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review 18 Mar 2018

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

We went on this trip to see western lowland gorillas and we saw them on both the tracking days. However, to single them out as the most memorable is quite difficult as the whole trip was a memorable one for different reasons. I love elephants and we got to watch them at fairly close quarters in Lango Bai for some considerable time, add to that the wonderful accommodation and fantastic staff who made you feel so special it was a great recipe for a perfect trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We had a lot of problems with Ethiopian Airways, they cancelled flights without telling us, refused to allow us to board other flights meaning we had to re route thru another destination adding another 5 hours to our flying time and then missed our names off one of the return flights, we would strongly recommend that no one uses Ethiopian Airways. They are absolutely awful. We later discovered that we were not the first people they have done this to......it's only becasuse we were so pushy and persistent that we managed to get to Brazzaville in time.

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

Becasue the gorilla tracking is linked to a research programme and we spent time with one the lead reasearchers who gave us a fantastic insight into her work we know that that our trip did benefit them and the local community. The lodges we stayed in also provide employment for local people in various ways. We also visited a local village and spent time talking to the 'head man' who seemed genuinely happy to see us and interested in us. The lodges are about as eco friendly as they can be without compromising on comfort and facilities for guests, we were very impressed.

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

We are reasonably widely travelled and have seen lots of wildlife but would rate this up there with the best of the trips we have done. Everything was really very excellent and although we have racked our brains we can't really think how it could be improved. We have given it 5 stars but it really deserves more!

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