Great itinerary and lodging with spectacular views
I chose the 5-Day Kibale Chimps & Bwindi Gorilla Trek Uganda Safari for the second leg of my African vacation. Communication during planning was excellent. On the day I arrived in Entebbe, we were going to leave directly from the airport to start the safari. The guide was late. I called him since I had been given the number, and he seemed annoyed, asking me if I had called his boss. He said he had been told that I would arrive at 6:30, when in fact it was 6. Getting through customs was easy, so I had to wait for about 30 minutes. We got on our way in any case. I had just came off a great trip in Kenya, and I found this guide to be a bit closed off. We didn't really talk much, even over lunch.
When we arrived at the first lodge, Isunga, he just dropped me off and said he would see me at breakfast. I guess the guides don't eat with the guests at this place, but I had some of my best moments on the previous safari hanging out with my guides and it would have been nice to spend a little more time with a local resident. The experiences on the treks were incredible. I would only suggest that they remove the "game drive" wording from the description regarding the passage through Ishasha. Passing through the park on the main road to Congo doesn't really constitute a game drive. The scenery in the mountains is simply incredible. My guide was opening up a bit by now (on our 3rd day together) and telling me about the crops, markets, and some of the land owners in the area. The Bakiga Lodge was beautiful, and I appreciated the briefing about their conservation and rainwater harvesting efforts to benefit the community. I was able to have meals with my guide here, and we were able to start having cordial conversations.
We had a couple of misunderstandings, but I think we had everything worked out by the end of my trip.