FRENA Adventures organized our Gorilla trekking to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, Guide Eddie was very articulate and we learnt so much more than we would have expected the choice of accommodation Bwindi View was great, on budget but comfortable and secure, great customer care as well, beautiful environment nature at its best. We had the pleasure of coming close to Gorillas. Though the journey 500km from Kampala to Bwindi is a demanding one but its worth it hope to use this company again.
I thoroughly enjoyed their 3-day safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Fred (owner) was very flexible and agreed to pick me up at any location. As luck would have it, Fred lives in the town next to mine (both of which are outside of Kampala). He then drove me to my driver Willie. Willie had an uncanny ability to spot game. He would see a bush move and announce that a Hippo is coming and then I would see it. If I had gone without an experienced driver, I would likely have missed a lot. The trip included traveling to Fort Portal and the Tea farms, crossing the equator, and some of the best food I have had in Uganda (just outside of Mbarara). The final tally included close encounters with wart hogs, elephants, hippos and a funny but scary story about missing the lions. Two thumbs up
This was an excellent safari with FRENA Adventures. Fredrick was really quick to respond to questions when I initially contacted him about the details of the safari and the communication was great throughout the planning stages. Also, you can easily customize your trip since it is private, so on the third day instead of chimpanzee trekking we decided to do another game drive. Fredrick picked us up and dropped us off in a timely manner from our hotel and was a great and safe driver. Murchison was well worth it - we saw a lot of elephants, giraffes, hippos, many kinds of antelopes, warthogs, crocodiles, monkeys, baboons, etc. Unfortunately, we did not see any lions, but Fredrick did try his best to help us find some. We just didn't have any luck. We stayed at the Parkside Safari Lodge, which is part of the package, and it was excellent! The lodge is right in front of the Albert Nile and the sunsets are gorgeous. Also, they were extremely attentive, the rooms are spacious and they have an amazing cook named Francis who will cater the dishes to your tastes. The only recommendation I have is that the rooms may need fans in them as it got extremely hot in the night. Overall, great trip! I'm so glad we chose this company.
(My Nile River Adventure of a Lifetime; Trevor Fuelling Toowoomba, Australia. February - June 2017TREVOR FUELLING) Planning this trip started with a spectacular documentary on the Murchison Falls where the Nile River drops 40 m creating a rich habitat for aquatic wildlife particularly Hippos. The internet revealed that FRENA Adventures based in Uganda were offering good value 4 day safaris featuring the Murchison Falls. I booked this first. As a water engineer, I have always been fascinated with the Nile River and its contribution to the lives over 100million people living along the river from Lake Victoria in Uganda , through Sudan and ultimately through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. The Pharaohs made good use of the Nile; making a rich contribution to human society. Remnants of that era are awesome.
I asked FRENA if they could put together a personal trip from Cairo to Alexandria by car then on to Luxor by overnight train. At Luxor I would take a river cruise to the Aswan High Dam where I would transfer to the ferry from the dam wall to Wadi Halfa in Sudan. In Sudan I would visit ancient relics and the irrigation based settlements along both sides of the Nile. At Atbara I would embark on the train to Khartoum where the Blue Nile joins the Nile. From Khartoum I would fly to Entebbe in Uganda where I would undertake the safari to Murchison falls, then visit Jenga where the Nile emerges from Lake Victoria (the official source of the Nile). I also requested boat trip on the lake.
FRENA put the trip together in conjunction with tour agents in Egypt and Sudan. The combined expertise resulted in a remarkable experience for me. In Egypt I had a personal tour of the Pyramids and Egyptian Museum, then by car to The Australian War cemetery at El Alemain and to the Roman Fort and Museum at Alexandria, followed bythe first class train ride to Luxor, then the 5 day river cruise to Aswan stopping at the Temple of Karnak, Valley of Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Morman and Temples of Edfu and Sobek. Finally a Tour of Aswan High Dam. The Dam was completed in 1968 with a primary aim of regulating the flow of the Nile. It has reservoir capacity of 132 Billion cubic metres and is the 6th largest artificial storage in the world. It serves the irrigation needs of Egypt 85% and Sudan 15%.
Lake Nasser is 550 km long. The ferry to Wadi Halfa has 1st and 2nd class sleepers and travels overnight once a week. Early next morning you pass Abu Simbel, 4 colossal (20m high) statues of Ramses in front of his temple. These were salvaged from the rising waters of Lake Nasser by a complex engineering feat in the 1960s. The ferry docks at Wadi Halfa and you are now in Sudan where I was met by my Sudanese guide with 4WD. The passenger train from Wadi Halfa to Atbara no longer operates. This is Nubian Country. The Nubians ruled Egypt prior to BC 3500. Today they live a simple life based on irrigated cropping on the Nile. I stayed in a Nubian house at Wawa; then camped on the sand dunes at old Dongle which was once the Christian capital of the Nubian Kingdom. We moved on to Atbara (railway centre) via Karima and Jerbal Barkal: a magnificent elevated view of the Nile on a bend in its natural state flowing through the desert.
At Atbara, I took the modern train to Khartoum where I visited more Nubian Pyramids and the museum before flying out to Entebbe in Uganda where I was met by Fredrick, principal of FRENA. He introduced me to his 4 day Murchison Falls guide and off we went on an awesome experience with the falls and the wildlife, staying in his villa overlooking Lake Albert. You could hear the hippos in the distance at night.
I wanted to interface with Lake Victoria so he took me to Jinga Town and out to the official source where Lake Victoria becomes the Nile River. A boat took me to the rapids and the local tourist shop perched on the rapids where I purchased my shirt "I've been at the SOURCE OF THE NILE Jinga-Uganda".
I finished off with a 2 day boat cruise to Kalangala Island on Lake Victoria. I then overnighted in Entebbe and flew out the next day. This 30 day adventure in Feb-Mar 2017 met all my expectations for variety, excitement and value. I requested midrange accommodations.
My trip was totally safe and comprehensive taking all history and excitement associated with the Nile River and its people. All guides spoke English and were excellent. It is thoroughly recommended. Full Marks for FRENA.