Great Lakes Safaris Newsletter
   ISSUE 24
APRIL 2011   

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Welcome to the first edition of the 2011 GREAT LAKES SAFARIS Newsletter.

Great Lakes Safaris makes 10 years this month! A reason to celebrate and let you join with amazing new safaris and special offers! Look back with us to how it all started and how the company has grown over the years. And don't miss the opportunity to meet Great Lakes in person next month!

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 camp on the border of Queen Elizabeth NP. Read more
Budongo Eco Lodge
Budongo Eco Lodge
Forest cabins and activities in Murchison Falls NP.
Read more

It all started in April 2001. Having worked in tourism for many years and being an experienced guide in not only Uganda but Kenya and Tanzania as well, Amos Wekesa decided that it was time to follow his dreams and start his own safari company. With only a notebook, USD $200 in cash and help from some loyal friends, he officially registered Great Lakes Safaris Ltd.

Amos with one of his first vehiclesIn the years to follow, Great Lakes Safaris grew by leaps and bounds. The carefully customized safaris lead to many satisfied clients. Thanks to recommendations and our marketing team, the number of arrivals started growing slowly but steadily. New staff members joined the safari company and Great Lakes moved offices to create more space and comfort. Also the fleet was regularly expanded with new Minibuses and Land Cruisers, driven by highly experienced and skilled drivers/guides.

One of the highlights took place in 2007 when Great Lakes opened its first lodge in Kibale National Park. Primate Lodge is an intimate safari camp located in the heart of Kibale Forest, offering accommodation for different types of travellers. Within a short time, Uganda Lodges was established, which now features three amazing safari lodges in the most popular national parks of the country.

But that is not all. Great Lakes became a familiar face at many international exhibitions and hosted a large number of TV companies and journalists. One of the most recent visits is by ARD German Television that broadcasted a travel program dedicated to Uganda on 2nd April 2011.

The lodges were visited by experienced restaurant and hotel owners to give extensive training to the lodge staff and improve the Amos and Jane Goodallstandard of thefacilities. New offices were opened in the USA and UK, and collaborations were initiated to improve community tourism. Apart from his role as the Managing Director, Amos Wekesa also became President of the Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) and dedicated even more time and money for the promotion of Uganda as a unique tourism destination.

The 10th year anniversary will be celebrated with an official function at Serena Kampala Hotel on 27th April 2011. Together with our guests we will look back at how it all started, what we have reached and what the next 10 years will bring. Because there is no doubt that also in the future Great Lakes Safaris will continue growing strong!

On behalf of the management and staff we would like to thank you for your continuous support. You have made us what we are!





For the special occasion of our 10 years anniversary, we have invited international tour operators, travel agencies and journalists for a Familiarization Trip to the Pearl of Africa. This will give them the perfect opportunity to learn more about Uganda and its attractions, and be able to advise their clientele from first-hand experience.

The inspection trip is scheduled for 10-19 May 2011, ideally for those who have planned to attend Indaba in South Africa. Out of all the applications received, 7 participants have been selected and will be visiting some of the highlights, including:

  •   the stunning waterfalls of Murchison Falls National Park
  •   the tropical rainforest of Kibale National Park
  •   the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  •   the home of the mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park
  •   and last but not least, the breathtaking scenery of Lake Mburo National Park.

While staying in some of the finest lodges, the agents will make site inspections to compare the different lodges and camps and participate in the most popular tourist activities like game viewing, primate walks and gorilla tracking.

Interested in joining an educational to Uganda in the future? Then look out for our communications or contact us directly.




Budongo Eco Lodge is nominated for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2011. The lodge in Tourism for Tomorrow AwardsMurchison Falls National Park is among the three finalists for the Conservation Award. The presented awarded will go to the organization that has made a tangible contribution to the conservation of nature, including the protection of wildlife, expanding and restoring natural habitat and supporting biodiversity conservation.

The Awards ceremony will take place at WTTC's 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit to be held from 17-19 May 2011 in Las Vegas, USA.

Read more about the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards...



Visit our websites for more information and tailor-made safari packages:
Uganda Safaris
Uganda Safaris
Gorilla Safaris
Gorilla Safaris
Cultural Safaris
Cultural Safaris

Visit Great Lakes Safaris at INDABA in Durban! From 7-10 May 2011 we will be present at Africa's largest travel trade show. Indaba 2011 will be held at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.

Pass by to learn more about our tailor-made safari packages in East Africa, including mountain gorilla tracking, chimpanzee walks, birding tours and mountain climbing. Come and experience the serenity of our Uganda Lodges in three of the most popular national parks in Uganda. Or check out the new tours with free gorilla permits and other amazing discounts for your travellers!

Interested in meeting Great Lakes Safaris? Contact us now to schedule an appointment!





To celebrate our 10th year anniversary, we are delighted to present to you two special offers with free gorilla permits and amazing discounts!

Special offer: Primate Special UgandaPrimate Special Uganda - 9 days
This private safari combines the highlights of the country including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing and of course the unforgettable gorilla tracking. An ideal safari for those who do not have too much time for travelling or would like to combine it with a visit to Kenya, Tanzania or Zanzibar.
Special offer: buy one gorilla permit and receive the second one for FREE!

Special offer: Secrets of the NorthSecrets of the North Safari - 12 days
Go off the beaten track and explore the unknown east and north of Uganda! An amazing private safari that combines Uganda's most beautiful national parks with community experiences and the finest lodges in the country.
Special offer: 10% discount and a FREE spa treatment at the shores of the Nile!

The special offer is valid for travelling between 1 September and 15 December 2011.

Note that both safaris support Eco-Tourism in Uganda. In support of Eco Tourism in UgandaThe included accommodations have been carefully selected, based on their contribution to sustainable tourism. Your stay will directly benefit the local communities and conservation projects. The funds from the tracking permits are used for the protection of the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees that are living in Uganda's rainforests.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the two special safaris, do not hesitate to contact our Kampala office, USA office or UK office.


High season of 2011 is nearly fully booked but we still have some guaranteed gorilla permits!
  •   12 August 2011    -    4 permits available

If you are interested in tracking the gorillas in another period, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to check for you the current availability. 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!




Ken and Linda Tillman booked their Uganda safari with our recently opened office in the USA. In November 2010 they travelled with us. This is how they look back at their safari:

"We want to thank you for all your help and guidance. We had a wonderful time in Uganda and the itinerary worked out great. It took all Linda had to make it to the gorillas, but it was worth it. Bwindi is a neat place for a wide variety of reasons. The chimpanzees out did the gorillas and exceeded our expectations. They were hooting and howling and chasing each other. Amazing what a female in heat can do to a bunch of males. Lake Mburo turned out to be much better than we expected too. It's a nice little park and we could easily have spent a couple of days there. Our drive, Robert, was a very good and safe driver, a knowledgeable guide, and an all-around nice man. He did an excellent job. So thanks again for your part in making our visit to Uganda successful and special!"

Interested in receiving a customized travel advice from our Great Lakes representative based in Baltimore, Maryland? Do not hesitate to contact her.



Great Lakes Safaris works in conjunction with:
Uganda Tourism Board
Tourism Uganda
Uganda Wildlife Authority
Uganda Wildlife Authority
National Forestry Authority
National Forestry Authority
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