Conservation and Community support
We are Engagi Safaris understand the importance of being pro-active in supporting effective organizations and conservation projects in order to preserve our wildlife and habitats for future generations. Safari travel is playing one of the most important riles in conservation right now. One of the ways that wildlife and habitats can be preserved is through expanding areas under formal protection and these are often funded by successful tourism initiatives. Did you know that 20% of your gorilla permit fee goes to supporting the surrounding communities? On our tours, we use local guides and Ugandan owned lodges where possible to encourage as Many funds from your tour go back into the communities. We include activities on our tours that promote community development. These can be village walks, cultural performances, buying local souvenirs from local craft shops and by following eco-friendly and sustainable principles as much as we can while on safari. We are working on several initiatives and projects to help the communities and also working on ways that we and make our future tours more eco-friendly and sustainable. Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages to keep up to date with our progress. We are excited to partner and work with two community and conservation projects which we are passionate about. These are the Happy Girls project and The Ugandan Bee Project, both are based in the southwest Uganda areas where our tour company originates.
Happy Girls Project
The following is a list of much needed supplies for the project and to supply to the girls: Sewing machines (manual singer sewing machines are most wanted), Sewing materials such as press studs/snap fasteners, towel fabric for the pads, Bras (New or good used condition), Underwear (ages 11-20 years old, plain no frills), Wash cloths, Reusable pads(you can bring some from your country). Mini sewing kits(so girls can repair their pads) Also supplies for the schools in general:
School supplies-pens, pencils, chalk, maths sets, dictionaries etc. Sports equipment, Health and hygiene products like plasters, first aid kits. We can take you to meet the project founder Madam Gumoshabe Harriet and you can deliver your donations to the schools to see the effect and impact you are making. If you would like to know more about how you can help on your tour or if you have ideas of other things you would like to bring then please get in touch with us today
Bee Keeping Project
This project is run by the Lake Katwe Sub County United Bee Keepers Association (LAKASUBA) and was founded in 2015. It is a conservation project which uses beehives as a form of human-wildlife conflict mitigation. The project is situated around the Queen Elizabeth National Park in South West Uganda.
The local communities realized that they were facing trouble with the local wildlife mainly Elephants leaving the park and destroying their crops. Elephants were being poached because of this but the local people did not want to be killing the Elephants, so they came up with the idea of using beehives as a deterrent to keep the Elephants within the park boundaries. Did you know that Elephants are afraid of Bees? Neither did we until we heard about this incredible community project!
The aim of the project is to get as many beehives up and running along the border of the park acting as a fence. So far over 200 beehives have been installed. The bee hives not only deter the elephants and keep the farmers happy as their crops are no longer being destroyed but they also are now providing an income from selling the honey and other related products.
How can you help?
Visit the project/make a donation. You can help by visiting this project on your trip to learn all about what the beekeepers do for wildlife conservation. This project is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park so is the perfect add on for your safari. You will be taken to one of the main bee apiaries’, hear first-hand from the beekeepers the trouble they face with wildlife and what they are doing to combat it and even taste the delicious honey! The project has now started selling their honey and other related products which you can buy. Or simply donate to help them expand. The project has big plans for the future and the installation of many more bee hives. Bring supplies: Laptops for the project office or cameras for documenting progress and advertising, Sewing machines for making bee suits, Carpentry tools for making beehives, Bee training charts and books, School supplies for local children.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how you can help this project on your tour