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   ISSUE 23
DECEMBER 2010   

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Welcome to the fifth and last edition of the 2010 GREAT LAKES SAFARIS Newsletter.

With this special Christmas Newsletter we will end the year in a festive way! In this edition we will show you how top sport is linked to tourism, present a new, exciting Chimp Safari Package and summarize the greatest highlights of the year 2010!

 
Visit our Uganda Lodges!
Primate Lodge Kibale
Primate Lodge Kibale
Exclusive safari lodge in the heart of Kibale Forest NP. Read more
Simba Safari Camp
Simba Safari Camp
Budget safari accommodation on the border of Queen Elizabeth NP. Read more
Budongo Eco Lodge
Budongo Eco Lodge
Ecofriendly cabins and forest activities in Murchison Falls NP. Read more
 
GREAT LAKES SAFARIS: THINKING ABOUT OTHERS

While some people are struggling with the difficulties to make it to another day, the management and staff members of Great Lakes Safaris have been challenging themselves on a physical level - in order to help the people in need!

On 13th November, Great Lakes Safaris organized a Charity Walk from Kampala to Entebbe. The 40 km distance was covered by foot in less than 6 hours by a good number of participants. Each of the walkers contributed 100,000 UGX which has benefitted the non-profit organization called Rahab Uganda. This NGO runs a home for girls rescued from prostitution. Since its establishment in 2005, over 45 girls between the age of 9 and 18 years have been helped by Rahab Uganda. Read more about Rahab Uganda...

As a gesture of appreciation, Uganda Lodges Ltd organized a tennis tournament at the American Recreation Association to thank locals and expatriates for supporting us through staying at our Uganda Lodges. The tournament attracted over 45 participants who won different prices, ranging from free accommodation to trophies and certificates of participation. It is amazing seeing so many people coming to support friends and relatives!

Great Lakes Safaris running teamA few weeks later, on 5th December, Great Lakes Safaris participated with a team of 30 runners in the MTN International Marathon in Kampala. A total of 25,000 sports enthusiasts participated in the yearly event, that attracted elite athletes from Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia as well. Under the theme "Thinking About You" the proceeds were handed over to Uganda Red Cross Society to facilitate in the provision of safe drinking water and improve sanitation and hygiene for over 4,500 people in Lamwo district (Northern Uganda).
View more photos of the running team on Facebook...

Among the professional athletes was Moses Kipsiro, winner of the two gold medals at the Common Wealth Games 2010 in India. Taking his success as a sample, Moses Kipsiro has been officially appointed as Uganda's Tourism Ambassador. Just like his personal growth, the tourism sector strives to boost both local and international tourism in Uganda. Being one of the countries beneficiaries, Great Lakes Safaris contributed 1 million shilling to show its appreciation for Moses Kipsiro being Uganda's flag bearer.

 

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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Uganda is a growing country with one of the fastest growing economies in East and Central Africa. Being politically and economically stable for many years, and with an unparalleled selection of natural attractions, Uganda offers great opportunities for investment.

Since last year, Great Lakes Safaris has been managing the former Kaniyo Pabidi Eco Tourism site, including the accommodation facilities and activities like chimp tracking, birding, forest walks and chimp habituation. However, the contract, signed with National Forest Authority (NFA), does not only include the management of the current property but also provides opportunities to construct an additional accommodation that caters for upmarket travellers.

Being in the position to expand the number of accommodations as well as the general attraction of Murchison Falls National Park, Great Lakes Safaris & Uganda Lodges Ltd. have a number of investment opportunities that require partnerships in both management and financial operations. Together with a potential investor, we are planning to develop an upmarket lodge in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve and extend the current offer with new, adventurous activities that will be unique to Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the top ten national parks in Africa and receives over 45,000 tourists a year. The majority of the foreign tourists are of upmarket scale, which will mainly support the lodge that is intended to be constructed.

Read more about our investment opportunities or contact Amos Weksa, Managing Director of Great Lakes Safaris.

 

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GREAT LAKES SAFARIS IN EUROPE

As usual, Great Lakes Safaris will be attending several important tourism exhibitions in Europe in the first months of 2011.

Great Lakes Safaris at FiturYou can find us at the Vakantiebeurs in the Netherlands on 11th January 2011 and we will be visiting a number of cities in Germany. Additionally, Great Lakes Safaris will exhibit at the largest tourism fair in Spain. Fitur will be held from 19th till 23rd January in Madrid. Here you can find us at the same location as last year: Hall 4 - A14. Step by to explore the possibilities for your next holiday or find out our special offer for 2011!

Interested in meeting us during our road show in Europe? Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment for a personal meeting!

 

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NEW: CHIMP SAFARI PACKAGE

In the October edition of our newsletter you could read about a special island in Lake Victoria, where rescued chimpanzees have found a safe home. Chimp Safari Package

We have now developed a NEW safari package whereby you will have the opportunity to visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in person and have a one-to-one experience with the chimps.
The Chimp Safari Package includes:

  •  One night in a tented camp on Ngamba Island
  •  Forest Walk with juvenile chimpanzees
  •  Two nights in an Eco Lodge in the middle of the rainforest
  •  Full day dedicated to chimp research with professional rangers
  •  One night in a luxury, 4 star lodge at the shores of the Nile
  •  Wildlife viewing and hiking to the Top of the Falls in Murchison Falls National Park
  •  Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  •  Two nights in a comfortable hotel in Kampala including city tour

This package can be booked from USD $ 2295 (min. 2 people).

Click here for a detailed description of the safari package or contact us for more information and availability.

 

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Visit our websites for more information and tailor-made safari packages:
Safari Uganda
Uganda Safaris
www.safari-uganda.com
Safari Gorilla Uganda
Gorilla Safaris
www.safari-gorilla.com
Cultural Safaris Uganda
Cultural Safaris
www.cultural-safaris.com
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010

As 2010 is slowly coming to an end, we would like to reflect this year with important developments, promising new collaborations and increasing media coverage. We had the pleasure to host many international guests at our Uganda Lodges, guide travellers around in the national parks and share the beauty of the Pearl of Africa. And if you have not had the luck yet to visit this amazing country, we hope that 2010 will bring you the opportunity to join an unforgettable safari!

Our great Highlights of 2010 are:

      New offices in USA and UK

In 2010 we opened a new office in the USA as well as United Kingdom. This development has helped us to increase the accessibility of Great Lakes Safaris and offers you the opportunity to arrange your Uganda safari comfortably within your home country.

Our representatives are based in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Hertfordshire and will be happy to assist you with any enquiries, useful advice and updates on availability for (gorilla tracking) safaris.

USA office
Baltimore, Maryland 21219
Tel. +1 410 477 2226
Email: usa@safari-uganda.com
Website: www.safari-gorilla.com
UK office
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 758 308 3834
Email: uk@safari-uganda.com
Website: www.africanadventureholidays.com

      New safari vehicles

Great Lakes Safaris minibusThis year Great Lakes Safaris renewed her fleet of safari vehicles and replaced the older models with newly imported, comfortable cars. In total 3 Minibuses and 4 Land Cruisers were purchased and rebuilt for safari purposes. The new vehicles are all 4WD and have a pop up roof that allows excellent game viewing during your visit to the national parks. In addition, 3 Land Cruisers are outfitted with only 4 seats in the back to ensure comfort and space, including a fridge to keep your drinks cool!

      Improvement of Uganda Lodges

Primate Lodge Kibale staffWith three lodges in the most beautiful national parks of Uganda, we have had the honour to host many national and international guests at our properties during the past year. While trying to ensure a pleasant and memorable stay, we are continuously working on improvements of our facilities and overcoming the challenges that are inevitable when being located in a remote area.

New furniture has been purchased, investments have been made in water heating and solar power systems, and rooms have been renovated. In addition, the staff at all three lodges have recently been trained in a number of areas, including hospitality, customer service and first aid.

We hope to see you soon at our Uganda Lodges!

      New staff at Great Lakes Safaris head office

Due to the increased business for both Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges Ltd, the team at the head office in Kampala received three new staff members this year.

Hilda Ssekandi is the new operations manager and sees to it that both safari and lodge operations are running smoothly. With her university degrees and experience in tourism, she is a valuable and reliable asset to the office team.

The reservations department was also increased with sales and procurement officer Doreen Kafureka. Being born in Kenya, she studied tourism management and moved to Kampala in 1986. Thanks to her efficient way of work, bookings and permits are secured swiftly.

The final addition to the Great Lakes Safaris head office is Maureen Mutesasira, who started working as the company's accountant from December. Despite of being a new employee, she has adapted herself quickly and now makes an indispensable member as well.

On behalf of the management, office team, driver/guides and lodge staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Uganda in 2011!

 

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PERMITS AVAILABILITY
Book your gorilla permit for 2011 now! If you want to track the mountain gorillas on any of the following dates, you are guaranteed of a permit!
  •   12 August 2011    -    4 permits available
  •   20 August 2011    -    4 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

Stephanie and Peter Thurgood from the UK travelled with us in September 2010. This is what they say about their safari:

"A very big thank you for organizing such a brilliant holiday for us. All of our trip went exactly to plan and Richard was great. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him, a really lovely man. The gorilla trek was really hard but worth every step. We loved the lodges and the food was amazing.

All in all we had a great time, loved Uganda and the lovely friendly people and incredible wildlife. So once again many, many thanks for all your professionalism, patience and help in organising such a great trip. Our thanks also of course to all the staff of Great Lakes who were involved. Your are a great team!"

 

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THE GREAT LAKES SAFARIS TEAM WISHES YOU

 
Merry Christmas and
a Great Safari Year!
 
 
Great Lakes Safaris works in conjunction with:
 
Tourism Uganda
Tourism Uganda
www.visituganda.com
 
Uganda Wildlife Authority
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