Uganda gorilla tour & Murchison Falls

“Using internal flights and 4x4 transport means you see more of Uganda in just 10 days; a dramatic northern park and gorillas in the southwest. ”

Highlights

Entebbe | Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary | Murchison Falls National Park | trek with wild chimpanzees | hike the Murchison Falls | river safaris | Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park | game drives | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | two treks to see mountain gorillas | optional: visit community projects; guided hikes | sunset dugout canoe cruise on Lake Victoria

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Responsible tourism: Uganda gorilla tour & Murchison Falls

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.

This particular itinerary uses both 4x4 Land Cruiser to access Murchison Falls then light aircraft to access Bwindi Forrest. This is not only a more efficient use of your time on vacation, but we’ve actually calculated that for a small group of people; using a scheduled light aircraft for a one hour flight has a lower carbon footprint than the 10+ hour drive in a 4x4.

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, we’re 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 the Budongo Eco-Lodge where you will stay and track chimpanzees on Days 2 & 3. In 2008 we spent a year working for the Jane Goodall Institute helping set this project up and are happy to still be able to support it by sending clients to enjoy it. Any community or wildlife excursion that we feature, we’ve 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 Uganda’s towns. This way you’ll 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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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


So many - the highlights were seeing the gorillas after 2.5 hours trekking, flying on a cesna over Lake Albert and landing on a grass landing strip with elephants by the side of the runway, watching hippos from the balcony of the lodge, arriving to the lodge by boat

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


You need to be fit if you are going to trek the gorillas and be aware you find them on very steep slopes! Definitely hire a porter for $15 between you - even if you have only a small knapsack - they help you up & down the slopes to stop you falling. They are on a rota system so only get the offer of work once a month the money means a lot to them

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


Absolutely - all staff in the lodges and porters were local putting money back into the community, the lodges were carbon neutral, the money raised from the permits went directly to conservation of the animals and into the education of the local communities.

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


The operator did an amazing job of tailor-making our trip by getting to know our likes and dislikes and using their very extensive local knowledge to advise us. It was the best trip we have done and we have had some other fantastic experiences also through Responsible Travel

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