If you go on Safari with a Ugandan Tour Operator it is a Win – Win Situation for All
Buy Locally – Book your Safari with a Ugandan Tour Operator and save money while getting the best for your money
Deal directly with a knowledgeable Ugandan Safari Tour Operator and get the most value for your money – at the same time you are creating new jobs, more opportunities for Ugandans.
Wherever in the world you may live – most likely you have a buy local campaign of one kind or another, Uganda’s ,manufacturers together with the Ugandan government recently embarked on a “Buy Ugandan” venture where local products will be promoted and labeled as such within Uganda, normally Ugandan consumers will pay a lower price, often get a higher quality and know the company that produced the product that they are buying. By buying Ugandan more Ugandans become employed, taxes are collected and the local economy thrives.
When it comes to a tour in Uganda there are some similarities – buying a safari locally in the country that you visit from a local tour operators most often means a saving since you are directly dealing with the tour provider – there is no other person between you and the tour-provider to take their percentage from the safari tour you are taking in the Pearl of Africa.
Today in the 21st century it has become a lot easier to deal directly with the local tour provider in Uganda via efficient email, Skype, telephone and more. Most Ugandan tour-operators do not have an office in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and other places, but that works in your advantage
When it comes to Safari Tours one will find all kinds of safaris offered into Uganda by companies from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and even abroad from the UK, USA, Europe and other regions of the world. The potential visitor to Uganda just sees a tour into a country that they would like to visit for gorilla, chimpanzee, golden monkey treks, wildlife tours and some of our scenic wonders in the Pearl of Africa not realizing that the cost of the Safari has gone up and the quality might just have gone down.
Today I saw an up-market safari offering – a group safari – the cost person over 7000 usd for 10 days, the same safari with us would be a private safari and the cost would be 1500 dollars less, same vehicle, same lodging, same permits….why?
We like other Ugandan Tour operators do not have an office in New York and the costs associated with that. This particular company mentioned that their staff travels yearly to destinations such as Uganda, great but you are paying for that when you buy from them…The solution – buy local- buy Ugandan from a Ugandan Tour Operator – not only will the tour operator benefit – Ugandans will have jobs, taxes are paid in Uganda, office space rented in Uganda, all contributing to the Ugandan economy and assisting Ugandans to live meaningful lives.
In our case – not one shillings, not one USD leaves Uganda except 50 usd a month for website and money spent on various Skype fees…the rest goes back into the Ugandan economy in one form or another.
There is another reason as to why to deal with a Ugandan Safari Tour Operator – knowledge of Uganda – from the latest bridge outing, road condition, the new lodge that just opened – which lodges, hotels, are best to use on a safari, things off of the beaten tourist track and more. In our case – we concentrate on Uganda – it is Winston Churchill who wrote that in 1908 and in the 21st Century Uganda is our focus, it is what we do best, memorable safaris in the Pearl of Africa.
Lastly – use a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators – AUTO – licensed tour operator that abides by the standards of the Association…Enjoy Uganda at a lower price by buying local, made in Uganda…from Kampala…jon
“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” John Hemingway, African Journeys