Your home country: USA
How did you hear about Homestead Tours and Safaris?: From a previous client
Date of your Tour: Oct 28, 2019
Name of your Tour (if a pre-planned package) or Main Places Visited (if it was a tailor-made Tour): Chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Your comments, including any highlights:
Ben Ejadu of Homestead Tours and Safaris is a gem. His background as a ranger gave him intimate knowledge of all the parks in Uganda (and beyond) and knowledge of the absolute best guides to connect you with. His passion as a guide shows through his careful planning and his willingness to meet the needs of his clients rather than getting his clients to follow his needs; and his love for Uganda is infectious. And I totally believe he knows nearly everyone in Uganda…. AND he’s a benefit to community members – he gives back a portion of his fees for projects like clean water so women and children don’t have to spend all day collecting water – and the girls can go to school.
I know I’m not alone in my opinion because I booked Ben based on a well-travelled friend’s experience. Ben is able to work within your budget, I wanted midrange. (We’d done high-end Safari, loved it but felt very coddled and separated from reality.) We stayed at a former tea plantation where water was heated by logs, a community-benefiting hotel with views over the Rift Valley, a hotel on a lake with the most amazing bird life imaginable. (And Ben can identify them all.) And I think we were the only people who had a guide that made arrangements with hotels for post gorilla/chimpanzee trekking showers! We ate at the top restaurant in Queen Elizabeth Park and at neighborhood joints. I ate goat for the first time and loved it.
Sounds trite, but it all was very real. Yet clean and safe.
I was happy to let Ben do the planning, but if you have requirements like no steps or a constant WiFi stream, just let him know. I know he’ll take good care of you.
Have you got any suggestions to make which would help us to improve our website or the service we offer?
Maybe just give info that some people might find difficult (eg: this hotel has steep paths, there is no consistent WiFi here, water is heated on demand). I loved the adventure, I can think of a few people who wouldn’t. Then again, they’d probably sign up with Abercrombie and Kent….
Thank you very much for letting us know about your safari with Ben. We’re pleased it was such a good experience for you. You’re right – Ben does know the names of all the birds! And he knows where to find the animals – and the best local guides! Please come again – and next time, explore eastern and northern Uganda, to meet people and discover new animals you haven’t yet seen, as well as lakes and mountains, waterfalls and swamps …… There’s still so much more to experience in Uganda.