Niels Sievertsen

T: +41 (0) 788 300 239

T: +1 (857) 415-9384


Niels first came to East Africa as a development aid worker employed by the German government in 2010. He implemented and helped to create community tourism around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south western Uganda. In the village of Rubuguri bordering the Rwanda and DR Congo, a public library, a local bakery, and a hardware rental for farming equipment were opened by him. 

Together with Turyasingura Rabani, Niels founded Instinct Safaris in July 2011. In order to promote a sustainable growth of the safari and tourism business in the Great Lakes region, it was of extreme importance to organize a community-centered framework, where profits from tourism would go hand in hand with socio-economic development in the areas Instinct Safaris visits. 

Niels is currently enrolled in a PhD program in synthetic organic chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Turyasingura Rabani


T: +256 (776) 101-964


Rabani was born in Nombe village on the foothills of the Virunga volcano range and bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. Being from this special region - boasting of scenic landscape and magnificent fauna - Rabani soon developed the idea of showing and sharing the area with travelers from around the world. 

With Niels Sievertsen, he engaged in promoting sustainability as a core value of all safari business in the Great Lakes region and together, they began to sketch up and define what this meant. In 2011, they then founded Instinct Safaris, which has been trusted by over one hundred and sixty safari-goers since. 

Rabani now coordinates Instinct Safaris guides and services between Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo in order to ensure smooth and professional delivery of all services on site.