3 independent reviews for Uganda highlights & mountain gorillas tour

Reviews for Uganda highlights & mountain gorillas tour

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review 28 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The gorilla trek was brilliant, as were the chimpanzee experiences. Our guide Emma was amazing, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ugandan wildlife. The Ugandan people were kind and friendly. The “Ride for a Woman” project in Buhoma was inspirational and is a must to visit if you’re there for the gorillas.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

We custom built the tour and would recommend the same. Kevin was instrumental in sorting this out.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The lodges all used solar power, with several filtering and UV sterilising local bore hole water to avoid plastic waste. Three of the lodges are community owned. 20% of National Park entry fees go to the local community. The rhino project, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking generate funds that benefit the local communities and encourage habitat maintenance. We liked the fact that, unlike other countries, “off-roading” to effectively surround animals whilst on game drives is not allowed. We felt that this lead to less disturbance of the animals, allowed more normal behaviour to be observed, and when a close encounter happened (a leopard just walked out in front of our vehicle), this made them more memorable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Breath taking. Highly recommended.

review 1 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The gorillas and chimps of course. But also meeting the people of Uganda, learning about the country and seeing lots of other animals and birds.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You could take internal flights however moving around by road lets you see and experience the country and people. If at all possible take 2 gorilla treks (we had a days rest between which enabled us to visit the local community). 2 treks gets you to see 2 families and also provides contingency if for some reason you can't make one of the treks - illness, injury etc. Also do the gorilla treks at the end of your itinerary not the beginning to give time to just to the heat and humidity. It can be a tough hike but the porters will do everything they can to get you there.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - using the company that Responsible Travel put using contact with mean that our 'tourist dollars' got down to the local people and to conservation authorities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An excellent trip we highly recommend it.

review 16 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

A female gorilla rushing by me and brushing my leg in Bwindi National Park

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Plan for giving lots and lots of gratuities. make sure you have loads of new USD5 bills--small bills make it a lot more flexible in giving tips.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

The recommendations and itinerary that was prepared by Kevin Nicholson was spot on.

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