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The Effected of Rwanda's Gorilla Permit Price Hike

It came as a shock to everybody, when last week, the Rwanda government announced that the price of a gorilla tracking permit would be doubled, from the already expensive $750, to a whopping $1500. The Ugandan Wildlife Authority quickly made the most of the situation by announcing that the cost of gorilla permits in Uganda would be remaining at $600. So why have the Rwandan government decided to go for this increase, and what is the knock-on effect for tourism in the region. W

Lake Mburo National Park

For a long time, Lake Mburo National Park has been looked down upon as a safari destination, and only visited by those wishing to cut down the long journey from gorilla tracking in Bwindi, to the airport in Entebbe. But, over the past couple of years, we believe lake Mburo has become a top safari destination in its own right. The reason that Lake Mburo wasn’t as well respected as the other savanna national parks was because of its lack of predators. The park does have lions,

Adventure Tours in Uganda

Uganda is the adventure capital of East Africa, with some of the best white water rafting in the world, Africa's highest mountain range,

Is Uganda a Luxury Safari Destination?

In the past Uganda had a reputation as an adventurous safari destination, more suited to backpackers than those looking for the utmost luxury. But is this still the case? For a lot of people, what would define making a safari ‘luxury’ would be the quality of the lodges you stay in. And, over the past few years there has been huge investment in the Ugandan tourism industry and thus there are now several accommodation options at each major safari destination, catering for a lar

Our Favorite Ugandan Lodges

People often ask which are my favorite lodges in Uganda, so I thought it might be a good idea to write a post on this subject. The lodges I have chosen aren't all super expensive, ultimate luxury lodges, but lodges that have something special about them and are maybe lesser known than the larger lodges, whether its great value, an amazing atmosphere or anything else that makes them sand out. Haven Lodge (Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) Haven lodge made this list be

Why I Love Uganda

When I first started to tell friends and family that I was starting a business in Uganda, one of the questions I got most frequently asked was “Is it safe?”. The more I spoke to them the more I realised people seemed to have a preconception of what Uganda would be like; a war-torn and poverty filled nation. And fair enough, I probably had the same preconceptions before I first visited, maybe because of the media portrayal, maybe the fact that Uganda is heavily featured on pro

Kidepo

Kidepo Valley National park in Uganda was recently voted in the top three national parks in the whole of Africa, so why on earth has nobody heard of it? Well the simple answer is because it is so remote and hard to get to that it is rarely visited by tourists. To get to Kidepo you either have to take an 11-hour car journey from Uganda’s capital Kampala, or fly from Entebbe airport which can be quite expensive, especially because there needs to be a minimum of four travelers f

My Gorilla Tracking Experience

Gorilla Tracking is on many people’s bucket list, and I often get asked what it is really like. So I thought I’d write this blog-post about my first Gorilla Tracking experience, from when I was a tourist/volunteer, before I’d even considered starting my own safari company. I showed up at the Rushaga gorilla tracking gate (in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable national park) at 7am ready to be briefed along with twenty other travelers about our upcoming adventure. We w

Country Boy to Owning an East African Safari Company

Hi there! My name is Ben, I’m from a small village in Lancashire, north western England and this is the story of how I became the co-owner of East African Discovery. A little backdrop: When I was fifteen, I had never left the UK and didn’t really have much of an interest in travel any further than my mates telling me about their summer holidays during the first week back at school. But my dad had just retired and received an initial payment for his pension. He along with my m