Gorilla Trekking and Eco-Tourism with Carefree Vacations

Sharon Lee just returned from Gorilla Trekking

On Thursday, August 2, 2012 , Carefree Vacations hosted an informational evening with Volcanoes Safaris in the Carefree Vacations Encinitas office. Praveen Mohan, Co-founder of Volcanoes Safaris, was in San Diego all the way from Uganda. Praveen, along with Marta Barberini from the UK office, gave the audience a preview and update on gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda. They also spoke about Great Ape Eco-tourism and the challenges of gorilla and chimpanzee conservation in the area.

As award winning pioneers in eco-tourism, Volcanoes Safaris have been at the forefront of Great Ape Eco-tourism to Uganda and Rwanda for over 15 years. They shared some of their experiences at this event and showed us photos of their luxurious, renovated lodges as well as what to expect while on safari. Also on hand was our own Sharon Lee who just returned from a gorilla trek the day prior. She had great stories to share of how excited she was to be so close to these majestic primates. Sharon told how friendly and accommodating the staff were and how much she learned and enjoyed every minute. Everyone left excited in anticipation of one day experiencing one of these “Bucket List” safaris first hand.


Tracy Anderson for Carefree Vacations


Gorilla Trekking Natalie Tuomi

Travel Specialist Natalie Tuomi on a Gorilla Safari

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Check out safari vacations on our website, request a quote or call Natalie Tuomi at our Encinitas location. She has been gorilla trekking several times and has the inside scoop!


Interested in going on a safari? We have escorted trips with Linda SheproClick for details.



Travelers are flocking to Uganda’s beautiful mountains, trekking opportunities and communities of mountain gorillas. Kampala is now the modern, bustling capital of a new Uganda, a country with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Uganda’s long string of tragedies since independence has been a staple of the Western media, so most people still regard the country as an unstable place to be avoided. However, it’s getting back on its feet and the transformation is little short of astounding.

Uganda information provided by Signature Travel Network



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