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Churchill Safaris & Travel

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Kampala, Uganda
About Churchill Safaris & Travel
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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Janet D wrote a review Dec 2020
Naples, Florida46 contributions2 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: December 2020
united01 wrote a review Sep 2020
Nassington, United Kingdom210 contributions137 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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susanne wrote a review Feb 2020
Vienna, Austria5 contributions5 helpful votes
After my round trip last year, which was 11 days and much too short - I came back to Uganda. This time I didn't book at home, I booked directly at Churchill –a 21 day trip alone. First I did an inquiry on activities there, and then Brenda developed an itinerary for 21 days on the basis of my desires and possible routes. Very patiently answering to all my mails we had a great plan at the end including almost all of my ideas. My guide was again ISAAC SSERWADDA and he and BRENDA made this trip to be an extraordinary experience. Brenda's organization in advance was perfect, activities, lodges, routes - nothing to complain. During the trip Isaac was always around, attentively organizing, helping, explaining, fixing little issues at the vehicle........... - and driving safely. Though we often had a full schedule I never felt in a hurry I always could take my time to really experience all places we went to. We had several long drives and it was never boring or unpleasant - I learned a lot about landscape, culture, animals etc. He proved extreme patience e.g.- when I was searching for special stamps in Kampala ;o) or as I was sick one day. To refer to some issues often discussed in this context: • As a woman travelling alone, I felt safe – first guarded by my guide and second because of the mainly friendly people we met everywhere. • As a passenger in the vehicle I felt safe because my guide is an experienced, attentive and safe driver • Booking directly, without a European agency, the communication and the service provided left nothing to be desired. This was the organizational part of the trip. Referring to the places we visited, it is hard to name one of them as THE highlight. The hikes were marvelous. – the hiking guides are very experienced and attentive, informative and helpful. Volcanoes, Rwenzori, Sipi Falls – each of them very special - I would recommend them all – if one is fit enough. And If not, at least, hike up to the Top of Murchinson Falls instead of taking pictures from the boat and going back. We visited Kidepo, which is far to go but worth it in any case – different in climate, landscape, animals, plants and culture. Beside the NPs in general, the Rhino Sanctuary at Ziwa, the Chimp Habituation at Kibale were Highlights on the animals side. The landscape itself shows a lot of different plants – so even if no animals would show up – it would be impressive. Visit the museum in Kampala, to know more about history and culture as well as the perception of historical developments. The last day I met the people at the office, this was nice - to have the opportunity to get to know all the good spirits in the background. So maybe Uganda is the country where you can start to experience Africa and feeling safe. For sure Churchill as the responsible company, Brenda as my contact person at the office and Isaac as my guide have helped me, both times, to get the best out of the time available for these journeys. Thank you!
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Date of experience: January 2020
Blair W wrote a review Jan 2020
Cloverdale, Canada54 contributions22 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: January 2020
Jane Doe wrote a review Dec 2019
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I cannot recommend Churchill Safaris for customized safaris in Uganda. Yes, Brenda and Ether are very responsive to inquiries and answer emails very quickly. But the quality of the trip depends on the quality of the itinerary and the professionalism of the driver/guide. Both were lacking for my experience with Churchill Safaris. As most of the other reviewers, I had a customized itinerary. I wish that I would have given more information about whether to return from Rwanda or Uganda. Since I was in Western Uganda and nearer Kigali than Entebbe, I would have appreciated going home from Rwanda and not having to return to Entebbe. But this was not suggested and I believe it should have been suggested. I was not aware that this was a possibility since this was my first visit to this area. The suggested visit on the way back to Entebbe was a complete waste of time and prevented using Mburo National Park as the night’s accommodation which I would have preferred. I also would have preferred eliminating 2 stops that were included to break up the drives and spending an additional night at the National Park instead. The driver/guide did not inspect the Land Rover sufficiently before the trip and there were issues with the vehicle that could have been fixed easily before the trip. These were issues that affected the safety of the vehicle. He also was a careless driver who drove too fast on slick roads and even got us stuck for over an hour and risked the vehicle landing on its side. I really hesitated writing a negative review when Ether and Branda provide such wonderful support. But in the end, the itinerary and the driver/guide are what make or break the trip. I found both lacking with Churchill. There was also some pressure from the driver to submit an excellent review on TripAdviser.
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Date of experience: May 2019