Reviews of safaris to Volcanoes National Park
139 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include Volcanoes.
"A wonderful holiday"
This was surpassed by my time in Rwanda - a fascinating, visually stunning country.
Seeing the Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park was an amazing experience and is definitely one I would like to repeat.
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Nothing comes to mind - my holiday was organized perfectly." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 9 on a South Africa trip
"An Amazing African Experience"
To spend time with the Golden Monkeys and Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat was both humbling and a privilege.
The visit to the Cultural Village was most impressive. It was a joy to share in their cultural activities
Before we went our visit was superbly organised and tailor made for us by Expert Africa. In Rwanda, Primate Safaris were brilliant. So organised and helpful.
We came away from Rwanda wanting to go back. If you can, go there and have a lifetime experience knowing that your money is not only helping the conservation of the animals but is supporting the Rwandan people.
Thank you Expert Africa we will definitely use you again!" Read full review: 6 nights in Africa; 5 on a Rwanda safari
"Our retirement trip"
How do they manage to have tonic, gin, lime, glasses, ice, and potato chips in Katavi? It must be a logistical nightmare--but there was my gin and tonic, always perfectly served. Dazzling!
We felt safe, treated so well by enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and genuinely caring staff throughout..... And then there were the animals. We never saw a rhine, because they have been poached to virtual extinction in East Africa, but we saw most everything else, and up close and personal. Having a leopard on your tent porch is not something I will soon forget.
A word of caution: Mother Nature can be entirely unsentimental. We watched two lionesses kill a baby giraffe as the helpless adult giraffes watched. This was not easy...... but it is what happens out there. This is not Disneyland." Read full review: 31 nights in Africa; 25 on a Tanzania safari
"An excellent memoriable trip"
Gorilla trekking permit was expensive and originally, we thought of doing it for one day. Eleanor recommended us to do 2 treks and it was a very good advice as both experience were different. The local operators, camps and hôtels that was recommended are of very high standard.
We could not wish for more." Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 5 on a Tanzania safari
"Trip of a lifetime"
While we planned our trip a bit last minute, Richard Trillo made it happen and ensured that we had a completely customized and flawlessly organized adventure. He listened to our goals, took our input and modified the itinerary a few times to make sure it ended up being a perfect experience. And perfect it was.
This trip was a gift to my wife for a big birthday. Nothing could express our shared sentiment better than her referring to it as "the best trip I have ever had."" Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 5 on a Rwanda safari
"Many highlights - and a couple of lows"
The Serengeti was a real pleasant surprise. Beautiful countryside and plenty of great game. After the lack of elephants in the Serengeti, it was a pleasure to see so many in Tarangire, but due to the repetitive nature of the game drives and tsetse flies, I can't imaging wanting to return.
All in all a memorable trip." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 6 on a Tanzania safari
"A long weekend in Rwanda"
"My Jan 2015 trip"
The gorillas are a must for anyone
Rwanda guide: Alex was excellent
I have used guides in many countries, Alex was one of the best, friendly, very knowledgeable and helpful" Read full review: 8 nights in Africa; 6 on a Rwanda safari
"Primates Hiking in Rwanda January 2015"
We asked for a long hike for our second gorilla trek and were persuaded we should have a medium one. It turned out to be short and slow due to one visitor being disabled. We sympathized with the family but it did not meet our objective which was to incorporate hiking with an experience. We were very impressed at how readily the Rwandans make it possible to carry people up in a litter and enable them to enjoy the gorilla experience. A lesson to me on humanity and how selfish I and the Western world can be.
It was not clear beforehand that we would be expected to tip absolutely everyone and the numbers involved. For one Gorilla trek - dancers, 2x guides, 3x trackers, 4x guards plus porters if engaged. We had to try to change dollars into small denominations and avoid any drinks not included in the price due to this tipping as we did not have the money. They say it is voluntary BUT it is made VERY clear that everyone expects a tip as '' otherwise they will go back to poaching''. After the huge cost of the holiday and permits we did not expect this. Whilst Rwanda is lovely and we have no regrets we cannot recommend it to friends. it cost me a years salary after tax for the two of us! We are not in the targeted wealth bracket but it was fun to experience that sort of life for a short period. Primate safaris were excellent.
There must be a cheaper option for hikers and backpackers.
Visiting the north east of the country would have been better instead of Serena Kivu
I loved the Nile Congo route and am glad to have done it before the new road.
Expected to ask and tip people if one takes a photo of them.
Thanks for a memorable and great very special holiday. No complaints - just feedback as requested." Read full review: 9 nights in Africa; 8 on a Rwanda safari
"My Sep 2014 trip"
The tour mostlly functioned as a taxi-they were on time and pleasant but not helpful." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 5 on a Tanzania safari
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