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Uganda Gorillas, Kenya Safari, and Zanzibar Family Adventure – Arthur

23 night Uganda Gorillas, Kenya Safari, and Zanzibar Family Adventure

We had a fantastic trip! Everything went like clockwork with our flights and pickups. Uganda was so beautiful and green and the people really appreciated you being there, the animals in the Masai Mara were amazing & Zanzibar was a great way to finish the trip.

Johannesburg – Hotel was great, Melrose Arch has even more cafes and restaurants now so we really enjoyed it. Our tour and guide were great, he understood what we wanted to see and was very flexible.

Karibu Guesthouse – literally only there for a few hours to sleep so it was fine.

Bakers Lodge – Our favourite place of the trip! We arrived just before dusk and couldn’t believe that there were hippos in the water a few metres away, and then they got out and started walking around! It was really beautiful on the river and we enjoyed the meals and an afternoon off to swim and relax. The Falls were great, the hike up from the boat was a must to really appreciate them. The game drives were beautiful, so green and with the gorgeous lakes. The giraffes were fantastic here, so plentiful.

Primate Lodge – Lodge was fine. We hiked 6 hours and didn’t get close to any wild chimps so ended up going across the road to see the habituated ones. In hindsight, just doing the easy hike may have been better but we probably needed the exercise before the gorillas! I loved the different monkeys around the lodge.

Mazike Valley Lodge – Gorgeous location, pleasant place to spend the night.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp – Really nice camp, probably had the best rooms. Shame about the lions but the park was beautiful and we saw lots of other wildlife.

Mahogony Springs Lodge – Beautiful location and the staff really looked after our son while we were out hiking. We were pretty lucky only hiking around 90 minutes to find our gorillas but it was pretty hard going (I think my husband has forgiven me!). Our porters were amazing pushing and pulling us. It was a fantastic experience. Eric our guide was awesome! He was a really nice guy with a great sense of humour and lots of knowledge. I don’t know how he drove on those roads, we were a bit shell shocked after the first day but soon got used to them.

Macushla House – Nice to get back to a city and paved roads! Nice little hotel except the showers weren’t great. Andrew our guide was fantastic, he really looked after us. Giraffe Centre was fun and Karen Blixen Museum was great. We wanted to watch to World Cup Final so Andrew took us to a really nice hotel where we watched it at the bar eating hamburgers!

Sentinal Mara Camp – Incredible location with the hippos and crocodiles in the river. We were very comfortable here and Jonathon our guide was great. We saw so many lions and a few unsuccessful hunts, leopards and even a cheetah.

Kisiwa House – Beautiful old house with a lovely upstairs balcony restaurant. We had an interesting tour, especially enjoyed the spice tour.

Breezes Beach Club – Really lovely resort, it was great to relax and swim for a couple of days. Really enjoyed the cocktails at the bar!

So, thank you for organizing another amazing holiday for us. I really hope I can return to Africa in the not too distant future!

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