Hog Safaris

Whilst travelling to Uganda we used a company called Hog Safaris which i have not seen advertised in any guide book to Uganda and i Believe that they are worthy of a mention. We found budget options whilst in Uganda very difficult for a full safari/tour but having booked this company prior to leaving UK were delighted with their organisation and pricing compared with other companies. We laid out a very challenging budget to travel to Murchison Falls, QENP, Bwindi & Jinja and they made it possible within our price range. All transactions for payment ran smoothly and they organised all permits for park entry, boat cruises, chimp trekking, gorilla trekking and transport and accomodation. Great staff too! Transport was in Hi-lux Toyota, but they do also have Land Cruisers, and safari was private with myself, my wife and our driver. We are aware how difficult it is to find budget rooms in Uganda but we stayed at Red Chilli at Murchison Falls, a private guest house outside QENP, (a good standard) and Bwindi Community Camp amongst others. Throughout the trip our price included all meals and water supplied throughout. The only expense that we accrued was drinks at meal times. Our driver took us to some oustanding out of the way places particularly around Kibale and QENP craters where we were the only tourists. Booking appeared to be the usual standard for transactions in Uganda, having to pay via a bank transfer but the owner Ben Katumba is happy to talk over the phone and explain the process and put the client at ease. I was fortunate as he was travelling to the UK on a business trip prior to our departure and he was more than happy to meet and discuss my plans. The company will also arrange airport pick-ups and transfers and will book hotels for you. Although we used them as a budget option they will tailor a holiday for any budget and their drivers seem extremely well connected. Our driver, Joseph, even managed to get us entry to the Mweya Safari Lodge at the Kasinga Channel for a nose about! If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on d_merchant@sky.com for more information on this company.

David Merchant
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