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Number of Reviews: 116 Overall score: *****
Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
***** Written
Gorillas & Masai Mara

Gorillas and Masia Mara

5
This trip was everything that I could have asked for. I was particularly impressed with the Exodux team, they managed a lively disparate group and kept the trip on schedule, provided great food and information. The itinerary was very varied and interesting with something different everyday.
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
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Gorillas & Masai Mara

Gorillas and masi mara

4
This trip is a great experience for people who enjoy witnessing wildlife without any frills. The Camping element makes you feel like you really are in Africa. There is a big element a traveling overland which for me added to the whole enjoyment although this might not appeal to everyone
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
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Gorillas & Masai Mara

Mara and Gorillas

5
It was the most inspirational holiday because of seeing so much wildlife and it is value for money because the Gorilla permit is included. It is a very easy trip as there is a lot of sitting in trucks.
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
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Gorillas & Masai Mara

Gorillas and Masai Mara

5
There is no way to describe how perfect this trip was. It was all I had expected and much more. Every aspect of the trip deserves a superlative. It was as if the trip was made to give us the absolute best of each featured activity. The migration was at its height, we saw the "Big Five" within the first 24 hours, the balloon ride took us down into the river twice, the white water rafting was breathtaking (still smiling!), and the gorillas can never be adequately described in words or duplicated in pictures. This was truly the trip of a lifetime with a group of like minded, fun and spirited companions, who had all come to experience it all from a "real" level. Definitely the best trip I have ever taken.
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
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Gorillas & Masai Mara

Gorillas and the Masi Mara

5
This trip was fantastic! I can honestly say that there was not one thing that I did not enjoy - yes, there were days that there was a lot of travelling but the Overland truck allowed a good view point, so I still saw some great local sights en route.
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Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans
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Gorillas & Masai Mara

A nice trip, but not what I expected

3
It was a nice trip, but I was expecting something different. I was looking for an authentic encounter with nature, and this trip felt very touristic. The Masai Mara was fantastic, but unfortunately there were tons of tour companies around. The jeeps are communicated by radio and as soon as a jeep encounters an interesting animal, the driver alerts the others and in a matter of minutes tens of jeeps with tourists arrive at the same spot. It is indeed a fantastic place, but there are a lot of tourists around. We were lucky enough to see a lot of animals in August, and apparently it's not such a great sightseeing experience during non-migration season. If you are offered to visit the Masai village, be aware they practice FGM and if you feel uncomfortable with this practice, you might want to consider whether to pay the entrance to support them or not. The brief visit to the village ends in an improvised gift shop inside the village, where you are pushed to buy incredibly overpriced souvenirs. It really felt forced and kinda defeated the authentic experience of their culture I expected to have. In terms of accommodation, I thought it had the right balance of camping and permanent camps / hotels.The first camp where we stayed was not good: the first night there was a bunch of British teenagers partying until 3 or 4 am. The second night I talked to the camp manager and they did stop the music at 11pm, which was good. The rest of the camps were very nice, even the more basic ones. The thing that perhaps disappointed me the most was to get to places after long drives and not have any activity included in the trip to do. Of course you have what's called "optional activities" which you can pay to join, but (a) they were seriously overpriced (b) I didn't consider the activities "optional" because I hadn't fly all the way from London to stay at the camp. It'd have been nice to have an alternative activity included, even a walk in nature would have been exciting. It has to be said that our cook Dun was amazing, with very abundant and tasty food with and it was never a problem to serve different dietary requirements (coeliac, vegetarian, etc). Our driver Ben was super skilled and kept us safe through challenging roads. The entire crew made us feel always very well and at home.
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Teresa for her online review. Exodus is currently working to highlight the issue of FGM by supporting the Kenyan charity, S.A.F.E., who has been working with the remote Masai community of the Loitta Hills, South-west Kenya since 2008 to help abolish the practice of female circumcision. This programme has already had an impact on the Loitta Hills community by encouraging an Alternative Rite of Practice (ARP), i.e: graduating to womanhood without being cut. Further information regarding the work S.A.F.E does can be found by coping this URL - http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/kicheche_tour_report_july2014.pdf - into your Browser address bar.

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