CHOGM in Uganda
Years of preparation preceded this special event. And
in November Uganda was finally ready: on 21st November Her Majesty,
Queen Elizabeth II, along with other members of the Royal family
and delegates, were warmly welcomed in a festively decorated capital
city. A total of 48 representatives of Commonwealth countries, including
36 heads of government were present to attend the 19th edition of
the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
the three-day summit, attention was drawn to various topics, including
climate change, youth development, HIV/Aids and globalisation and
trade. The conference ended with a closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
Uganda can proudly look back at hosting one of the most successful
CHOGM meetings ever held and creating a memorable visit to Uganda.
One that will linger on forever...
Meet Great Lakes in Europe!
Next year will be kicked off with a spectacular road show
in Europe, including different important tourist exhibitions that
will be attended.
you to step by and share your memories of your safari, to explore
possibilities for your next holiday or just visit us for a social
talk. Besides presenting some fantastic Special
Offers, we will also introduce exclusive Ugandan
items, varying from indigenous handicrafts and traditional food
to postcards, bookmarkers and guidebooks. Whether it is freezing
and snowing, we will bring some of the African warmth to Europe!
meet us at one of the following fairs:
- Utrecht, The Netherlands
Great Lakes Safaris & Safari-planner.com
Date: 8th - 13th January 2008
Location: Hall 3, D 022
- Antwerpen, Belgium
Date: 25th - 30th January 2008
Location: to be agreed on
- Madrid, Spain
Date: 30th January - 3rd February 2008
Location: Hall 6, 6E18
Highlights of 2007
Although still a few more weeks are remaining, we can look
back at a successful year, full of safaris, pleasant interaction
with clients and happy customers. And for those who haven't had
the luck yet to visit this beautiful country, we hope that 2008
will bring you the perfect opportunity to sign in for an unforgettable
highlights of 2007 are:
Expansion of the fleet
The vehicle plays a major role in one's safari and should always
be in a perfect state of condition. In the course of the years,
we have carefully selected and expanded our fleet of safari vehicles,
highly valueing their space, comfort and above all safety. Including
the new acquisition of this year, Great Lakes Safaris currently
owns three Minibuses and five Land Cruisers. All vehicles are 4WD
and featured with large windows and a safari roof, making sure that
you will not miss anything of the scenery!
New web site
A new web address has been added to the list of sites that are already
owned by Great Lakes Safaris. At the moment we host the following
A detailed web site with general information about Uganda's
national parks, suggestions for safaris, gorilla tracking
information, details of the company, photo gallery and much
more. A perfect starting point to plan your safari in Uganda!
Uganda's best kept secret is situated in Nshenyi Village, a cultural
immersion in untouched Africa! Visit this web site for more details
about the village, activities, photo gallery and a special package.
Soon the site will be extended with more cultural tours!
Currently under construction but already provided with detailed
information, articles and photos of the new luxury tented camp
in Kibale Forest: Primate Lodge Kibale. Check this site regularly
to be informed about the latest developments and new lodges
that will be opened shortly!
!! www.safari-gorilla.com !!
Discover everything you wanted to know about the mountain gorillas
that inhabit the dense rain forest in southwest Uganda! Information
about gorilla safaris, gorilla conservation,
gorilla tracking and even chimpanzee tracking can be found
here. The web site will be updated regularly.
Visit of international filming crews
This year Uganda has been visited by several crew members of international
TV companies. Great Lakes Safaris had the honour to host their safari
and ensure that all expectations would be met and exceeded. Highlights
of the trips were among others the amazing waterfalls in Murchison
Falls National Park, the gorillas in Bwindi, the chimpanzees on
Ngamba Island, the cultural centre Nshenyi Village and of course
our sparkling capital city Kampala.
broadcasted across the African continent and in different European
countries. For our Dutch readers we can already make a small revelation:
Johnny de Mol is going to take you on a journey of discovery along
the most beautiful hideaways in Uganda...!
(watch Veronica from February 2008)
Opening Primate Lodge Kibale
The star of the highlights of 2007! After months of hard work in
construction, renovation and design, Primate
Lodge Kibale opened her doors in July 2007. Since
then already many guests have enjoyed a memorable stay in Kibale
Forest, from journalists and tour operator employees to tourists
from all over the world. And still developments are going on, to
make sure that our esteemed guests will enjoy the best facilities
and service available!
like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continous
support and we are looking forward to welcoming you at Primate Lodge
Kibale in 2008!
Test your knowledge about Uganda!
Lately, Uganda has been regularly in the news because of the heavy
floods in the north and east of the country. But how far does your
knowledge about Uganda actually reach? Are you in touch with the
latest developments and special events that are taking place in
you to test your knowledge and maybe you will be rewarded!
It is very
simple: send us an email
with the answers to the five questions below and you are automatically
in the race to win an amazing Uganda
about the content? That is a surprise of course. But we guarantee
it will represent Uganda in an ultimate way! So don't wait any longer!
We are looking forward to receive your email and amaze you with
our special Surprise Box!
Which international film illustrates the turbulent history of Uganda?
The Story of Idi Amin (C)
(B) The Last King of Scotland (D)
Children of Uganda
What is the current price of a gorilla permit?
(A) US$ 350 (C)
(B) US$ 375 (D)
What is the name of the safari lodge that is recently opened by
Great Lakes Safaris?
(A) Primate Lodge Kibale (C)
(B) Chimp Forest Camp (D)
The Rainforest Lodge
Which famous event did Uganda host in 2007?
(A) African Rugby Cup (C)
Global Leaders Africa Summit
(B) African Cup of Nations (D)
Which tribe lives in the surroundings of Nshenyi Village?
(A) Batoro (C)
(B) Buganda (D)
contest ends on 31st December 2007. Of all eligible and correct
entries received we will draw a winner at random in January 2008.
The year 2007 has been characterized as a tumultuous year, with
an immense run on gorilla permits. Inevitably, many people got disappointed
by the fully booked tracking dates.
need to worry! Great Lakes Safaris has already 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!
9th July 2008
6 permits available
19th July 2008 6
August 2008 8 permits available
20th August 2008 8
Grab this unique opportunity and book your gorilla permit now! Complete
your safari with a visit to other national parks and more beautiful
sites, and we guarantee you a splendid holiday in 2008 that will
be remembered forever!
previously mentioned in this newsletter, Great Lakes Safaris has
been hosting different international filming crews this year. One
of the crew members that visited Uganda in October 2007 is Andrea
Pleijte. Share her experiences and find out how Uganda left her
in awe, in many different ways!
"We visited Uganda in October 2007. With 'we' I mean our
7 headed television crew from The Netherlands. In just 6 filming
days we wanted to capture the country on tape. A mission impossible
we thought in advance, but it turned out to be a peace of cake.
The nature's beauty, the friendly people, the lively villages: Uganda
is one of those rare spots in the world where every shot you make
is a good one!" Read