Sustainable Travel Company Strives to Keep Uganda Costs Low

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In light of the rising costs of travel to Uganda and Rwanda, Global Basecamps strives to keep costs low for its clients.

Gorillas At Play
Costs are always rising, but a jump this drastic carries a risk of discouraging travelers from planning a trip to this part of the world. We’d like to do everything we can to encourage travel to Uganda.

Encinitas based sustainable travel company Global Basecamps aims to keep travel costs to Uganda and Rwanda low for its clients despite the increase in cost for mandatory gorilla permits. This year will see an increase in price of individual government-required gorilla permits from $500 per person, per day to $750, drastically increasing the total costs for travelers hoping to experience what Lonely Planet named the “Number One Country to Visit in 2012.” Through this increase, Global Basecamps affirms its clients that it will do all it can to keep total travel costs to Uganda as low as possible on its custom Uganda tours.

“Walking with the mountain gorillas of Uganda is an experience that as many people as possible should get to have,” said Global Basecamps Co-Founder Sebastian Riedel, “Costs are always rising, but a jump this drastic carries a risk of discouraging travelers from planning a trip to this part of the world. We’d like to do everything we can to encourage travel to Uganda, as this year will help define the future of tourism to this country.”

The Uganda Wildlife Authority strives to protect its country’s gorilla populations as much as possible, and heavily limits the number of travelers allowed to meet them daily. The increase in tourism interest to Uganda recently led the UWA to increase the costs of individual permits from $500 per person, per day to $750 per person, per day. This permit allows a traveler to trek 2-4 hours into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to meet with one of a chosen set of gorilla families before returning to their lodgings.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is a semi-autonomous government agency that conserves and manages Uganda’s wildlife for the people of Uganda and the whole world. This agency was established in 1996 after the merger of the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department, and the enactment of the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which became an Act in 2000. UWA is mandated to ensure sustainable management of wildlife resources and supervise wildlife activities in Uganda both within and outside the protected areas.

Global Basecamps is specialty travel company that helps independent travelers research and book locally owned boutique hotels, off-the-beaten path lodges and multi-day excursions all over the world. Whether hiking the Inca Trail, experiencing a traditional Japanese Ryokan, or relaxing on the beaches of Thailand, we specialize in designing you a completely customized itinerary to meet your specific trip priorities and match your travel style. Please visit http://www.globalbasecamps.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elias Garcia, Global Basecamps, (866) 577-2462x7, elias (at) globalbasecamps (dot) com

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