Leading tour companies in Uganda | Great Lakes Safaris company profile
- Name of the company : Great Lakes Safaris Limited
- Registration number : 47861
- Date of registration : 23rd April 2001
- Postal address : P.O. Box 33024, Kampala, Uganda
- Physical address : Mutungo Hill, Biina Road
Plot 1001, Block 243, Kampala
- Tel/Fax number : +256 (0) 414 267 153
- Mobile number : +256 (0) 772 426 368
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Main website : Great Lakes Safaris www.safari-uganda.com
- Additional websites : Uganda Lodges www.ugandalodges.com Cultural Safaris www.cultural-safaris.com
- Facebook : Safari Uganda
- Twitter : @SafariUganda
- Offices abroad:
Great Lakes Safaris UK
70 Shephall Way, Stevenage
Hertfordshire, SG2 9QJ
FACTS & FIGURES
- Office : Kampala, Uganda
- No of employees : 30 (excluding lodge staff)
- Fleet : 14 vehicles
- Number 27 of the fastest growing Top 100 Mid-sized Companies in Uganda 2013
- Number 1 in the Tourism Category of the Uganda’s Top 50 Brands Awards 2012
- Number 20 of the fastest growing Top 100 Mid-sized Companies in Uganda 2011
- Revenue Growth Champion Uganda 2011-2012
- Nomination for the Tourism of Tomorrow Conservation Award 2011
- Chimp Award for Investment in Eco-tourism 2008
- International Award for Best Performance 2002
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Great Lakes Safaris Limited was founded in 2001 by a young professional entrepreneur, Mr Amos Wekesa. He set up a professional company with the intention to improve the quality of tour operation in Uganda and the Great Lakes region of Africa. The company began with meagre resources, but over the years it has grown leaps and bounds to join the ranks of some of the leading tour operating companies in East Africa.
The vision of Great Lakes Safaris is to develop an indigenously owned tour company with international partnerships and networks that will operate in the entire East African Great Lakes Region, which includes Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania. Great Lakes Safaris seeks to provide a first-rate flexible service to its customers and promote the image of East Africa as an unequalled tourism destination in the world. The long-term plans include the development of a hotel and lodges chain across East Africa.
To provide high quality safaris, tours and guiding services across Uganda and the entire East African region. Great Lakes Safaris designs tailor made tour packages that suit our guest’s needs and budget as well as pre-designed set departure group tours. This however does not limit our guest’s option as they can still design their personal packages with the help of our highly skilled safari consultants.
Care, professionalism, integrity and dedication are some of the core values that underpin the business approach of Great Lakes Safaris. The company has established itself as a strong and reliable company that guarantees quality, consistency and competitive prices. Other core values of the company are excellent customer service, innovation, flexibility, accessibility and eco-tourism. It is for this reason, that many satisfied customers have named us “the best tour and travel company in Uganda.”
SALES & MARKETING
Great Lakes Safaris works closely with the Ugandan Government, the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Association of Uganda Tour Operators in order to guarantee quality service, flexibility and consistency. In addition, the company is at the forefront of marketing Uganda and strives to expand its international collaborations.
In addition to the main Great Lakes Safaris website, our other websites include:
Representing our Uganda Lodges collection: Primate Lodge Kibale, Budongo Eco Lodge, Simba Safari Camp
Uganda safaris focused on cultural interaction and community-based tourism
The Great Lakes Safaris team is made up of 30 capable and competent office staff and high qualified driver/guides and tour leaders, who all possess the requisite academic qualifications and years of valuable experience. Among us we speak a range of European and African languages, including English, Dutch, Swahili, Luganda, Kinyarwanda and many other local dialects found all across East Africa, empowering us to manage and handle all of our guest’s tour requirements right from conception to operation to closing, for optimal satisfaction.
DRIVER/GUIDES & TOUR LEADERS
Aware of the critical role a guide plays in our guests’ holiday experience, we hire only the best. Of our highly experience full time guides, many used to be national parks rangers with Uganda Wildlife Authority and therefore have extensive local knowledge of the flora and fauna, history, culture, geography. Some avid ornithologists complete our pack.
They also attend regular courses with the accrediting local USAGA (Uganda Safari Guides Association), are members of the Uganda Bird Guides Club and Conservation Societies. In addition, we provide German, Spanish and Japanese speaking Tour Leader/Guides, as well as accompanying translators in any of the other major international languages upon request. Contact Great Lakes Safaris to arrange a local language guide.
The company owns Totoya Land Cruisers and Minibuses. All vehicles are 4WD, are well maintained and provide a pop up roof for game viewing. For clients’ convenience, we try to limit the number of people in one vehicle to 5-6 persons. This means that every guest can enjoy having a window seat and luggage can be stored comfortably.
The challenging condition of the roads means that safari vehicles are serviced by Great Lakes Safaris own company mechanics after every trip.
Cultural tours in Uganda
Uganda features four major traditional and well established kingdoms: Buganda, Toro, Bunyoro and Busoga. Additionally, Uganda has many other different tribes-peoples practicing age old cultures, customs and traditions including the pygmy Batwa in Bwindi, the Banyakole famed for their magnificent long horned cattle, as well as the nomadic Karamojong living in the remote, semi-arid North East bordering Kenya and South Sudan. Historical relics including the Kasubi tombs (burial grounds of ancient Baganda kings), the Uganda Martyrs Shrine(a much more modern religious shrine), all amongst reputedly the world’s most hospitable people definitely makes Uganda one of the most ideal cultural tourism destinations in the world.
Our consultants stand ready to work with our guests to create the most fascinating and unforgettable cultural experiential tours.
Adventure tours in Uganda
When it comes to adventure, nothing beats a coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback, eight times the power of a grown man, in its natural habitat. Although an encounter with the over 100 strong family of chimpanzees in Kibale forest National Park must rank as the truest definition of ‘a walk on the wild side’- it could stop your heart! To partake the wildest white water rafting amongst the rapids of the magnificent river Nile, the world’s longest, is the true epitome of an adrenaline pumping river adventure and we think that a bungee jumping thrill over the river Nile must be what real ‘dare-devilism’ is about.
You can climb Claudius Ptolemy’s fabled ‘Mountains of the moons’, the Ruwenzori and marvel at their ice capped peaks astride the equator on a 7-days adventure with experienced guides; or hike the fringes of the famous Mount Elgon on the Uganda/Kenya border. If you take a launch boat on the Nile, in Murchison Falls National Park, come up close to the base of the glorious Murchison Falls itself where the mighty river forces its entire self through a narrow 7m cleft to tumble 43m down in a thunderous show of mighty power; without a doubt some of the most breathtaking sceneries imaginable. You could also take a hike up to the top of the falls and marvel at the falls from above, there just so many things you could do – Uganda must truly be the adventure capital of the world. Please contact us!
Recreation holidays in Uganda
Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, provides numerous opportunities for beach tourism on its edge in Entebbe as well as at various islands including Ssese Islands and Bulago Island, where one can enjoy walks on the beach, boat rides, lazy bird walks, some water sports, visits to the local fishing villages etc
Relax on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, enjoy the peace, beauty and tranquillity at the source of the Nile in Jinja, and visit the Mahatma Gandhi Shrine, the universal apostle of peace and non-violence; his ashes were immersed in the river Nile in 1948, as he requested. Enjoy launch cruises on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park or step out to mix and mingle with local Ugandans on a night outing in Kampala and feel the pulse of this buzzing capital city; Ugandans love to have a giant amount of fun – you’re more than welcome to join!
Special interest journeys in Uganda
Besides the classical safaris, Great Lakes Safaris offers theme-based packages and special interest tours, like golf tours, honeymoons, incentive group tours, tribal and homestead tours, philanthropic tours, school/colleges groups and many more.
Tours in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia
Great Lakes Safaris has an own fully fledged tour operating office in Kenya and is in the process of establishing one in Rwanda, while in Burundi and Tanzania we use loyal partner operators making us an able and efficient one stop shop for all your Safari and Holiday requirements across East Africa.
Great Lakes Safaris is highly conscious of the need to protect the natural environment and valuable cultural heritage. We have therefore initiated a number of projects, to maximize the benefits tourism can bring to local communities. One of these projects is the cooperation with a local family in Nshenyi Village, where guests can learn more about the culture of the different tribes and interact with the local people. A visit will support community based initiatives, varying from the construction of schools to the supply of clean drinking water and the making of traditional handicrafts.
In addition to our safari packages, Great Lakes Safaris offers a selection of safari accommodation under the name of Uganda Lodges Ltd.
- Primate Lodge Kibale
An exclusive eco-lodge in the middle of Kibale Forest, right at the starting point for chimp tracking. Different types of accommodation are available, ranging from comfortable forest cottages and a Sky Tree House to a safari tented camp, all privately secluded in the forest.
- Simba Safari Camp
A budget safari accommodation on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. With spacious en-suite rooms and affordable dormitory rooms this safari camp meets the needs of budget-conscious travellers who are looking for a memorable wildlife safari.
- Budongo Eco Lodge
Budongo Eco Lodge, also known as the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, is located in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve in Murchison Falls National Park. It consists of a visitor’s centre, restaurant, comfortable self-contained eco-cabins and spacious dorm rooms with shared facilities. The lodge offers a wide variety of activities including chimp tracking, chimp habituation, forest walks and birding.