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Uganda & Rwanda Conservation
& Community Initiatives

East Africa remains at the forefront of conservation travel, having some of the most vibrant communities, local cultures and certainly wildlife and natural areas. One of the most well-known inhabitants is the endangered mountain gorilla. In fact, most experts agree that integrating mountain gorillas into the safari tourism trade several decades ago in both Uganda and Rwanda is what saved these rare great apes from extinction. Now, a significant travel industry has formed around viewing and photographing these incredible animals, and while the gorillas are center stage, local communities are truly at the heart of it. As stakeholders, the villages and communities around each of the protected habitats for gorillas (and chimpanzees!) are responsible for day-to-day operations and implementation of conservation travel, as well as research and monitoring of wildlife populations.

Our mission in protecting the natural areas and wildlife of the world revolves around the success of local communities, which is why we continually invest in infrastructure, education, health, and businesses in Uganda and Rwanda. We strive to ensure that local stakeholders have what they need for healthy, productive lives, so that everyone can benefit from the natural marvels that exist in these mountain gorilla habitats of East Africa. In addition to funding local schools in Bwindi to businesses in Buhoma, we work closely with World Wildlife Fund to support research and monitoring programs of Uganda and Rwanda’s rare and endangered wildlife.
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Ride 4 A Woman

Ride 4 A Woman

Started by the women of Buhoma village, located just outside Bwindi National Park, this is a novel program designed to teach women the business and trade skill they need to start productive careers on their own...
Mbuga School Reading Room

Mbuga School Reading Room

Primary education is critical to the development of young minds in many ways. From learning to read, understanding national history, and social development, the classroom, no matter how big or small, is integral in growth...
Gorilla Conservation Coffee

Gorilla Conservation Coffee

Gorilla Conservation Coffee serves to incorporate a sustainable livelihood with gorilla conservation through the production and sale of high quality, sustainable coffee. Coffee plantations are excellent crops to grow...
Bwindi School

Bwindi School

The Bwindi Community School is a school that educates at primary, secondary, vocational, and university levels near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a key natural area and renowned mountain gorilla habitat...
See Mountain Gorillas on These Uganda & Rwanda Trips
Ultimate Gorilla Safari
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Ultimate Gorilla Safari

Our premier primate adventure! Photograph endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and more, all in their lush wild rain forest habitat.

  Photo departures available
13 Days / Year-Round, From $13295 (+permits)
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The Great Uganda Gorilla Safari
New Itinerary!

The Great Uganda Gorilla Safari

Explore Uganda's natural wonders from savanna to rain forest—see classic wildlife, chimps in Kibale Forest, and revel in face-to-face encounters with endangered mountain gorillas.
10 Days / Year-Round, From $10495 (+air/permits)
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