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Savannaland | Ghana

Overview

Experience West Africa at its best! Escape to a land of crocodiles, elephants and ancient human cultures. Relish a moment away from the hectic, modern world through dining on local cuisines and shopping for the famed local woven cloth of Daboya; or immerse yourself in local culture by celebrating the harvest through the Damba Festival and follow us to Sonyo for the famous rabbit hunt. Savannaland, an indigenous ecotourism destination, will be your guide as they highlight the unique and authentic cultural and natural diversity of northern Ghana. The region contains both the Mole and the Bui National Parks. Savannaland is a one-stop tourism destination offering everything from ideal tourism spots to example itineraries ranging from three to fifteen days.

Accommodations

One of Savannaland’s many services is an effective search tool allowing visitors to choose accommodations from a variety of locations and budgets. Any budget can be accommodated! Savannaland will be happy to help you plan your trip in the following locations: Tamale, Damongo, Bole, Mole National Park, Bui National Park, etc.

Activities

Mole National Park is the epicenter of Savannaland travels making it an ideal starting place for your journey. Immerse yourself in wild Africa with a guided safari or walking tour where you will be able to witness the lives of both predator and prey up close and personal. Following your safari adventure, experience the lives of people and cultures that thrives on the bounty nature has to offer, untouched. Visit Mognori, where life is in tune with nature; Kulmasa where the lives of humans and crocodiles share an age long heritage and attachment; Sonyo, for an experience of traditional architecture, an ingenious innovation of ancient persecution and local wars; or retreat to the regional capital, Tamale, where you can visit the Central Mosque, the Chief’s Palace, the Cultural Centre Market or just relax in one of the many Internet cafes or perennial outdoor swimming pools. Still adventurous? Explore untouched diversity of people and cultures in Upper East and Upper West, where an exciting mix of memorable experiences await you.

Getting There

International guests can arrive at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, Ghana. Kotoka can be reached by many major airlines such as British Airways, Delta, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and many others. From Accra, guests can access additional flights to Tamale via Antrak Air. Ground transport is available through O.A., Imperial, STC etc. Upon arriving in Tamale, easily accessible taxis, buses and car rental services like Eco Journeys will get you to every location within the destination and beyond.

Making a Difference

Savannaland works to ensure that Ghanaian communities are able to participate in and benefit from tourism while still maintaining these natural, cultural and heritage resources. Your tourist dollars go directly back into the community, helping it develop and grow. Savannaland’s vision is to position ecotourism as a leading agent of economic development in northern Ghana. The Savannaland tourism destination has already been recognized in The Ethical Travel Guide 2009, an international travel guide that lists selected tourism projects all over the world that work to ensure that tourism benefits local people.

Contact Information

Savannaland Ghana Tourist Board Northern Regional Office

PO Box TL 1053 Tamale-Ghana Email: info@savannatourism.com Phone: +233-(0)372024835

Web Page

www.savannatourism.com


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Kuzuko Game Lodge | South Africa

Overview

Kuzuko Lodge is located in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest national park. The lodge is situated in an extremely remote but beautiful corner of South Africa. This park includes many species including the highly coveted “big five” and is in a malaria-free region.

Accommodations

Kuzuko is a five star resort. Accommodations are in chalets, three of which are wheelchair accessible. Prices run from US$ 450 to US$ 500 ppp night. This fee is all inclusive. Every chalet includes a twin bed, a plasma flat screen television, Internet access, and a telephone. Conference facilities are available for up to 30 guest.

Activities

Besides comfort and rest, the lodge offers many activities such as game drives, hiking to view ancient Bushman cave paintings, star-gazing and bird-watching. Facilities also include a well- ness center and spa, a swimming pool, dining room, bar and lounge.

Getting There

The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth, a full-service hub. Kuzuko is two to two and half hours away traveling on paved and unpaved roads. Car rental facilities are located at the Port Elizabeth airport.

Making a Difference

Kuzuko Lodge was created out of a vision to combine conservation , job creation, and social stewardship. Conservation efforts include a unique partnership with the South African national park system to reintroduce native fauna and rehabilitating the unique regional flora. In an aim to create local jobs, the lodge has partnered with Umzi-wethu, a South African development organization. Umzi-wehu provides job training and placement for South African youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Kuzuko has hired chefs, waiters and trained field guides from Umzi-wethu. Kuzuko treats all its employees with dignity and respect paying fair wages and providing benefits.

Contact Information

Kuzuko Lodge | Addo Elephant National Park | Eastern Cape, South Africa | +27 (0) 79 521 7490 | kuzuko@legacyhotels.co.za

Legacy Hotels | +27 (0) 11 806 6888 (Central Reservations) | hotels@legacyhotels.co.za

Web Page

www.kuzukolodge.co.za

www.legacyhotels.co.za

 


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Bushara Island Camp | Uganda

Overview

Bushara Island is a 16-hectare private island situated on Lake Bunyonyi, a volcanic lake in southwest Uganda. This forested islands offers a wonderful place to relax in a glorious setting. The green hills, papyrus swamps and local village culture offer a variety of opportunities for guest to enjoy their stay.

Accommodations

The resort offers guests a variety of lodging options from pitching one’s own tent to fully furnished rooms to meet the needs of the individual, couples, groups, and families. All safari tents and cottages are self-contained and offer privacy and a beautiful view of the lake. Rates for safari tents and cottages range from US$16 to US $39 pp per night. If you pitch your own tent; the site fee is US$3 pp per night. (See website for complete list of rates.) Group events and conferences accommodations are available for up to 100 people.

Activities

Swimming, sailing, canoeing, and, for the more adventurous, windsurfing are a few activities people enjoy on Lake Bunyonyi. Bushara Island Camp offers many activities for visitors includ- ing nightly campfires, local dance performances, star-gazing, several bird watching tours, and walking trails. The camp offers a variety of cultural and natural tours for US$2-5 pp. An on-site restaurant serves delicious meals including a variety of traditional dishes.

Getting There

Lake Bunyonyi is located 8km from the town of Kabale in the south-western tip of Uganda. Special taxis are available from Kabale to the shore of Lake Bunyonyi. Transport from the shore of Lake Bunyonyi to Bushara Island can be arranged at Bushara’s lakeside hut. Staff can transport visitors by motorboat or a dugout canoe. Lake travel takes about 15 minutes in the motorboat and about 40 minutes in a dugout canoe.

Making a Difference

Bushara Island Camp is one arm of a locally managed nonprofit organization called the Lake Bunyonyi Development Company (LBDC). The island camp is a sustainable eco-tourism resort focusing on raising awareness and promoting protection of the natural environment. The camp evolved with assistance of the local Anglican diocese, and in response to the needs of the people of Lake Bunyonyi. Profits from the campground assist local communities around the lake through activities with orphan care, income generation projects, agro-forestry, small livestock distribution, scholarships, craft co-ops, swimming instruction, and HIV/AIDS education.

Contact Information

Bushara Island Camp | PO Box 794 | Kabale, Uganda | 256 (0) 486-26110 | 256 (0) 772- 464585 (Mobile)| busharaisland@africaonline.co.ug

Webpage

www.busharaislandcamp.com


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ASSETS | Kenya

Overview

This region supports some of Africa’s rarest wildlife and plants. Following the trails through the forest at dawn you have a good chance of spotting the rare golden-rumped elephant shrew in search of insects. If you are lucky and use a skilled guide, you may find the Sokoke scops owl, Africa’s smallest owl, roosting on a branch. In the tree canopy, Syke’s monkeys search for fruit. Hundreds of colorful butterflies frequent the flowers and the varied bird life is breathtaking, especially during the European winter when migrating birds flock to the area in droves. You will not want to miss the flamingos, pelicans and other shorebirds.

Accommodations

ASSETS, “Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Ecotourism Scheme,” offers overnight lodging at the Mwamba Field Study Centre. The Mwamba Centre is a guest house located on beautiful beach- front property. The accommodations are reasonably-priced, simple, pleasant and friendly and houses up to 15 guests. For accommodations at the Centre and other options in the area, please visit the following website: http://www.watamu.biz/watamu-business.php?cid=49

Activities

The interpretive displays and resources at the Gede Forest Station Visitors Center make it the ideal place to start your journey. The Elephant Trail Tree House is located 2 kilometers from the Visitors Center and offers views into the forest canopy. One can enjoy a picnic lunch, sunset drink or even spend the night in the tree house, lulled to sleep by the sounds of insects, frogs and nightjars. Additional observation points are located in the depths of the forest or at the Nyari Cliffs. Next, hike through the mangrove forest. The mangrove walkway is an impressive structure, a series of 17 suspension bridges leading 260 meters through the mangrove canopy. The walkway leads out to an elevated bird blind (or “hide”) on Mida Creek. The blind offers a superb vantage point to watch the birds, best experienced on high tides as they roost after feeding on the rich, muddy sandflats. (Other activities in the area for you to investigate include snorkeling along coral reefs, beachcombing, visits to the Gede ruins, etc).

Getting There

Watamu is quite easily reached by road and/or air. Watamu is 120 kms north of Mombasa and 28km south of Malindi. Buses and matatus (local taxis) from Mombasa and/or Malindi all stop at Gede, where it is easy to get a matatu to Watamu itself. Malindi Airport is your arrival point from the air. All the Kenyan domestic airlines fly to Malindi, including Kenya Airways, Air Kenya, Fly540.com, and a couple of minor charter companies.

Making a Difference

ASSETS, a project of A Rocha Kenya, bridges the gap between threatened wildlife and threatened human livelihoods by promoting child education and alleviating poverty, while encouraging community involvement in nature conservation.

ASSETS distributes funds generated by ecotourism to provide scholarships for secondary school children who would otherwise be unable to afford the school fees. ASSETS encourages the local people to value the forest and creek by equally distributing the benefits from ecotourism throughout the local communities. In addition, children receiving scholarships are involved various conservation activities.

ASSETS is promoting ecotourism by providing facilities which allow visitors a more in-depth experience of the sites. All the proceeds from tourist fees go directly into the ASSETS scholarship fund. Alternatively, you do not have to wait to travel to Kenya. You can sponsor a child for only US$25 per month. (In Kenya, school age children must pay fees to attend elementary through high school). Contact ASSETS Kenya for more information on child sponsorship.

Contact Information

ASSETS Coordinator | PO Box 383 | Watamu 80202 Kenya assets@arocha.org

Webpage

http://www.assets-kenya.org

Visit this website for an informative 20-minute video on how ASSETS works. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2504470503567224119


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Sharp’s Island | Njuyera Camp | Uganda

Overview

Relax on a private island in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi, a volcanic lake in the southwest corner of Uganda. The island is home to Njuyera Island Camp and to a superb display of flora and fauna. Over 200 species of birds, a few unique to the area, lend beauty and song to the island. In addition, you have a lake just out your front door. This resort is for travelers who crave an escape. Since the island is completely set aside for tourists, you will have the whole island to yourself!

Accommodations

The resort offers safari tents, as well as furnished rooms. All rooms and safari tents are private and come with electricity and lake views. Rates range from US$22 ppp night for single occupancies to about US$65 for a four person occupancy room. Campsites are US$5 per night. Wedding or conferences facilities are available on the island for about 100 people.

Activities

Guests enjoy bird watching, swimming, cultural dances, soccer, canoeing, visits to local villages, hiking, and nature walks around the island. The Camp also offers a variety of tours including sport fishing day trips, historical tours, and visits to see the Kagoma volcanic gas emissions! These tours range from US$5 to US$20 pp and include a snack or picnic lunch.

Getting There

The nearest international airport is Entebbe . Entebbe is 37 kilometers from Kampala, the capi- tal city . From Kampala it is a 6 hour drive (420km) to Kabale. Lake Bunyonyi is located 8km from the town of Kabale in the southwestern tip of Uganda. From the shore of Lake Bunyonyi, it is a 10 minute motorboat ride to the island.

Making a Difference

Njuyera Island Camp, started in 1996, is owned and operated in partnership with the Anglican Church of Uganda, Diocese of Kigezi. The aim of the camp is to promote economic, social, religious and cultural values in the lake community. All employees are from the surrounding communities. The camp stimulates local economy as area villages are able to earn additional in- come by selling food items and local crafts to Njuyera Island Camp and its visitors.

Contact Information

Njuyera Sharp’s Island Camp | PO Box 3 | Kabale, Uganda | 256(0)-773-149752 256(0)-774-087809 | samunva@yahoo.com; sharpsisnjuyera@yahoo.com