NEW accommodation in Queen Elizabeth NP
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda's most popular national
parks and certainly a most scenic one. Teemed with wildlife, this
protected area is bounded by the high mountains of the Rwenzori's
in the north, stretches along the shores of Lake Edward in the west
and hides the remote area of Ishasha in the south.
of the fact that Queen Elizabeth
is one of the most frequently visited parks in Uganda, it has always
been a challenge to find good and affordable accommodation. But
Great Lakes Safaris has good news for you!
in the middle of the constructions of a new
safari accommodation, just on the border of Queen
Elizabeth National Park and only 600 metres from the Equator. Located
on a hill, Simba Safari Camp
has spectacular views: Lake George, the Kazinga Channel
and savannah plains strechting till the far horizon.
The camp will feature 21 en-suite rooms, two dormitories
and a well-stocked restaurant. Prices vary from USD 25 per person
sharing the en-suite rooms to USD 15 per person for the dormitories.
comfortable accommodation, great location, personalized service
and above all affordable prices... Keep an eye on our next newsletter
and website for new developments!
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Coming soon: 3-days Budget Wildlife Safari
In addition to the opening of our new Simba Safari Camp,
we will also start offering scheduled
safaris to Queen Elizabeth National Park. These
short safaris, with weekly departures
from Kampala, are a perfect option if you are on a tight budget
only limited time available, but want to explore the amazing flora
and fauna of Uganda at its fullest!
on a journey of discovery in one of Uganda's most beautiful parks.
Follow the hidden tracks in the green savannah plains, make an unforgettable
boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel or experience the "Tarzan
feeling" in the Kyambura Gorge. Feel free to contact
us for more information or enquiries!
World Tourism Day
On 27th September 2008, Uganda joined the rest of the world
to celebrate World Tourism Day.
The celebrations took place at the Rwenzori Square in Kasese district.
Besides a national conference and tourism & cultural exhibition,
several new tourism products were presented:
- the launch
of a new hiking trail in the Rwenzori Mountains
- the opening of the Bitukura gorilla group for tourism
- the start of Quadbike Game Safaris in Lake Mburo NP
Gorilla Family crosses borders
Uganda Wildlife Authority has announced the movement of
a gorilla group from Uganda into DR Congo. The Rushegura
family, who used to live in Bwindi Forest National
Park for years, have exchanged their home area and crossed the border
to our neighbouring country in the beginning of September 2008.
family usually maintains a home range of a radius of 24 km. These
areas sometimes overlap and may lead to migration. Gorillas have
been moving and crossing boundaries for years, just like elephants,
buffaloes and hippos. However, since it concerns a habituated gorilla
group, that used to be visited by tourists frequently, UWA will
continue to monitor its movements closely.
As a result, permit bookings for Rushegura have stopped. Instead
two new groups can now be visited: the Bitukura group in Ruhija
and the Nsongi group in Rushaga.
In our last
edition we characterized 2008 already as a tumultuous year. There
has been a great run on gorilla permits, especially in the months
of July and August, and inevitably many people got disappointed
by the fully booked tracking dates.
need to worry! Great Lakes Safaris still has gorilla permits available
for this year and even 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!
10th December 2008 3
15th December 2008 4
20th December 2008 6
06th January 2009
4 permits available
January 2009 4 permits
08th July 2009 4
12th July 2009 4
26th July 2009 8
31st July 2009 8
09th August 2009 4
20th August 2009 8
31st August 2009
6 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
Recently, journalist Caren Mark from
the USA visited Primate Lodge Kibale. Looking back at her stay in
the forest, she comments:
Lodge Kibale is treasured for its proximity to Chimpanzee trekking
at Kibale National Park Headquarters but that's not all! Its improved
facilities including new spacious rooms and its being plopped down
right in the middle of the forest, makes it a one stop center for
your safari to Kibale Forest.
This is the place where you can hear all the wildlife sounds in
the comfort of your room. Some chimps even come here and take a
tour around the lodge. Even animals know what is comfortable!"