ISSUE 21
AUGUST 2010   

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Welcome to the third edition of the 2010 GREAT LAKES SAFARIS Newsletter.

A newsletter with a complete NEW look, as you will notice. But this is not the only new development within our safari company. Continue reading as we will share more exciting news. But first we will commemorate the victims of the terrible bombing tragedy in Kampala...
 
Visit our Uganda Lodges!
Primate Lodge Kibale
Exclusive safari lodge in the heart of Kibale Forest NP. Read more
Simba Safari Camp
Budget safari accommodation on the border of Queen Elizabeth NP. Read more
Budongo Eco Lodge
Ecofriendly cabins and forest activities in Murchison Falls NP. Read more
 
KAMPALA BOMB BLASTS

Just at the moment that Africa was celebrating unity and the successful hosting of the World Cup 2010, Uganda got hit by a terrible tragedy. On the night of 11th July, at two different places in Kampala, spectators of the World Cup finals were attacked by a bomb blast, killing a total of 76 innocent people. Although no one of the Great Lakes Safaris team got hurt, our condolences and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy and their families and friends...

The terrorist attack was claimed by the Somalia's Al-Shabaab group, as a sign of disapproval of the Ugandan peacekeeping troupes in Somalia. Investigations started immediately, security efforts have been increased and the government is doing everything to prevent that this will not happen again.

Despite of the incident, Uganda is still a secure and stable country to travel. The situation in Kampala is calm and everything continues as normal. Moreover, our safaris are focused on the national parks and protected areas and if visited, Kampala is not more than a place for overnight at the start or end of the safari. Nevertheless, we are monitoring the situation carefully and will send updates to our travel partners and future clients.

Read a travel update in NY Examinor, by Leslie Koch...

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT GREAT LAKES SAFARIS

As we are slowly approaching the 10 years celebrations of Great Lakes Safaris in 2011, we are dedicated to make the company and our services bigger and better. Check out the following new developments at Great Lakes Safaris:

Great Lakes Safaris minibus1) NEW Safari Vehicles

In May 2010, Great Lakes Safaris expanded her fleet with three new 4WD Minibuses. And from this month also brand-new Land Cruisers will be added!

The new luxury additions are imported directly from Japan and will be outfitted with a pop-up roof for game drives, four comfortable seats in the back and a fridge to keep your drinks cool!

2) NEW USA OfficeContact our USA office

Are you based in the US and prefer to arrange your Uganda Safari comfortably within your home country?
Donít hesitate to contact our recently opened US office in Baltimore, Maryland. Here our US representative will be happy to assist you with any enquiries and useful advice about tours to Uganda and gorilla tracking safaris.

Our USA office can be contacted by email usa@safari-uganda.com or telephone 410-477-2226.

www.safari-gorilla.com3) NEW Website Safari Gorilla

Check out our new website www.safari-gorilla.com! With a new design, detailed information and an extensive offer of Gorilla and Wildlife Adventures, this new website will be a superb tool to assist you in creating your ultimate safari to Uganda!

4) NEW Training at Uganda LodgesAlan Cowan with the Primate Lodge staff in Kibale

In July 2010, Alan Cowan, who is a restaurant and pub owner from the UK, visited our three Uganda Lodges. At each lodge he spent a number of days working along with the staff and training them in customer service, with the aim of improving the standard of our facilities.

At Uganda Lodges we support community tourism by employing the lodge staff from the surrounding communities, so they and their families will benefit from tourism as well. Because most of staff never received a proper study in hospitality, we provide them with training from experts like Alan. Thanks to sharing his experience and knowledge with our team, we are now able to provide our guests with a new, improved experience at Uganda Lodges!

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Visit our websites for more information and tailor-made safari packages:
Uganda Safaris
www.safari-uganda.com
Gorilla Safaris
www.safari-gorilla.com
Cultural Safaris
www.cultural-safaris.com
 
NEW OFFICE TOURISM UGANDA

From 1st August 2010, Uganda Tourism Board is moving to a new office on Off Acacia Avenue in Kololo, Kampala.

The information offices at Entebbe International Airport and Garden City shopping mall shall remain operational too.

Click here for directions to the new office and a detailed map...

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PERMITS AVAILABILITY
For 2010 and even next year we 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!
  •   26 November 2010    -    5 permits available
  •   12 August 2011    -    4 permits available
  •   20 August 2011    -    4 permits available
Besides these guaranteed gorilla permits, we also still have chimp permits for tracking in Kibale Forest available:
  •   22 August 2010, afternoon    -    3 permits available

Permits can be booked in combination with a tour to other national parks, completely adapted to your wishes. But book early as competition is high!

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SAFARI TESTIMONIAL

Great Lakes Safaris was honored to host Ron Yutesler from the US and his 6-years old grandson on a Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls National Park. This is how they reflect their safari:

"I recently had the pleasure of going on a 3 day safari to Murchison Falls National Park with my grandson. I just wanted to let you know what a completely wonderful experience it was for both of us. Our guide Bosco could not have done a better job, I don't know how often he runs into an energetic 6 years old, but he did an excellent job keeping him interested and entertained during our experience. I will highly recommend your company to anyone looking for a safari experience. Thanks again for a wonderful time."

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Great Lakes Safaris works in conjunction with:
 
Tourism Uganda
www.visituganda.com
 
Uganda Wildlife Authority
www.ugandawildlife.org
 
 
 
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Great Lakes Safaris Ltd., P.O. Box 33024, Susie House, Ggaba Road, Kampala, Uganda
Tel. +256 (0) 414-267153 / (0) 772-426368, Fax. +256 (0) 414-267153
Email: info@safari-uganda.com / usa@safari-uganda.com, Website: www.safari-uganda.com