Complete Uganda vacation, tailor made

“Safaris and adventure sports, gorillas and chimpanzees, forests and the Nile this 16 day tour of Uganda packs in lots of highlights and a few surprises, too.”

Highlights

Tailor made and privately guided tour | Entebbe | Budongo Forest | Murchison Falls National Park | Kibale Forest National Park | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Kyambura Gorge | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Spot chimpanzees and mountain gorillas | Lake Mburo National Park | Jinja | Kampala | Boat, walking and 4x4 safaris | Lots of optional adventure sports on offer in Jinja

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Complete Uganda vacation, tailor made

Environment

Any person lucky enough to who trek the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda contributes to the continued survival of a population numbering less than 900 remaining in the wild. Buying a gorilla permit funds the various rangers, guides, vets and support personnel whose daily task it is to monitor and ensure the welfare of these wonderful creatures. The same concept applies for the trekking of Chimpanzees, whose numbers are not quite so dire, but are still very endangered and again benefit immensely from tourist visitors.

As well as being an annual corporate sponsor, we donate $15 of your vacation price directly to the Uganda Conservation Foundation, a key player in protecting not just our primates, but other magnificent wildlife such as our elephant and lion populations. We also give you the option to match this donation should you wish.

In selecting accommodation for this itinerary, we have only used small lodges or camps; each with their own Responsible Tourism policy. Most run on solar power and harvest rain-water in order to minimise their footprint on the beautiful natural reserves in which they are situated. Most of these camps are built using locally sourced materials where available.

Community

We are a grass-roots Ugandan company; hence the vast majority of your vacation price goes directly to supporting Ugandan service providers, wildlife foundations, Ugandan people and their families.

Being based in Uganda, were not paying big rent for some flashy sales office and all the overheads that come along with it. So not only can we give great value for money, you know that the end recipients of the money you are paying are real people here in Uganda, many of whom you will meet when you travel with us.

On this trip you will visit Deos Model Homestead Tour, a project we have been involved with in previous roles here in Uganda. Any community or wildlife excursion that we feature, weve ensured no-one is being exploited and all involved benefit positively from the exercise.

As another part of our lodge/camp selection criteria; we ensure that the lodges we use recruit the majority of their staff from the local area. As many lodges are in rather remote locations, employment and training opportunities for local people are not as abundant as for those whom live in Ugandas towns. This way youll be sure to experience the local culture (Uganda has over 35 tribes and over 40 different spoken languages!) and know your stay contributes to supporting families in the local area.

In addition to our contribution to the Uganda Conservation foundation, an additional US$15 per person from each trip sold is added to a fund which every six months (or when there is a reasonable amount) is donated to a deserving charity or organisation in our local community. We only approach parties whom we know personally and ones that do not already benefit from large amounts of funding. This way we are directly involved and can ensure the money is spent effectively. Current potential recipients are an Entebbe street-dog neutering project, development of a small recycled glass business, or an extension to the animal housing facilities at the USPCA in Kampala.

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Reviewed on 29 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Murchison Falls was wonderful but seeing the gorillas was something we had wanted to do for many years so was probably the highlight of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The locals are very friendly and our vacation was enhanced by going out and walking through several of the local villages and interacting with the villagers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The money one is injecting into the local economy clearly boosts employment and the combination of solar power and careful water husbandrry means that the environmental impact of the lodges is quite low. The park entrance fees and, more particularly, the gorilla and chimpanzee permit fees make a significant contribution to the effort that is put into conservation of these animals. However, I felt that the visits in particular to the chimpanzees were too intrusive and the groups of chimps in Budongo are subjected to several hours of tourists per day and the guides ignore the guideline of maintaining a distance of at least 8 metres.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The vacation was absolutely excellent. The organisation was first class, the wildlife was plentiful, tourists were relatively thin on the ground, the lodges were
excellent and the quality of the food exceeded my expectations. However, the massive road building and infrastructure development program throughout
the country, and indeed throughout Africa, is a worrying and ominous sign that things are going to get much worse in the next few years.

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The variety and beauty of the country stands out. From Murchison Falls in the north, plains of Ishasha in the south and mountain forest in the south west, the
landscape was stunning. The joy of trekking to see mountain gorillas will stay for a lifetime.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack light. Layers of clothes and wear and wash when able. Take small $ notes for paying porters and tipping. Change about $150 into small local notes. 20,000
schillings - about 5 is a good tip for a tracker, park ranger. ALWAYS use a porter and take a local walking stick if asked. Using a porter helps spread the
income generated by tourists and helps on tough, altitude treks. Porters only get used about once a month, so a $15-20 income plus tips is a great source of
income to them.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly helped the locals. However, water was always in plastic bottles as local water not the best. So I hope they recycle them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A fantastic, tailor-made trip. Well paced, varied. Excellent accommodation. Brilliant, friendly staff. Excellent food throughout. Tough, but rewarding trekking.
Easy and comfortable local flight connections saved long road transfers. Thoroughly recommend the company who put the trip together. Kevin
Nicholson made sure we got the most out of our trip given our interests and activity levels. Excellent Karibu Guest House in Entebbe makes a wonderful base,
with great staff and excellent food and standards. Wonderful, smiling, happy people...respectful and friendly.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the Gorillas in the impenetrable forest.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go to the gym, as the Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking is very physical.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - at least one the places we stayed at provided/supported a local playground for the local children.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic definitely would recommend this operator, we met lots of other UK tourists whilst we were in Uganda and would say that our vacation organisation and information seemed better than the various other companies, the other tourist were traveling with.
We were initially a little nervous as the company were based in Uganda and not being a UK company, with regard to transferring money.

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