Community Initiatives

At the Gorilla Safari Company we love and support community and conservation initiatives which have a real and lasting impact on the lives of the local people and widlife in Uganda and Rwanda.

Visiting these inspiring and uplifting projects adds an extra dimension to your time in Africa, giving you the opportunity to experience and learn about daily life in these communities.

Uganda

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Set in the Nakasongola district of Uganda, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to the only wild rhinos found in the country. The sanctuary plays a key role in the Ugandan rhino re-introduction project and is currently home to 22 southern white rhinos. Show more

Ride 4 A Woman

The ‘Ride 4 a Woman’ project supports local women struggling with issues such as HIV, domestic violence and poverty, but it also enables them to develop income-generating skills, thus make a living for themselves and their families. Show more

Bwindi Plus School

In 2015, a locally adopted orphan began raising funds to build a school for the community. Two years later, Bwindi Plus Nursery and Primary School opened. Today, over 200 children receive the best quality education locally. Show more

Batwa Tribe

The Batwa tribe are one of Africa’s oldest tribes. In 1992 they lost their right to the forested lands they once inhabited. Thanks to the growth in cultural tourism, the Batwa community now have one avenue to a sustainable income. Show more

Boomu Women’s Group

The Boomu Women’s Group work together for the mutual socio-economic benefit of the surrounding communities. All members are subsistence farmers, so the preliminary aim was to provide another income stream for the families. Show more

Katara Women’s Group

The Katara Women’s Group aimed to promote conservation and provide a source of livelihood for local widowed women. Surrounding elephants were utilised when they began collecting elephant dung and recycling it into a variety of items. Show more

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The Ngamba Island Sanctuary addresses the urgent need for rescuing chimpanzees as well as the growing threats to them in the wild. Today, Ngamba Island is one of the most successful conservation organizations in Uganda. Show more

Nkuringo Women’s Sewing Cooperative

The Nkuringo Culture Centre initiated a women’s sewing machine project by way of developing the area both socially and economically. Starting with just one machine, the project has grown over time due to partner donations. Show more

Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)

CTPH aims to alleviate poverty and improve rural public health, thus contributing to greater biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in and around Africa’s protected areas. Show more

BikeVentures

Explore the real Uganda on a bicycle, allowing you to engage and immerse yourself with the culture and natural habitats. All profits are allocated to the projects that improve access to income generation, education and health care. Show more

Rwanda

Nyamirambo Women’s Centre

In 2007, the Nyamirambo Centre was founded in order to address the issues of gender violence, gender inequality and discrimination, through the providision of educational and vocational training to impoverished women. Show more

Iby’iwacu Cultural Village

The Iby’iwacu Cultural Village aims to engage with conservation incentives, community enterprise development and livelihood-based schemes for reformed poachers both in and around the Volcanoes National Park. Show more

Red Rocks Centre

Red Rocks aims to plant 500 trees each year to help protect local ecology and conserve scarce resources. Seedlings are purchased on your behalf and then you have the opportunity to plant them. Show more

Gorilla Doctors

Gorilla Doctors is dedicated to gorilla conservation by providing medical care to ill, injured or orphaned Mountain and Grauer’s Gorillas living in the National Parks of Uganda, Rwanda and Republic of Congo. Show more

Dian Fossey Fund

Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Center with the aim of protecting endangered mountain gorillas. Her work continues on and has led to the development of conservation projects for other wildlife and communities. Show more

THE GORILLA SAFARI COMPANY PROUDLY SUPPORTS