Nomination of Primate Lodge Kibale
Since the opening in July 2007, Primate Lodge Kibale has been hosting
guests, from journalists to famous Hollywood actresses and directors
of tour companies.
The half year anniversary was honoured by a nomination for Investor
of the Year Award. During the celebration, President Museveni came
personally to congratule the nominees for their excellent performance.
Primate Lodge Kibale was awarded a certificate with special recognition
for their exemplary efforts and exceptional contribution to the
2. Uganda on Dutch television
In 2007 our country was visited by different international
TV companies, including the famous Dutch actor Johnny de Mol and
In the documentary "Waar is de Mol?" Johnny de Mol travels
with his well-known guests to different African countries. An adventurous
journey full of emotions, discoveries, impressions and great challenges!
Besides, the entertaining program does not only show the captivating
experiences of the Dutch, but also portrays the highlights of the
country including Murchison Falls, gorilla tracking and the Source
of the Nile.
is de Mol?" has been broadcasted on Veronica from February
2008 and the filming in Uganda was supported by Great Lakes Safaris.
Click here for more details
about the TV program "Waar is de Mol?".
excited after seeing the show? Or curious about the different places
that the filming crew visited? Take a look at the sample itinerary
"Waar is de Mol -
safari" and contact us for a similar safari!
Gorilla groups in Bwindi National Park
Of the 700 mountain gorillas worldwide, Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park is home to more than half of the gorilla population.
And thanks to the wildlife conservation program, the number has
increased from 300 to 340 in the recent years.
According to the 2006 Gorilla census, Bwindi has a total of 30 groups,
compared to the 28 groups in 1997. The number in each group varies
between 3 and 28, while 11 solitary males are living without a family
yet. Of the 30 groups, 4 families are fully habituated and can be
visited daily. Because of the increase in the gorilla population
and the continued health status, Uganda Wildlife Authority has started
a habituation process for two more gorilla groups: Rushaga and Ruhija.
It is likely that this year both groups will be open for a limited
number of tourists.
Great Lakes Safaris on the run
In December 2007 Great Lakes Safaris participated in the
yearly event of the MTN International Marathon in Kampala. The safari
company was represented by ten fanatic runners who
proudly stood out in the mass of more than 6,000 registered participants.
By participating, Great Lakes Safaris wanted to bring out its social
responsibility towards the needy cases in the country, since the
financial contribution supported our fellow citizens who
have been affected by the conflicts and the heavy floods in Northern
. Winner of the Uganda Surprise Box
Last year we challenged you to test your knowledge about
this beautiful country in Africa. The winner would be rewarded with
a Surprise Box containing typical items from Uganda, including coffee,
tea, waragi, traditional hand-made crafts and much more!
you five questions and here are the answers:
(1) Which international film illustrates
the turbulent history of Uganda?
(B) The Last King of Scotland
(2) What is the current price of a
(C) US $500
(3) What is the name of the safari
lodge that is recently opened by
Great Lakes Safaris?
(A) Primate Lodge Kibale
(4) Which famous event did Uganda
host in 2007?
(D) Commonwealth Meeting
(5) Which tribe lives in the surroundings
of Nshenyi Village?
abundant answers that we received, a winner was drawn at random.
And the winner is...
Duijn from the Netherlands
of the Great Lakes Safaris team we would like to congratulate you
with winning the Uganda Surprise Box!
For the new year of 2008 we have still have permits available.
Thus if you want to track the mountain gorillas on any of the following
dates, you are guaranteed of a permit!
9th July 2008
19th July 2008
11th August 2008 3
20th August 2008 8
13th September 2008 2
10th December 2008 4
20th December 2008 6
Permits can be booked in combination with a tour to other national
parks, completely adapted to your wishes. But book early as competition
Ingus and his girlfriend, from Latvia,
travelled with us in October 2006. They were so impressed that they
decided to come back one year later and explore the beautiful landscape
of Uganda (and Rwanda) again:
of all - thank you for putting another memorable trip together for
us, and special thanks to David for excellent driving around, as
well as his commitment to make best efforts to make us happy.
Regarding the trip itself - initially we came a little bit worried
how it would be, since we had very good memories about last years
trip and didn't want to be dissapointed. I have to say that we were
not dissapointed by any means, even more - there were some nice
additions to the trip also.
Overall, all activities during this trip were very well organized
and adjusted to our wishes. A very big thanks to all GLS team once
again! At some point we want to come back to Uganda once again -
feeling there is almost like at home! I've been to quite many countries,
but there is not such urge to come back to it as it is for Uganda,
you have really a wonderful country!"