very difficult conditions. As we started the hike, rain started falling down. When we entered the forest, around 8:00Am, it ws pouring, the trails filled up with water. When we were asked at the beginning of the hike if we needed a porter, we, my daughter and I said, naively, we will take one, as we had only one backpack. Our guide asked as many porters to come with us as guests. This was a very wise decision. soon all of the guests discovered that, the porters' support is essential. They are young, strong and knowledgeable with the terrain and vegetation. The rain was relentless, the dirt turned into slicky mud, water was rushing down the trail. our porters and guides, were great at finding paths side stepping the most difficult parts. When we reached the top, we were grateful that we had the guides and the porters, but it was foggy and windy and because we were soaked in water from the rain and from the stepping in the rushing water, we took the mandatory picture and heading down. The fog prevented us from seeing the crater lake. Going down was even more difficult than going up. Again the porters were great at helping, supporting and steering us to the safest paths, All the guests said at the end that this experience will stay with us the rest of our lives.

Quality of Experience
Because of the rain, it was an exception experience.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Peter was always great.
Transport
Same
Drive to Nyungwe Forest
Drive to Nyungwe Forest
Rwanda

It was just a long drive from the north to the south. Our driver and guide was great in answer our questions and entertaining us during the drive, but the drive itself was nothing special.

Quality of Experience
nothing special in the drive
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
long drive
Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
Nyungwe

We came to the forest on the designated day, but we decided not to take the walk that day and deferred it to the drive back home. It was raining and we wanted to enjoy the walk. We agreed with our guide, Peter, that we will need to pay the entrance fee again. When we came the next day, the weather was nice. The walk itself is VERY short, nothing special about the hanging bridges for anyone who visit a forest. The bridges are very short compared to the 2km long hike. The park guide, the one who works for the forest, was annoying, he started hinting that in order to answer any question he needs 20USD. not once but multiple times. The guides and porter should know that this is a bad way to get any tip.

Quality of Experience
not taking it. or recommend to the forest to take out the bridges altogether
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our driver was great
Transport
same regarding the car/driver
Bird watching in Nyungwe forest
Nyungwe

The guide, Oscar, from the forest service was great and knowledgeable. Our own guide, Peter, joined us in this walk and birdwatching, he was helpful and knowledgeable as well. It was a great experience. He, as should be, was patient. At the beginning of the walk, we heard several birds, but not always saw them. then we turned the corner and were rewarded by money birds, several times. Also, the walk was at the edge of the forest on a small dirt road adjacent to the tea plantations. with farmers collecting the tea leaves. which was a bonus. I do bird watching on a weekly basis, this experience was exceptional.

Quality of Experience
Oscar (park guide) and Peter (our guide) were great.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Peter was great
Transport
and his car was great as well.
Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe national park
Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe national park
Nyungwe

With patience, we were rewarded with a great experience. We watched several Chimpanzees from a close distance. The Park guide warned us before the trekking started that sometimes, it takes time for them to locate the chimps. and that we may need to move from place to place. She was in constant communication with the trackers (Apparently, there are 35 of them who work in the part and help locate the chimps, before the tourist come) nd qt time we had to just stay still auntil she get the signal. There was one/two false alarms. Finally, we reached a place where there three chimps, but they were at the treetop, we could see them but not clearly. As we started going back, she got a signal that some chimps are at a certain location, she dispatched one of the porter/trackers on a short cut. The rest went slower on the main path. The tracker, was very fast, almost sprinting up the hill, causing us to huff and puff and profusely sweat. but we were reward with chimps, climbing down an high tree, stopping to eat, Hanging around for a while as if posing for out cameras. Very nice.

Quality of Experience
patience by the guide and tourist and expertise by the trackers.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Peter was great
Transport
and his car was great
Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe
Agnes
Agnes Mirembe
Local specialist in Uganda | Replied on Nov 29, 2023

Thank you so much for the review and the in-depth insight about the lodges.

Agnes was very responsive & designed a fab trip
Tanzania | Sep 1 - Sep 10, 2023

Heather
Heather V.
Millboro, VA | Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023
Agnes was very responsive and great with communication. We had reached out to several Kim Kim specialists in Africa, and Egypt. We went with Agnes, because of her response time and willingness to find the best adventures. She made a mistake, not a big one, but still a mistake, and reimbursed us for the confusion. She owned up and communicated perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. We don't like the traditional tours but crave outdoor adventure. She met every expectation... Read more

Agnes was very responsive and great with communication. We had reached out to several Kim Kim specialists in Africa, and Egypt. We went with Agnes, because of her response time and willingness to find the best adventures. She made a mistake, not a big one, but still a mistake, and reimbursed us for the confusion. She owned up and communicated perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. We don't like the traditional tours but crave outdoor adventure. She met every expectation along with her crew, who we fell in love with! Faith, Hika, and Junior escorted us on our adventures in Tanzania. Kilifaith Adventures and Twiga Adventures were wonderful host. We started with Mt. Kilimanjaro, then did the Tarangire Safari, the Serengeti Safari, Maasai Tribe, and ended with Lake Manayara. We then went to Zanzibar from there. We wanted to make some changes during our trip, and they always went over and beyond to make sure they could accommodate and make us happy. We still talk to them today, as they were amazing people and now good friends. When you spend so much time with a guide, you want to make sure you have fun, and get a long well. They always made us feel comfortable and like we weren't high maintenance, even though I'm sure we were.

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe
Agnes
Agnes Mirembe
Local specialist in Uganda | Replied on Oct 11, 2023

Thank you so much for this great review Heather πŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏ

Culture and History
Rwanda | Jun 30 - Jul 12, 2019

Jennifer
Jennifer T.
Helper, UT | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019
Agnes did a wonderful job helping me plan my trip! I wanted an in-depth look at Rwanda. No tour company offered an itinerary matching my desire. With Agnes, I was able to write more own itinerary. She organized the entire trip and arranged all the permits, no small feat in Africa. She quoted me a price that was all inclusive. I took it, it was a great price. However, please note, she was willing to design a less expensive, less inclusive trip if I preferred. I don't know if all Kim Kim... Read more

Agnes did a wonderful job helping me plan my trip! I wanted an in-depth look at Rwanda. No tour company offered an itinerary matching my desire. With Agnes, I was able to write more own itinerary. She organized the entire trip and arranged all the permits, no small feat in Africa.

She quoted me a price that was all inclusive. I took it, it was a great price. However, please note, she was willing to design a less expensive, less inclusive trip if I preferred.

I don't know if all Kim Kim agents are as awesome as Agnes. I hope so. I will definitely work with Kim Kim in the future. I hope to say good-bye to large organized tour groups forever.

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe

Rwanda
Rwanda | Feb 18 - Feb 23, 2019

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Kiran G.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019
I booked a 6 day trip with Umoja to visit Rwanda together with my girlfriend Agnes was very responsive on the KimKim chat at helping me tailor the trip I wanted (seeing some of Kigali, chimps in Nyungwe, gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes NP), and the quote from Umoja combined with KimKim's relatively modest commission made the trip much cheaper than comparable quotes I got from traditional agencies. Eric was the guide on the trip itself and he was excellent. Picked us up and made us... Read more

I booked a 6 day trip with Umoja to visit Rwanda together with my girlfriend

Agnes was very responsive on the KimKim chat at helping me tailor the trip I wanted (seeing some of Kigali, chimps in Nyungwe, gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes NP), and the quote from Umoja combined with KimKim's relatively modest commission made the trip much cheaper than comparable quotes I got from traditional agencies.

Eric was the guide on the trip itself and he was excellent. Picked us up and made us feel welcomed at the airport, and struck a great balance between being informative and helpful but also providing us the space and freedom we needed to enjoy the holiday.

Would definitely recommend talking to Agnes about your next trip to East Africa.

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe

Uganda habituation experiences
Uganda | Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2018

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Kat Z.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Dec 30, 2018

I wanted to travel to Uganda for gorilla habituation, golden monkey habituation, and chimpanzee habituation. Agnes was a great help in answering all my questions promptly, and she helped organize the whole trip itinerary for me given the activities I wanted to do. From the moment I landed in Uganda to the moment I left, everything was well taken care of. I had a great time seeing many different types of primates in Uganda, and I highly recommend Agnes and her tour company.

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe
Agnes
Agnes Mirembe
Local specialist in Uganda | Replied on Jan 01, 2019

Thank you for traveling with us Kat

Sights
Rwanda | Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2018

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Sarah R.
Australia | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018
We did a 6 day tour of Rwanda including Nyungwe National Park, Lake Kivu and the Volcanoes national park and we had an absolutely amazing trip! Everything was perfectly organised, Eric our guide was super friendly, with a great sense of humour and extremely knowledgeable about everything. He was always on time (read early :D ), had everything we needed, and drove the crazy winding roads with ease and comfort. Our tour was tailored to our wants and needs, without fuss. Booking was incredibly... Read more

We did a 6 day tour of Rwanda including Nyungwe National Park, Lake Kivu and the Volcanoes national park and we had an absolutely amazing trip! Everything was perfectly organised, Eric our guide was super friendly, with a great sense of humour and extremely knowledgeable about everything. He was always on time (read early :D ), had everything we needed, and drove the crazy winding roads with ease and comfort. Our tour was tailored to our wants and needs, without fuss. Booking was incredibly easy and safe and Agnes (who organised the tour) followed up and kept in contact to ensure everything ran smoothly and that we were comfortable. All the places were worth seeing, and we are so glad we did everything that we did. I would highly recommend these people and will definitely use them again if/ when I venture back to Africa.

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe
Agnes
Agnes Mirembe
Local specialist in Uganda | Replied on Dec 10, 2018

Thank you very much Sarah

Rwanda
Rwanda | Sep 23 - Sep 29, 2018

Liz
Liz S.
Australia | Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018
Agnes was excellent at helping me plan my trip to Rwanda. She was helpful in answering my questions regarding which country to see the gorillas and provided several itinerary and pricing options. She even flew in from Uganda to meet me at the airport!
Jean Claude was my driver/guide. he was lovely and excellent company. All activities were well organised. Accomodation was all very nice... Villa Gorilla was awesome!!!! and the best food of the trip! Amazing staff and great...
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Agnes was excellent at helping me plan my trip to Rwanda. She was helpful in answering my questions regarding which country to see the gorillas and provided several itinerary and pricing options. She even flew in from Uganda to meet me at the airport!
Jean Claude was my driver/guide. he was lovely and excellent company. All activities were well organised. Accomodation was all very nice... Villa Gorilla was awesome!!!! and the best food of the trip! Amazing staff and great location.
The gorilla trek was amazing!!! I still can't believe that I did it! Very well organised and guides and traders were great. Get a Porter!!! I didn't think it was going to be neccessary as my backpack was not heavy but they were super helpful and you are providing work for someone who might instead be poaching.
The chimpanzee tracking was fun but physically challenging. Much harder than the gorillas. Really steep hills and we had to move quite quickly to keep up with them. Definitely get a porter for this one.
Really people in rwanda are so friendly and welcoming, I cannot wait to go back another time.
A wonderful trip, thank you so much for organising such a great experience !

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe
Agnes
Agnes Mirembe
Local specialist in Uganda | Replied on Oct 13, 2018

Thank you very much Liz for choosing to travel with kimkim and me as your local specialist. Am happy I made your dream trip memorable.