A unique gorilla safari in Uganda (and maybe Rwanda depending on availability of gorilla permits) that takes in the wildlife highlights including chimpanzee viewing, gorilla tracking and admiring the savannah game of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
All of our trips are conducted by local guides and drivers who specialise in this region of Africa. Through the employment of local staff, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. Wherever possible we use locally run and managed accommodation; lodging does vary however and can be in environmentally low impact eco-lodges or luxury camps.
As a result of this we minimise the impact on the local environment at the same time as providing the traveller with a high level of comfort. With a maximum of 7 clients on each trip we also keep noise to a minimum resulting in minimising our impact on the local wildlife. Our direct contribution to conservation is evident in that from each gorilla tracking permit sold a percentage goes directly back to the park staff and local communities. This has resulted in a number of positive results:
- Properly equipped park staff can now provide the endangered mountain gorillas with the protection from poachers, deforestation, etc that they require. In recent years this has meant that the mountain gorilla population has increased from 650 to 700 individuals! This is one of the most successful stories of wildlife conservation!!
- Local populations now have the support to set up their own small enterprises (local craft shops etc)
- Increased controlled revenue into the regions has resulted in a much more stable local economy If travellers would also like to contribute to the protection of primates throughout the world please request further details regarding our “Protect the Primates” wristbands from which all proceeds go to the conservation of endangered primates.
The MD of this wildlife tour operator, an ex-gorilla safari guide, set up the company five years ago from the damp basement in his flat, believing there was a gap in the industry for specialist knowledge on primates. He tailors primate safaris which maximise the opportunity to see as much as possible and offer an unbeatable wildlife experience: unlike a traditional safari, you are on foot and can find yourself 6 metres away from a 200 kg silverback gorilla. Today, the company is thriving, with 8 dedicated ex-guide team members who are eager to share their firsthand experience and enthusiasm.
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