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At East African Discovery, our mission is to make tailor made safaris affordable. We do that with our price promise, delivering high quality tours at an unbeatable price. We create a safari from scratch, for each individual client, designed specifically around their interests and budget. There is no set start dates, length of safari or route that has to be followed. We learn as much as we can about our clients, and then use our expert knowledge and contacts to design and deliver a truly once in a lifetime trip, that will never be forgotten!
Meet the Team
EAD was founded by a Brit (Ben Tinsley) and a Ugandan (Magezi Richard). Ben had spent years travelling and volunteering throughout Africa, before meeting Richard in 2013 whilst volunteering in Uganda, where Richard was managing a luxury lodge close to where Ben was volunteering.
Richard had been working in the tourism industry in Uganda and Rwanda for 16 years prior to the meeting, and in that time gained an unbelievable amount of knowledge and contacts in the tourism industry in East Africa.
Ben and Richard became instant friends and shared similar ideas about how eco-tourism was the key to African wildlife conservation. After spending a couple of months getting to know one another, they decided that there was a gap in the market for a tour operator that was centred around eco-tourism, providing a high-quality service at a reasonable price. After a lot of research and discussion, East African discovery was incorporated in 2016.
We are licensed by the Ugandan Tourism Board and have a close relationship with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, specifically the wardens in many of the National Parks,
We firmly believe in the 7 principles of eco-tourism and as such all our safaris fall in line with these principles. Part of our profits go towards conservation directly (our poacher's weapon exchange allows poachers to swap their weapons for food) and indirectly (educating local people about the importance of protecting the wild areas and giving them the skills to grow their own food/generate their own income outside of the park). Part of our profits also goes into getting more local children into school and providing a better standard of education.
When you get in touch with EAD, it will most likely be Ben that you speak to, and he will use his expert knowledge to design a dream safari just for you. Once your itinerary is complete and you are happy with it, Richard takes over, using his unique skill set and connections to manage the delivery of your safari, ensuring it exceeds your expectations.
This is an exciting time for EAD, we already have some excellent reviews and are growing fast, with plans to expand into the rest of East Africa in the future. Watch this space!
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