Email Estefania | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Wonderful authentic Ugandan experience - Best trip ever!
I am beyond grateful for the experiences we had with Mambo Gorilla Safaris. They gave us the most authentic experience of Uganda! It was without a doubt the best trip of our lives yet! The safari experience and gorilla tracking were a dream. We saw elephants, lions, water buffalos, zebras, giraffes, hippos… and many more animals. The experience of walking in the jungle tracking gorillas was epic! I never thought I could feel so comfortable next to huge gorillas. These animals are so peaceful and passive. But theses experiences were small in comparison to getting to know the children at Loving Hearts School. That was for sure a major highlight of our trip. It is inspiring to see people like Didan making the difference in these children’s lives. He is the owner of the resort and also the Loving Hearts School. It makes me happy to know that part of what we payed for our trip, a really fair price by the way, went to those children at that school.
The resort views right in front of Lake Bunyonyi are incredible! And the service there is really great too. We really enjoyed getting to know Sam and the other employees. They all try to make you feel very special and comfortable.
What made the trip even better was to have a guide like Paul Turyagumanawe. His knowledge, positive attitude towards life and hard work made us want to be a better person. If you come to Uganda, you need to make sure you choose Paul as your guide! He went out of his way just to show us the most beautiful views or to get us to try tasty and safe street food! His driving skills are impressive in those, sometimes, dusty and bumpy roads. We felt safe all the time with him. We had such an amazing and fun time and we are grateful to know that we have a long-life friend in Uganda now.
If you want an authentic, unique and unforgettable experience in Uganda, Mambo Gorilla Safaris did an amazing job doing that!
Email David | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Trip of a lifetime - An absolutely wonderful experience!
Our trip with Mambo Gorilla Safaris was undoubtedly the most unforgettable and unique trip we have ever experienced. The reason we chose to book with Didan and Mambo Gorilla Safaris is because we wanted to see Uganda as it’s meant to be appreciated; in all its authenticity with its lush beauty, terraced hills, fertile plantations, untouched wildlife, and vibrant people. Our trip was 8-days and began from Kigali in Rwanda. During our trip we saw beautiful Lake Bunyonyi and the incredible children at Loving Hearts Uganda, explored the vastness of Queen Elizabeth National Park and its tree climbing lions, stayed in luxury tents at Kazinga Wilderness Safari Camp with hippos and hyenas roaming freely throughout the night, floated the Kazinga Channel with crocodiles and elephants, stayed in the beautiful Leopard Camp at Lake Mburo National Park where we saw zebras and giraffes in a golden sunrise, and finally concluded the trip with an epic hike in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see Uganda’s oldest family of mountain gorillas, the Nkuringo family. We were so grateful to see so many incredible sights throughout the trip but what impressed us the most were the people. Our guide, Paul Turyagumanawe, will be a lifelong friend. His effort, attitude, and knowledge throughout the week impressed us tremendously and we had so much fun roaming throughout Uganda with him. We felt 100% safe in his hands throughout the entire trip and he did an incredible job of making sure we had the best possible experience. The little things like buying us bananas or unfamiliar fruit from the street to taking us to see places off the beaten path really made us feel special. We felt like he went the extra mile at all times and we’re grateful we can now call him a friend.
What Didan is doing with Mambo Gorilla Safaris, the Bunyonyi View Resort, and especially Loving Hearts Uganda is changing peoples lives. We were so pleased to hear that 30% of our very reasonable tour fees were going to help the ~130 children at Loving Hearts Uganda. If you have the chance to visit them, it’s an absolute MUST. The highlight of our trip was spending time with them singing, dancing and seeing their smiling and loving faces. They have so much love to give and only ask for your kindness in return.
There is a tremendous amount to learn and to experience while in Uganda and we’re so grateful Didan prepared such a wonderful itinerary and Paul executed it to perfection. If you want a customizable, affordable, unique and unforgettable safari experience, this is the right company to choose.
Email Mathieu Goedefroy | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Email Colin | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Amazing people, very professional
I worked with Mambo Gorilla Safari Uganda to plan gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and they were nothing short of amazing. Communication was fast to answer any questions and the information provided was plentiful. The entire experience at their accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi was great and their entire staff is fantastic and super friendly. I highly recommend working with this company to have an amazing experience while in Uganda.
Email Petrina | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Best hoiliday, wonderful experience and great organisation
I loved my hoiliday to Uganda. I did a 9 day safari and by booking my hoiliday with Mambo Gorilla safaris I was helping to change the lives of children attending Loving Hearts Primary School. Didan was so passionate about making a difference to these children and I found visiting the children in their school very moving. The team were amazing. Charity was an inspirational lady and our driver, Agrey was so calm, chilled and reliable. An amazing experience which has changed my life. Don’t wait - book your hoiliday now.
Email Sylvia | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
You can 100% trust these guys, Mambo Gorilla Safaris, for your magical Ugandan experience
I’ve just returned from a 9-day safari to western Uganda, including trekking for gorillas. At first I was very apprehensive about coming to Uganda, but Didan and his team made it a fantastic and unforgettable experience. It was amazing! Please be assured that when you choose and book a tour with Mambo Gorilla Safaris, you are truly making a big difference to the lives of the children attending Loving Hearts Primary School. Many thanks to our very safe driver, Agrey, who took great care of us. Thanks so much to you all for a wonderful trip
Email KT | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
I had my 9-days trip with Mambogorilla Safaris.
It’s more than a safari and gorilla trek as you have one in a lifetime opportunity to be inspired and witness the sheer joy of children during the visit in elementary school & orphanage founded by Didan.
Last but not least -Bunyonyi View Resort, magical place to chill and relax, with one of the best views onto the lake Bunyonyi.
I would recommend this company to my friends and will go with them again next time when I travel to Uganda.
Email Noah | under20 years of age | Experience level: first safari
The Best Introduction to Africa on Earth
Me, as a 19 year old first time visitor and solo traveler in Africa, I was very excited but nervous nonetheless to visit the pearl of the continent. With Mambo Gorilla Safaris Uganda I had the privilege to explore the western part of the country and from my heart I want to thank Didan and the whole team for giving me the most precious memories, a lot of inspiration and the safari of a lifetime.
The program included a two nights - three days safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a couple of days for contemplation and relaxation at beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.
The savanna landscape of the national park in and of itself is a dream come true for every nature lover. To that, add the abundance of wildlife and the local communities I came across; it seriously takes my breath away just thinking back.
Seeing Hippos, Gazelles, Elephants and animals I didn't even know existed up close makes for some great photographs and left me in awe.
My personal highlight was probably the boat ride onto Lake George where we were able to see a big group of Elephants crossing the water onto a nearby island.
Back in the fishing village from where we departed we took a community walk, seeing the everyday lives of the locals and diving deep into their culture and traditions.
Also very educational for me was a small trip to one of the salt lakes where a lot of the locals earn their living. During dry season you will be able to see them harvest the salt and get some very interesting insights into the local salt industry. Also there are pink flamingos on the water!
I can only praise the knowledge, storytelling skills and open heartedness of the guides, it's definetly them who make this experience stand out from other tours. The hot savanna air was always charged up with laughter and happiness with these guys around! They tried their best teaching me their local language, which probably was good fun for both sides. At the end of the trip I feel we have become close friends and just to hang out with them would be reason enough to return here. Maybe I go for some gorilla trekking with them next summer...
Viewing the stars at night from the terrace of our (very nice and beautiful) lodge can easily compete with my memories of the Nepalese Himalayas and falling asleep to the sounds of the bush is a breeze. In this well preserved natural environment, I really appreciated Mambo Gorillas Safaris' emphasis on eco friendly and responsible tourism. Having respect for the animals and environment is definetly a must for me but from what I've heard unfortunately is not always a priority.
Didan explaining to me the vision of his enterprise and how important sustainability in tourism is when we got to Lake Bunyonyi, was truly eye opening. It was the perfect place to let all these new impressions sink in. Bunyonyi View Resort probably has one of the best views onto the lake and the whole team working there is just incredible (shoutout to everybody working in the kitchen: good job!). Lots of talking, lots of silence and a lot of rejuvenation. I could get some secret tips from the staff on great activities and viewpoints around the lake, and Didan took me to his Loving Hearts foundation, a school that supports children in need and provides them with good education and support in everyday life.
Alltogether I want to leave a rating of ten out of ten and highly encourage you to also enjoy a safari with Mambo Gorilla Safaris, they customize your adventure to your own personal interests and budget. And the value of a good guide seriously can't be overestimated. Again, webale (thank you) to everyone who made this possible!
Email Andreas Grundtvig | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Incredible experience with excellent, reliable service
My wife and I visited Jambo Resort just after New Year. When others said that it was doubtful if we could still see the gorillas (we planned our trip very late) Mambo Gorilla Safaris were our saviours. They looked after us and made sure we saw what we came to see. The trek in the Impenetrable Forest (just the name is exciting) was led by an expert guide who showed a clear respect and love for the environment and animals we were searching for. We had an incredible experience with sufficient time close up to the animals so as not to disturb them but at the same time get some great photographs and memories to last a lifetime. I highly recommend this organisation.
Email Verena | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Mush and I always stay at Bunyoni View Resort when we are in the area and this time we spontaneously decided to finally see the gorillas. We had not really planned this but Didan and his team were able to organize our trip in a few hours and we went the next day. We were surprised that in this short time he was able to provide us with a great service since we heard most tours take weeks in advance to plan this. Didan was the one who drove us safely after which we enjoyed the track for about one and a half hours. We were lucky to have a guide who shared his expertise and answered all of our questions. It was a fantastic experience and I can only recommend Mambo Gorilla Safaris Uganda to everyone who is looking for an adventure - planned in advance or just as an unexpected treat.
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