Bridge & Wickers reports that sustainability for safaris in East Africa is becoming increasingly important, with more properties looking to become eco-friendly.The company’s Sam Longair, said: “Two of the leading lights of this are Mara Plains Camp in the Masai Mara and Ol Donyo Wuas in the Chyulu Hills, both of which launched in the past 18 months or so. They have recently reduced their rates for the rest of this year, where a combination of three nights at Mara Plains and four nights at Ol Donyo Wuas costs from £2,435 per person including domestic flights only.” Longair also highlights the Kyambura Gorge Lodge in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park which is due to open in October and is built overlooking the little-known Kyambura Gorge – home to an endangered chimpanzee troop.
The owners of the lodge have been funding research for the last two years which has revealed that the chimpanzee troop has halved in size over the past 20 years, leaving just 16 individuals. As a result, Volcanoes Safaris have bought the land on which they are building a lodge and are investing money through the Kyambura Eco-tourism Partnership Programme to expand the protected area (from 25 acres to 60) and create a buffer zone to protect the gorge.
As an example of prices, a seven-day small group tour of Uganda, including chimp tracking in both Kyambura Gorge and Kibale Forest and gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest, costs from £2,445 per person, based on two sharing. It includes all guiding, park and reserve fees (including one gorilla permit), most meals and drinks. Flights with Kenya Airways from London to Entebbe via Nairobi cost from £590 per person.
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