Uganda Safari highlights and tours
Mar11

Uganda Safari highlights and tours

Winston Churchill said it best when he wrote “The kingdom of Uganda is a fairy-tale…For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.” Gorilla trekking is the biggest drawcard to this beautiful country and offers one of the more memorable and profound moments you can experience in Africa. Gorilla numbers are growing, thanks mainly to the income generated by gorilla trekking which help protects these majestic apes from poachers. Gorilla’s are found in small family groups lead by the large Silverback, consisting of a few females and babies. Each family has a name and many individuals are also named by the local rangers. We have been to Uganda, trekked with gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, tracked chimpanzees in Kibale National Park and have also enjoyed a traditional safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park! We love Uganda and want to share the magic. Here are some of our experiences and other information that you need to know when booking a Uganda Safari. Uganda Safari highlights and tours Brett & Michelle went to Uganda! Both our MD Brett and our Product Manager Michelle went on safari to Uganda! They returned in awe of their experiences. The highlight were the gorilla and chimpanzee trekking. On Brett’s trip he enjoyed both a gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and a chimpanzee trek in Kibale National Park. Brett did one of the more strenuous climbs in Bwindi and was rewarded with amazing close up encounters of the gorillas and their youngsters playing in the forest on the high slopes of the mountains. When Michelle visited Uganda, gorilla and chimps were the highlights of her trip and she explored Queen Elizabeth National Park and the big game on display there. You can read all about Michelle’s Uganda Safari here. Uganda Safaris for 2020 Uganda is not just about the gorillas and chimps! There are a few national parks that have lots of big game like lions, elephants, large herds of buffalo and Uganda Kob. Uganda is also a twitchers paradise, with hundreds of bird species recorded. Gorilla’s Galore On this short and sweet tour, you will fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for 4 nights. You will enjoy 2 gorilla treks, in the Nkuringo and Buhoma Sectors, while staying in beautiful luxurious accommodation. Your first stop is Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, which has stunning cottages all boasting spectacular views over the forest and the Virunga Volcanoes in the distance. The next stop is the luxurious tented camp of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp,...

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Michelle’s amazing Uganda Safari experience.
Mar05

Michelle’s amazing Uganda Safari experience.

Our Product Manager Michelle headed off to Uganda for a gorilla and chimpanzee safari. This epic experience took her from the capital to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where she went gorilla trekking. From there she enjoyed a boat safari in the Queen Elizabeth National Park before ending her trip on a chimpanzee trek in the Kibale National Park. We have a tour based on Michelle’s trip, you can view it here. Michelle’s wrote about her amazing Uganda Safari experience: With my bag packed and boots on, I took off from Cape Town with 2 colleagues to Entebbe to start my Uganda Safari! Entebbe is the main airport about 40 minutes from the capital Kampala. A quick overnight stop and we were back at the airport and on an Aerolink Uganda flight south, towards the Kisoro Airstrip. One of the gateways into the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro is a 2h30 drive to the Rushaga sector of Bwindi. Our guide and driver for the week met us there and we set off to Bwindi. The roads are poor and a 4×4 is imperative, but the scenery is breathtaking and excitement grows as we start climbing towards the Bwindi forests and towering mountain range. We arrived at Gorilla Safari Lodge, our home for 2 nights. Our cabins were tucked into the rainforest, spacious with a large tub to soak in and the staff brought in charcoal burners at night which warmed the room up nicely. It is chilly in Bwindi, due to the high altitude. We visited the local community and the Batwa Tribe. The Batwa(Pygmy Tribe) live on the outskirts of the forest they once called home and provide a glimpse into their traditional way of living. Early the next morning we were up and enjoying a fortifying breakfast before setting off for the main event: Gorilla Trekking! On arrival in the Rushaga sector briefing area, the warden goes through the do’s and don’ts of trekking with gorillas and assigns us the gorilla family we will trek to find. We meet our head guide and her 2 trackers, hire a porter, grab a walking stick and head off on the trail. Why hire a porter? Uganda is a very poor country; many people are without work. The porters can travel for up to 3 hours to get to Bwindi in the hope of earning for their family. It costs around $20 and your porter is by your side for the day. They will carry your day pack which has your water, your lunch and your camera and they will give you a strong hand to pull or push you if...

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Xanatseni Private Camp in Kruger was great! Client Feedback
Feb13

Xanatseni Private Camp in Kruger was great! Client Feedback

Xanatseni Private Camp Natasha’s guest Steve returned from a visit to the greater Kruger Park where he stayed at Xanatseni Private Camp. This intimate safari camp is in the big 5 Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. This reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park which allows freedom of movement for the animals. Xanatseni Private Camp only has 5 rooms set in a lovely garden. A viewing deck overlooks an active waterhole and the game viewing is outstanding in this area.  Here is their feedback: Hi Natasha, Thanks for the message. I planned to send a thank you message when we returned home (we spent our last 2 weeks on the Wild Coast, Franschoek, and Cape Town and are flying out tomorrow). We were very happy with our safari experience. Our accommodations were great and our guide was super.  I think we did get lucky because we saw all of the Big 5 plus a pengolin (I’d never heard of such a thing before but it was the first time our guide ever saw one (after 7 years of working in the bush)). I would highly recommend our camp to anyone with kids (our fellow guests had kids) and anyone looking for a great bush experience and accommodations. Thanks again. Steve  ...

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Namibia Self Drive Adventure! Client Feedback
Jan05

Namibia Self Drive Adventure! Client Feedback

We received such a wonderful report from Mary and Andrew from their Namibia self drive adventure! Here is their full report with some very helpful guidelines to self drive through Namibia! OUR NAMIBIA SELF-DRIVE TRIP We have just returned from our long anticipated holiday to Namibia.  We wanted to see as much of the country as possible and opted to self-drive.  Having used Sun Safaris in the past for trips to South Africa, we asked them to help us plan and book this trip.  We were put in contact with Jako and so started the experience. Jako was up-front with us when he said that he was used to helping people with fly-drive holidays but a completely self-drive holiday was a new experience for him.  He would need to get a good understanding of what we wanted from the trip and would rely on his ground contacts in Namibia to help him satisfy our aspirations. We prefer to stay in places where we can meet local people and use their knowledge when finding out what to do and see rather than staying in luxury accommodation.  Jako took this on board and we experienced different standards from basic to very luxurious but in every case, it was clean and comfortable.  Some places were right off the beaten track which is what we wanted and really appreciated.  We met some great people and the Namibians themselves were friendly and welcoming. Very important was the choice of vehicle.  Most of the roads are gravel or sand and it is easy to underestimate the distances involved and the time required to cover them.  We drove 4,200km or 2600 miles during the 25 days we were there and for the last 10 days we were joined by our daughter and a friend so we needed something which would be robust and take four people and their luggage in comfort.  Jako helped us with this and we hired a Toyota Fortuner which packed a 3 litre engine but was remarkably fuel efficient averaging 9.8km/l.  Bearing in mind some of the roads are sand, four-wheel drive would have been preferable but not essential.  All that driving and no backache!! We were met at the airport and after picking up the car were given a pack of information, maps and vouchers for our accommodation and transfers.  Our itinerary was a bound document which contained information about what to do at each place as well as details of the accommodation and directions to it. We started the trip with a stay at Na’ankuse which is 40km from Windhoek International Airport.  It was the perfect start being a game...

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Great Visit to Kruger – Client Feedback
Jan05

Great Visit to Kruger – Client Feedback

Digby returned from a great visit to Kruger where they stayed at two intimate lodges. The first is a wonderful camp in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve called Xanatseni Private Camp. Klaserie shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Game Reserve as part of the greater Kruger area. They then moved onto Kwa-Mbili Safari Game Lodge in the Thornybush Reserve. Here is their feedback:   Hi Michelle Yes, we had a great visit to Kruger!   Both lodges were really pleasant. The hosts in both camps were very good, particularly the Xanatseni couple. In both cases the tracker/guides put in the extra miles to find the animals for us, as they were fairly spartan due to the drought (reducing numbers) and then substantial rain the week before which spread out the surviving animals. Meals were very good, with a good range and more than adequate serving size. We did not go hungry. There was a choice of food at breakfast, but lunch and dinner were set meals, all of which were very good. We do not have any dietary issues, but they did ask us at the initial briefing if we had any, so more fussy eaters should still be satisfied.   Xanatseni has a very experienced guide and a very capable tracker. They have a big area for game viewing (10,000 hectares on the Klaserie Block), but cannot cross over onto the Timbavati Block, even though it is just across the access road. Xanatseni looks very new as it has just been refurbished. They have a large established lawn area around the lodge which gives a feeling of openness. The bedrooms are large, the communal area is very spacious and the pool is big. They have a small waterhole right outside the dining area and an elevated hide and large waterhole out the front, which kept us entertained when not on the drives.   KwaMbili has a less experienced younger guide and a very capable tracker. They have a more modest game viewing area and are similarly limited in access to adjacent concessions. They had similar issues regarding drought and recent rain, but we had very good game viewing. KwaMbili is a more established but intimate lodge, with a much smaller lodge area and smaller pool. The bedrooms are smaller than Xanatseni but are adequate. They have a hide and waterhole very close to the lodge which is floodlit at night. The staff are more formal than the other lodge, but they looked after us very well and did go out of their way to make our stay pleasant.   We would definitely recommend...

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