I have booked through Cedarberg before and this is why I came back, as i was highly satisfied. This time it was a bit more complicated as Peter had less experience with Uganda himself and he had to communicate with Wildlife frontiers a lot, which took time and some backwards and forwards. In the end it was so worth it, as it was a fabolous holiday, I saw all the animals I wanted and more. Peter also recommeneded the group experience and that was the right thing for a single travlellor, we had a fantastic group of five and had all meals together. Otherwise I would have been on my own for the whole trip.
Comments about places stayed:
We gave feedback as a group, all places were fabolous other than Mweva Lodge. Fantastic location, but too big, too commercial, old rooms and bad food. The best one definetively was Ishasha Wilderness Camp, again great location, fantastic rooms and super nice staff.
There was a small problem for the day room, as we came back from Entebbe. All the other members of my group stayed at the same location (forgot th name but it was not No 5 and not Karibu guest house I was booked in), which have meant they could all have a nice last meal together and I would have been on my own. Luckily Wilderness Frontier could change it around so I could stay in the same place, because otherwise it would have been very arckward.
What did you most enjoy? Anything you’d do differently?:
I did not expect much from the chimpanzee trecking in the Chamburu Gorge, but it was the best of the whole trip. We got really close to the chimps and it was an amazing experience. I got great photos and it was a much more private trip (only 8 people) than later in Kibale, where we did not get that close. I also loved the tree climbing lions, which we saw three times near Ishasha Wilderness camp in QE, (I got super photos, which I am happy to share), and once again near Mweya Lodge. That was so much better than expected.
What I should have done differently is, I should have gone for two gorilla trekking permits, as the first dy it rained and although we saw the gorillas, they just sat there trying to get as less wet as possible. All the other members of my group had two permits, so went again the next day and had a much better viewing. The Bwindi bird walk was pretty bad, but mostly because the guide was not interested and we did not see much (I gave the same feedback to Wildlife Frontiers), so I should have definetively done the gorillas twice instead.
The Shoebill tour was good, but I should have done the morning one at 9.30 am, as they saw two Shoebills in the morning and as soon as I arrived in the afternoon the guides said, it will be hard to spot one, and it was as we did not see it, so definetively recommend the early one.
Response from Peter:
I’m delighted that overall you had a great experience. It’s a shame about the poor food at Mweva Lodge; unfortunately there isn’t really any alternative that the Wild Frontiers tour could use.
I think that we did try to get you into Boma Lodge for a day room at the end of the itinerary, but at the time of enquiry there were no vacancies. On the day a room became available, which was fortunate.
We will try and schedule any future shoebill trips to the Mabamba Swamps in the morning, if logistics allow. Peter