Great Lakes Safaris Newsletter
   ISSUE 29
APRIL 2012   

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Welcome to the first edition of the 2012 GREAT LAKES SAFARIS Newsletter.

In this newsletter you will read more about the famous Youtube video KONY 2012. We look back at Uganda's representation at ITB Berlin and inform you where you can find us at future exhibitions. Find out which award Great Lakes Safaris recently received. And don't miss our special offers for 2012!

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
KONY 2012

You probably have heard a lot about Uganda's past recently. The film KONY 2012 received over 70 million viewers 48 hours and the success of the film drew attention to one of the world's worst war criminals.

There is no doubt that Kony is a "bad man". During a long campaign of intimidation in northern Uganda, the LRA abducted thousands of children as young soldiers and sex slaves. The conflict displaced more than a million people into refugee camps. Eventually, the LRA was forced to flee into DRC and the Central African Republic, and although the rebels are now diminished and on the run, they still conduct regular attacks in these other African countries.

There is no doubt that Kony needs to be stopped. And we as Great Lakes Safaris highly support any initiative to increase awareness and bring the criminal acts to an end.

However, there is also another side of the story. Joseph Kony is not in Uganda anymore. In 2006 he was chased out of Uganda, which has now become a modern, developing country that has been peaceful, stable and secure for many years. Not without a reason Uganda was voted as the "Number 1 Tourism Destination for 2012" by Lonely Planet!

The refugee camps in the north were closed one after another as the people were able to return home and rebuilt their life. Uganda organized numerous campaigns to help the people in need, of which one Great Lakes Safaris has been supporting loyally throughout the years: the MTN Marathon Kampala - a yearly event of which all proceeds go the people in the north. Empower African Children - Spirit of Uganda Tour 2012

Another proof of the prosperity of the country is Empower African Children, sponsored by Great Lakes Safaris as well. Many of these children lost their parents due to the viscous acts by the LRA. Now, they are on tour in the USA performing their show "Spirit of Uganda" and showcasing the beauty of Uganda. Read more about Empower African Children and their USA tour...

So yes, support us in our efforts to stop Joseph Kony. But don't forget that Uganda has already changed! We invite you to come and see our Uganda now!





Uganda's participation at the ITB Berlin Travel and Trade Show in March 2012 did not go unnoticed. The country was ranked third best of the African category in the Best Exhibitor Award. This was a result of the well-designed stand, smart dress code of the exhibitors and excellent presentation of our tourism products.

We would like to thank everyone who came to see us during the exhibition and for showing interest in Uganda. We hope to see you again next year!

Read more about Uganda's performance at ITB 2012...

Uganda representation ITB Berlin



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

From 23rd till 25th March the "Conservation and Culture Weekend" took place at the Conservation and Culture Weekend Kampala 2012MishMash in Kampala. The festival, held by UCOTA (Uganda Community Tourism Association) and Pearls of Uganda, focused on the important link between conservation and culture and was attended by nearly 400 people.

Apart from various events including the opening of an art exhibition, sales of hand crafts and participation in workshops, the organizers announced the Top 5 Performers among tour operators and accommodation providers.

We are proud to inform you that Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges were both included in the Top 5 Sustainability Leaders of Uganda, based on our performance in conservation management, social/economic benefits and environmental considerations. Great Lakes Safaris awarded

The national festival was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone for making it possible to celebrate conservation and culture in Uganda!





Visit Great Lakes Safaris at INDABA in Durban! From 12-15 May 2012 we will be present at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, in the ICC Hall, stand F003.

Visit us at Indaba 2012Pass 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 our special 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!




Because of the great interest, we have decided to renew our two special offers from 2011. Book now your Uganda safari for 2012 and obtain 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: discount of USD $400 and a FREE spa treatment when upgrading to one of the most beautiful lodges on the NIile.

The special offer is valid for travelling between 1st April - 30th May 2012 and 1st October - 30th November 2012.

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.



Unfortunately we currently do not have any guaranteed permits on offer. However, with 9 habituated gorilla families living in Bwindi National Park you are almost ensured of available permits on your preferred tracking date.

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!




In November 2011, we had the pleasure to host Stephanie Hinz and Jochen Renz from Germany on a 15-days Classic Safari in Uganda. This is what they say about their trip:

"We are back home again and I wanted to thank you for the great job you did on planning our vacation in Uganda. We had wonderful days in your country and enjoyed it very much. The lodges were all very nice, the setting often quite spectacular and we were amazed by the friendliness of the people in Uganda. Davis did a very good job in guiding us and we very much enjoyed his company. Thank you once more for your support!"



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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