Responsible tourism: East Africa adventure vacation, safari, gorillas & beach
This tour includes a Gorilla Trek to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. All permits for this excursion are made through the Ugandan Wildlife Authority with a limited number of permits being made available each day. The full cost of these permits $500 are controlled by the Wildlife Authority. The funds go towards conservation and protection of the Mountain Gorillas against deforestation and poaching. The money also goes towards educating the local community. The rangers are all highly trained and have been working in the area for many years. Their job is to make sure that the gorillas are not interfered with.
There are strict regulations in place to protect the gorillas, not only from poaching but from too much human interaction. Trekkers are strictly limited to spending just one hour a day observing the animals. Before departing on the trek, trekkers are given a detailed briefing about what to expect, what their conduct must be and what to carry with them. Trekkers are told not to take any food near the animals, they must leave their walking sticks away from the animals view to not frighten them and are not allowed to trek if showing any sign of sickness to prevent disease transmission.
We also visit the Masai Mara National Park and the Serengeti National Park on this tour. Our entry fees to these contribute to the conservation efforts and protection of the wildlife found there.
This tour also goes to further efforts to help communities in need. The included excursion to the Batwa Pygmy Village gives travelers the opportunity to learn about the challenges of the local communities around Lake Bunyonyi. The cost of this excursion goes directly to the local community who have been able to build their school using the funds. Travelers are also able to donate further to this community and even have the opportunity to purchase school equipment from the nearest town and they can donate any unwanted clothes to the village.
Accommodation- We always ensure that we use locally owned hotels and campsites that contribute to the local economy. Many of the campsites we use provide economic support to the communities surrounding it through employment, education and healthcare. A particular example of this would be the campsite we use in Arusha which runs the only snake bite clinic in the region.