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June 2009

In this newsletter we will share the latest Mountain Gorilla News and inform you about the most recent developments at Primate Lodge Kibale and Simba Safari Camp. And don't forget to check for the SPECIAL DISCOUNTED safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park!

In this month's newsletter:

Mountain Gorilla News
Developments at Primate Lodge Kibale

!! NEW !! 4-days Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Simba Safari Camp - Affordable luxury in the Wilderness!
E-tourism in Kampala

Permits availability
Safari testimonial

 

1. Mountain Gorilla News
As you probably know, 2009 has been declared as the "Year of the Gorilla". With only 720 mountain gorillas left in the world, Uganda is home to more than half of the population. Not surprisingly, there is still a lot of movement within the gorilla families:

  •   The Rushegura family, who has been moving up and down between DRC and Uganda since a year now, has again crossed the border. Consequently, this group can currently not be tracked by tourists, although their movement is monitored closely.
  •   The Bitukura family became available for tourism in the second part of 2008 and is now frequently visited. The group consists of thirteen members including four silverbacks.
  •   The gorillas of the Habinyanja group have recently extended their home range and moved deeper into Bwindi Forest. While Uganda Wildlife Authority keeps monitoring the situation, trackers may now take longer to track and visitors to this group will start their hike earlier in the morning.
  •   Uganda Wildlife Authority has announced the launch of the Nshongi family starting from June 2009. Permits will be sold from one month in advance. This new gorilla group will be visited by four tourists for the beginning, as UWA evaluates the impact before opening fully.

 

2. Developments at Primate Lodge Kibale
Since the opening almost two years ago, Primate Lodge Kibale has received many guests, ranging from students and primate lovers, to TV companies and experienced birders. To make sure that our guests receive the best facilities in Kibale Forest, we have started renovating the luxury safari tents. The grass-thatched roofs have been completely replaced, the private verandas are reconstructed and even the bathrooms are extended. The renovation of the eight tents is almost completed and will ensure more comfort and quality during your stay in Kibale Forest!

Photos of the upgraded luxury safari tents:

New grass-thatched tents at Primate Lodge    Extended bathroom of tents at Primate Lodge   Renovated verandas of tents at Primate Lodge

Visit our website for more information and photos...

 

3. !! NEW !! 4-days Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Being specialized in Murchison Falls Safaris for years, Red Chilli has now launched a 4-days safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, in cooperation with Simba Safari Camp. With this new tour, Red Chilli offers backpackers and other travellers the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful national parks in Uganda at a very competitive price. Apart from three nights at Simba Safari Camp, the h
ighlights of the safari include:
     - Community Walk in the Rwenzori foothills
     - Boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel
     - Explosion Crater Drive
     - Wildlife viewing at the Kasenyi Plains
     - Maramagambo Fores Walk
     - Visit to the Amabera Caves and Crater Lakes

The 4-days safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park departs 3-4 times a week from Kampala and can be booked at USD $320 per person. Special introductory price of USD $299 per person! (valid until the end of June)
For more details and enquiries click here...

 

4. Simba Safari Camp - Affordable luxury in the Wilderness!
Only five months after opening our new safari accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Simba Safari Camp is becoming extremely popular. Not only Red Chilli has chosen Simba as a perfectPlanting trees at Simba Safari Camp gateway for their Queen Elizabeth Safari, but more and more travellers are discovering this new pearl that combines comfort and a fantastic location with affordable prices.
Simba Safari Camp has a total capacity of 68 beds, including a family cottage, twin rooms and dormitories. A variety of meals and drinks are served in the restaurant with an adjacent bar and sitting area. Moreover, in respect of conservation and protection of nature
, our guests are invited to plant a tree, which will be nourished and carry their name in eternity.
Come and leave your permanent print at Simba Safari Camp! Visit our website for more details, enquiries and photos...

 

5. E-Tourism in Kampala
Following the success of the first international E-Tourism Conferences in Nairobi and Johannesburg last year, a two-day seminar on Online Tourism was held on 18th and 19th May in Kampala. The seminar was part of the E-Tourism East Africa Road Show and initiated by Managing Director Damian Cook. It included professional training about online travel sales, marketing and commerce, and provided guest presentations from some of the world's leading experts in Online Tourism, including Expedia. Not less than 150 stake holders from the tourism sector in Uganda attended the seminar which was coordinated by Amos Wekesa (president of Uganda Tourism Association) and Henry Okecho (Chairman of Association of Uganda Tour Operators).

Read more about E-Tourism in East Africa...

 

6. Permits availability
For 2009 and 2010 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!
       20 August 2009             4 permits available
       31 August 2009             4 permits available
       02 October 2009            2 permits available
       15 December 2009        6 permits available
       31 December 2009        4 permits available
       16 July 2010                  6 permits available
       24 July 2010                  6 permits available
       30 July 2010                  8 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!

 

7. Safari testimonial
Colm Donohoe from Ireland and Iwona Borowska travelled with Great Lakes Safaris in April 2009. This is what he says about his introduction with the "Pearl of AfPhoto Colm Donohoe: lion in Queen Elizabeth National Parkrica":
"I just returned from Uganda over a week ago and wanted to thank GLS for everything. We had a great time, lots of wildlife, walking and we got to meet a lot of local people. We would definitely recommend Great Lakes and Beki to any friends or family and most importantly, we would really recommend Uganda. Compared particularly to South Africa or Kenya, Uganda is much more safe and friendly. We enjoyed the national parks more than we had experienced in Namibia or Tanzania and had better wildlife viewing in Uganda. An extra advantage of Uganda is the chance of lots of tracking and walking opportunities.
I put up a lot of my photos at www.colmdonohoe.com/uganda/home. Thanks again and hopefully we can be back again soon."


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