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Great Lakes Safaris

December 2007

An extra large newsletter to end the year in a festive way! With an incredible speed the year 2007 has elapsed and is now coming to an end. In the last edition of the year, we will summarize the greatest highlights and inform you where to meet us on the road in Europe. Moreover, we will give you a foretaste of the holiday season by giving out an amazing Uganda Surprise Box!

1.   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.

During 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...


2.   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.

We invite 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!

Come and meet us at one of the following fairs:

Vakantiebeurs - Utrecht, The Netherlands
Great Lakes Safaris &

Date: 8th - 13th January 2008
Location: Hall 3, D 022

Vakantiesalon - Antwerpen, Belgium
Date: 25th - 30th January 2008
Location: to be agreed on

Fitur - Madrid, Spain
Date: 30th January - 3rd February 2008
Location: Hall 6, 6E18


3.   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 safari!

Our great 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 web sites:
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!

!! NEW !!    !! NEW !!
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.

Films were 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!

We would 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!


4.   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 this country?

We challenge 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 Surprise Box!

Curious 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!

Here are the questions:

1. Which international film illustrates the turbulent history of      Uganda?
     (A) The Story of Idi Amin            (C) Hotel Uganda
     (B) The Last King of Scotland     (D) Children of Uganda

2. What is the current price of a gorilla permit?
     (A) US$ 350                                 (C) US$ 500
     (B) US$ 375                                 (D) US$ 600

3. What is the name of the safari lodge that is recently opened      by Great Lakes Safaris?
     (A) Primate Lodge Kibale            (C) Chimpanzee Guesthouse
     (B) Chimp Forest Camp              (D) The Rainforest Lodge

4. Which famous event did Uganda host in 2007?
     (A) African Rugby Cup                (C) Global Leaders Africa Summit
     (B) African Cup of Nations         (D) Commonwealth Meeting

5. Which tribe lives in the surroundings of Nshenyi Village?
     (A) Batoro                                    (C) Banyankole
     (B) Buganda                                (D) Batwa

The contest ends on 31st December 2007. Of all eligible and correct entries received we will draw a winner at random in January 2008.


5.   Permits available
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.

But no 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 permits available
        11th August 2008      8 permits available
        20th August 2008      8 permits available

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!


6.   Testimonial
As 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 more...

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Merry Christmas and
a Great Safari Year!


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