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Great Lakes Safaris

December 2006

The year is slowly coming to an end, it is finally getting winter time in Europe and the holidays are about to start. Enough reasons to look back at last year, make new year's resolutions and above all suprise you with a festive Christmas special!

1.   Collaboration Gift for Aid / UCOTA
Travelling is submerging in other cultures and a fact is that tourism and local communities are inseparably united. Therefore Great Lakes Safaris, Gift for Aid and UCOTA have joined hands to improve the livelihood of the communities together. Because Christmas is not for everyone a time of abundant dinners and joyful reunions with family and friends...

Gift for Aid International is a charity organisation that gives tourists and travellers the opportunity to contribute to the structural improvement of lives of people. They present small-scale development projects, initiatied and implemented by the local community and lodges. Travellers from all over the world can get involved and help the communities to help themselves!

The Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA) exists to develop local communities through the scale of handcrafts and the provision of accommodation, guiding and cultural performances. With the revenues from these activities important community projects are supported, including clinics and schools.

Great Lakes Safaris offers you the chance to combine your holiday with a visit to one of these projects. A sample is the Bigodi Water Project that helps to provide clean and safe drinking water for the Bigodi community. Our recent collaboration will be celebrated at the Vakantiebeurs 2007 in Utrecht, where we will not only join hands but share stands as well.

2.   European Fairs
Like other years we will be attending several important tourists fairs early 2007. It is our pleasure to invite you to our stand. Step by to share your memories of your safari, obtain ideas for your next holiday or just visit us for a social talk. Besides,
we challenge you to test your knowledge about Uganda and win an amazing all inclusive Chimp week for two persons! We are looking forward to meet you at one of the following fairs:

Vakantiebeurs - Utrecht, The Netherlands
Date: 10th - 14th January 2007
Location: Hall 3, C066/C120

Fitur - Madrid, Spain
Date: 31st January - 4th February 2007
Location: Hall 2, 2E522

BIT - Milan, Italy
Date: 22nd - 25th February 2007
Location: not known yet

TUR - Göteborg, Sweden
Date: 22nd - 25th March 2007
Location: not known yet

3.   Highlights of 2006
Although still a few more days are left, we can look back at a succesful year, full of safaris, pleasant communication and happy clients. For those who haven't had the luck yet to visit this beautiful country, we hope to welcome you in 2007!

Our great highlights of 2006 are:
      New office

In June we moved to a modern, spacious office at Susie House, from where our office team is devoted to assist you in preparing your Uganda safari.
      New collaborations
During this year several collaborations were initiated in order to develop Uganda into an even more appealing tourist destination. Besides our pleasant cooperation with the Kabateraine family, who run the ultime cultural place called Nshenyi Village, we also started working with Gift for Aid and UCOTA. And recently we joined with several communities in the Rwenzoris region to start a new ecotourism project. We are very grateful for the commitment of everyone and are looking forward to continue these promising collaborations in 2007!
      New guides
In the course of the year a number of driver/guides strenghtened the Great Lakes team. Some you have already met by our former newsletters, others will introduce themselves in the year to come. But all of them did an excellent job in guiding our clients on their exploration tour through Uganda. Special thanks to Beki, Noel, David, Gerald and Cosmas!
      New safari lodge
The highlight of the highlights! We are very grateful for winning the concession that was awarded by UWA, giving us the chance to start our own lodge in the middle of Kibale Forest National Park. Although the original bandas are still available, we will start the construction of the new safari accommodation in January 2007. We are looking forward to welcome you at Primate Lodge Kibale!

Each member of the team has dedicated 2007 to serve you in any way they can and make it a fantastic safari year!

4.   Christmas Special
In 2006 many of our clients went on gorilla trekking and spent some unforgettable moments with the mountain gorillas in the dense tropical forest. Especially with the increment of the permits from 1st July 2007, we want to give everybody the chance to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. Therefore we are offering you guaranteed permits for July and August at a spectacular price! You pay only US$ 360, the price of last year, instead of the full amount!
      20th March 2007         16 permits available    
      7th July 2007                6 permits available       
      16th July 2007              4 permits available
      4th August 2007           8 permits available
      15th August 2007         2 permits available
Grab this unique opportunity and book your gorilla permit now! Add visits to other beautiful sites to complete your safari and you are guaranteed of a marvellous holiday for next year!

6.   Testimonial
Ingus from Latvia travelled with us in October 2006. This is what he says about his safari:
"Thank you VERY MUCH for putting a wonderful itinerary together! This certainly was the best trip we ever had so far! People all over were very wonderful and the nature was beautiful! Visits to various parks were very nice and some parts really surprised us - I never imagined to get that close to hyenas and hippos on foot like we did in Lake Mburo National Park. The chimp walks were very good; even reading a lot about the gorillas didn't really get our imagination how great the experience would be... Honestly we can say good things for each park where we've been and each one gave something unique as well - not repeating same thing as in some other countries where we've been. Rafting was also a great experience for me!
Thanks to the Great Lakes staff who put this trip together and special thanks to our driver Cosmas who did everything what we requested and was a really good guide and driver all the way long! We are really considering coming back to this region and Uganda at some point in the future..."


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Merry Christmas and
a Great Safari Year!


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Kampala, Uganda
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