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Birgit   –  
Austria AT
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Aug 10, 2023

Email Birgit  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Unforgettable and unique!
5/5

I booked a 9 day Custom Tour Uganda in July with my husband and 4 children, including gorilla and chimpanzee trekking.
It was our first visit to East Africa and in Home to Africa I found a reliable and trustworthy agency that was very competent and helpful in all aspects. From the first email until the last day of our safari tour, everything was perfectly planned and organized.
The trip was tailored to our needs and desires, and a varied program was proposed to us that suited all family participants.
We chose simple accommodations and we were not disappointed: all lodges and bush camps were very clean, had friendly staff and excellent food. They provided good WLAN in the reception area and the showers worked perfectly.
We are totally impressed by the beautiful nature and the diverse wildlife. Now we understand why Uganda is called "The pearl of Africa". We never thought that we would be able to experience all the animals so close.

Thanks to Moses, our drivingguide, we could experience unforgettable moments and he made sure we saw the big 5 and much more.... Moses is a very experienced, respectful driver. He has a good knowledge of his country and the animals and is extremely patient. He always tried to make our stay as pleasant as possible.

Looking back I can say:
-Travelling is easier than expected and completely uncomplicated- even with children
-there is enough water to buy everywhere
-the fruits and vegetables along the streets are wonderful
-it is recommended to try typical food of the country
-You can change the local currency at the ATMs without any problems and you don't have to take dollars or euros with you.
-face masks are obligatory for the gorilla trek and gloves for the rainforest are highly recommended
-you can buy everything if your luggage does not arrive or got. lost, and the driving guides know where...
-Home to Africa is absolutely a good choice and will make your vacation unforgettable!!!

Timo   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Aug 6, 2023

Email Timo  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Perfect organized tour with very friendly and competent tour guides
5/5

My wife and myself would like to share our incredible travel experience in Rwanda and Uganda, which we recently had the pleasure of enjoying over 14 unforgettable days! It was a journey filled with adventure, breathtaking nature, warm hospitality, and an abundance of cultural discoveries. From majestic mountain gorillas to shimmering lakes and lush landscapes, each day was a truly memorable experience. Our guides John (Rwanda) and Karim (Uganda) were extremely friendly, professional and very knowledgable.

Our journey began in the vibrant capital city of Kigali, which immediately impressed us with its cleanliness and lively atmosphere. Visits to the Genocide Memorial and Kigali Cultural Village brought us closer to the moving history and incredible resilience of the Rwandan people. The hilly landscape of Rwanda captivated us just as much as the canopy walk and a visit to the tea and coffee plantation. A truly special experience were the two tracks to see the chimpanzees and the golden monkeys. The hospitality and smiles of the locals quickly made us a fan of this wonderful country.

After leaving Rwanda with mixed feelings, we continued our journey to Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park awaited us with an incredible array of wildlife. We had the chance to experience an exciting safari and observe lions, elephants, buffaloes, and a variety of bird species in their natural environment. The boat ride on the Kazinga Channel was another highlight, providing a close encounter with hippos and crocodiles.

Our final days of the trip took us to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, another highlight of our journey. The hike through the dense forest to see the mountain gorillas was challenging, but it was more than worth it as we found ourselfs face to face with these fascinating creatures. The experience of observing them in their natural habitat was indescribable.

In summary, we can say that our 14-day journey through Rwanda and Uganda was one of the best experiences of our life. The blend of nature, culture, and wildlife encounters touched us deeply and left us inspired. The people in both countries are incredibly warm-hearted and proud of their culture and heritage.

We highly recommend Rwanda and Uganda to any traveler seeking an authentic, adventurous, and enriching experience. This trip will always hold a special place in our heart!

Major   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Jul 30, 2023

Email Major  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Great company to see Uganda!
5/5

We loved spending 6 days with Benon our tour guide from Home to Africa. We got to see so much wildlife and see so much of Uganda. All of the camps we stayed in were super nice with good food and the best service. If you are hesitant about this company don’t be. They will definitely take care of you at a reasonable price and show you the beauty of Uganda!

Luigi   –  
Italy IT
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Jul 27, 2023

Email Luigi  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Best tour/guide ever!
5/5

We did 13 days tour over Uganda and we made a great choice in selecting Home to Africa for the journey.
They were simply perfect. Since the preparation where Hedmond supported us in the overall decision making process to the actual tour where we had our greatest luck to find Derrick as driver.
He loves what he does and you can feel it, we had fun, he brought us in wonderful places and always did the extra mile to make us happy.
Uganda is amazing, wonderful parks, animals and people will for sure make your trip one of the best of your lives.
Definitely recommended Home to Africa and Derrick as guide.
Luigi

Chris   –  
Germany DE
Visited: July 2023 Reviewed: Jul 18, 2023

Email Chris  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Just perfect!
5/5

We were a group of 3 and traveled through Uganda for 7 days. Everyone at Home to Africa was competent, friendly, highly responsive and we can only recommend booking the tour with them. William our guide and driver was also very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and the best guide you could imagine. When our luggage arrived two days late at Entebbe airport, he did everything in his power to have someone pick up the luggage at the airport and transport it to a place that was on our route. You could feel blessed in case you get William as your guide. Uganda and Home to Africa was just such a great experience that we will never forget!!

Erika&Peter   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: June 2023 Reviewed: Jul 1, 2023

Email Erika&Peter  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Competent, professional and reliable
5/5

We were a travel group of 3 couples and last year, we spontaneously decided to book a 22-day intinary with Home To Africa, 18 days through Uganda and 4 days in the north of Kenya.
Hedmond of Home to Africa, informed us precisely, competently and always very promptly during the contacting and tour finding process.
Derrick then guided us through Uganda in a Land Cruiser 4x4. We experienced him as a very reliable, professional guide who always knew comprehensively about the country, its people, life and history. He also knew a lot about nature and great wildlife. The lodges suggested and booked by Home to Africa also surprised us very positively. Very good service, extremely friendly people, good rooms and last but not least the fine food convinced us.
The highlights of gorilla and chimpanzee trekking will remain in our memories forever. Great experience.
Jeremy from Home To Africa accompanied us for 4 days from Nairobi to the Samburu and Ol Pejeta conservancy in Northern Kenya.
We can also rate Jeremy as a good guide and the stays in both areas with many animal sightings were a wonderful experience.
We can highly recommend Uganda/Kenya Tours, being organized by Home To Africa. +

Bruno   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: June 2023 Reviewed: Jul 1, 2023

Email Bruno  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Increadible insights into the pearl of africa
5/5

We, a group of 6 friends, did a 3.5 week tour with Home to Africa through Uganda and Kenya with a major focus on Uganda. In Kenya we only spent 2 days in the Buffalo Springs NP and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. We choose Home to Africa based on its positive reviews and the good price performance ratio.

In a nutshell, the trip was an unforgettable experience, both in terms of wildlife experience as well as in getting insights about the incredibly rich and welcoming cultures of the two countries.

Having done already safaris in Tanzania and Botswana earlier, our focus in Uganda were the primates. But as we went through the different parcs, we quickly understood the Uganda has far more to offer than just Gorillas and Chimpanzees. We were actually discovering as many animals there as we did in Tanzania or Botswana. The two parcs in Kenya proved to be good choices to avoid the crowds in Masai Mara.

Not knowing anything about Uganda, we went there open minded and we were startled by the varity and richness of this country. It offers anything from mountain rain forests to plane savannas in the rift valley, lakes and hilly regions with honest, heartfelt and respectful people. We felt save at any point in time.

I would definitely choose Home to Africa again as a tour operator if I choose to go back into one of the two countries and I would like to thank Derrick and Jeremy for guiding us through this tour. Not only did they have a deep understanding of the wildlife but they also provided us with a lot of information about their countries and their cultures (something I was missing on the other safaris).

I really appreciated the way Home to Africa included the local villages into their tours by offering them the opportunity to act as local guides. This gave the trip a unique touch and left us with the feeling that we did something good for people living next to parc.

Thank you again to Derrick, Jeremy and the entire Home to Africa team!

Lewis P   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: May 2023 Reviewed: Jun 24, 2023

Email Lewis P  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

How Uganda ended up as our favourite ever holiday…
5/5

I rarely get round to writing reviews, but our trip to Uganda was so fantastic that the chance to relive it a month later in a review was too good to pass up.

My girlfriend and I were looking to travel to Uganda principally to see the Gorillas in Bwindi, and then to see as much other wildlife as we could while we were there. We requested a number of quotes from a variety of highly rated operators, but Home to Africa stood out for the responsiveness of their communication, the clear detail in their general itineraries (where you could actually look up all the lodges they were recommending on trip advisor, unlike some other providers), they were also very competitive on price. We settled on one of their stock itineraries that would take us via Kibale-Queen Elizabeth-Bwindi-Mburu to do a variety of different wildlife experiences including the chimps and gorillas, then finishing in Jinja with some rafting down the Nile. They were very responsive in answering any questions both before and after booking. I have to say I did feel slightly apprehensive about making the quite large payments, but I was able to do this on a credit card (for a small additional fee) which gave me the confidence to send this off to a company I’d discovered only a few weeks earlier. I probably needn’t have worried.

When it came to our tour itself, I think it’s safe to say pretty much everything exceeded our expectations. We were collected promptly from our hotel in Entebbe by our guide Derrick, who then stayed with us for the remainder of our 8 day tour along with the 4x4 vehicle that was our private vehicle. Derrick was genuinely fantastic and really made our trip in so many ways, he was very knowledgeable about all the things we did, and managed some of those animal spottings where you just don’t know how someone with regular human eyes could’ve possibly spotted them, a pair of lions in a cactus tree in QE national park was a particular highlight. Derrick also did a great job of making everything in our trip run super smoothly, from pulling strings with local contacts to ensure we had nothing but private groups for the externally guided tours, to seamlessly rescheduling activities when one of our plans was changed by the Uganda wildlife authority. He really made it so we had to do very little thinking throughout the week.

In terms of the other elements of the tour, all our accommodation was in the “nice budget” category, and these were all to a good standard with most having some real wow factor. Particularly the view from the Eagles Nest lodge in Mburo, which was the eventual winner of our favourite lodge award, in what was a pretty close contest. There were a few instances of cold showers or absent electricity in the places we stayed, but these were generally short lived issues and were what we had expected in this price category, so didn’t diminish our enjoyment! The food everywhere we stayed was plentiful, tasty and had enough variety to keep us happy, but probably isn’t what you’ll be reminiscing about.

I will just finish by noting that whilst the tour we did, did involve a lot of driving 4 or 5 hours every other day on average, the whole itinerary generally felt really well paced and we were driving through such beautiful scenery down the western side of Uganda that the drives really felt like a big part of the experience. The only part that felt at all arduous was the drive across Kampala and out towards Jinja where we did the rafting, that was a bit of a slog in the holiday traffic, but overall we felt it was worth it to finish our trip with a trip down the Nile.

So all in all a genuinely fantastic experience, and I would recommend home to Africa without any hesitation. We will definitely use them again if we return to any of the 4 countries they cover in East Africa. Oh and go direct to their website for the best prices, as I noticed the costs seem to be much higher elsewhere.

Arik   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2023 Reviewed: Jun 24, 2023

Email Arik  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

5 Day Gorilla Trekking Tour
5/5

My wife and I had an amazing experience with Home to Africa and Karim as our tour guide. He was knowledgable, smart, funny and a joy to be around. We felt safe and in good hands as soon as we were picked up from the airport and dropped off at the end of the tour. All of the accomodations/lodges we stayed in exceeded our expectations and were very comfortable. Everything was organized perfectly for a smooth tour. We booked this tour to mainly do the gorilla trekking but all the other days were amazing. We saw chimpanzees, elephants, hippos, lions, crocodiles, water buffalo, impala, wart hogs, many species of birds, and even a leopard in a tree in Queen Elizabeth National Park! I 100% recommend Home to Africa as a tour operator and ask for Karim to have an adventure of a lifetime.

Benoit   –  
Canada CA
Visited: June 2023 Reviewed: Jun 18, 2023

Email Benoit  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

great personalized service
5/5

Home to Africa adjusted my tour with all my requests. Great service, quick answers and Balam was a wonderful guide. I highly recommend Home to Africa.

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