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“Impeccable experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of African Pearl Safaris

African Pearl Safaris
Plot 10, Kenneth Dale Drive, Off Kira Road | P. O. Box 4562 Kampala, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
+256 (0)414 233566
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“Impeccable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I just finished a 9 day safari with APS to see four national parks in Uganda.

While we were a little apprehensive about paying money directly to an overseas tour provider, we needn't have worried as Edris took care of everything in a professional and friendly manner. From planning an itinerary to cover everything we wished to see, arranging accommodation/meals and obtaining all permits for gorilla and chimpanzee trekking.

Sula, our driver, continued the excellent service by arranging all park entrances, itinerary timing and everything else required to allow us to relax at the end of the very long days. He went above and beyond to make sure we were happy at all times. Also, the most important thing on the Ugandan roads, was that he was extremely safe. The accommodations were varied, but overall we were impressed with the locations and staff members at each. It was nice that everything was taken care of while on the tour, and handled in a very professional manner. Edris even checked in a couple of times by phone to make sure everything was up to standard.

APS made sure that our extremely hectic itinerary was barely noticed and made the 5.30 wake ups more than worth it.

Visited December 2014
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“Excellent Safari experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We (6 friends) booked through APS for a gorilla and safari experience and travelled in September 2014 APS (Edris) planned our holiday to perfection and after returning home and looking at our photos, we now pinch ourselves to see if it was real!! Thank you Edris for your hard work in putting this all together. I would not hesitate in using or recommending this company in Uganda Edris always responded quickly to any email requests we had.

On arrival at Entebbe Airport, Edris, and Ronnie our driver were waiting for us. Edris’ choice of accommodation for our group for 16 days and 4 countries was perfect. Edris was also in touch by phone whilst we were on safari to see if we were satisfied with everything. The accommodation was better than we dreamed of and the food was exceptional. On long travelling days we were provided with lunch boxes. The vehicles were comfortable and clean and always plenty of water on board – Thank you to our drivers Ronnie,(Uganda/Rwanda), William (Kenya) and Godwin (Tanzania) . All the drivers drove exceptionally well given the conditions of the road.

We had two border crossings – Uganda to Rwanda – fairly quick and
Kenya to Tanzania at Isebania was also quick and trouble free and our driver in Tanzania (Godwin) was patiently waiting for us. The vehicle changeover was absolutely no problem.

The highlight of course was our gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It was truly amazing and to see these magnificent animals in their own environment was such a privilege.

Thanks again African Pearl Safaris for putting it all together, and thanks to our drivers who got us through the four countries safely and made sure w e saw so many animals and got the best East African experience possible – It really truly amazing.

Visited September 2014
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“Excellent Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We used African Pearl Safaris to book our mountain gorilla tour in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in July 2014. They were very responsive to our email correspondence prior to the trip and their staff in Entebbe did an excellent job of delivering our tracking permits, shuttling us to the airport in the early morning, and setting us up with excellent accommodation at Gorilla Safari Lodge.

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, IL
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“Great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I did the gorilla trek in Bwindi with African Pearl Safaris and had a great time. When planning the trip, Edris worked hard to accommodate my requests. The driver, Sula, was wonderful. The drive from Kampala to Bwindi goes through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Sula went out of his way to spot animals. He would then stop to explain them to me and let me take pictures. I felt like I was getting a mini-safari in addition to my gorilla trek. I would use African Pearl Safaris again and recommend them to anyone.

Visited July 2014
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“African Safaris - Bwindi Gorilla Trek Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The trip began with our driver picking us up in Kampala which we requested as a deviation from where people are usually picked up. They were on time and did not charge extra for picking us up at the location of our choice.

Our driver was very knowledgeable about the surrounding areas and also a very efficient and safe driver. He conducted our game drives (impromtu and planned) and coordinated all of the park fees, lodging and meal arrangements.

Our first destination was Mburo National Park which included a boat ride on Mburo Lake. We high recommend this boat ride as we was many schools of hippos, crocodiles, and birds. Also, while driving through the park we spotted many impala, warthogs, waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, and diuka. Our package also included a hosre ride through parts of the park where we saw these animals at eye level. We signed up for the Budget acoomodations and they were great. Our first night at Eagle's Nest Lodge was very beatiful and the service was great. We had a tent on a platform with comfortable beds inside and a self-contained bathroom. There was no running hot water but the staff heated wated and brought it to our room gladly whenever we asked. The food was good even when we showed up very late for dinner. Breakfast was on time and was exactly as we ordered.

On the drive to Bwindi we stop at the museum of Southern Uganda which was very informative. Also, to reach Bwindi we drove through Queen Elizabeth National Park where we spotted all of the previously mentioned animals but also elephants and topps as well. In Bwindi we stayed at Bouhoma Cummunity Lodge which was inside the park. It had the same platform/tent layout with a self contained bathroom including running hot water. We stayed here 2 nights, the food was good and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Everyone staying there was either finished with or on their way to the gorilla trek so there were many stories to be shared. The staff was very attentive.

Our gorilla trek happened the next day and it was great. We were separated into groups at the bottom of the mountain according to which gorilla family we would track and see. Proters to carry your gear and walking sticks were available for extra purchase. My wife and I did not purchase these and we fely fine during the hike. Our hike lasted about 4 hours until we came across the gorilla family. Other groups saw there gorilla family much sooner the first being 40 minutes. It was a beautiful hike and the guides stopped as often as the group requested. Be sure to bring plenty of water since there is no way of telling how long you will be hiking. Also it is recommended to wear long sleeves as sometime buswacking is necessary to catch up with the gorilla family. Once we got to the gorilla family we met the trackers that had been communicating with our guide via CBs to direct us to them. You have 1 hour to veiw the family and the guides try to clear away good view points for you to see the family. It was an amazing thing to see these animals in there natural habitat.

After the hike we took a community walking tour of Bouhoma Village were the showed us the local banana beer and gin makers, the school grounds and a beautiful walk throuh banana feilds and along the river.

The next day was a quick breakfast and long (11+ hour) drive back to Kampala. The Lodge served us breakfast, packed us lunch, and we also stopped at a restaurant for lunch. There was no shortage of food.

Be prepared for a lot of time in the car. In our opinion there is no way to avoid this if you want to do this trip and it is most definitely worth it. Our driver, Sula, was great. He was very knowledgeable and made sure that we stayed on schedule. He asked us many times if the schedule was not good for us, making sure that our trip was comfortable ever step of the way. He even bought (not brought) us avocodos after my wife expressed interest in purchasing some from a roadside stand.

Overall, we highly recommend this trip. The coordination across continents was easy with the management office and the driver was excellent.

Visited May 2014
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