Best travel experience ever – exceeded all expectations
This was a once in a life time trip celebrating my 60th birthday by trekking with the gorillas in Bwindi so my expectations were high as this had been on my bucket list for some time. From the initial contact with Bella all the way through to the last of numerous emails, her responses were prompt and provided all the information I required. This, along with the price, was the reason I chose Bella Africa Safaris over the many other companies I contacted for quotes.
Bella customized a 15 day tour incorporating my expressed preferences whilst still allowing enough flexibility to take advantage of opportunities as they presented. The most enjoyable of these unplanned gems were visits to a village at Kibale (including an interesting house call to the local medicine man and a meeting with some of the delightful children from the village), as well as a visit to a newly established school in Rushaga and a performance from the children of a recently established orphanage. All these visits were truly joyful and memorable experiences with lots of smiles and laughs exchanged (thanks to our interpreters) with the opportunity to take some gifts a bonus.
Although Bella was not our guide on this occasion, we were fortunate to have Moses (an extremely experienced guide and expert driver) and Bella’s sister in law, Justine, as our travel companions. After sharing meals, life stories and histories, some long days in our 4WD, games of a night and lots of laughs, they soon became our family away from home. We are grateful also that our tour overlapped with Bella’s on 2 occasions which gave us the opportunity to spend time with her and realize we want to do another safari in the not too distant future.
Of course, we were lucky to see all the animals we had hoped (thanks to Moses’s patience and persistence) except for the elusive leopard, but the animal sightings surprisingly became less the focus than the cultural education and exchange. I could never have imagined that we would laugh so much.
So, if you are looking for a unique, customized tour with personalized care from start to finish, Bella must be your choice. The standard of accommodation was excellent (budget to mid) with all meals included making it extremely good value for money compared to other quotes received.
Thank you so much Bella, Moses and Justine for making this experience the best 15 days of travel ever and one I will remember with a great deal of fondness for the rest of my life.