6 independent reviews for Uganda wildlife and activity vacation

Reviews for Uganda wildlife and activity vacation

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review 2 Jul 2018

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

Trekking the Mountain Gorillas at Rhusaga/Bwindi, trekking the Chimpanzees at Kibale, White water rafting at Jinja, a dawn game drive in QENP and much ,much more

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

Do take a good camera, mobile phones just won't capture the magnificence of animals and surroundings. Do read every review you can find so you are aware of what to pack and the suggested tips for guides etc.

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

I know that I helped the conservation of the animals with the permit and entry fees paid. I did my best to personally help some of the very poor families in the Bwindi area by using my very generous Turkish airlines baggage allowance to take some decent quality clothing and trainer shoes that I no longer wanted to donate (with the help of our tour guide) to those who would appreciate them.

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


review 11 Feb 2018

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

The primates, especially the Gorillas...amazing and a bit humbling.

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

Ensure that if you are booking to visit the non-habituated Chimpanzees at Kibale you know that there is a high likelihood you won't find the group. If you want to spend an hour with the Chimps you need to book the habituated group.

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

Absolutely. All of the parks we visited (especially Bwindi and Kibale) made it clear that our (controlled) presence was significantly benefiting the local community as well as wildlife conservation.

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

From start to finish our safari with our tour operator (introduced via Responsible Travel in the UK...thanks Rosy) was brilliant. Jackson was extremely efficient and attentive during the planning and confirmation/ payment process and answered our questions promptly and helpfully. We chose the tour operator because I believed they offered the best value and quality of service compared to the other operators we looked at. Jackson even visited us 'on tour' and saw us off from the airport. We had read very good reports of Alex as our guide, and because he is a bird expert and I enjoy watching and photographing them, we requested Alex be assigned to us. We thoroughly enjoyed Alex's company and expertise. He didn't overwhelm us given we were touring together for 11 days and knew when to offer advice and guidance. He is clearly well respected amongst his peers and knew everyone throughout, the short-cuts, and how to get the best for us out of the tour. Uganda is an amazing country with the most wonderful and welcoming people, They really believe that tourists (to see the Gorillas for example) are helping the local communities as well as the conservation of the wildlife. Uganda is in my limited experience the number 1 destination for primates, birds and scenery but don't expect a big game everywhere 'Serengeti' experience (although we didn't visit Murchison Falls). The vehicle was comfortable and clean (a Hiace) and the accommodation selected was excellent everywhere...some mid-price and some high end. The food was brilliant and plentiful. We travelled in late Jan/ early Feb. and saw very little rain. There were very few if any insects. Water was provided in the vehicle throughout. The roads are unmade beyond 150km of Kampala so journeys are a bit bouncy but Alex mitigated this as far as he could. We would completely recommend Uganda, and the services of our tour operator. We plan to return next year with our daughters and will be using the same operator again.

review 30 Jan 2017

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

The whole trip was marvellous. The white water rafting very memorable, safari drives and river trips great but if I have to choose the most memorable thing it would of course be the gorilla trekking followed closely by the chimpanzee trekking. A wonderful vacation and well looked after by Alex our driver and guide.

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

Take a torch, sometimes dim lighting in lodges, and a few power cuts. Also helpful when walking to and from accommodation to eating areas at dusk and in the dark.

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

I think it benefited the local people who worked in the lodges and the national parks. Many places we stayed in reduced food waste by serving a set meal and they also used solar power to light the lodges.

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

Unforgettable.

review 7 Jan 2016

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

The mountain gorrilas - great trek into the mountains spending over an hour with the gorillas. The scenery was stunning which topped off the experience. Great opportunity for photography. The river trip in Queen Elizabeth Park was amazing , saw elephants playing in the lake. Everyday offered someone new and exciting so the list could go on.

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

If traveling from UK , take sterling and some dollars. When arriving get shillings , not many places take dollars. Also you will get a better price if paying for goods in shillings. Better to leave tips in shillings. If you have space in your luggage take clothes which can be given away. Children's clothes would be very much appreciated. Buy some sweets to hand out to the kids along the way - make sure it is a big bag as the kids ensure everything is shared out equally.

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

A large proportion of the cost is on Game Park entry and Permits - so this money goes to the Ugandan Wildlife Association. All of the areas we visited rely heavily on tourism which provides jobs for local communities. Tourism has definitely lifted the standard of living for communities and drawn attention to these areas , attracting projects to help with education and health.

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

Excellent vacation , better than i had expected.

review 14 Feb 2014

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

The wildlife is simply amazing to see. Particularly finding the gorillas after hours of hike is so rewarding. Definitely worth all the sweat and muscle pain.

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

With Jackson and his team we always felt in good hands. Things were organized perfectly and the team is very knowledgeable and helpful. Bring insect repellent (though it's not as bad as we had thought beforehand), a torch and travel sickness pills (in case you get sick easily - the roads are 'African style'). Vegetarian options available everywhere.

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

Many of the tours employed local guides who knew the area really well. We stopped to buy food on local markets along the way. Several of the lodges were solar powered or only provided electricity when necessary.

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

This was the perfect trip: great places, great people, good value for money. We couldn't have wished for anything more.

review 9 Dec 2013

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

Unfortunately there are just too many great memories to pick from this trip, as every day rewarded you with something amazing. Despite the +1600km we covered, each mile was worth it to provide all the opportunities.

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

The roads are extremely bumpy, which makes each journey long in time, but not necessarily in distance. Therefore, you need to be a good passenger, which also applies to the road rules the drivers adopt. A good torch and Travel Johns are essential recommendations when camping.

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

I believe the National Park entry fees will support local communities to continue to build and strengthen the area(s).

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

This was a once in a life time experience which has created many lasting memories.

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