Uganda wildlife and activity vacation

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2016: 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 23 Dec, 30 Dec
2017: 6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun
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Responsible tourism: Uganda wildlife and activity vacation

Environment

This trip is directly involved in wildlife conservation in that we plan for our guests to visit research and conservation areas during their safari like the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary en-route to Murchison falls where the once extinct Rhinos are being kept as they increase in number from the first 2 rhinos in 2001 and now we boast of 10 rhinos.

Another venture is the chimpanzee community project en-route to Bwindi from Queen Elizabeth National park. The local people have managed to keep the chimps safe with the support of tourists and their donations. This has provided employment and revenue to improve on their livelihood in that region.

During our city tours and the Jinja town tours we use local public transport whenever we can so that you get hands on experience with the life in this places, be able to reach door to door places where big tour vehicles cannot reach and in this way we economically support the local people who provide this transport and get to visit more places and meet more people.

Community

We plan this trip in such a way that we always stop by local craft centers like the Drum makers in Mpigi district en-route from Bwindi, The Nkuringo local library or Buhoma community market so that the guests support the local craft makers directly and see how the items are manufactured too. This is a better practice since prices are friendlier at local centers compared to the town markets like those in the capital city Kampala.

We employ local guides, drivers, and interpreters as a company and at local levels we use community guides especially in places like Bwindi for community walks. We encourage the use of porters or helpers from the communities to carry luggage for the guests in order to earn some income from the tourism activities in their communities. The local guides provide 24 hour assistance to make sure there is cultural respect and that the guests are in harmony with the local community. This they start to do by teaching basic things like greeting and apologizing whenever one feels offended. Greeting helps create a quick link for communication with the local people since out of experience most of them know some English as a National Language.

Reviews of Uganda wildlife and activity vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2016 by

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


The mountain gorrilas - great trek into the mountains spending over an hour with the gorillas. The scenery was stunning which topped off the experience. Great opportunity for photography. The river trip in Queen Elizabeth Park was amazing , saw elephants playing in the lake. Everyday offered someone new and exciting so the list could go on.

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


If traveling from UK , take sterling and some dollars. When arriving get shillings , not many places take dollars. Also you will get a better price if paying for goods in shillings. Better to leave tips in shillings. If you have space in your luggage take clothes which can be given away. Children's clothes would be very much appreciated. Buy some sweets to hand out to the kids along the way - make sure it is a big bag as the kids ensure everything is shared out equally.

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


A large proportion of the cost is on Game Park entry and Permits - so this money goes to the Ugandan Wildlife Association. All of the areas we visited rely heavily on tourism which provides jobs for local communities. Tourism has definitely lifted the standard of living for communities and drawn attention to these areas , attracting projects to help with education and health.

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


Excellent vacation , better than i had expected.

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2014 by

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


The wildlife is simply amazing to see. Particularly finding the gorillas after hours of hike is so rewarding. Definitely worth all the sweat and muscle pain.

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


With Jackson and his team we always felt in good hands. Things were organized perfectly and the team is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Bring insect repellent (though it's not as bad as we had thought beforehand), a torch and travel sickness pills (in case you get sick easily - the roads are 'African style'). Vegetarian options available everywhere.

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


Many of the tours employed local guides who knew the area really well. We stopped to buy food on local markets along the way.
Several of the lodges were solar powered or only provided electricity when necessary.


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


This was the perfect trip: great places, great people, good value for money. We couldn't have wished for anything more.

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2013 by

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


Unfortunately there are just too many great memories to pick from this trip, as every day rewarded you with something amazing.
Despite the +1600km we covered, each mile was worth it to provide all the opportunities.

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


The roads are extremely bumpy, which makes each journey long in time, but not necessarily in distance. Therefore, you need to be a good passenger, which also applies to the road rules the drivers adopt. A good torch and Travel Johns are essential recommendations when camping.

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


I believe the National Park entry fees will support local communities to continue to build and strengthen the area(s).

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


This was a once in a life time experience which has created many lasting memories.

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