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OUR VISION FOR ECO-TOURISM AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    HOMESTEAD TOURS AND SAFARIS believe that community-based tourism and world-class travel can and must go hand in hand with improving livelihoods and conserving nature. Our beautiful traditional homes where guests can stay are in some of the most special places in Teso, a region in north eastern Uganda – places we want to safeguard for the future. We strive to bring transformation of fragile natural habitats, often with impoverished communities, into developing conservation economies. Our aim is to protect and conserve precious and unique habitats, especially the wetlands, while providing opportunities for local communities to prosper. 10% of every package tour we sell goes to community-based projects.   ECO-TOURISM IN TESO, NORTH EASTERN UGANDA Uganda, as a holiday destination which specialises in wildlife and adventure, has so much more to offer than what is available on tours of the National Parks in the central and western regions of Uganda, where most tourists visit. The eastern and northern regions offer other unique experiences, whilst also creating economic opportunities which enable development in areas that have been previously marginalised. As a responsible company, HOMESTEAD TOURS AND SAFARIS is proud to have initiated and pioneered eco-tourism in the north eastern region of Teso. Places such as Lake Opeta and Agu wetlands, the ancient Nyero rock paintings and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve offer you unique cultural, birding and wildlife experiences. Here you have the sense of being an explorer discovering the unknown whilst also getting to know local communities. You can also visit the foothills of Mt Elgon, on the eastern border with Kenya, and the beautiful waterfalls at Sipi. Of course, the distinction between ‘proven’ and 'pioneering’ areas is ever changing. Few people know that Teso, in north eastern Uganda, is now recognised as perhaps the best area in Uganda that can offer unique eco-tourism and cultural experiences, including HOMESTAYS. We believe that for habitats, culture and wildlife to thrive, it is essential to include all stakeholders.  We therefore collaborate with tourism partners, local communities, local authorities and NGOs to work on the key priorities for Teso ecosystems. We invite you to empower our communities by visiting and experiencing Teso for yourself in addition to the more usual tourist destinations.   AN EXPERIENCE OF ECO-TOURISM in eastern and northern Uganda, including visiting communities in Teso We can plan an exciting and unique tour for you to the east and north of Uganda which takes in all or some of the following:
  • Jinja (Lake Victoria, source of the Nile and Itanda Falls)
  • Mt Elgon and Sipi Falls
  • Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
  • Experience of the traditional rural way of life in Teso (including culture, rock paintings, boat trips, dancing, local cooking, markets etc)
  • Homestays in Teso
  • Birdwatching in Teso (including looking for the rare, endemic Fox's Weaver and the shy, prehistoric-looking Shoebill)
  • Kidepo National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park (including game drives and a boat trip on the Nile)
  • Budongo Forest (including chimpanzee tracking)
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AND SUSTAINABILITY Any positive lasting impact must begin with ourselves. Our logistics attain to the highest standards of ecotourism. This means that we buy locally where possible; that we are a caring employer, offering our staff opportunities to develop; that we support local communities. We try to reduce our footprint by limiting fossil fuel and using sustainable energy sources such as the sun, recycling water and reducing waste. The rest of our carbon footprint is offset by promoting local forestation projects.   VOLUNTEER TOURISM IN TESO - opportunities to contribute to Community Development There are various opportunities for volunteering for a few weeks in Teso, in addition to having some holiday time in another part of Uganda, depending on your interests, skills and qualifications. In the past, volunteers have helped in schools, administration, health facilities, agricultural projects and development work. Let us know what you would be interested in and we will help you organise it.
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