User Reviews – Uganda
Email Cathy | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Wonderful tour! Well organised and reliable tour company.
With some trepidation we investigated using a tour company based in Kampala rather than the UK. Caroline responded within 10 minutes to my initial online enquiry through this website, and from then on we knew we were in safe and competent hands. Caroline listened to our requirements and worked with us to develop a packed but amazing 17 night experience, taking in Murchison Falls, Kibale, QE Park and Ishasha, Bwindi, Mgahinga National Park, lake Mburo and 3 nights recovering on Lake Victoria! She then arranged Richard to be our guide and driver - an excellent recommendation. We found him to be safe and considerate at all times, extremely knowledgeable, not only about the wildlife but all things Ugandan, and a great 'spotter'.
All the accommodation Carol recommended, in mid range lodges, was clean, comfortable, well located and varied in style. We would not hesitate to recommend Gorilla Link Tours - any anxieties we initially had about working with a local tour company were totally unfounded and we discovered we had much to gain by doing so - not just financially but thanks to her wealth of knowledge and dedication to her customers.
Email Cheri | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Uganda: exotic and beautiful
Uganda is a first rate travel destination. The weather is fantastic. The green hills are so beautiful with workers in the tea fields. The forests are full of wildlife and amazing birds fly all around. When you leave you will feel blessed to have been there. The people are the best; friendly, as the greet you with ‘welcome’ you will really feel that you are.
Email Jeremy | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Really first class experience.
Plentiful wildlife. Scenery exceptional. A great experience. A first class guide. Good accommodation.
Email Angel | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
An awesome experience that makes you appreciate life and the science of evolution
All in all, this safari is worth every cent! Amazing wildlife and nature, wonderful and welcoming people (including the guide) and enriching experience. Warmly recommend it to anyone!
Email Ellen | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Incredible from nature to service to organisation
Uganda is incredibly beautiful and well worth the visit. The nature is vast, lush, and diverse.
We saw an immense amount of wildlife there.
The guesthouses were well kept, comfortable, and well serviced.
Our tour guide was such a gentle and sweet guy that really knew what he was doing. He took care of every little detail so that we could just sit back and enjoy.
I highly recommend this trip to anyone. It was a more than perfect holiday.
Email Moussadeck ********** | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Amazing Country and wild life...this is the real Africa
We had gone to Uganda to mainly see the gorillas, we hesitated between Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Rwanda and Congo are three times more expensive than Uganda to see gorillas. There is more wildlife park in Uganda, and we have been impressed by the number of animals and landscapes. our safaris have all been magical, the country is welcoming and you will discover the real Africa, much better than Tanzania and Botswana, too touristy and Europeanized. it is planned that we will return to Uganda.
Or next travel is will be in may , Zimbabwe
Email Annette Williamson | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Dream come true
It has been a dream for us for so long to see the Gorillas. The trip was amazing, accommodation was beautiful from Bwindi Lodge, staff were so helpful and beautiful, our Buttler David couldn’t do enough for us. The food marvellous. Our guide very informative and helpful.The view what can I say amazing. Weather perfect. Then the gorillas
Email David Sieb | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Our Guide Abby was excellent and Uganda is amazing and the gorilla tracking was unbelievable. We would do the trip again :)
Email Barbara Osmundson | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
After dreaming of Africa since I was 7, it was everything I hoped and more.
Wildlife was incredible. Children were incredible and so friendly! Murchison Falls was amazing!!! The jungle habitat in Kyambura Gorge was amazing. It is too bad that at Lake Mburo Natl Park, 2 apex predators are gone because of poisoning due to next door cattle ranching--missing lions and wild dogs. I know these ranchers are trying to make a living with their cattle, but historic poisoning of lions and other predators is so disturbing. Gorillas were amazing and the highlight of our trip! Protection for mountain gorillas needs to continue, and allowing locals to participate will help preserve them. It is awful about the displaced Batwa people. The government needs to give them land, and provide educational opportunities so they can make a living and not live in poverty. The government needs to provide clean drinking water from taps!!!!
Of concern is the fact that Ugandas' population is supposed to double in the next 30 years. Not enough cropland to support this, and worry about potential loss of gorilla habitat. I am also worried about the Chinese interests in oil and gas. Lots of road construction to provide infrastructure and allow their interests to exploit the oil and gas resources of Uganda. I look at Uganda, and see the greatest resources to be the wildlife, scenery, and the children!!! I think the Chinese are motivated by profit, and do not really care about the people of Uganda.
Our accommodations were excellent--we especially enjoyed Bakers Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, and Mihingo Lodge, and Mt Gahinga Lodge. Mt. Gahinga and Mihingo lodges were our favorites. Food was good, and we looked forward to our meals, especially at Mt. Gahinga where we shared the table with other visitors. Staff at all facilities (except at Ishasha Jungle Lodge) were extremely professional and attentive. At Ishasha Jungle lodge, the performance of orphanage kids was exceptional and I wanted to hug each child. It is a very good idea and way to bring donations into orphanages, and kudos to Ishasha jungle lodge for allowing them to perform for guests. Kudos to Edward and Elle at Nkuringo. At both Nkuringo and Mt. Gahinga--the fires in our fire places and the hot water bottles in our beds were so so nice.
Our guide Edwin was for the most part very attentive to our needs, and went out of his way to help us. He actually was able to recover forgotten camera chargers and batteries for both my husband and I. That was incredible how he knew all the other guides including those working for other companies, and was able to network and retrieve our lost chargers. He was knowledgable about the wildlife, and very informative about Uganda. We enjoyed it very much when he joined us for meals.
My only complaint about Edwin was driving too fast and too close at times when people were walking on the roadside---especially young children, and an impatience for livestock on the road, as well as an apparent dislike of boda bodas on the road. Edwin drove a lot of miles!! for us and we certainly arrived at our destinations in one piece and on time. Edwin was a skilled driver, and was able to drive in a variety of situations, including heavy traffic near Kampala, to off-the road game drives. I would recommend Edwin as a guide, but would want him to show a little more respect and consideration for people, livestock, and boda bodas also using the roads.
I absolutely fell in love with Uganda---its wildlife and people. I think I left part of my heart there, and would highly recommend it as a travel destination. We mainly went to see wildlife, but actually learned more about the people and culture. It seems like we rode a lot of miles from site to site in the land cruiser, and did get sore and stiff in the process, but we got to see many villages and people in the process of living that we would have missed had we flown from site to site. Kudos to Matoke Tours for setting up this life-changing trip for us. And thanks to Edwin for making our tour possible. We couldn't have done it without him.
Email Ian P | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
4 Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari in Uganda
I went on a wonderful solo 4-day safari in Uganda. My guide Fred was excellent. I was picked up early in the morning from Entebbe and driven to Kibale National Park. The next morning I went Chimpanzee trekking, which was fantastic, and in the afternoon I went for a community tour, which was fascinating and eye-opening, and a swamp walk, on which I saw many different types of birds, monkeys and interesting plants. The next day we drove South to Bwindi Forest through Queen Elizabeth National Park, where I saw lots of wildlife including tree-climbing lions. The following day I went Gorilla trekking. This was a magical experience and the highlight of my 6 weeks in Africa. After gorilla trekking, we drove to Kigali, where my safari ended. Overall, the experience was excellent and I would highly recommend it. I particularly enjoyed my guide Kambugu "Fred" Sunday, who was a great and knowledgeable guide.