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Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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About Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris
Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris Ltd, a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, is one of the few accredited Tour Operator by the Uganda Ministry of Trade and Tourism. We have been in operation since 2005. We delight in providing the most affordable luxury, mid-range and low budget safaris & tour packages to individuals and small groups/ families without any discrimination. Our major purpose is that as many as possible will visit and enjoy the unique beauty of Uganda and Rwanda with a professional and knowledgeable tour guide, through a fast, honest and professional booking service, at the best affordable price possible. So, talk to us today! We will most likely be of more help than you expect - be it gorilla tracking safaris, Rwanda wildlife and game viewing safaris, chimpanzee tracking, and bird-watching packaged tours, culture, white-water rafting, mountain climbing, name it.
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Sarah L wrote a review Aug 12
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Ivan did an excellent job coordinating our trip and was very flexible through many changes due to Covid. He also was very accommodating to my dietary needs with our lodging locations. We had a trip of a lifetime and our guide Ahmed was incredible. We learned so much about Uganda and the wildlife from him and he navigated several bumps like my injured knee with care and kindness. Definitely recommend this tour company!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Travis wrote a review Aug 8
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We took a last-minute trip to Uganda in June 2022. Ivan helped arrange an amazing 9 day safari. Leaving by car from Kampala, we stopped at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Bwindi NP, and then flew back to Kampala. Our guide Kassim was extremely knowledgeable, a great driver, and a top-notch game spotter. He saw a leopard hidden in the brush that the car ahead of us missed, and we ended up spending 20 mins watching it stalk a Ugandan kob. A few highlights: Murchison Falls deserves to be in the same category as Victoria Falls, Niagara Falls, and Iceland's Gullfoss. We had the top of the falls to ourselves for 20 minutes and it was a magical experience. In Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth NPs, we saw the Big 5 and got tons of quality time with the animals. Some highlights included dozens of hippos/elephants on the Kazinga Channel and watching lions mate. In Kibale NP, the chimp tour was awesome. It was a nice intro to the gorilla tour that we took a few days later. But because it was a habituated group, we ended up getting closer to the chimps and they didn't run away from us. We did the four-hour habituation trip with the gorillas and it was spectacular. One of the most unique travel experiences one could imagine. Tough hiking but it paid off. Top five lifetime travel experience (up there with Antarctica and backcountry camping in Alaska). The one thing that we'd do differently is skip Ishasha (which both Ivan and Kassim warned us about in advance and we should have listened to them). Not sure it was worth the long drive on bad roads. But we wanted to see the tree-climbing lions. Thankfully, we had already gotten lucky and saw them near the Kazinga Channel. Some thoughts on hotels: The Enganzi Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP is a bit far from the main game drives. So that eats up some time. However, the rooms, views, and pool are incredible. I'd suggest bringing a packed lunch and not coming back to the hotel mid-day. The Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi is outstanding. Perfect views, helpful staff, and relaxing rooms. In sum, Uganda is a potential tourism juggernaut. Come for the primates, stay for the Big Five.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Aneirin W wrote a review Jul 2022
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We had a great trip in Uganda thanks to Ivan's organisation of our last-minute trip. He managed to ensure we had Gorilla tracking permits for my partners birthday, despite the request coming quite late. There must be a special mention for Richard, our tour guide, who clearly has a passion and enthusiasm for the wildlife/nature and Uganda as a whole. He could answer all of our questions and really did his very best to make sure we had as a memorable trip as possible, with nothing being too much hassle for him! For reference, our tour was: Day 1 Lake Mburo National Park & Game Drive - Saw plenty of animals, including zebra, giraffes, baboons, hippos and a number of different birds and antelopes. Accommodation – Eagle’s Nest; twin bed tents - very nice and great views over the national park Day 2 Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Accommodation – Gorilla Havens; double room with bathroom – nice place with great view of the forest. Day 3 Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - For us, the main event. Opted for the longest walk possible to make the most of our visit. Ended up in the medium group (as nobody else wanted the longer walks). Magical time tracking the gorillas and they didn't seem too bothered that we were watching them. Accommodation – Gorilla Havens Day 4 Game Drive (Ishasha) & Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) - With only one Lioness here, we weren't optimistic of seeing her, but managed to see her sleeping up in a tree. Also saw a Hyena guarding a kill from the surrounding vultures, which was quite the experience! Accommodation – Bush Lodge; double bed tent – our favourite accommodation of the trip. Amazing camp next to the water with open, outdoor dining space. Can hear the hippos whilst lying in bed. After dark, you have to be guided to your tent, which we thought was a bit odd, but after seeing a hippo walk through the camp on our second evening there, we fully understood. Little/no risk to the residents as it is very well managed to allow nature to carry on their lives in a respectful way to each other. Day 5 Game Drive QENP & Community Boat Safari in Kazinga Channel & Chimp Tracking in Kyambura Gorge - very busy but exciting day. Accommodation – Bush Lodge Day 6 Drive to Kampala (stop at Equator again). Overall, we had a great trip and made so many new memories that we will ever forget! I really recommend booking with Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris as Ivan was very responsive and managed to arrange everything in line with our requests, and Richard did an amazing job to make sure our trip was as memorable as could be! Thank you guys!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Ivy G wrote a review Jun 2022
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It was perfectly organized by Ivan. Ahmed, our driver/guide, drove us in a safe and professional way and saw to it, that every check-in and check-out at the lodges was made easy for us three. Also his knowledge of your country is above average. Your overnight suggestions in the lodges Mihingo, Crater Lake and Paraa Lodge was ideal. Each place had ist charm, pleasant staff and faboulous views. We were also surpprised by the variety of animals and birds. The chimpanzee trek in the Kiblae NP was extraordinary. We admired that beautiful, green countryside and the friendly people of Uganda. Age will not permit us to visit your country again but rest assured that we will highly recommend Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris thereby pointing out what great jobs you Ivan and Ahmed did. Thank you very much.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Lucy wrote a review Jun 2022
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What an amazing trip! I can’t say enough about the experience we had! My son and I did the 4 day gorilla trek, absolutely unbelievable experience! The following day I saw the golden monkeys and my son hiked the volcano, we were both so happy with our choices. My son went on to do a safari and see Murchison Falls. Eric our guide was perfect! He took such great care of us and was super knowledgeable and helpful, could not ask for more! I was so grateful my son was able to continue the trip with him. I’ve been raving about our trip to everyone since coming back. Hopefully going back someday!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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