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Gorilla and Chimp Safari UG

Visiting: Uganda
Trip Duration 11 Days

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Gorilla and Chimp SafariScores 9.4 out of 10 based on 29 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Can highly recommend this trip. Noel was a fantastic leader, alongside Beki. Very professional, impeccable organisation, vast knowledge, and very welcoming. The vans are comfortable and not over-filled which is great. Most of the roads are bumpy but the journeys are broken up and there is so much to see as you drive cross country. The accommodation throughout was great, all offering unique rooms with stunning views and some of the best service I've ever experienced! The choice and quality of food is very good, as vegetarians we ate incredibly well. It's definitely worth trying the local dishes and the fresh fruit is delicious.

Every activity in the itinery offers an amazing experience that you will not forget. My personal highlights were the gorilla trek in Bwindi impenetrable forest, and the boat ride along the Kazinga channel.

Tips: Definitely take gardening gloves for the gorilla trek - once you have found the gorillas you will spend around an hour scrambling up and down thorny vegetation which you will want to hold on to for stability!
Pack light - you really don't need a lot of clothes and there are plenty of opportunities to get some laundry done. Best to take a durable holdall as the lodges don't tend to have flat paths for roller bags and holdalls are much easier for you / the porters to carry.

Definitely book this trip - you will not regret it. Uganda is a beautiful country which does not disappoint.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 20 April 2017
Published on: 22 April 2017
(9 out of 10)


Guernsey Channel Islands
Highlights - the wonderful accommodation throughout with spectacular views, the friendly people everywhere and the gorilla and chimpanzee treks + a great group of people
Tips -advised by staff that better to get visa on arrival with no preliminary application as this all took too long
- no need to take too many dollars as better rate and easy to change sterling
- on gorilla trek more challenging group should only be for those fit enough as we were slowed down by someone clearly not
- no need for walking poles as almost 'made' to use the ones at the lodge
- trip notes seemed exactly the same whenever departure was and should be date specific so not advised to take completely unnecessary warm fleece during dry season
- main tour leader Noel lovely and very responsible but rather too quietly spoken so many often could not hear instructions
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 15 February 2017
Published on: 18 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


Chania, Crete
The trip exceeded our expectations. The Gorillas in Bwindi were mind blowing. Noel, our tour leader was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and professional. The accommodation was very good especially Mahogany Springs in Bwindi and Primate Lodge in Kibale.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 14 February 2017
Published on: 17 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


This is a wonderful trip. The close encounters (and they were close) with chimps and then mountain gorillas were experiences never to be forgotten. It was both exciting and very moving. The breath-taking wildlife experience is not limited to that. In particular, the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with the profusion of birds and animals was a real high point. Uganda is also a stunningly beautiful country, especially the area around Buhoma (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) and above all, Lake Bunyonyi. I loved all the lodges where we stayed. The accommodation was excellent, the views invariably magnificent and the welcome very warm. Full marks Explore.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 February 2017
Published on: 05 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


This was a fantastic trip. It met all my expectations.
I loved Peter but I think the language factor may have affected clear communication along with keeping things consis and simple.
He was however an expert and putting up with difficult travellers and we had 2 in our group who thought it was their right to be catered to because of a "disability" they called car sickness.
They were the only negative in this whole trip and thankfully the woman I travelled with called them on their behviour.
I would not have had the patience Peter did and most of us voiced the same. These people knew it as a road trip but didn't want to travel a minute over the itinery.
Thank you Explore for making a trip of a lifetime and something I've been wanting to do for 50 years.
I will certainly recommend it!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 February 2017
Published on: 04 February 2017
(8 out of 10)


Bordon ,Hants
Overall a very good trip , but some of the driving times are wildly inaccurate. The highlights were the primates and the birds.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 February 2017
Published on: 03 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


I've just filled in a holiday feedback questionnaire for Explore so won't say more here.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 21 September 2016
Published on: 27 September 2016
(8 out of 10)


Peter our tour guide was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and he was very friendly and accommodating. The gorilla trek was hard work but everything I hoped it would be. To see a gorilla family including the silverback and infants was an experience I will not forget. We got the opportunity to do more game drives than expected and the trip on the Kazinga channel was also a highlight. Our first Explore trip but don't think it will be our last
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 14 September 2016
Published on: 23 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


Uganda is a beautiful country with a great diversity of animals, an abundance of bird life & the friendliest of people.
There were many highlights on our tour but the driving force behind my decision to travel here, was a desire to see our closest relatives the gorilla.
Our trek was strenuous but made much easier with the help of a hired porter who carried our back packs & assist with a helping hand when the path became steep & slippery.
I felt humbled & privileged to observe the gorilla family at such close quarters. They appeared to accept us, carrying out their day to day activities unfazed by our presence.
Like a scene from East Enders, the family dynamics started to unfold.
We witnessed an argument between the black backs & silver back......were enchanted by a 6 month old baby & mother....& thrilled to watch youngsters frolicking in the branches above our heads.
When our designated time was over, we slowly descended through the Biwindi Impenetrable Forest in total silence. Soaking in our surroundings, reflecting on our close encounter.
Many many thanks to all at Explore for making this experience possible.
A special thank you must go to Peter, Noel & Umal our fantastic guides & drivers.
I encourage you to go to Uganda now!
A truly magical experience.
One never to be forgotten.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2016
Published on: 05 August 2016
(9 out of 10)


Ferndown, Dorset
The chimps and gorillas were wonderful and so were the leopards which I saw on optional night safari on last night.

Go on the night safari. An extra night at the last stop -the magical Rwaboko Safari Lodge - would make this trip just about perfect.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 23 September 2015
Published on: 13 October 2015