a traveler United Kingdom
Tony Byarugaba is a tireless, knowledgeable and dedicated guide. He helped us see many hard-to-find bird species in western Uganda and facilitated an amazing trek to see the Mountain Gorillas. Mamaland is efficient, friendly and make a huge effort to ensure that its clients enjoy their safari. Highly recommended.
We (couple, 31 and 35 years old) did a 2-week safari through Uganda with Mamaland Safaris. We started from Entebbe and spent the first day at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, drove all the way up to Kidepo Valley National Park and went on to Murchison Falls National Park, did the Chimp Habituation in Kibale Forrest, visited Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Ishasha Plains and finally went on the Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Forrest before going back to Entebbe.
The tour was perfectly organized and I would do it again exactly the same way. Approximately three months prior our vacation, we contacted Anna from Mamaland Safaris who responded immediately and set up a great schedule containing all the things we wanted to see and do. She was very flexible in changing accommodations and routings at our request. She also sent us copies of the (highly expensive) Gorilla permits in advance. We always had a very good feeling concerning this tour operator.
Upon arrival, we spent one night in a guesthouse in Entebbe and were welcomed by our wonderful and passionate tour guide Moses the next morning. He took an amazingly great care of us during the whole tour and shared his incredible knowledge about the country, its culture and its wildlife. Due to our routing, we had some very long drives, but always felt really save in our car (4X4 with pop-up roof) and enjoyed even the bumpy and dusty roads. All lodges and guesthouses were booked and we did not experience any problems there. Also, all activities (game drives, spotlight night drives, boat safaris, chimp habituation and gorilla habituation) went per our itinerary. During our tour, we learned a lot about the country's culture and people and enjoyed the excellent hospitality everywhere. We were also really impressed by the variety of Uganda's landscapes and wildlife and had numerous unforgettable and very close encounters with the animals. It was really one highlight chasing the other!
Mamaland Safaris is an excellent tour operator. I strongly recommend them and would definitely go on a tour with them again!
Joachim and Loes Belgium
Contacted Tony from Mamaland after a positive reference from my brother and reading only but positive reviews about them online .. and yeah they're amazing , they gave us the honeymoon we've dreamed of !!
Honestly, looking back now, we would do exactly the same honeymoon: same company, same route, same accomodations, ... not change a thing ! That says it all, no?
Tony is a fantastic, warm, friendly, flexible and passionate tour-guide, bird-lover and football-addict with an astonishing knowledge of nature and culture, not only from the countries they offer tours for, but also from many other countries in the world !
The contact through mail went very fluent. Tony proposed a route based on our interests and available days and we were able to adapt both the route as the accomodations, based on things we've read online and from other tours.
Of course, Tanzania (Ngorongoro and Serengeti) has amazing NP's, unique in their type and is a must see! But Uganda as a country has suprised us very positively as well, especially the people's hospitality and the variation of activities and sights throughout the country (rafting on the Nile, seeing the big 5 in Murchison Falls, doing walks with birds and monkeys in the crater area, seeing the gorilla's in Bwini, etc etc). Yep, a true undiscovered pearl!
Thank you Tony for organising it all and thank you Charles and Hussain for guiding us around !
Joachim and Loes
Brian R. France
We enjoyed a very successful 4-day safari, including the hot springs in QENP Semliki, Mweya, a boat trip on the Kasinga channel, and chimp trekking. It exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Our guide, Paul, went out of his way to make sure we had the best experience. We appreciated his knowledge and expertise at all times. He lead us to a pride of seven lions and pointed out many interesting animals and birds.
We had quotes from three companies before choosing Mamaland, and their itinerary was the most detailed and the competitive. They were also very patient and responsive to our specific requirements.
We hope that there may be another opportunity to travel with Mamaland in the future.
Rino D. Switzerland
We did the "Magic of Nature" Tour with Mamaland Safaris and we had the best time. The places we0ve visited were all beautiful and interesting, and the accomodations were very good with great Food. Our guide was TOP, known by the People all over the places we stopped (which was very helpful sometimes) and with a huge knowledge about culture, land and nature. We can just recommend everybody to choose Mamaland for a trip through this wonderful Country.
a traveler United Kingdom
Had an absolutely fantastic time with Mamaland Safaris travelling around several different National Parks and seeing gorillas, chimps and many other animals. The service was fantastic and accomodation top notch throughout. My guide was helpfuly and informative. If you are thinking of going to Uganda, I would thoroughly recommend you use these guys. Thank you Mamaland!
Had a great time on this safari trip with Paul my guide. Was collected from my Kampala hotel early in the morning and began the long trip heading towards the equator point and eventually Bwindi National Park, stayed at a fantastic lodge overnight and was refreshed and ready for the Gorilla tracking adventure the next morning. What a fantastic experience to see these magnificent creatures up close and in their natural habitat. This was followed by a trip to QENP where all manner of animals can be seen including three tree lions expertly spotted by Paul. Stayed over at Pumba cottages that night, stunning views across the QENP! The following morning was a thrilling but exhausting chimpanzee tracking adventure in the forest before the trip back to Entebbe as I had a flight to catch.
Overall and fantastic experience meeting some amazing people on the way who went the extra mile to make me feel welcome. Many thanks to Tony and Paul (epic driving!). Highly recommended.
Jennifer United States
We are lucky to have Mamaland Safaris as our tour operator for our service learning trips to Uganda. Our school and parents trust Mamaland to arrange our trip and we couldn't be happier! Their knowledge of Uganda and amazing guides have opened up the world to our students.
Whether taking us to our work locations, exploring the national parks on game drives or showing us hidden gems in Uganda, Mamaland is the safari company who will let you enjoy the trip and not worry about the details. This was especially in our last trip when delayed luggage on arrival meant we had to stay in Entebbe an extra day and our flight home was also delayed by a day. Mamaland seamlessly arranged accommodations and let me focus on the students.
Responsive to my every question during the planning from the US, and amazingly friendly on the ground, I cannot recommend Mamaland any higher. With Tony, Paul and Hussein guiding you, you will never want for anything...except to return!
a traveler Denmark
Mamaland Safaris did a very god and professional job. We had a 4 days trip in southwest Uganda. Our guide/driver Michael took us from Kabale to Bwindi where we trekked for and saw the mountian gorillas with a guide from the national park, then to an island in lake Bunyonyi for enjoying peace and sun by the lakeside, and afterwards droped us off in Kampala. Michael did a very good job telling us about the local history and culture, giving us good and honest advice and create a good atmosphere.
Note that the national park takes 600 USD for a licens to trek mountain gorillas per person in high season.
a traveler Belgium
A complete tour of Uganda from Southeast to Northeast, from Western to Southwest. Away from all the tourism, past villages, markets .... off the unbeaten track.
Mamaland Safaris has given us an exceptional image of the country and its people.
Our guide Michael is an example of how his fellow travelers should assess and how a trip can be formed to their desire and this with some flexibility.
A travel company and country I anyone can recommend!!
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