About Instinct Safaris

Instinct Safaris is a community-based adventure safari and tour company based in East Africa. We operate in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. Our local and well-trained safari guides have shown the beauty of the region to more than 275 travel groups in the past six years. We commit to strict company guidelines, which allow us to contribute and give back to the local communities as we are on safari with adventurers from all over the world. Being advocates of sustainable tourism, we promote mountain gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, active volcano hiking, and game experiences, such as lion tracking, and more. Please contact us for more information about your very own safari adventure and join our mission to bring positive sustainable change to the Great Lakes region of East Africa!

Niels Sievertsen


T: +41 (788) 300-239

T: +1 (857) 415-9384

E: niels@instinctsafaris.com

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, after achieving his M.Sc. degree at ETH Zurich and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Turyasingura Rabani


T: +256 (776) 101-964

E: rabani@instinctsafaris.com

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.