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John, Sharon, Tony and Ruth   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: November 2022 Reviewed: Dec 6, 2022

Email John, Sharon, Tony and Ruth  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Richard is accommodating, knowledgeable and good company

This is the 2nd time we have travelled with Richard, Covid rather delayed our trip, but we made it, and even extended to 3 weeks. Our guide and founder of the business Richard is the most knowledgeable guide we have met. He was helpful and supportive all the way along. We travelled from Entebbe to Kidepo and on to Murchison and then back down on the West side to Entebbe. Some times it takes a long to time to get anywhere (in a good way) as there are many stops, because Richard has so much he wants to show and share with you. Richard and Allen organised events throughout our trip which worked so well, village experiences (fascinating) waterfall hikes (go to Sippi Falls if you can) and Murchison Falls. The rhino tracking will say in our minds forever, meeting Luna and her baby was a beautiful experience. We stayed in a good range of accommodation - thank you for arranging the 2nd night at Murchison River Lodge Richard. Overall we saw a great variety of game and over 200 species of birds, we would definitely use Shoebill again for a 3rd trip to Uganda.

Peter   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Feb 19, 2020

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

Excellent planning and wonderful experience

Everything beyond expectations!
Affordable price. Great lodges and wonderful gamedrives

Zoe Melvin   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2019 Reviewed: Jan 30, 2020

Email Zoe Melvin  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Fantastic trip tailored to what I wanted

I had such a wonderful trip with Shoebill Safaris. They were very accommodating of my last minute booking and changed around itineraries so that I could fit in both gorilla trekking and Murchison Falls in my short trip. My guide Ben was fantastic. Very friendly, easy to talk to and great at spotting wildlife. Cannot recommend this company high enough and I would travel with them again if I ever return to Uganda.

Alex Georgiev   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2019 Reviewed: Oct 28, 2019

Email Alex Georgiev  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

QENP with 31 students

Shoebill were amazing! We were taking 31 students from the UK to Uganda. After spending time in Kibale first, Shoebill took us on a 3 day trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park. An advance catering team had delicious food ready for us when we arrived at Mweya. Drivers were excellent, patient and had good wildlife spotting skills. Would definitely recommend!

Bettina and Andreas   –  
Austria AT
Visited: July 2019 Reviewed: Sep 12, 2019

Email Bettina and Andreas  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

A dream came true, and so much more!!!

In short: great planning, perfect advice, super guide, wonderful experiences !!!

Long: I had the dream to visit the Mountain Gorilla since I saw the movie "Gorillas in the Mist" about 30 years ago.
At the Vienna Holiday Fair I had our first conversation with Uli and Richard.
I had already inquired with some providers before and noticed that in the proposed tours always a part was missing for me and even with Shoebill Safaris it was like that, but ....
It quickly became clear that we would have to do a "private tour" with our own guide as a couple. With all our special wishes we were certainly no easy customers! We wanted to spend a lot of time with the gorillas, the possibility of a gorilla habituation, where you spend up to 4 hours with the gorillas, was only offered by Shoebill Safaris. Even a few days in the form of homestay ashore to see many traditional activities and to participate, was unique.

Finally, due to budget constraints, we had to exchange some quarters for tents, which was a wonderful idea, the mix of lodges and tents was varied and fine!
Uli was already in the preparation for us by phone and planned everything with Richard wonderful!
As the time of the journey approached, we were a little nervous. When we were able to get in touch thanks to Uli's help to our guide Michael, this was perfect!
The trip was a total success!
Started with the warm welcome at the airport by our guide Michael, his caring support, his always punctual and thus stress-free organization of the days (we had always the evening before a short discussion with fine tuning depending on condition!), The many explanations about country and people and the many animals that we could already see during the ride, the wonderful game drives with Michael, who discovered as many animals as with eagle eyes and could always tell something about it. The highlight of the mountain gorillas, of course, was great, as expected, but we had already been very impressed with the observations before, so that the gorillas were far from the only highlight!

Towards the end of the 3 weeks we spent 3 more days with Homestay in an adjoining house of Richard's family! We were very warmly received, were allowed to try everything and were able to experience the different work up close.
Thanks a lot to Richard's family and friends with whom we had a wonderful time!
These days we were also allowed to support the project "Shoes and Trees" in a school, the kids were just adorable! (see
Now we are back home thinking happily and gratefully of these wonderful 3 weeks !!!

Mark B   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: July 2019 Reviewed: Jul 27, 2019

Email Mark B  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Wonderful trip with excellent guide

The safari was excellent. The booking of the trip was very efficient and response rate was fast. Much effort was made to organise the safari we were looking for. The booked 3 day safari to Murchison Falls was excellent for our family of four. Our guide Ben was great. Very knowledgeable, attentive, friendly and helpful. He made every effort to show us the animals we wanted to see.

Jet   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: December 2018 Reviewed: Feb 10, 2019

Email Jet  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Recommandable touroperator

We had a nice trip with Shoebill Safari’s too The Murchison Falls in the north of Uganda. We had good contact before the start of the trip and we were able to make some adaption to the standard planning. Our guide was a walking encyclopedia. He knew a lot of the country, the wildlife and especially the birds. By that the trip was very informative too.

Angelika   –  
Germany DE
Visited: November 2018 Reviewed: Dec 7, 2018

Email Angelika  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

4 weeks unforgettable experiences.

We would like to thank you again for the good planning of our four-week trip through Uganda. The selection of individual stations and accommodations was in line with our expectations.
We have been able to enjoy the „pearl of Africa“ to the fullest.
A real lucky grip was our female guide Donah. Thanks to her good contacts and her open nature, she has made Africa very inappropriate for us. Thanks to her exellent specialist knowledge, we had a deep insight into the flora, fauna and african culture. She has brought us ugandien lifestil with her lovely people.
During this long journey together, we were perfectly supervised by her. We enjoy our trip in total.
We will certainly visit Uganda again through this great experience.
We came as guests and went as friends.

Sharon, John, Tony and Ruth   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2018 Reviewed: Nov 29, 2018

Email Sharon, John, Tony and Ruth  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Richard and Allen created and guided us through 2 weeks of unforgettable experiences.

All of our questions and queries were answered promptly and accurately, and that was before we made our booking. We had lots of questions in the weeks running up to our departure - and nothing was too much for them to bother answering.

We are hugely thankful to Shoebill Safaris for organising and guiding us around an amazing 2 week trip in Uganda. Weeks later we are all still smiling at our memories. Apart from the birding our highlights were the gorillas and leopards - things to remember forever. I remember how delighted we were with the birds we saw in the botanical gardens on our first day - we had no idea what was to come. RIchard can literally charm the birds from the trees. Every day there was something new an wonderful to smile at.

Our accommodation was beautiful - the lodges clean and tidy - all vey different experiences, serving delicious food. 4 of us travelled and no upset tummies.

We will definitely be back. Thank you

Chris Evans   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2018 Reviewed: Sep 27, 2018

Email Chris Evans  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Shoebills tried and succeeded to ensure that our requirements for our Safari were always met.

Our Safari was custom made to fit around our particular needs in Uganda. This Shoebills carried extremely well, changing times and places during the development stage easily and competently, resulting in the trip we wanted and that completely lived upto our expectations. Richard, our guide was extremely knowledgable about the animals and birds we encountered and went out of his way to ensure we saw them in their best light. His phenominal eyesight and knowledge of animal behaviour ensured we saw rare and interesting sights

The trip worked like clockwork and we can only recommend Shoebills for the work they did. We will certainly use them in the future.

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