This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Uganda primate safari, tailor made
During this trip we visit a number of protected areas in Uganda - Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. These are home to an abundance of rare and endangered wildlife, and so it is imperative that us and our travellers are aware of the impact that our actions could have if we do not follow environmental guidelines.
Mountain Gorillas are seriously endangered, although numbers are slowly recovering. When tracking these gorillas through the jungle by foot, we ensure that our travellers keep their distance and respect that these creatures are in their natural habitat. We advise our travellers to not use flash photography, to keep their voices low at all times, and to not touch the gorillas or eat or drink when nearby, as to avoid the risk of transmission of human-borne diseases.
Entrance fees play an important part in the conservation of the wildlife and of the reserves - without the funding that these fees provide, it is doubtful that these reserves would exist in their current state and the wildlife that depends on them would be in a more precarious situations.
During game drives, we ensure to stick to marked tracks and keep our distance, as to not disturb the wildlife in their natural habitat. Our travellers are given full briefings by our local guides as to how best to minimise their impact upon the environment, including disposing of litter properly, making sure they respect all animals encountered, and not damaging plants.
To ensure that our groups have minimal impact upon the environment we work with our local team to ensure that all guides and drivers receive extensive training on sustainability policies, from not dropping litter to ensuring that natural habitats are respected when trekking or exploring the countryside. We also work with hotels and accommodation providers to offer guidelines on how best to have a low impact upon the environment, from water and electricity conservation to responsible methods of waste disposal.
In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water.
We only ever use local tour leaders and guides on our trips; not only does this mean that travellers get local insights that they might not get from a westerner, but it means that the communities we travel through benefit directly from the presence of tourism. When visiting smaller villages, we encourage our travellers to purchase local products from handicraft markets, for small-scale vendors to gain income from tourism.
This doesn't mean one guide from start to finish, but guides from the various places visited on the itinerary, ensuring that it really does filter down to that micro-level.
We tend to avoid including meals on our itineraries, and encourage people to get out of the hotels and spread their spending among local businesses, again meaning that the benefits are spread a bit more equitably.
We visit a number of national parks on this itinerary, and the entrance fees that we pay here place a vital role in ensuring that their beauty is maintained for generations to come.
We make an effort to stop at small villages along the way to gain further insights into local culture. These are carefully selected to ensure that our presence is welcome, rather than obtrusive, and we discuss with local elders how best to show our appreciation in terms of appropriate donations.
All travellers are issued with detailed guidelines about how to travel responsibly, and are given notes on local culture and customs, so that they are aware of appropriate behaviour throughout their time in Uganda.