10 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Entebbe - Murchison Falls National Park - Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Mburo National Park

Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Take part in this exciting trip to Uganda where you will get to enjoy a gorilla trekking safari as well as several other interesting activities. Get out of the city or the everyday bustle and grab this opportunity to look at all of the animals living in their animal kingdom. This authentic African vacation will certainly give you an exciting time of adventure and fun!

Highlights

  • Game drive in Murchison Fall National Park
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Boat rides on, Lake Mburo, the Nile, and the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drive and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Park entrance fees and gorilla permit
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and water
  • 10 activity days
  • English
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Bwindi Lodge

You will stay here on the seventh and eighth night. Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge offers a truly unique Uganda jungle safari experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the lodge.

The adventure lodge in Uganda boasts eight bandas facing the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which you can spot wildlife, including chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and monkeys jumping from tree to tree mere meters away. Each room in the gorilla safari lodge has ensuite bathrooms and eco-luxury comforts are all provided in eco-sensitive ways.

A cosy fireside bar and lounge in the main building offers the chance for you to relax while sharing stories of your gorilla tracking experience with other guests.

En-suite bathrooms are equipped with flushing toilets, double vanity, and shower with hot and cold running water. Rooms have walk-in mosquito nets, 240 volt lighting, and a private balcony. Bandas are individually named after Bwindi gorillas. Wi-Fi is also available in the main lodge building.

Chimp's Nest

You will stay here on the fourth night. Chimps’ Nest is situated at one of the best viewing points of Kibale Forest, right on the border of the National Park. If weather permits, you can see the Congolese border formed by the Rwenzori Mountains with its snow-capped peaks.

All cottages and budget rooms are self-contained with flush toilets and hot showers, mosquito nets (although there aren’t many mosquito’s here because of the coldness), and have solar powered lighting throughout the day and night.

Laico Lake Victoria Hotel

You will stay here on the first night. Spacious and elegant, entirely refurbished and redecorated, this classic colonial style four-star property is a true oasis of tranquility. It nestles in lush tropical gardens, amidst majestic royal palm trees, while its verandas and terraces overlook the calm beauty of Lake Victoria.

It is conveniently located only five minutes away from Entebbe International Airport.

Mihingo Lodge

You will stay here on the ninth night. Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation, and the experience of being at one with nature.

An infinity pool overlooks the valley below where the buffalo, eland, impala, warthogs, bush buck, and zebra species can be seen at the waterhole. On the rocks, you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of klipspringers. It cannot be guaranteed that you will see a leopard, but on a night game drive, you do have a good chance.

Sambiya River Lodge

You will stay here on the second and third night. Sambiya River Lodge is situated only 15 minutes from the top of the magnificent Murchison Falls. It is the perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of unspoiled Africa, untouched by mass tourism.

Sambiya River Lodge's unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy provided to the guests. You stay in any of the 26 double rooms designed as individual and family thatched cottages which have ensuite bathrooms, fans, screened doors and windows, mosquito nets, and a veranda to relax and enjoy the commanding views of quintessential Africa. Twelve basic bandas are also available as accommodation.

The Bush Lodge

You will stay here on the fifth and sixth night. The Bush Lodge forms an excellent base for your safari activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is built along ecological principles, the bandas designed and spaced in such a way to maximize privacy and enhance the safari aspect of the lodge.

Surrounded by the national park and bordering the Kazinga Channel, the lodge has a truly unique setting. Animals roam in and out the camp and sounds of hippos and hyenas complement your starlit dinners.

At a great price quality ratio, The Bush Lodge offers a safari camp which is affordable and authentic. Expect a great outdoor safari atmosphere, a close to nature experience with excellent food, and friendly service.

Day 1 - Entebbe

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be met by the safari guide who will then transfer you to the booked hotel. Depending on your preferences, a tour of Kampala City can be arranged where you may experience rich cultural history of the Buganda Kingdom from which the name 'Uganda' was derived. You will also visit the Uganda Museum and feel the energy of Kampala's vibrant night life.

Day 2 - Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning after breakfast, you will have a game drive across the Savannah, along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises. Climb to the narrow gorge that makes the famous Murchison Falls, first gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds and a popular spot for white water rafting in Uganda. Look out for the crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and a variety of birds along the banks.

Day 3 - Murchison Falls National Park

On this day, you will have a morning game drive and boat rides along the Nile. The game drive is on an open roof vehicle to the north of the River Nile where the park is crowded with different animals. The gorilla trek can proceed for more than two hours, but it is worthwhile when you meet a family that you have been tracking for a long time.

Please carry a wide brimmed hat, binoculars, and a good camera to capture the wilds' moments. Sights include the giraffes, buffaloes, a few lion prides, oribi, antelopes, and waterbucks. After that, head back to your lodge for a sumptuous lunch before your afternoon rides.

On the three-hour boat trip, you will be gently moving along the river bank viewing crocodiles, an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and lots of birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more. The boat moves gently up the river and stay on the left hand side so that you see most of the animals that come to the river.

Day 4 - Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale Forest National Park

You will depart for after breakfast, driving for about four hours towards Kibaale Forest National Park. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip, which stands 1,590 meters above sea level. The lowest point is 1,100 meters on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south and covers 795 square kilometers of beautiful forest. You will have lunch from any hotel enroute.

This park is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, red cheeked monkeys, and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.

Day 5 - Kibaale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Start your day on an early chimpanzee tracking in the abundant forest. The chimps are the prime attractions in this park, despite the presence of other species of primates like red colobus monkeys, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, and also bush babies.

Other animals include forest elephant, buffalo, forest hog, antelopes, and other birds. You will have a lunch break before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 6 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

On this day, you will have game drives and boat rides on the Kazinga Channel. Early in the morning, you will go with a ranger head for a game drive through the

park, with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills, and wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffaloes, and so much more. Have a break and relax as you eat lunch served at the lodge.

The afternoon adventure entails a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a water stream joining Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel attracts a large school of hippos and Nile crocodiles, besides the variety of birds that flock the reed shores like the shoebill, pelicans, kingfishers, saddle billed stork, and sometimes the crowned cranes.

Day 7 - Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Forest National Park

%After an early morning breakfast, you will board the vehicle and head for Bwindi Forest National Park. Enroute, you will pass through Ishaha, south of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions.

Then, you will continue on to Bwindi forest for the mountain gorillas, a population of the few left in the world. The forest is also home to over 300 species of birds, particularly Albertine endemics like the double collared sunbird, Kivu ground thrushes, short tailed warbler, and African grey parrots where 24 of 26 species are found in the park alone.

Day 8 - Bwindi Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, take a walk to the park’s offices for preliminary briefing where you will be allocated into groups of eight persons and given about two armed ranger guides to lead you through the thick forest. Trek through the forest’s thick vegetation hearing creaks and groans of the gorilla and monkeys at a distance.

Identify the spoors and trails of the gorillas from their previous night spots and then track them. Finding the gorillas is quite an anxious feeling, you have only one hour to enjoy the amazing creatures as they feed and grumble with their little ones.

Take pictures of them as your tour guide identifies for you this particular family, its name and usual behaviour. The tracking sometimes lasts for two to seven hours, thus the need to pack your lunch for the adventure.

If you are back early from your gorilla trekking adventure; discover the communities that live side by side with the gorillas on a village walk. You will join activities including meeting with traditional healers, visiting authentic homesteads, watching the local blacksmith at work, and learning skills such as basket weaving and millet grinding. There are also cultural performances by Kiga and Batwa communities and a group of orphans.

Day 9 - Bwindi Forest National Park to Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast, set off to Lake Mburo National Park. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes and stop by Mbarara town for lunch break. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon for a boat ride on the lake or game drive in the park.

On the game drive, there are different animals to see such as the eland, zebras, hyenas, leopards, buffalos, sitatunga, and other mammals. The boat ride on the lake is good for birding safaris for several birds like African harrier hawk, yellow- backed, cormorant fish eagles, spectacled weavers, levillant, shoe bill stork, heron, and so many more. The shores of the lake are also crowded with crocodiles and a number of hippos. Mihingo Lodge.

Day 10 - Kampala

You will have breakfast in the morning and there is an early option for a bush walk in the park and a Kampala city tour if you have late departures. Instead of going for the bush walk, you can as well decide to relax at your lodge, take a mountain bike safari for 15 USD per person for two hours or go on a horseback riding safari in the park for 60 USD per person for two hours.

After brunch at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport (EBB) which will take seven hours, where you will be stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

  • Boat rides along the Nile, on the Kazinga Channel, and Lake Mburo
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Game drive and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Game drive in Murchison Fall National Park
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This is a home to the most endangered primates in the world and with almost half of its population living here, has made this place, a world heritage site. Lying in the southwestern part of Uganda, the 327 square kilometers was gazetted in 1992 and since then, has been the home to the gorillas.

With its name meaning impenetrable, this park boosts of highly tangled vegetation with lots of hills and valleys which makes it a special place for one to visit and see these endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi can be cold at times and while you are here or planning to visit this world heritage site, you are advised to carry something warm for yourself.

However this world heritage site can be visited all year round and you are always advised to use four-by-four vehicles so as to avoid getting stuck on the way. This national park boosts of 10 primates, 350 bird species, and over 60 butterfly and moths species.

Kibale National Park

The 795 kilometer square Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. The forest predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau.

Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip which stands 1590 meter above sea level. Northern Kibale is also the wettest area, receiving a mean annual rainfall of up to 1700 millimeters, mostly during March to May and September to November.

The climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 14 to 27 degree Celsius. Temperatures are highest (and rainfall lower) in the south where the terrain drops down onto the hot Rift valley floor and when the forest gives way to open grassland.

Southern Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park and together these protected areas maintain a 180 kilometers long migration corridor for wildlife which extends from Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the Sebitoli forest in the north of Kibale.

The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding areas to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within a half day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, Semuliki National Parks, and the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a gem of a park, conveniently located close to the western highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. Though the park is just 370 kilometer square in size, its landscapes are varied and even a short drive is alive with interest and color.

You’ll pass gallery forest, open savannah and acacia woodland, rock kopjes, seasonal and permanent swamps, and open water as you search for the wealth of wildlife they support. This includes species such as impala, Burchell’s zebra, and eland that are not found elsewhere in western Uganda.

Lake Mburo National Park lies between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara in western Uganda, 228 kilometers from Kampala, about three hours drive away.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls Conservation Area, covering 5072 square kilometers, is one of Uganda’s largest and oldest protected areas lying at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley.

It is named after the breath-taking spectacular waterfalls on the Great River Nile which in 1864, a British explorer Sir Samuel Baker chose to name Murchison, in honor of the distinguished president of the Royal Geographical Society.

The dramatic waterfalls which is the mainstay of the national park is where the Nile, the world’s longest river contracts from a grand stream to explode violently through a narrow six metre gorge into the cauldron of turbulent water 40 meters below ,popularly known as the Devil’s cauldron.

During the popular game drives, a variety of antelopes, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and lions are regularly encountered with increasing frequency.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

With an area coverage of 1978 square kilometers, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second biggest national park in Uganda lying on the western arm of the Rift valley. This park lies between lakes Edward and George which form part of the biosphere.

This park is a system of contiguous protected areas namely, Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Kigezi Wildlife Reserve, and Kalinzu Wildlife Reserve. With this diverse eco-system, the park supports up to 95 mammals, 612 birds, and over 57 vegetation types have also been identified in this park.

The park also hosts the Huber’s Crater Lakes, the Kazinga Channel, the Ishasha sector, Kasenyi fishing village, the Equator, and many other tourism features that you may come across while on a game drive or a guided walk.

Maramagambo forest is yet another reserve that is under this park and is a home to giant rock pythons and bat caves that make this area so attractive.

A visit to this park will lead you to activities like wildlife game drives, the boat cruise on the kazinga channel, the chimpanzee tracking in both Kyambura and Kalenzu Wildlife Reserves, salt mining in Katwe, forest walks in both Maramagambo and around the peninsula area, lion experience, bird watching, and many more as these all depand on the time you have while in this park.

The price of the package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as water during the safari. On the first day, you will only have dinner, while on the last day, you will only have breakfast and lunch.

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Boat rides along the Nile, on the Kazinga Channel, and Lake Mburo
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Daily meals and water
  • Game drive and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Game drive in Murchison Fall National Park
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver or guide
  • Transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Transportation in a comfortable four-by-four vehicle
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airfare
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Driver or guide’s gratuity
  • Chip Permit 150 USD Per Person
  • Gorilla Permit 600 USD Per Person
  • Laundry
  • Personal insurance
  • Phone calls and bar bills

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Home To Africa Tours and Travel will pick you up from the airport.

Testimonials

  • Review by Janison from UAE
    10 out of 10

    "This was my second vist in Republic of uganda, but I can confess that I enjoyed each and every minute of my trip in this country. It was a great safari we had with this company . Elias was helpful and we were happy to meet you at the airport. The guide was professional. keep the great work ."

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  • Review by Danielle from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I was shopping for a last minute trip to Africa, with less than two weeks notice. I didn't have time to do a lot of research, or join another group, so I started emailing companies I found online about options. Home to Africa was quick to respond, and willing to organize a trip for me, solo, on the dates I could travel. They sent several itinerary options for me to consider and kept in close contact to answer questions until it was settled. "

    "There were a few issues with details, which I gave feedback for them to improve (like knowing how to wire money so that we don't all get hit with big fees; being clear about how much drive time was expected each day and offering stops; knowing if there was periodic wifi service available; providing a beverage as part of the meal; and being explicit about who tips at each stop on my behalf- little details that show top notch professional service). "

    "Overall, my itinerary was a very good tour of the country. I could tell they had planned it to be as comfortable as possible for me (although this meant eating and staying at some places I would not have picked because they were situated and oriented only to tourists). Because my itinerary was designed to see highlights that were far apart, I had looong days in the car, so that is something to consider for your trip. The roads are not always in good shape, so it can be slow going, but I did also see a lot of interesting things out the window! "

    "My guide Paul was an excellent driver, he was very professional and knowledgeable about what we were seeing. We saw all the wildlife I expected, I was able to talk with him about Uganda's history and politics, about conservation issues and natural history of the animals.... it is no small thing to be traveling with someone every day, all day, for 12 days and have a good experience. I had seen similar reviews of Paul and concur he is a pro! "

    "I am happy to answer questions about this company, I recommend both their services and Uganda as a destination- this was my first trip to Africa. I never felt unsafe, and was able to have a very comprehensive experience of culture, landscape, and 'safari animals' in a 12 day tour. "

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  • Review by Nathan from UAE
    10 out of 10

    "Edward, Elias, and Paul were exceptionally helpful, both before and during the tour. We did a three-day safari, and our driver, Paul, was knowledgeable about the wildlife and did a good job of preparing us with information before each stage of the tour. With over a decade of leading tours, Paul's experience showed. Edward was responsive and helpful in setting up the tour, answering emails promptly and organizing a trip to a school in Jinja to provide humanitarian service. Elias was present before and after the tour, to make sure our questions were answered to our satisfaction."

    "Some tour companies make you feel like they only want your money. Home to Africa Tours and Travel make you feel like they want you to come back."

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  • Review by Melissa from UAE
    10 out of 10

    "Home to Africa Tours and Travel is a first class safari and travel tour operation company! From the moment I sent my first email inquiring about their services to the last drop off to Entebbe International Airport, everything they did exceeded my expectations. The organization and communication were always efficient and top notch; including answering my questions in a timely manner, providing sufficient details to the days' itineraries and meeting safari schedules. Our guide, Paul, was friendly, knowledgeable and fun to be around. The accommodations, food and transportation were also fantastic! The best thing about Home to Africa Tours and Travel company is that it gives back to the community of Uganda by giving a portion of its safari fees to help a school in Buwenge, Jinge. It is not just a company providing great tours of Uganda, it is a company looking out for the future of Ugandan children. (One of the favourite parts of our holiday was spending a day with the school's administrators and children, in addition to bringing donated school supplies for them.) Thank you Home to Africa Tours and Travel for making our Ugandan memories so special!"

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  • Review by Nuala Riordan from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "Our first trip to Uganda was great. Home to Africa Tours and Travel looked after us well. We were very lucky to see the tree climbing lions in Ishasha, had great sightings of the Gorillas up close. By chance ended up in a Chimp trek instead of a nature walk. That was fantastic, would have been very disappointed to have missed it and learnt it was an option to do instead of a nature walk, definitely clients should be advised of this option. The travel company cannot be blamed for the state of the roads in parts of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, but it would have good to advise clients of it in advance, plus the lengthy duration of travel between each place on the itinerary. I myself requested most of the lodges, but didn't realise per example there was an hours drive from Park View Safari Lodge to where we would be doing the safari. That would have influenced my decision on where to stay. In saying that Park View was a fantastic lodge."

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  • Review by Amy from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Unfortunately due to personal emergency, we had to cancel our tour to Uganda from the US. Edward and his team were very understanding and had meticulous follow up. The attention to detail and communication during the planning process was exceptional but to see this service after we cancelled is rare in a company. We hope to reschedule soon. "

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  • Review by Nicole from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Home to Africa Tours and Travel was one of the most accommodating operators I have worked with. I received prompt emails and communications and excellent customer service in regards to customizing my tour with personalized needs. Edward and his team were completely professional and respectful, and I very much appreciated all of their hospitality and support."

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  • Review by Naava Rodenburg from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the gorilla trekking, the beautiful lodges, various birds. It was so special."

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  • Review by Neely from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Edward was extremely communicative before I arrived in Uganda and was willing to work with me to build a package within my budget. They picked me up at my guest house in Entebbe but the safari car they picked me up in ended up having some issues so we had to switch to my guides personal van. It ended up working out fine but this put our schedule off track. They also over charged me by $20 upon arrival but by the time I noticed I was not able to meet them to get it back. All in all, if you're looking for a budget safari Home to Africa is a great option. "

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  • Review by Nicole from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I was in uganda for a month and i decided to take 5 days on a wild life and gorilla safari. Home To Africa Tours and Travel , handled my safari excellently . They have very nice cars and My safari guide was professional and well informed.. I recommend Home To Africa"

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  • Review by Carlo from USA
    10 out of 10

    "On 15th September i and three friends left Florida for a trip to East Africa. we later decided to only visit uganda due to our busy schedule."

    "we contacted several Companies in Uganda. Home To Africa Tours and Travel always replied our inquiries in time and to the detail. we decided to choose them . we had the best experience , Edward Wesonga is the best staff, well organized and with all the answers to the questions. they had a best tour guide and the hotels were so good."

    "we recommend you , the sky is the limit"

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  • Review by Tim from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great time on the safari. Home to Africa arranged a great 5-day gorilla safari tour for me. They did not just follow my own instructions on what I wanted to see but they also had some good suggestions for my time in Uganda. Together we combined it into a great tour. The accommodation during the safari was perfect and the tours that were arranged were fabulous. We were never in a hurry and even during the day I could ask about things I wanted to see or do. Also everywhere we went the people were friendly. Paul, my guide during the safari, knew a lot about Uganda, Eastern Africa, animals, culture and history. That made my experience complete!"

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  • Review by Lynnie from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I and my husband have used this company and all I can say they are the best . we loved your services . we will surely return and use your company again "

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