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Updates from Great Lakes Safaris - Uganda | September 2013
ISSUE 37
SEPTEMBER 2013

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Welcome to the fifth edition of the 2013 GREAT LAKES SAFARIS Newsletter.
In this issue you will read more about the man behind Great Lakes Safaris and an unusual bond between human and gorillas. And come and meet us in the USA or UK so we can tell you all about our award winning lodge!

Great Lakes Safaris in USA & UK

USA Roadshow & WTM London Come and meet us in the USA or UK! From 16-19 September Great Lakes Safaris will be represented in the Africa Showcase 2013, a roadshow that includes major cities like Los Angeles and Boston. This show will be followed by our exhibition at WTM in London from 4-7 November. Read more about the USA roadshow and WTM London...

Amos Wekesa's Success Story

Great Lakes Safaris Director Amos WekesaThose who have met Amos Wekesa in person know that he has a story to tell. A rather interesting story that gives you an unexpected insight into the life of the person behind Great Lakes Safaris. 

Read more...

Protect the Virunga Mountain Gorillas

Andre Bauma and NadakasiEvery time as bombs, rockets and mortarts ripp through the air, Andre Bauma and his adopted daughter Ndakasi huddle together. He holds Nadakasi and strokes her thick dark hair, while she clings to him like he is the only who can protect her. 
Read more... 

TripAdvisor Award for Primate Lodge Kibale

Certificate of Excellence Tripadvisor Primate Lodge Kibale has been honoured with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2013. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Read more...

Kidepo National Park marks 50 years

Lions at Kidepo National ParkOnly a few months after being awarded by CNN Travel for being the third best wilderness park in Africa, Kidepo Valley National Park has another reason to celebrate. This year the protected area marks its 50 years of National ParkRead more... 

East African Tourist Visa

East African Tourist Visa Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda are more accessible than ever thanks to the new single tourist visa for East Africa
From January 2014 you will be able to buy a single tourist visa that will be valid for these East African countries.

Read more...

Permits availability

Unfortunately we currently do not have any guaranteed permits on offer. However, with 11 habituated gorilla families living in Bwindi National Park - and one more to be opened soon! - you are almost ensured of available permits on your preferred tracking date.

If you are interested in tracking the gorillas, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to check for you the current availability. Permits can be booked in combination with a tour to other national parks, completely adapted to your wishes. But book early as competition is high!

Safari testimonial

In August 2013, the UK citizen Peter and his wife travelled to Uganda and stayed at Primate Lodge in Kibale Forest National Park. They enjoyed their overnight and shared their positive experiences on TripAdvisor. This is what they said:

"We stayed at Primate Lodge in one of the cottages not far from the restaurant and bar. The room was a good size with a small patio outside from which we were able to watch monkeys in the trees nearby. Electricity is limited but this is common in lodges in Uganda so not a problem. The room was clean and well maintained. We found the staff friendly and attentive. Also the food and service was good, making for an enjoyable stay.

Overall this is a nice location to stay within the forest where the chimps live. We had a very short drive to the start of our chimp trek and were amongst a family of chimps who were on the ground in a very short time. 

We would certainly recommend this lodge to anyone wanting to take part in chimp trekking and needing somewhere comfortable to stay."

Visit our Uganda Lodges


Primate Lodge KibalePrimate Lodge Kibale
Exclusive safari lodge in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. Read more




Simba Safari CampSimba Safari Camp
Budget safari camp on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Read more



BBudongo Eco Lodgeudongo Eco Lodge
Forest cabins and activities in Murchison Falls National Park. Read more
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