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   ISSUE 22
OCTOBER 2010   

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

In this newsletter you will find a gorilla family that is looking for a friend. Continue reading to discover a new lodge, hidden on the banks of the river Nile. And get to know why Ngamba Island is a "must" during your visit to Uganda!

 
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
 
MEET THE RUSHEGURA GORILLA FAMILY

Mountain Gorilla BwindiSince a few weeks, another gorilla family has been added to Friend a Gorilla. Despite that the members of this family liked to move and cross the border with Congo, they seem to have settled now in Bwindi. In fact, they love to wander around in Buhoma Village and are often seen at Gorilla Forest Camp.

The Rushegura family was opened for tourism in 2002 and is led by the Silverback Mwirima. The family consists of 2 blackbacks, 5 adult females and a number of juveniles and infants.

Friend your favorite gorilla of the Rushegura family now...

Especially for the gorilla lovers, we recently opened WWW.SAFARI-GORILLA.COM. A website that is full of information about gorillas, their lifestyle, details about gorilla tracking, how to purchase a gorilla permit and of course a wide variety of sample itineraries to visit the Mountain Gorillas in person.

Visit our Gorilla Safari website, read more about the Rushegura family or contact us for more information.

 

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NEW! WILDWATERS LODGE

Looking for an extraordinary, unique and unforgettable experience on the Nile?

Wildwaters Lodge on the NileNestled in a lush rainforest on a private island, in the middle of the Nile between two explosive waterfalls, Wildwaters Lodge is breathtaking. This new lodge, that opened its doors in August 2010, features 8 luxury cottages which are linked by meandering elevated walkways. Each of the rooms has a king-size bed, outside bath and private deck providing spectacular views over the River Nile. The perfect place to listen to the thundering rapids and the many species of birds that live on the island!

Read more about Wildwaters Lodge facilities and activities...

 

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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
 
NGAMBA: MORE THAN AN ISLAND

Whoever thinks that Ngamba is just another island in Lake Victoria is wrong. First of all, Ngamba is largely forested with 98 acres of lush tropical rainforest. Secondly, unlike many other islands, the main residents on Ngamba are formed by... chimps!

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is part of the Koome group of islands and is located 23 km southeast of Entebbe. The island is managedOne-on-one interactive experience with the chimps by CSWCT (Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust) who is dedicated to providing a safe home and excellent care of rescued chimpanzees.

Still being a premier primate destination, Uganda has lost 90% of her chimpanzees in the last 500 years. Only 4,950 chimpanzees are left in the wild.
The sanctuary currently cares for 44 orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees. Here you can meet Sunday, who spent years in a Moscow circus, a female chimp named Peace who lived in a hotel in Mukono, or Kalema who was confiscated from the UPDF. Apart from caring for the chimps, CSWCT is also involved in conservation education and benefits local communities.

Are you interested in visiting Ngamba Island in person? CSWCT has developed a variety of programs to offer you unforgettable encounters with the chimps of Ngamba. Board on the speedboat for a (half) day trip to view the feeding of the chimpanzees. Even better, spend a night on the island and go for a Chimp Walk with the young chimpanzees in their forested habitat. Or be a Chimp Caregiver for a day and assist the staff with their daily activities. And why not becoming a forest parent to one or more of the orphaned chimpanzees?

Have a close-up Chimpanzee Encounter - and make a difference in the lives of chimpanzees!

Read more about CSWCT and their conservation activities...
Learn more about CSWCT on YouTube...

And do not forget to read our next newsletter with a new exciting Chimp Safari Package!

 

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WORLD TOURISM DAY CELEBRATIONS

As the world came together to celebrate World Tourism Day on 27th September, Uganda did not intend to let this day pass by unnoticed either.

Bujagali Falls, JinjaThis year the celebrations were held under the theme "Tourism and Biodiversity", as proposed by the World Tourism Organization. The purpose of the day is to increase awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

In light of this, Uganda called upon its residents and tourists to attend the celebrations for a full weekend at the shores of the river Nile in Jinja. The celebrations aimed to preserve both plant and animal life in and around Jinja. In cooperation with tourism organizations and other stakeholders, Jinja's attractions were well visited, such as the Source of the Nile, Bujagali Falls, Jinja Golf Club, Sailing Club and the Hotel & Tourism Training Institute. A wide offer of activities could be enjoyed, including horse riding, white water rafting and quad biking. But also "Clean Up Jinja", whereby the public participated in cleaning the city environments, a golf tournament, traditional dances and corporate dinners were part of the celebrations.

Read more about the World Tourism Day in Uganda...

 

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PERMITS AVAILABILITY
Book your gorilla permit 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

Tom Gibson and his friends came all the way from the USA to join a birding safari with Great Lakes Safaris in August 2010. This is what he says about their trip:

"I want to take a moment to thank you for all that you did to make our Uganda trip such a great success. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. Great Lakes did a great job with the itinerary, accommodations, guides etc. The scenery, wildlife and bird sightings were spectacular and the Ugandan people were quite gracious and welcoming. I would be happy to serve as a reference for anyone considering a similar trip."

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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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