Churchill Safaris & Travel
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Churchill Safaris is a leading provider of tailored and group safaris across Uganda and Rwanda. Focusing on individuals, families, and small groups we can cater to any client, providing in-depth product knowledge and personalized service. We have spent over 15 years designing unique Uganda gorilla safaris, Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, & chimpanzee safaris, Culture safaris, Home stay safaris
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Nadine W
Vancouver, British Columbia9 contributions
Jun 2022
I booked a customized trip for Kigali, Rwanda, and a gorilla trek with Churchill for a 2020 trip. This obviously couldn't occur and since it was a non-refundable deposit, it kept getting pushed back. When I finally re-arranged the trip for June 2022, Ether at Churchill helped with all the plans. Coincidentally, the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference was happening while I was there and hotel costs skyrocketed. Churchill paid the difference for the cost I was initially quoted.
That's exceptional as it was more than USD $100 difference per night.

One thing I didn't like was that after I made final payment, despite asking for an invoice showing there was a zero balance, I didn't receive one. This was an issue at the hotel as they were having some issues confirming payment was made. I had nothing to show them it was. Eventually, however, they were able to confirm. Upon return from my trip, I did ask for the final invoice again for my records, however I have received nothing to date.

All that said, the absolute best thing about this experience with Churchill was my guide, Joe. I would recommend him to anyone and I do actually look forward to doing another trip with him one day. He was absolutely pleasant, accommodating, informed, fun, and extremely personable. I felt like he became a friend in that short time. His contact information is below.

Rutayisire Joseph (Joe)
Tel :+250 788 502 055
:+250 722 502 055
UG:+256 785 185 510
Written July 4, 2022
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diane g
2 contributions
Aug 2022
Churchill Safaris took our group of 20 through the entire southwest part of Uganda. It was an 8 day trip of American solo travelers. It was my first time to Africa, and it was nothing short of amazing! We had 4 drivers - Joseph, Ruben, Martin, and Charles . These 4 men took care of every aspect of our trip - from driving over the crazy roads, to pointing out animals on our game drives, to always making sure we had fresh water, to carrying luggage at the resorts,and more . Amazing just doesn't cover it. We went to a Chimpanzee sanctuary and saw them in the wild. The main reason for our trip was to see the mountain gorillas in the wild. This has been on my bucket list for 30+ years, and I wasn't disappointed. Everything went smoothly, and Churchill took excellent care of us.
Written August 31, 2022
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Curiosity2021
Paris, France5 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
I booked a trip with Churchill and absolutely loved it. The organisation was great, our guide Isaac was very knowledgeable, polite, took a lot of time to explain particularities of the local culture and history. We staid in some amazing lodges, great food and the day was full of different activities. We could also adapt the day if we were tired.
One of the lodges we staid 2 nights is priced at 350 dollars per night on internet, so you see where the trip money is spent.
Despite the pandemic, the trip was great and I recommend traveling this summer. There are very few tourists, it s very calm and a great place for holidays
Written July 15, 2021
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Dagmar L
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Jul 2021
I booked a customized 2-week trip to Uganda through Churchill Safaris & Travel. The agency created a customized iteneary for me, based on my budget, and I always knew where I would be staying and what activities I would be doing on any given day. My driver and guide, Charles, was phenomenal. He was very experienced, drove safe, and could tell me a lot about the country, culture, and the various animals that we encountered. All the lodges and accomodations that I stayed at were very clean, had very friendly staff, and many of them were in great locations with beautiful views. Even during COVID, I always felt very safe and comofrtable traveling through the country. I saw a wide range of animals (giraffes, zebras, rhinos, hippos, lions, leopards, elephants, chimpanzees, gorillas, and various antelopes, buffalos, monkeys and birds). I would highly recommend visiting Uganda and booking your trip through Churchill Safaris & Travel!!
Written August 6, 2021
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KristenC
2 contributions
Sep 2021
I booked a 9 day safari with Churchill. I went to Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi.

The trip exceeded my expectations! I saw a lot more animals and learned a lot more information from my guide than I expected. My guide, Isaac, was very knowledgeable not only about wildlife but Uganda’s history, geography, economy, and culture. I never felt bored since I was constantly learning something on the drives. Isaac is also very good at finding animals. He would spot animals from very far away. Even if we were leaving or entering a destination, he would stop for me to take pictures and talk about the sights. In addition to animals, Isaac would stop to discuss various cultural or natural scenarios. For example, he stopped where there was a brick oven to discuss how bricks are made.

Ether set everything up for me with short notice. I was happy to have accommodations the night of arrival and transportation from the airport. Everyday of the trip, I would chat with my guide about the program the next day so I always knew what to expect. I enjoyed all of the accommodations too. Each one had nice rooms that fit the environment.

Finally, I was nervous to go on this trip solo but I never felt unsafe!
Written September 16, 2021
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united01
Nassington, UK220 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a late review for a number of reasons but nevertheless we took a tour that was arranged via a UK travel company with these guys in March 2020. I can only give praise to the fantastic driver and guide we had to transport us around for 10 days.
He was enthusiastic, attentive, caring friendly and informative from beginning to end.
If he set the standard for this company in terms of service and other driver/guides live up to it then you can't go wrong using this company.
Written September 16, 2020
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Janet D
Naples, FL50 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
We decided to use Churchill safaris because of their experienced guides and great safari trucks. Here's my advice in looking for a tour company. Are they listed with the tourism association, do they have their own vehicle that are actually safari truck where the tops open? We chose Churchill for the above reasons. The main office was in contact with us through out our entire trip. We had Joe in Rwanda, and Joseph in Uganda. We did gorilla treks in both countries ( they were both very different) golden monkeys trek in Rwanda, then off to Uganda for Safaris's and chimpanzee treks, birding treks. All went off well. I highly recommend this company. Feel free to email me directly if you have any specific questions
Jdyer1960@yahoo.com
Written December 13, 2020
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Blair W
Cloverdale, Canada59 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Completed our tour with Churchill Safaris a week ago. Our day with the gorillas was probably #1 in my experiences travelling. And I thought my trip to the Serengeti 3 years ago was impossible to surpass. Communications with Ether and Brenda during the planning stage for our tour were great and alrequired changes were handled quickly and efficiently. Our guide Isaac was a delight. His knowledge of Uganda wildlife, culture and history was impressive. The Serena Kigali was a beautiful hotel. The Mahogany Springs Lodge in Bwindi was a 3 star but that's pretty good in a country as poor as Uganda is and out in the jungle to boot. The staff were EXCELLENT! And a couple of nice perks were free laundry (4 items), cleaning our hiking boots after our trek, and a free first beer at dinner. Mweya Lodge was great in Queen Elizabeth park and is probably a 4 Star. We stayed in tent #22 and it was great. The view of the channel was spectacular and had warthogs and hippos grazing on our front yard.

And the gorilla trek....AMAZING!!!

Anyway, I highly recommend Churchill Safaris
Written January 21, 2020
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Marbles999
Deal, UK143 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic trip to Uganda and Rwanda with Churchill Safaris, we can’t recommend the Countries and Churchills highly enough.

We arrived at Entebbe to be met by our lovely guide Brighton. Due to the time of the flight, we went straight to our hotel, Cassia Lodge, for one night. The hotel was very good with an outdoor restaurant which had great views over the surrounding countryside.

Brighton recommended an early start in order to avoid Kampala traffic, then on to Murchison Falls via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. It is wonderful to see these great creatures being re-introduced to Uganda and the staff at the Sanctuary are certainly making sure they are getting all the help they need to re-establish themselves. A very enjoyable visit.
At Murchison Falls national Park our lodge was the Pakubu Game Lodge a really excellent well located lodge.An early morning game drive with so much variety was fantastic. We’ve both been on safari’s in other parts of Africa before and this was already on a par with any of those including Kenya. In the afternoon we had a boat trip to see the falls from the river, although torrential rain didn’t help the photos any.
The next day we traveled to Hoima for the night to break up a potentially long journey on a rough road. We stayed at the Cultural Centre there in very good rooms. We also had a walk round the town with a member of staff for a couple of hours, which was very interesting and we got chance to ask loads of questions about local life, visiting the market on the way back.

Continuing on to Kibale forest for a two-night stay in Kibale Guest Cottages. Good accommodation in a peaceful location with great food. Next day was our chimpanzee trek, following an early morning briefing we set followed our guide in search of our allotted group. After a while and a couple of false alarms, we heard them and then had our first sighting. This was a wonderful experience and surprisingly we got some exceptionally good photos.
In the afternoon we went to Bigodi wetland sanctuary which is a community project with a wonderful range of birds and monkeys, it was well worth the visit.

Travelling on to Queen Elizabeth National Park and our accommodation in Kasenyi Safari Camp. These are en-suite tents with balconies and loads of space. The animals come and go through the camp and guards accompany people through the grounds to the restaurant and bar after dark. The owner, a keen photographer, has a Facebook page where you can keep up with the progress of some of the animals.
Great game drives here and also a very interesting boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, the range of birds alone was phenomenal, also the sheer quantity of hippos.

Continuing our journey towards Bwindi, we had a night in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha southern sector. Our accommodation was a lodge called At The River, which was made up of buildings on stilts built on a river bank. A lovely peaceful place with some beautiful birds coming quite close to the rooms.

Bwindi - Our lodge was the Silverback Lodge, a really lovely place with very friendly staff who couldn’t do enough for us. The next morning, we drove to Bwindi headquarters and were allocated our gorilla group and fully briefed. We were accompanied by guides, guards and porters; we would not have managed without porters as our cameras are quite heavy and you need to carry / wear waterproofs and your lunch. The group we were tracking were one of the more active groups and lived on the higher ground, however we were able to start directly from headquarters, which is about at about 4800 feet and climbed via a zig-zag track to about 6000 ft., where we met the trackers who had already located our group. We then left our porters with all our belongings, apart from cameras, and proceeded through some very thick foliage to find our group, which consisted of a Silverback, several females and at least one baby; they were a fantastic sight to see and everything we’d hoped for, they came so close to us we were really surprised. They stayed close by, so we were able to spend a full hour watching and photographing them. All too soon the hour was over and we proceeded some distance from the gorillas before stopping for lunch and then descending to collect our certificates and get back to the hotel for a shower and a well-deserved beer.

The next day we travelling on to Bunyonyl, our accommodation was the Arcadia cottages, with excellent views of the lake and islands. We had an interesting boat trip on the Lake, visiting a former leper colony on one of the islands which is now a school. The bird life was once again so varied that it was hard to write down all the new species we had seen.

We then headed off to Rwanda and after a fairly reasonable border crossing we Immediately noticed a difference in the countryside; there were far more people around and the houses were a lot closer together. Our accommodation was la Bamboo Lodge at the Volcanos National Park. This hotel is at quite an altitude and it can get very cold in the evenings, however they have lovely log fires, not only in the public areas but also in the rooms. They also have hot water bottles, which they put in the beds at night.

Our second gorilla trek. Following a drive into the park, we were briefed and introduced to our guides and the other trekkers. The gorilla family we had been allocated to were a “medium” difficulty to reach and we managed to drive for about half an hour, starting our trek from 6300 ft. Firstly we walked through farmland and then on to tracks through the bamboo. It was very muddy underfoot and we needed a surprising amount of help from our porters, despite wearing good walking boots etc., it was still exceptionally slippery underfoot. After about 2.5 hours and climbing to 9000 ft, we found the trackers for our group and once again left our gear with the porters, proceeding with nothing but cameras until we spotted out first gorilla. This group had a silverback, a blackback, four females and a baby and once again, came very close to us without bothering at all. The silverback charged right past us beating his chest, which we managed to get on film and he then proceeded to mate right in front of us. The foliage made photography easy and we were able to use our long lenses to get some really good, close up pictures. We spent just over an hour with this delightful family before reluctantly leaving.

We then travelled to Lake Kivu and stayed in the beautifully located Hotel Paradise for a couple of nights before saying goodbye to Brighton and returning to Entebbe for one night.

Tips –
• We both have Canon 6d cameras and were very pleased we took 100-400 lenses, which we kept these on most of the time and got some excellent photos, especially birds, but we also managed some excellent close ups of gorillas. We also took 24-105 lenses.
• Polystyrene filled bean bags to use as camera rests were worth their weight in gold. They supported the cameras while taking pictures through the open top of our Landcruiser.
• Earplugs to keep out the sound of rain on the odd noisy roof. Also some of the early birds, calls to prayer and late evening church services. Noise wasn’t a problem at all, but plugs are worth taking if you’re sensitive to it.
• Take a trekking pole, there are wooden ones at the parks and hotels, but if you have your own they’d be a lot easier to use and less likely to wrap round the foliage.
• Don’t bother with gaiters when trekking. Mud washes off and you’ll get too hot in gaiters.
• Do get an East African Tourist Visa – it saves time at borders and more importantly saves money.
• Do take your guides advice on starting times etc., they want early starts for a reason, such as to avoid traffic or make the most of game viewing opportunities. We met people who were dictating their own agendas and consequently were missing the best of their opportunity.
Written February 3, 2016
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Angie B
Charleston, SC84 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
First, it was in May 2014, sorry for being so late!
I did EXTENSIVE research on finding a company that I felt good about traveling by myself. There were many solo females who used Churchill and said they felt safe and had an amazing time.
All true!!!
The owner Ether, was amazing. She would answer all my questions promptly and was always so friendly and courteous.
My guide was Isaac, he was very knowledgeable about the area and especially the species of birds. He was constantly on the lookout for animals and spent as much time as I wanted, never rushing me.
The lodges you stay in are very nice with amazing staff, I felt completely safe.
I went on a safari to see the gorillas, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura Gorge, and a river cruise on Kazinga Channel. If you go on the river cruise, sit on the left side of the boat, better view of the animals (tip from my guide ). I got to see an elephant cross the street, my guide stopped b/c he said the elephant was close to the road and it may cross.....and it did. Isaac was terrific!
If you go on the gorilla trek... PLEASE hire a porter!!! Even if you know you can carry your own backpack. This is local employment, people line up early in the morning at the park looking to be hired as a porter. They help us along the paths too. They charge $10 -15 dollars, but I paid $30-40. Ugandas unemployment is over 80%..... so please help when you can! Depending on the number of days in your safari.... i recommend tipping your guide, $15-20/day....I can't say enough wonderful things about this company, they came up with a great itinerary & was on time.... payment transaction was smooth with no problems. *gorilla permits are reduced to $350 in April & May. It rained once & lasted less an a minute. It was not hot or humid in May either.... couple of times it was cold!!
This is a company you can feel safe with and trust.
Written July 20, 2015
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Thank you very much for this wonderful and informative feedback. I believe our visitors will find it helpful. Churchill Safaris is delighted to know that you had a wonderful experience on your safari to The Pearl of Africa. Ether and the Churchill team would like to thank you again for choosing Churchill Safaris as your Tour Operator and we hope to serve again. And yes, well as all our guides are experienced, we are more than willing to give you Isaac as your guide/driver again. Regards.
Written July 22, 2015
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