This Tour Is Offered by Bamboo Ecotours
- Office In:
- 5-10 employees (Founded in 2012)
- Member Of:
- Association of Uganda Tour Operators
- Tour Types:
- Customizable private tours and fixed group tours
Bamboo Ecotours is a Ugandan social enterprise that was founded to promote tourism as a means to transform communities out of poverty. We link travelers to authentic wildlife, cultural and local experiences that directly benefit the traveler and the local communities.
Truly outstanding trip. Bamboo did an amazing job coordinating the logistics.
Hi. We had a very logistically challenged trip because of COVID and that my 14 year old needed a waiver to trek to the the gorillas. Bamboo EcoTours moved Heaven and earth to make it all happen - it it was truly the best service I have ever had.
Excellent from start to finish
We had a great experience and a wonderful trip with Bamboo Ecotours. They are professional, organized, responsive, and knowledgeable. We really appreciated that they're all locals and they can plan trips with a focus not just on the big attractions but also on local communities. We also felt that the package they put together for us was great value for the money. Edison, the founder, did a fantastic job communicating with us in the beginning, graciously answering all our questions and proactively providing helpful information to guide us toward the best trip for our goals and budget. We had Godfrey as our guide and driver, and we had a great time with him. He made sure we arrived safely and on time, while also adding a local's perspective and insider tips. We were delayed on our arrival due to poor weather, and both Edison and Godfrey communicated with us during the delay, helped us book last-minute accommodations, and stayed in touch with us through the whole delay. Traveling during COVID also added complexity and Bamboo helped us navigate all our requirements and some COVID-related changes that went into place just as we were starting our trip. There were many moving parts to our 11-day, multi-destination itinerary but the Bamboo team handled everything and we were able to focus on enjoying the trip. We highly recommend Bamboo Ecotours!
Excellent tour company, very accommodating
Communication with both Edison snd Herbert was excellent, far better than any other tour company. We had an amazing trip to Uganda, every step of the way Herbert was extremely accommodating and Edison planned an incredible itinerary even with our very limited budget. We had every experience we had hoped for and their suggestions and expertise were unparalleled.
The perfect way to discover Uganda
Me and my wife were travelling from Germany and were looking for a reliable tour operator in Uganda for a 12 day Uganda Wildlife trip. After a long search, we decided to get in touch with Bamboo Ecotours and we are so happy we did! Our first point of contact was Edison, who is running the communication: he answered our questions with a high reactivity and a perfect English (I stress this point because it has not always been the case for us in the past). We explained in a few sentences what we wanted to do and also were we needed minor adjustments to their displayed trip. In no time, did he get back to us with an amazingly done website where you find all the details: tours, stops, daily activities, accommodations (with pictures), meals provided... etc. That website itself answered 99% of our questions! We then continued our exchange as we needed to adjust a few details (such as the exact lodge names within the accommodation range selected: budget, medium, or luxurious) , and Edison was always very quick to react and advised us along the way with full transparency. Once we agreed on the full trip, with received the invoice that we had to pay. I have to say it was very intimidating for us to pay a couple of thousands of dollars to a bank account in Uganda... but we took a leap of faith and did it. I initially faced some issue with a bank transfer as Uganda uses Swift rather than IBAN, so my bank rejected the transfer at the last minute (although Edison told me other customers had no issues proceeding with their transfer). Luckily, Bamboo Ecotours also provide the possibility to make a credit card payment (Xpresspay) - unfortunately the company is charged some extra fees for that type of payment, but given our last minute transfer rejection, this is the only solution we had left. One reason they need an advance payment is because they have to book the permits (Gorilla, Chimpanzee...) in advance - these are non-refundable. In any case. we did not regret making the payment and booking our tour! Once we arrived at the Entebbe airport, we were received by our driver/guide Godfrey. He took us to our guesthouse in Entebbe and the trip started. I can't go through all the details of our trip, but I will confirm what the other reviews are saying: this is a lifetime experience! Incredibly friendly people, amazing accommodations, tasty food (we were offered a lot of diversity as vegetarians) and of course an unforgettable wildlife - this is truly the adventure we were looking for! Godfrey offered us amazing driving skills (the roads can sometimes be very bumpy!) as well as great knowledge as a local guide (culture, people, wildlife, customs, food...). In particular, when driving through big cities like Kampala, it is really helpful to have a someone that can drive ‘Ugandan style’
Don't hesitate and look no further.
This was a fantastic adventure. The 5 day gorillas and chimpanzee trekking safari was phenomenal and I highly recommend that you go with the option to take the river cruise. The accommodations were great and our driver Fred was a gem! Adding on the cruise and the chimpanzee trek really rounds out the trip nicely. Do not hesitate and look no further because these guys are responsive and will take care of you.
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$1,942 pp (USD)
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Mid-rangeLodge & Banda
You Visit: Kigali (Start), Bwindi NP (Gorillas), Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth NP), Queen Elizabeth NP, Kigali (End)