Grassrootz Adventures Uganda

Grassrootz Adventures Uganda

Grassrootz Adventures Uganda
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City ToursMulti-day ToursRiver Rafting & TubingSafarisNature & Wildlife Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Grassrootz Adventures offers unique safaris, round trips and expeditions in Uganda. With Grassrootz Adventures you will experience the real Uganda by meeting many different tribes with their different cultural habits and traditions, you will have a truly Ugandan Experience!
Kampala, Uganda
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Peter
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Communication with the organizer fast, immediate answers, quick action, helpfulness, striving for absolute client satisfaction and meeting any requirements. Any expected and unexpected objective changes in the travel program solved immediately and without the slightest problems. Maximum professional approach. The guide, Paul, casually communicative, with many years of experience accompanying tourists. It solves any unexpected problems immediately without any limited or disrupted client comfort.
Visiting and traveling around Uganda is safe and hassle under the auspices of GRASSROOTZ. The trip met expectations, we visited and saw everything we planned.The advantage of GRASSROOTZ is that it has an office in Europe, so you can pay in euros to a bank account in the Netherlands. (Europeans do not lose unnecessary bank fees, which can reach 10% of the total price).
If you are considering a trip to Uganda, (and want to experience gorillas and chimpanzees really up close, and many other animals, unadulterated local villages, and beautifully diverse living environment), and you do not want to have any problems, agree with GRASSROOTZ as soon as possible!
Warning! Don't forget to notice that all transfers between parks are quite time consuming, it gets up every day at 5:30 or 6:30, it's quite hot in the Entebbe area (36-38st C),it's cold again in the mountains (12-16s tC). Customize your program if you can, plan it for as many days as possible ... (8 days is the minimum, I recommend 10).
Written January 10, 2021
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Doug
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
We are an older couple visiting our son and his family who live and work in Kampala. We will be here for several months so we expect to take several short excursions around Uganda while we’re here. I researched tour companies, selected what I believed to be the five best suited to provide what we wanted, and I contacted them, asking for itinerary proposals. Of the five Grassrootz was by far the most responsive and professional, and their representative here in Kampala, Anne, provided us with exactly what we wanted at a very competitive price. Although they were not the least expensive, I felt they were definitely the most professional, and I was confident in my choice.

Our first excursion included my wife and me plus our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. We did a five day trip to Murchison Falls with Moses as our driver and guide. We were booked at the Murchison River Lodge which we found to be adequate to our needs, but not luxurious. It was quite acceptable. During our stay we did two game drives, a guided game walk, river cruises both upstream to the falls and downstream to the delta, and a drive to the top of the falls.

Although we were very happy with Grassrootz overall I have given them only four stars instead of five for what we felt was one shortcoming in their service. It is true that due to Covid 19 tourism in Uganda has been severely impacted, and lodges and services are only now recovering. As a result we felt that Grassrootz was not quite on top of the situation existing at Murchison Falls which impacted our overall experience. Highway and bridge construction through the park has seriously limited access to the game tracks north of the river, and the river is at perpetual flood stage due to a disastrous water management project. Bridge construction combined with discontinuation of ferry service due to flooding severely limited our ability to do game drives at optimal times as our lodge was on the south bank of the river. The flooding of the river has not only closed the hiking trail from the base to the top of the falls, but it has completely drowned the delta causing much of the birdlife that was there to relocate. I will reserve comment on these joint Chinese/Ugandan projects other than to say that I fear for the future of the park. In any case, I believe Grassrootz should have been more aware of the situation at Murchison, and they should have provided us with this information ahead of time.

In spite of this I continue to have confidence in Anne, and I look forward to working with her in planning more short excursions in Uganda during our prolonged stay. She has already given us a proposal for a trip to Lake Mburo and Kibale which we expect to do next. I believe Grassrootz is a five star operation with quality people, so I will continue to utilize their services, and I will write off our experience at Murchison Falls as just one more casualty of the Covid pandemic. It pains me to be their first review of less than five stars, but I want to be honest.
Written May 9, 2021
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Rob B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Uganda 2020,
What a wonderful 22 days 21 nights trip true the pearl of Africa organized by Zander from Grasrootz Adventure Uganda! Normally we would prefer to organize our trips by our self but for our first time to Africa we decided to get in contact with Grassrootz and after a short phone call we quickly decided that this would be the perfect agency to work with!
Sander and Moses our guide did a wonderful job. Before our departure to Uganda we had lots of contact with zander about our trip to personalize it as good as possible. (good to know we booked the Budget trip to Uganda) After receiving a few different schedules we confirmed our trip and we were good to go.
We started the first day in Entebbe in our guesthouse and started from there our trip to the breath-taking mountain gorillas.(what’s totally worth the permit price!) which was followed by a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see our first elephants and lions, a 3 day trek true one of the most beautiful mountains of the world ‘the Rwenzori mountains’ witch was one of the highlights of our trip.
After a long drive we arrived in Murchison falls where we saw lots of animals and especially many birds flying around. And as a cherry on a pie we had a boat trip over the Nile and hiked to the top of the falls to see the million litres of water running true the rocks as once thought to be the source of the Nile! And after this national park we travelled 12 hours to the north-east to Kidepo valley national park. This is all what U expect from Africa. It was for us the most beautiful national park. The wide stretched savanna’s with the biggest herds of buffalo’s in Uganda and lots of critical endangered vultures to see gave us Goosebumps and makes U feel part of nature again.
We ended our trip by driving to the south-east with a few stop overs at local tribes to see their habits and way of living it was quite interesting to see the difference with our western life! After 2 days of traveling with a night in Moroto we arrived in the Sipi to visit the famous falls and do the interesting coffee tour provided by the son of a coffee farmer. Its quite an experience to see how dedicated these people are to grow one of the best coffee’s in the world.
After this area we spend 2 days in Jinja to relax close to the Nile to recover from our busy but wonderful trip with Grassrootz. And although we booked a budget tour it felt like a trip in heaven with perfect chosen lodges with felt FAR from budged with extraordinary meals and amazing people.

Sander u did an amazing job, thank u very much for this experience!
Written January 31, 2020
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Beat
Illnau, Switzerland193 contributions
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Feb 2020
We booked a 14 day safari tour with Grassrootz Uganda and all our expectations were met or even exceeded!

During the planning phase the communication with Sander worked very well and at the end we received a tailor made, detailed itinerary nicely prepared on the internet.

Our destinations: Start in Entebbe and then, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park, Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mutanda, Lake Mburo National Park.
It was a completely successful tour with highlights every day and our driver/guide Moses was always helpful, friendly and competent.

I can fully recommend Grassrootz. We got a great trip for a fair price!
Written March 7, 2020
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Jenny J
Melbourne, FL18 contributions
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Dec 2019
Our trip to Uganda was to celebrate my 60th birthday with my husband and son. Prior to leaving I was a little anxious, not really knowing what to expect. On arrival we never looked back. The trip exceeded all expectations in every way. The 14 day Itinerary Sander put together for us was nothing short of brilliant. Our driver Bob Magezi, what can we say, absolutely the best and so passionate and knowledgeable about what he does. Always going that extra mile to give us a wonderful experience. It was Bob who suggested we do the Lion tracking experience at Queen Elizabeth which we would all highly recommend. We were so keen to see a Hippo grazing in the evening around the Murchison Lodge that one of the workers came to our lodge after we had gone to bed to tell us he had found two.
We would all highly recommend doing the habituation program to see the Gorillas, as suggested by Sander. So worth the extra cost with the money going to a good cause. The time we had with these special primates is an unforgettable and unique experience. We travel extensively and can honestly say this trip is the best EVER. Uganda holds a piece of our hearts, a truly special place filled with beautiful people. Look no further than Grassrootz if you are planning a trip to Uganda. Sander was always professional and so prompt to reply to any questions or queries we had and was only too willing to help in any way possible, including, in conjunction with my husband, a birthday cake at Bwindi for my actual birthday. A birthday I don’t think I will ever be able to top. Thank you Sander and Bob for the most amazing holiday EVER! You just can’t beat nature!
Written January 28, 2020
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Hi Jenny, thank you SOOO much for all these kind words! It gives us so much more motivation to create such experiences for future visitors, it has been great working with you and Greg. I loved the process how we created the perfect holiday for you and your family. Warmest regards from the Grassrootz Team!
Written January 29, 2020
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D1boyle
Pleasanton, CA39 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Solo
My amazing 3 day trip to see the gorillas at Bwindi National Park would not have been the same without my wonderful tour guide Emmy Twesiime from Grassrootz Adventures. I am a single traveler in my late 50’s and Emmy ensured every aspect of my trip was safe, fun, interesting and a lifetime memory. He explained the money exchange process, the traffic system, the lodge experience and how we would interact with the gorillas.
He knew about the flora and fauna and other animals that I would also see, and pointed out things along our route that I might find interesting. He navigated muddy, rocky roads with ease, and kept me supplied with fresh water and drinks. He also suggested other places in Kampala and Uganda to visit during my stay. My only regret is that I had not booked my entire journey through Uganda with Grassroots so that I could have kept Emmy as my driver.
Oh, and the Gorillas were amazing too!! Truly a trip of a lifetime.
Written February 2, 2020
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Querine v
Weert, The Netherlands5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Due to the Covid situation we had to divert our vacation to a new destination. We did not have a great deal of time to prepare. We were on vacation in Uganda for 19 days and our guide was Emmy. Emmy is awesome! He is very knowledgeable, is prompt, prepared, has a great eye for spotting wildlife, knows his birds and other species and is very accommodating. He has a very calm and pleasant personality and knows his way around Uganda. He is also a technical whizz which makes it unlikely that you get stuck with a broken jeep.
Sander put our trip together and had to put up with me asking and changing things around. I like to know about a country I visit and read a lot about the destination so I know what I want to add or take out. Sander was very patient and answered quickly and his enthusiasm of Uganda is really contagious!
For us this was truly a once in a lifetime experience and the guide has such big part of how you experience Uganda. Emmy kept saying we were really lucky with the things that we saw and experienced, and he saw some things that he had never seen before so that was also fun for us. But we were truly lucky to have Emmy as our guide.
I would recommend him to serious birdwatchers, people who want to truly experience Uganda or who want great game drives. For people who are less interested in these things can easily use a different guide and leave Emmy for people who can truly appreciate him and what he has to offer.
Emmy works magic.
I would recommend Grassrootz wholeheartedly!
Written August 13, 2021
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Cat W
Stuttgart, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We made a last minute decision to go to Uganda with Grassrootz, and it turned out to be one of the best travel decisions.

We were their first guests after a 9 month lockdown!

Sander from Grassrootz worked out a round trip plan with me in just 2 days! He was very responsive and patiently answered all my questions. And I had a lot questions, I mean, a lot. He guaranteed to get gorilla permits for the sector as we wanted, in just 1 day!!! And everything I requested, he made it happen!

David Otto, assigned from Sander’s team as our guide and driver, was such a beautiful and gentle soul! Without him, we wouldn’t have seen the wonderful side of Ugandans. He set a great image for Uganda, and for Grassrootz.

David always looked fresh, sharp, and chill.
He wore a mask and changed it everyday, disinfected his hands frequently (He took way better Covid precautions than most people from western countries)
He was humble, always ready to help, very accommodating to our requests and flexible with changes of plans. We just loved his personality.
He respected our privacy.
And he was such an excellent and responsive 4*4 driver! He never used navigation and always managed to find the way.
I believe we started our trip with David the guide, but ended it with David the friend.

David and Sander made our experience exceed our expectations.

We were pretty much always the only tourists the entire trip! That was certainly very special.

And people there just melted my heart. Everyone was sweet, polite, and ready to help. They showed sincere appreciation and joy after receiving tips. The 9 month lockdown must have been devastating for many but everyone presented great resilience.

It was our first trip to Uganda, it certainly was not the last. See you soon again, Uganda.
Written December 22, 2020
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John
Oro Valley, AZ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Zander put together an excellent safari (7 days 6 nights) to add on to a visit with our daughter who is teaching in Jinja.

Moses our driver met us at the school and drove us to 3 different lodges. We went to Murchinson Falls National Park and loved the Murchison River Lodge directly on the Nile. Having hippos wander the grounds at night is quite amazing. Do take the extra hike to the top of the falls. It is strenuous but worth the prize.

Then a long drive to Kidepo Valley National Park. Zander recommended a 3 night stay which was the correct call after the long drive. Kipedo is stunning and was not crowded at all. Worth the long drive to see a different type of park and more of the Ugandan countryside and villages. Spent 3 hours sitting on the porch at Kidepo Savannah Lodge using binoculars to watch elephants cross into the park from South Sudan in the distance. Not something everyone can say they have done!! We enjoyed the game drives particularly the afternoon drive which had us out for sunset. The walking safari with a Kidepo park ranger a highlight. Incredible to be walking through the grass with antelopes, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and warthogs all around.

Finally a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Amuka Lodge. Hard to describe what it is like to be only 20 yards from a rhino in the wild with only some brush separating us from 3 rhinos.

Our driver Moses did a great job, always explained our day, reminded us when to get packed lunches from the lodges and answered questions as they came up. He dropped us off at Entebbe Airport with plenty of time to catch our flight.
Written January 25, 2020
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Hello John, thank you so much for these kind words. we hope to welcome you and your family again one day to show you the rest of Uganda!
Written January 29, 2020
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ljturco
Mebane, NC247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We spent three weeks in Uganda in June, going on safari and primate tracking with Grassrootz. We had an absolutely fantastic experience and could not have been happier with our tour company. From the very first email exchange, Sander was immediately responsive, and he put together the perfect itinerary for us. He worked with me on every little change and update I requested. Our guide / driver, David Otto was superb! He is such a calm, patient, kind, and knowledgeable person, and he handled all the logistics flawlessly. He had friends, colleagues, and connections at every one of the parks/lodges/venues, and delivered on everything we asked for. Thank you, Grassrootz, for a trip of a life-time! We will never forget our amazing trip or you guys.
Written June 22, 2021
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