5 independent reviews for Gorilla and Chimp safari in Uganda

Reviews for Gorilla and Chimp safari in Uganda

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review 15 Oct 2010

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

The first glimpse of gorillas after 4 hours of trekking though the jungle.

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

There will be times when there is no running water; the electricity is off; the truck gets stuck in the mud and you are covered in dust - relish it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Certainly. Hiring a local porter ensured money went straight into his/her pocket. A visit to the Batwa people benefited them directly too. The impact to the environment was very low level.

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

Amazing 10/10

review 27 Feb 2008

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

Seeing the gorillas.

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

Get your walking practice in :)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

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

Wonderful.

review 4 Jan 2008

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

Seeing the gorillas.

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

Take more money than you think you'll need. We had the opportunity of trekking a second day to the gorillas and didn't have enough money for more than one of us to go as visa isn't accepted. Also we found that local currency would have been useful at times and we had only taken US$ with us.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We spent a reasonable amount on items made by the locals at different places such as an orphanage and the pigmy village. The money went directly to these people. We left with the impression that the gorillas were the main draw for tourists and if they weren't there the locals would be unemployed.

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

For a short holiday, we couldn't have packed much more in. Although long, the journey by road from Entebbe to Bwindi allowed us to see the villages and countryside as we passed through. Our major disappointment was that our luggage failed to connect at Nairobi and so we were without it until after returning from seeing the gorillas on the first day in Bwindi.

review 21 Aug 2007

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

One night I was woken by the sound of a hippo grazing outside my bedroom window.

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

Be aware that there are some steep climbs and also you have to shimmy across a log to cross a river. Also the accommodation is not luxury compared to the UK but it is more than adequate considering it's in Uganda. Not suitable for the posh or frail, but brilliant for everyone else.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

At Bwindi the community is supported by tourism. The forest dwelling people have been pushed out of the forest to protect the gorillas however and they don't appear to enjoy their new life.

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

Very good. I had lots of amazing experiences and was surprised to find that the stay in Queen Elizabeth national park was just as exciting as the stay at Bwindi. I would suggest that more could be made of the opportunities to travel into the forest at Bwindi. The holiday was slightly spoiled by the constant complaining of 3 people who did not feel sufficiently pampered on the trip.

review 2 Feb 2007

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

The most memorable part was seeing the Gorillas of course. We had a tough 2.5 hours climb to get to them. The last hour was pretty steep through thick jungle but that made it all the more worthwhile. We got to sit and watch them for a short time and then had to chase down the mountain after them as the silverback as 'sorting out' one of the cheeky youngsters. I would say the most exciting bit was the white water rafting down the Nile. It was grade 4 & 5 in places which was great fun. It was so good we went back at the end of the trip and did it again. This time my husband went river boarding - going down on a boogie board with fins on. He went down the same route as the rafts and thought it even more exhilarating than the rafting. We went with a company called Adrift for this. Make sure you do this now as apparently they are going to dam the river and the rapids will disappear next year. What a shame.

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

Tips: I was glad I had long sleeves and gloves for the gorilla trek. I also used one of the wooden walking sticks on offer at the ranger area, which was indispensable. My porter also helped a lot on the steep parts and it is nice to give money direct to the locals. Wet wipes are handy for the long journeys as often the loo stops are a hole in the ground with no running water. Pens, pencils, balloons etc are better to give the kids than sweets. Take stuff to give to the orphanage at Bwindi. We gave away some old clothes too. One person in our group had even brought some stuffed toys for the kids. Be prepared for long journeys between places.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I felt the locals did benefit from our trip in the places we stayed, though I felt sad when travelling through other areas where we didn't stop as the people were so poor. It was nice to hand some stuff out to the kids but be careful of getting mobbed when you do.

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

Overall it was an excellent holiday. (4 star). Other highlights apart from the gorillas was seeing 3 leopards one morning in QE Nat Park and also some tree climbing lions sunbathing in the trees in Ishasa. Hadn't expected that. The boat trip on Kazinga channel is the best one I have been on. Couldn't believe how many hippos, elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, birds etc we saw. Previous boat trips like this have been rather boring but there was so much to see on this one. It was also great to get some luxury by staying at the nearby Mweya Lodge. Hope this feedback helps. We shall certainly use your site again when we are booking our next holiday.

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