Wild Frontier’s story in Uganda dates back to the early days of the tourism renaissance in the Pearl of Africa. In 1994, when we began operating tours from Entebbe, the national parks stood empty, wildlife decimated by internal strife and tourism traffic limited to a trickle of backpackers, while Uganda’s reputation as the foremost mountain gorilla tracking destination still lay over a distant horizon.
Since those unpromising days, Uganda’s star has risen exponentially with Wild Frontiers always at the forefront, constantly exploring opportunities for unique and specialist safaris that bring guests up close to big game and primates in stunning wilderness settings.
Nearly thirty years on, Paul and Jane continue to be based in Entebbe, at the helm of G&C Tours Ltd., the operational arm of Wild Frontiers Uganda. Just 5km from Uganda’s main international airport, our brand new, purpose-built headquarters is staffed by a team of experienced tourism professionals. In the booking and support centre, staff provide our guests with the very best care and attention – both in advance and in-country – whilst in the workshop, mechanics and technicians ensure that every vehicle sent out on safari is in tip top condition.
Wild Frontiers’ commitment to Ugandan tourism goes far beyond organising game drives and gorilla tracking. By facilitating park-edge community and conservation programmes through our Responsible Tourism Policy, we also provide guests with insights into the challenges faced by people and animals, while our Future Generations Trust aims to secure a legacy for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
Rewarding wildlife encounters are, of course, only part of a successful safari; our guests also expect high standards of service and comfort after hours. In this respect, Wild Frontiers gained valuable experience in 1998 when they developed and managed a basic tented camp for the offshore Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. This simple beginning was the first step towards providing luxurious accommodation for our own guests. Today, on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the award-winning Buhoma Lodge lies five minutes walk from the gorilla tracking trailhead while a similar interval separates Ishasha Wilderness Camp, in nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park, from the main game tracks and the area’s famous tree climbing lions. In Murchison Falls National Park, 300km north, we have a specialist mobile camp that can be erected on the banks of the mighty River Nile when required.
Our Ngamba Island experiences would also lead us in another direction when we introduced boats to transfer guests to the chimpanzee sanctuary. These would soon be employed for additional excursions including sunset cruises, sport fishing, and birding. The opportunity to capitalise on our growing boating expertise came in 2008 when we obtained a concession to extend our activities to Murchison Falls National Park where our various boats now explore the 40km river corridor between the Falls and Lake Albert.
Now, with nearly three decades of experience and expertise in Uganda, Wild Frontiers continues to look for opportunities and improvements. Uganda has changed greatly since those distant days in 1994 with both wildlife populations and tourist numbers increasing dramatically. Today’s challenge is to retain the magic of the old, undiscovered Uganda whilst using subsequent improvements to enhance the experience. As you may have already concluded, Paul and Jane and the rest of the Wild Frontiers team are up to the task.
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With over 20 years of operation in Uganda under our belt, we are one of the longest established and largest safari operators in the country.