Great Lakes Safaris Newsletter
   ISSUE 27
OCTOBER 2011   

In this newsletter:


Welcome to the fourth edition of the 2011 GREAT LAKES SAFARIS Newsletter.

This newsletter focuses on the chimps of Ngamba Island. Besides, we would like to meet you at WTM in London and tell you all about the special offer from Brussels Airlines. And not to forget, our Managing Director has been invited as a key speaker at the Eco Conference in Australia!

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

An unforgettable experience in Uganda!
As seen on Dutch TV!!

During the spring of 2008, Veronica was hosted by Great Lakes Safaris for the filming for the well known Dutch program "Waar is de Mol".Doutzen Kroes and Johnny de Mol at Ngamba Island

If you could do anything on your holiday that will make your visit one to remember what would you do?
And if your special trip is also for the good of someone else are you willing to do it?
Will you do something that is very rare to do?
And did you know that a world famous Dutch Top Model has done this already?
Do you want to know what this very special trip is?

Check this out...

A very special and very rare forest walk experience with the chimpanzees from the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

You will:    

Enjoy an excursion over two days, staying in an East African style tented camp overlooking Lake Victoria. Being in and around the island means that your stay is as well for the good of those wonderful chimpanzees.
Connect with a group of juvenile chimpanzees on early morning forest walk. Do realise that with this walk you have helped building a better future for The chimpanzees.
Get connected to the life of a chimpanzee and see and learn everything about their living environment on Ngamba Island.
All you have to do is book NOW!
See you in Uganda at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary!

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is managed by Chimpanzees Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT). Rules and conditions apply when visiting this island and its sanctuary and we kindly refer you to their website for more information.




Are you planning a gorilla safari to Uganda? Book a gorilla permit with us and receive 10% discount on your air ticket with Brussels Airlines from Europe to Uganda!

Do not miss this opportunity and book now! Click here for more details about the special offer.

Special offer Brussels Airlines




We are pleased to announce that Great Lakes Safaris Uganda Lodges Ltd will be attending the World Travel Market at the Excel in London.

Great Lakes Safaris will be present at this leading global event from 8th till 10th November 2011. We would like to take this opportunity to meet you and introduce you to the Pearl of Africa.

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 the new tours with free gorilla permits and other amazing discounts for your travelers!

Are you interested in meeting Great Lakes Safaris at WTM? Contact us to schedule an appointment. We are looking forward to seeing you!



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

Only 23 Km south of Entebbe, in Lake Victoria you will find an island. This island has something magical, something beautiful and something that other islands do not have. This island is currently a home to 44 orphaned chimpanzees and this island holds the very own Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda.

If you are willing to be part of such an amazing project and if you are willing to contribute to the wellbeing of these chimpanzees we advise you to visit Ngamba Island.

• Get to know the story behind this project.

See where the chimpanzees are living and see how this island has become their home away from home.

• Be able to see the feeding of the chimpanzees from the visitors platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence.

• Have the possibility to spend a night at the island in a private tent overlooking Lake Victoria.

• And if you are willing to spend more time on this island book an overnight stay and look into the possibilities of an early morning forest walk with the chimpanzees.

• As well bird lovers will enjoy their time here (154 species recorded).

• Kayaking, swimming on the equator, visiting a neighboring fishing village or just time to relax is all possible at Ngamba Island.

Ngamba Island Chimpanee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is managed by Chimpanzees Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT). Rules and conditions apply when visiting this island and its sanctuary and we kindly refer you to their website for more information.




Great Lakes Safaris has been invited at the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference, to be held from 7th till 10th November 2011 in Sydney, Australia. This international conference is focused on seizing the potential of eco tourism and to discuss the opportunities created through eco tourism.

Participating in this event is a great opportunity to establish new contacts and to create more awareness for Uganda as an eco tourism destination. Moreover, the Managing Director Amos Wekesa has been invited as a keynote speaker. On Thursday 10th November he will be presenting to an important delegation of industry leaders about fostering eco partnerships and protecting biodiversity in Uganda through ecotourism.

Read more about the keynote speaker Amos Wekesa and the Global Eco Conference in Australia.




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 August 2011, we had the pleasure to host Gerdine van der Beek and Rob Stuiver from the Netherlands on a safari trip to Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Forest National Park. This is what they say about their trip:

“Thanks so much for a wonderful safari experience. We had a great trip, saw gorillas, lions, buffalos, elephants etc. The trip was well organized, the lodges were OK (in line with expectations). Our guide Abasi drove very well, also considering the poor roads we encountered....

The best trip was the gorilla track! The rain didn't matter, it was a fantastic experience. Local guides were also very friendly and helpful.

All in all we had a very good trip, thanks a lot!”



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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