Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

4 star rating   23 June 2019

RGT who has been on 41 In The Saddle rides. Riding through a verdant and fertile land | With the exception of a couple of areas, most of the riding was on hard dirt tracks but the horses are well used to this. It would have been nicer to be on softer ground but there are no such options here. I enjoyed the pace of the ride which was varied, so though there was quite a lot of walking there were also loads of long canters and some very good gallops.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
5 star rating
How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
4 star rating
How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
5 star rating

The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
5 star rating
How would you rate the standard of the food?
5 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

Each lodge seemed to be better than the last - all were excellent. Food varied and good (and far too much of it!!!!)

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
5 star rating
Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
5 star rating

How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

There was some confusion regarding the flights from Entebbe to Kihili and the Bwindi forest. We were given very specific times then the information given was very different in the paperwork we received from Great Lakes and then changed again on our return. Not that surprising given that the flights seem to cater to what's needed on the day, but would have been helpful and saved a little bit of confusion/stress if in the pre-holiday info there was a warning that flight times could, and probably would, be varied. Just a minor point.

Secondly the tip situation regarding the gorilla tracking was very confusing not helped by the rep from Great Lakes Safaris who told us one thing - took us a while to get clarification on what he was telling us - and on the trek we were told something different by the head guide. It would be helpful if Great Lakes could ensure what they are telling us is indeed the situation and is consistent, and perhaps a guide to the amount needed for the tips could be included in the pre-holiday info.

None of this is major - just makes it easier and less confusing at the time. (Have to say the guides/porters were wonderful - I had to be carried - to my embarrassment - part of the way up as have recently developed slight asthma - they went up the steep tracks like gazelles carrying me, and we caught up with the rest of the group so quickly - awesome!).