Classic Uganda safari and gorilla trekking
Description of Classic Uganda safari and gorilla trekking
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our safari lodges cater for a wide range of dietary requirements, including vegans and vegetarians. Please let us know any food preferences at the time of booking so we may cater to you. Our lodges are often very remote, so changing menus at the last minute is difficult.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetEach safari provides a real wildlife viewing and conservation experience.
By opting for a safari with us safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. In addition guests are afforded the opportunity to gain an insight into real African conservation work if they wish, by meeting Park rangers and conservationists as shown in your itinerary. In this way we hope guests will help to spread the message of what real African conservation is and what the needs are.
All of our food, bathroom and kitchen supplies are from local sources and as far as possible, we aim to use a combination of organic, fair-trade and sustainable products.
You will have an opportunity to conservation projects, for example while at Lake Mburo you are invited to join a evening special session with conservationists giving you the chance to interact with the park‘s Community Conservation Warden to hear about the challenges and successes of their work. Your safari is helping to support their work in maintaining environmental conservation initiatives and develop new methods to sustain that environment.
Each safari will require the purchase of a Gorilla permit. The resultant funding supports community awareness programs as well as conservation initiatives and environmental programs.
We believe that everyone is able to help make a difference towards conserving our environment. When on safari or in the bush, we operate a policy of ‘bring out what you take in’ i.e. we leave no litter or man made products behind. Game drive vehicles do not deviate from existing roads and tracks, however guided foot safaris will access game trails which cannot be reached by vehicle. When on foot, we stay on the trail as deviating can cause erosion and other environmentally harmful impacts.
PeopleWhile on safari we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During each safari there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade. Our guides will advise on a ‘fair price’ if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to peoples lives in Africa and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders.
Our safari staff are all recruited locally and encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator).
On arrival, we hold an informal chat with guests to explain our conservation work and how they are able to contribute during their safari. A travellers’ code of conduct is also issued with each bespoke safari itinerary.
Enroute to Bwindi where you can enjoy an inspirational visit to a park boundary community to learn about the challenges faced by local people. See for yourselves some positive examples of people living harmoniously alongside wildlife and benefitting from tourism now they can no longer benefit from protected areas
During your stay in Lake Mburo national park you can spend the afternoon with the Bahima cattle keepers who live in the areas surrounding the park. This project aims to conserve the Bahima culture and their cattle breeding traditions. This provides a fascinating insight into tribal life and an understanding of their changing relationship with the park lands. In the evening, there is a special session giving your group the chance to interact with the park‘s Community Conservation Warden to hear about the challenges and successes of their work.