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Jörg D
3 contributions
Sep 2022
In a nutshell: In my experience, Gorilla Bookings is trustworthy and provides good values for money. I enjoyed my trip a lot!

Extended version: Went on a solo trip for 5 days to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (gorilla tracking) and Lake Bunyonyi in September 2022. Sylvia and Justus of Gorilla Bookings always responded quickly and tailored the journey to my needs. Everything turned out as they said it would.

I have come to know Eli as a careful driver and great travel companion. He made me feel safe and comfortable. He also provided an internet hotspot whenever necessary.

I stayed two nights at Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and two nights at Bunyonyi View Resort. Both accomodations were rather basic and had wifi issues. If you are looking for a more luxury accomodation, it is probably a good idea to let Gorilla Bookings know in advance.

The gorillas roam freely, so the length of the gorilla hike can vary significantly. We walked for about an hour, then saw them up close - amazing!! The terrain can be steep, and I did not regret hiring a porter for the backpack.

At Bwindi, I took the opportunity to go on a community hike with a guide called Happy and a nature hike with a guide named Alan. Those additional activities were not included in Gorilla Booking‘s offer. I would recommend them, though. Each walk took about three hours.

Included in my trip was a two hour boat tour on Lake Bunyonyi. I wanted to extend that tour significantly, and Gorilla Bookings made it possible at an extra charge. The guide named Justus knew his way around the lake very well and provided tons of interesting information. He tailored the tour to my preferences, including visiting two islands, hiking to a viewpoint and some extended birdwatching.

Thanks a lot for the amazing trip! : )
Written September 12, 2022
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DSK2222
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Solo
Our guide Allan was wonderful - knowledgable, courteous and very attentive. He made every effort to ensure our needs were met and our trip was enjoyable. Gorilla Booking is able to create a comprehensive and well paced itinerary at a competitive price. I would highly recommend this company and if you get Allan you will have a highly memorable experience.
Written February 16, 2023
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Sjmbio
Flagstaff, AZ1 contribution
Jul 2022
We traveled with Gorilla Bookings (GB), and specifically with Jimmy as our guide and driver, in July 2022. Our primary objective was to encounter gorillas in the wild and we ultimately had two days of such encounters. Gorilla bookings set us up in perfect lodging and facilities all the way. Jimmy was a happy guy who was always positive, and we had a lot of laughs together on the trip; and he knows his birds quite well!
I highly recommend GB if you’re heading to gorilla country, and Uganda in general. You won’t be sorry. They know what they’re doing and they’re familiar with the ropes of travel in the region.

Also, I recommend, when you’re in the region, seeking out and spending a little bit of time with Batwa pygmies in the Bwindi region. We met an amazing young man, Luke Twinamasiko, in a village called Buhoma in the northern Bwindi area. He sole-handedly formed an organization called Green Mountain Initiative that is focused on : developing fresh water sources for the Buhoma community, a medical community for the local people, helping the desperately poor Batwa pygmies, supporting local elementary schools, and also incorporating ecological projects as part of his work.

This young man is so compassionate and driven with a purpose to help others and the Earth ecosystem in this life. You simply won’t find a finer human being on the earth than Luke. He will take you around his village to show you his projects, and to meet the Pygmies, and you will see that we need a lot more people in the world like him. It will add a tremendous diversity to your journey in Africa!!
Written October 6, 2022
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calgarygail
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
Feb 2022
Thankyou Justus for a wonderful 5 night, 6 day safari with Gorilla Bookings. You delivered on every promise and I really enjoyed the personal interactions you made possible with Ugandans, Thanks for dancing along with me with the Batwa People and arranging a visit with Alphonse, the Congolese Healer. These were Special moments I did not expect. Long road trips made enjoyable with great conversations.

I hired Gorilla Bookings, Justus, as well for a Mabamba Swamp Tour, and had my own private tour the day following my return from Bwindi.
Written March 3, 2022
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Sebastian
9 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We spent 3 nights and days in Uganda for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi. Gorilla Bookings organized the entire tour so amazingly, we always felt taken care of and appreciated. Special thanks go to our guide and driver Eli, he introduced us to his country with a warm heart. He drives safely, knows how to entertain you and can tell you everything about his country. He even spontaneously rearranged one accomodation place so that we had additional time to visit Lake Bunyonyi and also wouldn't have to rush to the airport on the last day. Also best wishes to his family which we met shortly. Only minus is we didn't spend more time with him!
Written September 24, 2022
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Edie C
Chicago, IL3 contributions
May 2021
We visited Uganda in May 2021 and used gorilla bookings for our gorilla trekking experience. There were 10 of us and we had a fantastic time. Charles and Moses picked up our group from Rakai and they were super accommodating about everything. Our drive to Bwindi was long but they never minded stopping for bathroom breaks or letting us take pictures. Charles stopped to buy the sweetest little bananas and shared them with our group and they were delicious. Justus was super responsive by email and very much willing to help get us what we needed. We also managed to schedule an extra trip into Queen Elizabeth National park and they took us there and helped us get back to entebbe for our flight. Our lodge accommodations had amazing food and they were also wonderful and very welcoming. All in all, it was a fantastic experience.
Written June 19, 2021
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Mao
1 contribution
Sep 2022
Justus and Silvia responded very quickly to our request to organize our stay and they concocted a tailor-made trip that immediately appealed to us on paper. Then the payment took place by Pesapal with a little hiccup in the first payment but perfect for the balance.
We met Justus and our guide Allan the day after our arrival (in the middle of the night).
Allan made us discover the National Parks, the animals, the birds, but also made us go through small roads in order to discover the real life in Uganda and bring us closer to the Ugandan population and in particular the children who are dear. to Allen.
We were able to see the "Big Fives" including the leopard twice and the lions in the trees, and lots of birds and of course the gorillas that you can almost touch so much they are ready and the trekks on foot for the rhinos.
We can say that we will never forget Allan and our stay will forever be etched in our hearts.
We warmly recommend Gorilla Bookings
Written October 8, 2022
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FamilienOlesen4
Koege, Denmark934 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Gorilla Booking

We have had a wonderful journey around Uganda with Gorilla Booking.

From the very beginning, Silvia from the office, has been very quick in responding to our inquiries, and so helpful in trying to meet all of our requests.

Once we arrived, we were greeted at Jero Farm with all the friendly people from the Company. What a great way to begin our journey.

Our guide, Allan, has done more to meet our needs than we could ever have expected. Through our many conversation, we have learned a lot about Uganda and it’s fantastic people.

We had a great encounter with a small group of chimpanses. Although there were many people, we still enjoyed the moments we had.

Our encounter with the Muyambi gorilla family was fantastic. Quite a tiresome hike, but well worth the effort.

Aside from the encounters with these magnificent creatures, we also had several fun and heartwarming moments with the local children, that will stay in our hearts forever. Despite the fact that they have so little to themselves, we were always greeted with big smiles and waving hands.

In regards to accommodation, we certainly appreciated Kibale Guest Cottages,
which had a nice small balcony outside each room and beautiful surrounding forest. Also the food was delicious here.

The next place, Ride 4 A Woman Hotel was a nice place that supports an important cause for woman. The people there were also very kind and accommodating.

However, the last place we stayed in, which was classified as mid-luxury, Bunyoni Lake Safaris, was anything but luxury. Back in 1994 when it was built, for sure the place must have been luxurious. But it seems to have not been maintained ever since, giving visitors a stay in run-down facilities.

Fortunately the staff, in particular Pleasure, the girl in the reception, were very kind and eager to meet our requests. So that made somewhat up for the run-down resort.

All in all we have had an unforgettable meeting with this beautiful country, thanks to a well planned trip by Gorilla Bookings. Can definitely be recommended!
Written August 27, 2022
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Anaïs G
2 contributions
Jan 2023
The beginning of the trip was perfect. Justus, the guide is the best guide, I really recommend ! I was a woman alone and I've never felt insecure. This experience is very expensive but it worth it !
The problem is that our car got a mechanical issue for the way back, so I return with another guide and his client. That why I have asked for a discount because it was not the same price to be alone or with someone. Moreover, it was supposed to be all inclusive and I had to buy my lunch and water on the return. I had at least one hour more of car because we had to enter Kampala to drop off the other client. I really think a discount was normal but no answer of the manager. It's really a shame to end things like that.
Written February 7, 2023
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Pennybiker
Mill Valley, CA17 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We had a great experience with Gorilla Bookings. Justus listened to what I wanted and put together an itinerary that was exactly what we asked for, not the standard tourist fair. He was attentive, patient and knowledgeable. Our guide, also called Justus, provided the history and cultural context during our drives between treks or events, and dealt will all the details with ease. They make a great team. We saw chimps, baboons, gorillas elephants, water buffalo, impala, worthless, and so much more. It was an amazing experience, and great value for the money. I'd highly recommend them.
Written July 25, 2022
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