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  • Reviewed December 2018
    Anne Murgatroyd

    Disappointed

    A very expensive trip that didn’t live up to the perception of the trips notes. We had lots of changes to our accommodation which certainly was inferior and very basic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    That one very special hour with the gorillas, the sights of the Masai Mara, White Water Rafting down the Nile and Murchison Falls.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jacob our group leader was fantastic . He was very knowledgeable and great to be around. Stonecold our driver also needs a special mention.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If WW Rafting is on your list then check it out as a dam has been built and if open the rafting will be poor. If you really want to see Chimps be prepared for disappointment. Check how many on your trip. If not full then the bag situation doesn’t come into it. Be prepared for some very basic accommodation. After the Masai Mara the parks are pretty disappointing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highlights for me were as above but in hindsight could just have done those in luxury accommodation and better travelling conditions at a much reduced cost.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Anne for her feedback. Whilst we are pleased that she enjoyed seeing gorillas, the sights of the Masai Mara and white water rafting, and that she found her tour leader to be excellent, we are very sorry that she was disappointed with aspects of the accommodation. Although there were an unusual number of changes to the trip notes on this departure, the words “or similar” are included in our trip notes because there is not one specific property that that is always used in each location. Whilst we consider these properties to meet the standard that we would expect,  we will continue to closely monitor feedback regarding the accommodation used on this trip. John Penge – Product Manager

  • Reviewed January 2018
    Pam Bell

    Totally amazing!

    The stunning scenery and the awesome wildlife were just two factors making this one of the best trips I have ever experienced. The four man crew were what made it extra special. The Masai Mara went well beyond expectations, with clear access to all of "the big five." Plus many many more species of birds and animals were on display throughout all of the national parks visited. The accommodation was clean and pleasant, the truck spacious and comfortable even over rough roads and on long journeys, while the meals were always made from fresh ingredients, very tasty and excellent quality.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The mountain gorillas were awe-inspiring, well worth the climb up to see them. The optional chimp safari was also an amazing experience. The close proximity to lions, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, elephants - the list goes on and on; was extraordinary within such beautiful surroundings. I felt very privileged to share the pristine environment with them.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jacob was an excellent leader; professional, extremely patient and efficient, always friendly and caring. His knowledge and enthusiasm was enhanced very ably by the other crew members; Albert, Stone Cold and Raymond (Dolly). All four created a wonderful team whose one wish was to make our holiday go smoothly and be unforgettably enjoyable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The padlock for the personal locker on the truck needs to have a thin, but long shank.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Everyone should have this experience once in their lives. Thank you guys.
  • Reviewed July 2014
    Colin Roe

    Colin Roe Gorillas and Masai Mara.

    I have been on a lot of wildlife tours but this one blew them away.It was such an amazing trip the tour leader Often made us feel as though we had knew him for years his crew were also amazing.I would recommend this trip to anyone. The wildlife was outstanding but the gorillas made the trip finish off an amazing tour thank you Often and your staff.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Tracking the gorillas for over 2 hours.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Often is my idol I think the world of him even though I had never met him before he's a great leader and knows his job inside out.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If your thinking of going just book it dont think about it and you will be writing the same reviews.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I just could not fault this trip from start to finish I would definitely do this trip again.
  • Reviewed September 2010
    Anonymous .

    GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

    This trip is packed with experiences.  Fantastic wildlife that will leave you speechless, friendly local people who will make you feel welcome in their home and teach you about their history and culture, and stunning scenery.  If you're in ay doubt about going on this trip, my advice is BOOK THIS TRIP!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't narrow it down to one single thing.  There were lots of inspirational moments.  We went at the time of the migration, so the Masai Mara was teaming with wildlife.  A million wildebeest is quite a sight - as are the crocs and other predators waiting for them to stumble!  The lions were especially spectacular.  We saw hunting behaviour and kills, lions teaching their cubs to hunt, defending their kills from hyena, etc - and all at very close range.  We also saw cheetah, black and white rhino, and so much more.  The balloon ride over the Masai Mara is also an incredible experience.  The trip to Chimp Island is fantastic too.  To see the work people are doing to rescue and protect chimps is admirable.  We also learned a huge amount about this species and conservation efforts.  It's fantastic that Exodus are supporting this project.  The visit to the orphanage in Uganda is humbling, heart-breaking and joyous.  Again, well done Exodus for supporting this cause.  These kids need you.  Jinja (Uganda) is a great place.  The genocide museum in Kigali (Rwanda) is a sombre experience, but gives you a real unerstanding of modern-day Rwanda.  Finally,  the gorillas.  So much more than I expected.  The trek is interesting and well worth it.  Gentle, comic and incredibly human-like - I dare anyone to look in the eyes of a gorilla and leave unchanged.  A peak experience.  In fact the whole holiday is a peak experience!  When are we going back??!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader (JJ) was fantastic.  Knowlegeable, organised and a great sense of humour.  Is there anything this man cannot do?!  He worked alongside our cook (Bernard) and driver (Q).  As a team, they were simply Brilliant!  They definitely contributed to making this holiday an experience of a lifetime.  I miss them all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare yourself for quite long journeys in the overland truck on the road.  These are longer than mentioned in the Trip Notes.  However they are interesting and a really enjoyable part of the holiday.  Don't take too many clothes - there are opportunities to do laundry en route - and there isn't a huge amount of room in the lockers on the truck.  The truck (our lovely Isabella!) has recharging facilities, so take your phone, iPod, camera battery rechargers.  Speaking of cameras, go armed to the teeth with memory cards!  We got through memory cards at a phenomenal rate due to the amount of things we saw.  The weather can change in a nanosecond, so go prepared to be roasting hot, soaked to the skin, cold...!  And speaking of being wet and cold, not all the camp showers are hot ones!  Take plenty of wet wipes if you can't brave a cold shower.  There's lots of interesting nick-nacks to buy on the way, so take your dollars!  I'd also recommend taking a nail-brush.  I couldn't get my hands clean after several days of camping!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This really is a holiday of a lifetime.  Kenya's Masai Mara is magical.  A wildlife lover's paradise.  Uganda probably has the friendliest people on earth (and The Source cafe in Jinja probably sells the best iced lattes in the world!), and Rwanda is stunningly beautiful.  Go with an open-mind, an open-heart, ready to learn, and a decent camera!  And prepare to fall in love with the people and the wildlife of East Africa.  I will definitely be returning....!
  • Reviewed July 2010
    Anonymous .

    GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

    An amazing adventure that we will never forget! This has to be the best way to experience some of East Africa's most breath-taking scenery and meet some extraordinary people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the Agashya group of mountain gorillas! Getting all tearful as 3 baby gorillas came helter-skeltering over one another to get to within 2 feet of our group - per magic! You cannot help but be moved by the presence of these truly magnificent gentle giants. Remember to listen to them too - the noises as they communicate with each other are absolutely delightful!Visiting the orphanage which is a short walk from the Adrift camp-site in Jinga and meeting Justine who provides shelter for 29 children there. She is an inspiration! She has little money for food and to pay the much-needed teachers to come and educate the children, but she has barrels of affection and a desire to make life better for the orphans in her careComing within a couple of metres of a family of lions and having the utter privelege of watching and listening to them interact, play and have the occasional grumble. All this as the sun slowly sets over the Masai Mara. Bliss!Travelling along the roads of Uganda and especially Rwanda and being greeted by bright smiling faces and enthusiastic waving from children and grown-ups alike. The are wonderful and just thinking about them still brings a little tear to my eye!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Often is a SUPERSTAR! He was so helpful, organised, supportive, informative, flexible and good fun! He always provided us with clear guidance on the day ahead and we all genuinely looked forward to his post-dinner talks! He is clearly passionate about the people and places we visited on this trip, always urging us to interact with the locals and experience their culture. He also goes the extra mile - we adopt a gorilla who was a member of the Agashya Family. We were desperate to meet her and Often ensured we were included in the group visiting this family. Not an easy task when 50+ people turn up at the visitor centre in the morning all with their own preferences on how far they want to trek and which family they want to visit!JJ and Bernard were also fantastic! Bernard is the chef who every night informed us that 'dinner is calling for you to attack/terrorize it...'!! He never made the same meal twice and everything was fresh and well-prepared! He also has the best sense of humour!This team work SO HARD throughout the trip - they do everything to make sure your trip is perfect. They are a huge credit to Exodus!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for long bouncy drives along rough dusty roads - we made some great friends on this trip so much of the time travelling was spent chatting, giggling and waving at the local people and children who never tire of smiling and waving to the passing 'muzungos'! Sleep is tricky on these journeys but not impossible!Bring books/pens/football/bubbles for the children in the orphanages - there are two which you can visit. The children absolutely love to play and the teachers are very grateful for any items that will help educate them.Try and 'muck in' and help your tour leader and his team. This is not expected at all but we found it impossible to sit back and let Often, Bernard and JJ do all the running around for us. We helped get the chairs out and put away for meals; preparing the vegetables/fruit; keeping the truck tidy; washing up and clearing away, etc. It generates a great team spirit!Enjoy every hot shower you can along the way! Showers are available in most campsites...but they may be nothing more than a lukewarm drip at times! Pack your wet wipes and be prepared to have a more basic approach to your morning routine!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't think about this any longer...BOOK IT! If I had the holiday time available and the money I would do this all over again tomorrow! I guarantee you will have some of the best experiences of your life!
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