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What is Eco-Tourism?

You’ll hear plenty of tour operators and conservationists talk a lot about eco-tourism, but what actually is it and why is it important? Well, simply put, eco-tourism is using the money generated from tourism to conserve a specific area or habitat. Sounds simple enough right? Well it is, and it’s a brilliant and effective form of conservation. A great example of eco-tourism would be Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, home to nearly half of the world’s population of

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

Your Fears About Booking Through an African Tour Operator Answered by Us

There are a couple of common fears and questions that people have when deciding whether to book their safari with an African safari company, or one from their own country. I have written this blog to try and answer some of those questions so that you can make an informed decision for yourself. If I decide to book through an African safari company, will the service be as good? Most safari companies from outside of Africa sub contract out their safari's to African operators (ju

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

Why We Will Never Support Trophy Hunting

Trophy hunting has been a hot topic recently with the killing of Cecil the lion causing international outrage. So as an African Safari Company I thought it was important to share our thoughts on this contentious issue. We could speak all day on the subject, however in this article we will just cover the main points. Trophy hunting is big business throughout Africa, and with permits to shoot a maned male lion regularly exceeding $50,000 US it can be hard to ignore for many aut

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