Great Lakes Safaris


Great Lakes Safaris

April 2008

The first newsletter of 2008 we would like to start with a big thank you to everybody who visited our stand at the different tourist fairs in Europe. We were delighted to give you a foretaste of the Gifted-by-Nature feeling and are looking forward to welcome you in Uganda this year!

1.   Nomination of Primate Lodge Kibale
Since the opening in July 2007, Primate Lodge Kibale has been hosting many internationPresident Museveni visits the stand of Primate Lodge Kibaleal guests, from journalists to famous Hollywood actresses and directors of tour companies.
The half year anniversary was honoured by a nomination for Investor of the Year Award. During the celebration, President Museveni came personally to congratule the nominees for their excellent performance. Primate Lodge Kibale was awarded a certificate with special recognition for their exemplary efforts and exceptional contribution to the tourism sector.


2.  Uganda on Dutch television
In 2007 our country was visited by different international TV companies, including the famous Dutch actor Johnny de Mol and his crew. Johnny de Mol  and his guest in Uganda
In the documentary "Waar is de Mol?" Johnny de Mol travels with his well-known guests to different African countries. An adventurous journey full of emotions, discoveries, impressions and great challenges! Besides, the entertaining program does not only show the captivating experiences of the Dutch, but also portrays the highlights of the country including Murchison Falls, gorilla tracking and the Source of the Nile.

"Waar is de Mol?" has been broadcasted on Veronica from February 2008 and the filming in Uganda was supported by Great Lakes Safaris. Click here for more details about the TV program "Waar is de Mol?".

Are you excited after seeing the show? Or curious about the different places that the filming crew visited? Take a look at the sample itinerary "Waar is de Mol - safari" and contact us for a similar safari!


3.  Gorilla groups in Bwindi National Park
Of the 700 mountain gorillas worldwide, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to more than half of the gorilla population. And thanks to the wildlife conservation program, the number has increased from 300 to 340 in the recent years.
According to the 2006 Gorilla census, Bwindi has a total of 30 groups, compared to the 28 groups in 1997. The number in each group varies between 3 and 28, while 11 solitary males are living without a family yet. Of the 30 groups, 4 families are fully habituated and can be visited daily. Because of the increase in the gorilla population and the continued health status, Uganda Wildlife Authority has started a habituation process for two more gorilla groups: Rushaga and Ruhija. It is likely that this year both groups will be open for a limited number of tourists.


4.  Great Lakes Safaris on the run
In December 2007 Great Lakes Safaris participated in the yearly event of the MTN International Marathon in Kampala. The safari company was represented by ten fanatic runners Great Lakes Safaris in the MTN Marathonwho proudly stood out in the mass of more than 6,000 registered participants. By participating, Great Lakes Safaris wanted to bring out its social responsibility towards the needy cases in the country, since the financial contribution supported our fellow citizens
who have been affected by the conflicts and the heavy floods in Northern Uganda.


5 .   Winner of the Uganda Surprise Box
Last year we challenged you to test your knowledge about this beautiful country in Africa. The winner would be rewarded with a Surprise Box containing typical items from Uganda, including coffee, tea, waragi, traditional hand-made crafts and much more!

We asked you five questions and here are the answers:
(1) Which international film illustrates the turbulent history of       Uganda?
      (B)  The Last King of Scotland
(2) What is the current price of a gorilla permit?
      (C)  US $500
(3) What is the name of the safari lodge that is recently opened       by Great Lakes Safaris? 
      (A)  Primate Lodge Kibale
(4) Which famous event did Uganda host in 2007? 
      (D)  Commonwealth Meeting
(5) Which tribe lives in the surroundings of Nshenyi Village? 
      (C)  Banyankole

Of the abundant answers that we received, a winner was drawn at random. And the winner is...

Th. Duijn from the Netherlands

On behalf of the Great Lakes Safaris team we would like to congratulate you with winning the Uganda Surprise Box!


6.   Permits available
For the new year of 2008 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!
        9th July 2008                6 permits available
      19th July 2008                6 permits available
      11th August 2008           3 permits available
      20th August 2008           8 permits available
      13th September 2008     2 permits available
      10th December 2008      4 permits available
      20th December 2008      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 is high!


7.   Testimonial
Ingus and his girlfriend, from Latvia, travelled with us in October 2006. They were so impressed that they decided to come back one year later and explore the beautiful landscape of Uganda (and Rwanda) again:
"First of all - thank you for putting another memorable trip together for us, and special thanks to David for excellent driving around, as well as his commitment to make best efforts to make us happy.
Regarding the trip itself - initially we came a little bit worried how it would be, since we had very good memories about last years trip and didn't want to be dissapointed. I have to say that we were not dissapointed by any means, even more - there were some nice additions to the trip also.
Overall, all activities during this trip were very well organized and adjusted to our wishes. A very big thanks to all GLS team once again! At some point we want to come back to Uganda once again - feeling there is almost like at home! I've been to quite many countries, but there is not such urge to come back to it as it is for Uganda, you have really a wonderful country!"


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