Ngamba chimp's home makes 10 years
This year, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary celebrates its 10th
anniversary under the theme "Preserving our heritage and protecting
our closest relatives". Ngamba Island was established in October
1998 to take care of chimpanzees that were threatened by poachers
and human activity. Besides ensuring the welfare of our close cousins,
with whom we share 98% of our DNA, the sanctuary also aims
to provide a high quality education experience for visitors, as
well as benefiting the local communities. Currently, 42 chimps have
found a safe home at the 100-acre forest on the island in Lake Victoria.
The commemoration was attended with different events, including
a 4x4 Challenge Fun to raise funds, and a 2-days workshop. The famous
primatologist Jane Goodall was also present at the Ngamba Island
Celebrations and expressed again her commitment to the conservation
of primates and other wildlife in this country.
more about Ngamba Island and possible visits...
Forest cottages at Primate Lodge Kibale
Great Lakes Safaris is proud to announce the completion
of the new forest cottages. The bandas, that have been in a neglected
state for years, are now fully renovated into six modern and comfortable
The charming bedroom is decorated with traditional African art and
offers two large twin beds and
a sitting area. Adjacent is a spacious bathroom with natural stone
tiled walls, hot shower and flush toilet. Moreover, the private
veranda will enable you to enjoy the view of the forest even more
and listen to the numerous forest sounds from the seclusion of your
visit our website Primate
Lodge Kibale for more information and photos. Do not hesitate
to contact us for any enquiries or details!
Chimp Award for Great Lakes Safaris
Although Primate Lodge Kibale has opened her doors hardly
a year ago, we have already won an award for our lodge in Kibale
Forest National Park. The Chimp Award for Investment in Eco-tourism
was presented on 5th June 2008 by the Executive Director from Uganda
Wildlife Authority, Moses Mapesa. He commented that the trophy was
given because of the high quality, the high customers satisfaction,
the loyal commitment to the surronding communities and above all,
meeting the eco-tourism standards. Other reasons included the prompt
completion of the lodge facility, the good partner relations and
adherence to good environment standards, the strong efforts in community
empowerment and the contribution to the tourism industry in Uganda.
like to take this opportunity to thank you as well for your continuous
support to Primate Lodge Kibale and we are looking forward to welcome
you (again) at the lodge.
Studio 53 in Kibale Forest
For those who are not yet fully convinced of the unparalleled
beauty of Kibale Forest, could have found their proof in the special
edition of M-Net's Studio 53. This TV program is portrays the highlights
of Africa's beauty, from its people to the abundant wildlife and
from the music and art to the natural beauty. Instead of showing
five African countries, Studio 53 decided to deviate from its standard
format and produce a special documentary on Uganda for thirty full
to the visits of other international filming crews, Great Lakes
Safaris gave her contribution again by providing transport and accommodation.
While presenter Fareed Khimani from Kenya took off for Bulago Island,
Gaetano Kagwa travelled with Amos Wekesa to the west and explored
the traditional way of life at Nshenyi
Village. Sister Fire from Malawi, however, preferred the tropical
rainforest of Kibale National Park and spent a night at Primate
Lodge Kibale before going in search of the wild chimpanzees.
special was broadcasted on M-Net on 31st July 2008 at 19.30 hr.
The year 2008 is only halfway but we can already define
it 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 dissapointed 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!
30th September 2008 3
10th December 2008 4
15th December 2008 4
20th December 2008 6
06th January 2009
4 permits available
15th January 2009
6 permits available
January 2009 6 permits
Permits can be booked in combination with a tour to other national
parks, completely adapted to your wishes. But book early as competition
Pamela Mateo and her family came
all the way from the USA to join a safari with us in June 2008.
This is how they reflected their trip:
are back in the States and I just wanted to thank you again for
all that you did in setting up our safari. We had a wonderful time!
The Masindi Hotel had the best food and the Paraa Lodge had the
even begin to express what a great driver and guide David was! He
was professional and attentive at all times and as flexible as possible.
We had a great time with him and missed him greatly when we continued
our journey with Sr. Immaculate. It was fun though, because when
we took the kids to whitewater raft in Jinja, there was David again!
It was like running into an old friend.
Anyway, I will highly recommend your company in general, and David
in particular, to anyone who is planning a vacation in Uganda. Thank