A festive ending of the year with our special Christmas Newsletter!
In this edition we will inform you about a special person who
meant a lot for Uganda, share our experiences of the challenging
marathon event and summarize
the greatest highlights of 2009!
through the lens of David Pluth
Running for charity
Meet Great Lakes Safaris in Spain
Highlights of 2009
Uganda, through the lens of David Pluth
The name David Pluth may not directly ring a bell, but
his photos will surely do. If you have ever visited the website
Tourism Board or Uganda
Wildlife Authority, you will recognize many of his famous
images of Uganda and its people.
Pluth was born in Canada and lived in Switzerland since 1987.
He was passionate about photographing and his work took him all
over the world. Especially to Uganda. Apart from his well-known
images, he also published several books of the country, including
“Uganda Rwenzori, a Range of Images”, “Eye of
the Storm” and “Karamoja! Uganda’s Land of Warrior
David Pluth loved his work as photographer, he also developed
a great passion for Uganda. "I’ve enjoyed the warmth
of Uganda’s people since 1986 and have travelled much of
the country on foot. It’s one of the nicest countries for
travelling because the infrastructure is surprisingly good and
there are hardly any tourists - so go now and be treated royally!
I urge visitors to stay at community hotels and bandas, even for
one night, for a real taste of Uganda." (Source: Travel
Africa Magazine Online)
May 2009 a great tragedy happened when he died while being on
an assignment in Rwanda. He was only 64. To celebrate David's
life and the great work he did in Uganda, the tourism industry
launched a photo exhibition in Kampala. The exhibition “Uganda,
through the lens of David Pluth” started
on 25 November at Emin Pasha Hotel and showcased the work of David
Pluth. Besides a well-organized cocktail and raffle, visitors
had the opportunity to buy framed photos of which all proceeds
went to USPCA (Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals).
The event was attended by David's widow Patricia Arnold.
thanks goes out to all friends and participants who have contributed
to the success of the event!
about the life and work of David Pluth...
Running for charity
On 22nd November 2009 the sixth edition of the MTN International
Marathon took place in Kampala. Amidst more than 17,000 runners
coloured in the yellow MTN shirts, Great Lakes Safaris battled
again with a team of 30 enthusiastic runners. It was however Uganda
Wildlife Authority that won the 10 km Corporate Challenge and
donated its price shilling to Red Cross and Sanyu Babies home.
the MTN Marathon is more than just a run for fun. This year all
proceeds of the annual event will go
the Red Cross “Mama Bag” fund. These kits - consisting
of a mosquito net, medical supplies, nappies and other essential
items - support pregnant mothers in northern Uganda. They help
them to give birth safely as well as to reduce the risk of contracting
malaria and transmitting HIV to the newborn children.
Meet Great Lakes Safaris in Spain!
Come and meet Great Lakes Safaris at the largest tourism
fair in Spain! This time Uganda will be represented bigger, better
and brighter at the 30th edition of FITUR in Madrid.
Step by to share
some great memories of your safari, learn more about the possibilities
for your next holiday, check out the special
offers or buy one of the traditional handicrafts,
made by the local people of Uganda. Whether it is freezing and
snowing, we will bring some of the African warmth to Europe!
Lakes will be present at FITUR
in Madrid from 20th January till
24th January 2010, Hall 4 - A14.
Highlights of 2009
As the year 2009 is slowly coming to end, we can look
back at a turbulent but successful period. It was a year of important
developments, extended media coverage and promising collaborations.
We had the pleasure to host many international visitors at Primate
Lodge Kibale, to guide tourists around and to share the beauty
of the hidden Pearl of Africa. And if you haven't had the luck
yet to visit this amazing country, we hope that 2010 will bring
you the opportunity to join an unforgettable safari!
highlights of 2009 are:
Upgrade at Primate Lodge Kibale
In the beginning of 2009 a complete make over of the safari tents
of Primate Lodge Kibale was carried out. The grass-thatched roofs
were replaced and the veranda was rebuilt including new stairs
and finished with a wooden balustrade. Also the bathrooms were
redone with new stonework, plastering, roofing and attractive
from this notable renovation, we also invested in a new water
heating system to ensure hot water access 24 hours a day. This
investment included the purchase of a new pump, generator, water
tank and solar heating system. Also from an ecological point of
view this was an important development, since the demand for firewood
has decreased significantly.
Improvement of Nshenyi Village
Nshenyi Village is one of the undiscovered attractions of Uganda,
but one which cannot be missed out on. It
is located in the heart of the Ugandan countryside. A getaway
in the hectic life of today. A place where you can enjoy the wonders
of nature while experiencing the authentic way of living...
we decided to improve our Nshenyi Village product. With great
care and eye for detail
the local family Mugyenyi has redeveloped their home area and
made it more accessible and attractive for visitors. A
perfect mix of tradition and comfort!
The main house of the Ugandan family offers three comfortable
double rooms and a spacious living room. Each room has its private
bathroom with running water and flushing toilets. Hot water and
electricity are available 24 hours. In case you wish to spend
the night in a more authentic place, we invite you to one of our
five Bahima huts, built and decorated according to the local customs.
stay at Nshenyi Village is all-inclusive. A wide variety of food
is served, giving you a real taste of the African cuisine. Your
local guide will tell you everything you want to know about the
culture and customs of the different tribes. And your days will
be filled with typical traditional activities, including milking
Ankole cows, nature walks, ghee making, visiting schools and much
miss this opportunity and explore the rural charm of untouched
Africa! For more information or enquiries feel free to contact
First anniversary of Simba Safari Camp
Christmas day, 25th December, marks the celebration of the anniversary
of Simba Safari Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Since the
opening, the new camp has become extremely popular. More and more
travellers are discovering this comfortable place with
affordable prices and a fantastic location, overlooking the scenic
crater lakes and savannah plains. At only USD $210 per person
you can join us on a 3-days safari with weekly departures from
Kampala. A perfect option to explore Africa's wilderness on a
Opening of Budongo Eco Lodge
On 1st August 2009 Great Lakes Safaris officially opened her third
safari accommodation, located in the heart of Budongo Forest in
Murchison Falls National Park. This is one of the largest forests
in Uganda with an incredible biodiversity, including 9 species
of primates and 360 different bird species.
The eco-lodge features comfortable self-contained cabins and spacious
dormitory rooms with shared washing facilities. Also a visitor's
centre and restaurant are available where excellent fresh-brewed
coffee and delicious meals are served with a smile. In addition,
Budongo Eco Lodge offers many different activities in the direct
surroundings, including exciting chimp trackings, chimp habituation,
forest walks and bird watching.
Welcome to Uganda Lodges!
Uganda Lodges is the unification of our three safari camps: Primate
Lodge Kibale, Simba Safari Camp and Budongo Eco Lodge. Located
in the most prominent parts of the national parks, Uganda Lodges
offers a wide variety of accommodations that are suitable for
all types of travellers with unique facilities and outstanding
service. Whether you want to spend a night in the forest or near
the open savannah, we ensure you an amazing and unforgettable
is currently being redesigned and will soon be available with
more details, prices and photos of our three safari lodges. For
any additional information or enquiries, do not hesitate to contact
the Pearl of Africa
while staying at our Uganda Lodges!
The year 2009 has been characterized as a tumultuous year, with
an immense run on gorilla permits. But
no need to worry! Great Lakes Safaris has already blocked some
permits for next year's season. Thus if you want to track the
mountain gorillas on any of the following dates, you are guaranteed
of a permit!
15th December 2009 2
July 2010 6
24th July 2010 6
30th July 2010 8
11th August 2010 8
20th August 2010 8
30th August 2010
8 permits available
20th December 2010
4 permits available
from this unique opportunity and book your gorilla permit now!
Complete your safari with a visit to other national parks and
more beautiful sites, and we guarantee you an amazing safari in
2010 that will be remembered forever!
Hayley Bolitho and Gary Wooldridge from the UK
travelled with us in August 2009.
This is how they reflect their safari experience:
been back in the UK for a few weeks now and miss Uganda. We had
an amazing time with Great Lakes Safaris, thank you so much for
organising such an awesome trip, that was filled with a great
variety of activities and too many highlights to choose our favourite.
you also for giving us such an amazing guide in Richard, he really
looked after us and showed us the very best of Uganda. We also
felt lucky to have such a knowledgeable guide, who was so well
qualified and tuned in to the animals that we were lucky enough
have taken lots of wonderful pictures and have some nice pictures
of Nshenyi. I know that we were the first group from Great Lakes
Safaris to go there and we would thoroughly recommend it. The
accommodation was of a high standard and Gertrude the housekeeper
was very welcoming and caring."
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