Why travel with us?

Grassrootz is a social business promoting fair travel and community tourism in Uganda. We offer unique experiences because we stay with local Ugandan families and communities rather than at tourist resorts. We can combine safaris, round trips and expeditions, whatever you want to do. With Grassrootz you will experience ‘real’ Uganda by meeting many different tribes with their unique cultural habits and traditions. We promise you’ll have a truly Ugandan Experience!

Custom-made tours

Our aim is to create a trip tailored to what you want, suitable for the time you have and your budget.

Ready-made tours

Need help deciding? Book one of our ready-made tours via safaribookings.com and pay online quickly and easily.

Local expertise

We're not a tour operator, we are a group of the very best professional guides and drivers ready with local knowledge.


A socially conscious business

We promote social entrepreneurship by working with local people and groups around the country.

Off the beaten track

Uganda is still relatively new to tourism and we'll take you to some remote areas rarely visited by travellers.

Detailed itinerary

We work with you to perfect your trip plan and final cost and provide you with a detailed itinerary.

Are there things you want to do, places you want to visit and adventures you want to experience?

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Our team

Our team is based in Uganda and the Netherlands and we’re here to make sure you have the best possible experience when travelling across Uganda.

Sander van Zanten

Sander lived and worked in Uganda from 2007 to 2014 and is the founder of Grassrootz Adventures. He has seen every corner of Uganda and is very passionate about the country, its people and the magnificent flora and fauna! Please feel free to send him a mail with any question about Uganda.

Sarah Jjuuko

In 2003, Sarah together with Sander, founded ICUganda to support people living in (rural) Uganda. Since then they have started a primary school, a bio-gas project, school garden, maize mill and a clinic.

Moses Kabubi

Since starting my career in tourism, I have developed into a professional guide. With this, I have found an interest in the social part of the job, interacting, sharing views and experiences with different people. So my core principle is to discover the client’s areas of interest in order to give them an unforgettable Grassrootz adventure

Bob Mugenyi

I am a proud Ugandan very passionate about Tourism and love meeting new people, making friends and sharing knowledge about the different regions ranging from Culture, Attractions, destinations, the people and their entire life in the pearl of Africa – most people call me Magezi meaning knowledge. Born and raised in the south western parts of Uganda Bordering Bwindi Forest the home to more than Half of the remaining world’s population of Mountaingorillas. Having been in the Tourism industry for the last 8 years as a safari guide and tourist driver, I have traversed all parts of Uganda including our ten national parks and 13 game reserves of the 15 that the country has to offer.

Twesiime Emmy

I am able to handle multiple tasks on a daily basis, creative, energetic, experienced, flexible, hardworking and above all honest.A Resourceful tour Guide with several years of experience accompanying clients on trips and to various locations in different parts of Uganda.Adept at performing research in an effort to make optimal point of interests of clients and enhance visiting experience. I utilise excellent communication skills to make Fun and informative tours for our clients. I like and love my Job as a tour guide because it is a collaborative environment, where we make new friends, share information and friends who become family.

Otto David Oyoo

I am Otto David Oyoo working for Grassroots Adventure Uganda. Enthusiastic, energetic and resourceful driver/tour guide with over 10 years of experience accompanying clients on trips to various locations in different parts of Uganda. Dedicated and committed to providing clients with the best. Loves meeting new people, making friends and showing clients the richness of culture, wildlife and nature in Uganda. Always very patient, teamwork, sensible to client’s wishes with creative problem solving skills, travel knowledge and delivering a high level of customer services. (We travel as one family)

David Otto

Our ‘youngest’ driver is David. He will take care of you as if you are staying at his own home, in fact, sometimes he invites guests to his house in Kitgum! So whenever he takes you to Kidepo don’t forget to greet his family!

Paul Buzinde

Talk about travelling experience and being in the wild. In the beginning it was challenging but as per now its my favourite job due to the income and friendship I have all over the world. And on top of that discovering and experiencing the beauty of my country in all different touristic sites which makes it more fascinating to me, hence making conservation also part of my life in all aspects.

Barnice Denis

I’m a ‘people person’… I love meeting new people and learning new things. Safari guiding keeps me updated and gives chances to share.

Kabuubi Moses

I am a proud and professional guide. I thrive on meeting different people from across the world to share knowledge, socialise, and enjoy all aspects of tourism. I have no regrets being a tour guide!

Anne Nakure

My passion and love for Tourism and adventure was inspired by my home district Kisoro the home of the Virunga ranges and my travels around Uganda. Just as I wished to see as many beautiful places in the world, I also wished to have as many people as possible come see how beautiful and naturally endowed my country was. Seven years ago, I decided to actively get involved in the tourism industry and I have not looked back.

Doreen

I enjoy helping people not only discover and enjoy one of the most diverse places in the world (my country Uganda), but also to experience it in comfort. There’s nothing more gratifying than to hear clients talk about how much fun they had and that they can’t wait to come back. The sense of excitement and awe we get from guests when they come is what I love most. I love the fact that the team is a family where everyone helps each other out in order to make sure that the visitors have the best stay possible and I am glad that I get to help people check items on their bucket list, fulfilling life-long dreams and put a smile on their faces.

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Travel with us, support a community

IC Uganda foundation

Grassrootz is a partner in an organisation established to help individuals and communities in and related to Uganda to become independent and self-supporting.

International Contact Uganda (ICU), originally set up as an NGO, works to establish, maintain and improve community building projects and gives advice and guidance to organisations active in Uganda. It also offers Volunteering Services that will link volunteers to projects.

Simply by booking with Grassrootz, you will be helping people in one of their projects.

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Jjaja Bbanga Community

In 2010 we initiated a community project called Jjaja Bbanga Community in Ngoma village in the southwest of Uganda. We work with a clear educational focus on creating a fundamental base for the local population.

Along with the development of a primary school, a project for sustainable energy was started. In the near future, we also want to provide vocational education and create opportunities for independent entrepreneurship. We have established and continue to fund a health clinic for the local inhabitants in and around Ngoma.

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3 years ago
Jjaja Bbanga waterproject

The water source is providing a lot of water on the first day. The diggers need to go deeper to be able to set up the water pump. To be continued!

Your booking deposits are guaranteed by the GGTO fund

In accordance with the legal requirement for tour operators, as determined by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, in the event of non-compliance with our payment obligations, we are participants in the Guarantee Fund for the Specialized Tour Operator (GGTO Foundation).

The GGTO Foundation guarantees that you will get back the payments you have made to us if we (the tour operator) come into financial insolvency. This can be before your departure but also during your stay on location. In addition, the GGTO Foundation guarantees your return during your stay if the we can no longer take care of this due to financial inability. We will charge a fixed amount of 15 euro per booking to the consumer for this guarantee. This will build and maintain the guarantee fund. For more information, please refer to the website of the foundation: stichting-ggto.nl.

[De Stichting GGTO staat er voor garant dat u het reeds betaalde deel van uw reissom terug krijgt indien de touroperator in financieel onvermogen komt. Dit kan zijn vóór uw vertrek maar ook tijdens uw verblijf op lokatie. Bovendien garandeert de Stichting GGTO tijdens uw verblijf uw terugreis indien de touroperator, als gevolg van financieel onvermogen, hier niet meer voor kan zorgdragen. Door de touroperator wordt voor deze garantiestelling een vast bedrag van 15,- euro per boeking in rekening gebracht aan de consument. Hiermee wordt het garantiefonds opgebouwd en onderhouden.]