BI WORLDWIDE's Head of Events Shaun Casey travelled to Uganda, exploring African culture, wildlife, and picturesque attractions that would create the ultimate experiential event to truly engage and motivate an incentive travel audience.
When I decided to travel to Uganda to participate in a primate safari I was encountered with total astonishment by most people. It’s a tough task for any tourism authority to change the perception of its country. If asked what they knew about Uganda, most people of a certain age would respond with “Idi Amin” or “Raid on Entebbe”. Both of these events took place in the Seventies and today, Uganda is a very different place!
My itinerary took me to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for some gorilla tracking, then on to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Ishasha for a more traditional safari experience of spotting tree climbing lions, elephants and hippos and finally on to Kibale to spend some time with chimpanzees.
UWA helping the community
With a park entrance fee of $750 per day in Bwindi, many would balk at the cost. However, the fantastic work carried out by the UWA (Ugandan Wildlife Authority) to protect the mountain gorilla population is simply overwhelming. The habituated gorillas trust the rangers and there is definitely a special relationship between man and primate in this region. With less than 5% separation between us and them from a DNA perspective, the whole experience was profoundly moving. What´s more, 20% of the entrance fee is directed to community sustainable projects. I visited a local school, which simply could not exist without this vital support. There certainly would be no education for kids in rural areas without this initiative.