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review 10 Feb 2017

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

Not surprisingly the gorilla tracking. However the whole trip was amazing. The chimpanzee tracking and swamp visit to see shoebill storks was also fantastic. The staff in the hotels and lodges were excellent. The settings of the lodges were fantastic. The guide was very good. All in all it was a wonderful trip.

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

To make sure that they were up to the travelling and the tracking. One member of our group, an elderly gentleman from the USA was most certainly on the wrong trip and wasted his tracking permits as he was far from able to walk any distances let alone track through forests. He also monopolised the guide and needed a lot of help. I am not sure how he ended up on this trip as it was not suited to his abilities or interests.

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

From discussion with the guide it would appear that this type of trip benefits local people. I understand that 30% of permit costs and entrance fees go to villagers where animals and points of interest are located. This is excellent and encourages the Ugandan people to welcome tourism as they have a direct benefit. The cost of the tracking permits supports conservation of endangered species. Lodges all had an economic friendly approach. Would suggest that swamp visit at end of trip, currently provided as an option, be included in the itinerary as it is another great experience.

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

The holiday was simply fantastic. The local tour company provided an excellent itinerary and guide. Everything ran very smoothly (except the road surfaces!!!). I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing the wildlife of Uganda as well as the opportunity to see a good bit of the country. My only negative comment is that I was very disappointed that the Rwanda extension was not offered, even although I indicated that I was interested in this on my initial enquiry but was told no one else wanted to do it. Three of the other members of the group would have been interested if they had known it was available. I missed out on the chance plus your company missed out on the sale of 4 extensions.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback and we are delighted that you enjoyed Uganda. The extension to Kidepo National Park in Rwanda is something that we try and offer to all clients but it is a relatively new option. It may be in this case some clients had booked the Uganda tour before the extension was available and we did not advise them of the option. This is something that we will learn from for the future.

review 9 Oct 2008

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

Getting close to gorillas in their forest home will be unforgettable. The Nile boat trips are excellent also.

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

Just go. Don't expect to see lots of big cats (although we did see some lions and leopards) - but seeing the gorillas is very special and the rest of the wildlife is great also.

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

Benefits local people only in so far that hotels and guiding provide jobs. Benefits the environment because visitors create a reason for the national parks to exist, and are clearly one of the reasons why mountain gorillas are hanging on.

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

A very memorable trip in a beautiful country. The Ugandan people are very welcoming and the wildlife is spectacular.

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