Travel with GLOBIO

Connecting people, species and planet through travel

Travel with GLOBIO

Explore beyond the brochures, and experience the heart of a place, with GLOBIO

Uganda Great Apes Safari Trip 2020

October 2020- Explore the incredible primates of Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”.  These two-week Ugandan trips discover chimps in Uganda’s Kibale Forest, look eye-to-eye with critically endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and discover a dozen monkey species. 

 

Uganda Apes Behind the Lens Tour 2021

2021- Pack up your camera gear and get ready for an intensive 2-week practical course with award winning wildlife filmmaker/photographer Gerry Ellis around the jungles of Uganda. Learn the ins and outs of wildlife photography while capturing wild chimpanzees, wild critically endangered mountain gorillas and a huge variety of other primates and wildlife. 

Bornean Orangutan Adventure 2021

2021- Explore the wonders of the Bornean jungles with GLOBIO’s Bornean Orangutan Adventure! These 9-day long excursions will bring you up close and personal with wild critically endangered Orangutans, as well as multiple primate species and countless amazing birds. Optional 5-day Sumatra  post extension available for those keen to experience wild Sumatran Orangutans. 

Uganda/Rwanda Silverback Safari 2022

2022 – Experience the wonders of Rwanda and Uganda with GLOBIO’s Silverback Safari. These two week trips will take you deep into the lush forests to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and countless other primates, while also visiting historic sites of the late Dian Fossey.

Private trips are available upon request. For more information on these and future excursions, contact meg@globio.org

At GLOBIO we have long seen travel and education as partners in creating greater understanding of our shared world. GLOBIO grew out of founder Gerry Ellis’ global travel experiences, film-work and education commitment and we have continued to see exploring the world as a key opportunity for people of every age and background to discover, learn and engage.

Travel is a prominent part of our education program. As the most genuine form of experiential learning, travel invites you to immerse yourself within the world, and inspire the curiosity within you. Your journey begins from the moment you book — with educational resources sent right to your inbox to prepare you for your upcoming adventure. With GLOBIO, you won’t just see incredible wildlife and spectacular biodiversity but experience and understand them within their greater global context. In order to understand the broader conservation picture, you will have the chance to:

Pre-trip receive specific GLOBIO created books and resources

Meet GLOBIO’s local wildlife and conservation partners on the ground where we travel

Dinners with conservation partners and researchers

Visit local communities that are instrumental in the
preservation of their environment

Your adventure doesn’t end when you arrive back home — you can look forward to continued engagement with the GLOBIO team over email and special events — to learn more.

We invite you to join us on that journey.

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The Herd — Day 7

The Herd — Day 7

African elephant heard

Matriarchal African elephant heard in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

And then the tiniest calf flopped on its side and drifted to sleep. I knew then we were having a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a matriarchal elephant herd. After four years filming African elephants — the very work that launched GLOBIO — I could count on one hand the magical encounters like this.

Today was our “primate day off”. We were heading into Queen Elizabeth NP for a boat trip on the channel between Lakes George and Edwards, that’s where the excitement was. On the rutted-road inside the park we slowed to let a few huge female tuskers cross the road only to spot a mix of tiny babies in amongst the tree trunk-like legs as we neared. A few feet on the left the lead female elephants paused, turned to face us and

baby African elephant, Uganda

Smallest of the babies waking up from its nap in herd, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

that’s when things got amazing. They stood facing us, wing-like ears slow flapping to some ancient rhythm. “No cameras or movement for a minute”, I softly said to the group, “Let them chill.” Then others turned and others approached us, we were staring at a wall of grey pachyderms. Trunks started relaxingly spinning the dusty earth into fist sized piles and flipping it onto neck, behind ears and dusting their underbellies. Cameras could not be arrested any longer.

For forty minutes all that could be heard was the soft clicking of camera and iPhones, the flapping of elephant ears, and the soft swish of trunks swirling sand, punctuated by an occasional eruption of babies pushing and shoving like restless kids at naptime. The guide, and longtime elephant lover, in me could not have been happier — sharing moments like this with people who care is incredible. And everyone in our vehicle was clearly mesmerized by the moment. For the executive director of GLOBIO in me this is exactly what building a travel program means and can do, create experiential learning opportunities that change people, transform travel into something much more… inspire lifelong learning.

baby African elephant, Uganda

One of the baby African elephants in a forest of trunks and legs – the protection of its matriarchal herd, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

— Gerry Ellis

Uganda Great Apes Safari — day 1

Uganda Great Apes Safari — day 1

map Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Travel with GLOBIOPeople often as me what I do on my day off on the road. Well,… clean.

Clean camera gear, clean clothes, clean bags and support gear, and finally clean me. Not really a day off, just a cleaning day.

After the past few weeks in hot and dusty Zambia (temps climbed to near 40c/100+F) the body and gear are welcoming the cooler, moist air in Entebbe, Uganda. Two weeks of chimp and gorilla trekking are just a day away. This is our inaugural Travel with GLOBIO trip — the Uganda Great Apes Safari — and haven’t been this excited to guide in years. Working on Apes Like Us these past few years has been challenging as we tried to figure out how to connect people to great apes. How to make what is happening across the planet to apes like us, and what it inevitably means to us. The Apes Like Us YouTube channel has been one avenue, the education and field programs and projects we have re-invented and re-defined have been another, but getting people out to see apes and what’s happening in the real world is incredibly exciting. Nothing will ever replace the face of a gorilla staring eye-to-eye with you just a few meters away. After three decades it still races my blood with anticipation and excitement.

Sharing the experience of seeing great apes in the wild is not easy. The Congo would be perfect… all of Africa’s great apes are there, bonobos, mountain gorillas, Grauer’s gorillas, chimpanzees, are there but, and it’s a big but, it is simply too difficult to access, to dangerous to risk, and constantly flirts with Ebola outbreaks and rebel break-ins. Uganda, on the other hand is known as the “Pearl of Africa”, it is definitely the jewel of primate discovery, and it is safe. Acclaimed for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity – Uganda is the center of Africa’s “Great Lakes” ecosystem. Over 5,000 chimpanzees populate the lush hilly western region. It’s also in these densely vegetative, “impenetrable”, forests that Uganda’s most famous residents reside—the breathtaking and endangered mountain gorillas. Recent surveys tally just over 600 of these powerful gentle giants, half the world’s population, living in the rainforests of Bwindi. That’s where we will finish this trip in two weeks.

Anthony Bourdain, the travel entrepreneur and global food gypsy, was sharp in his observation that “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”, and it should. The traveler who returns unchanged, unfazed, suffers from a black soul.

As the group trickles into the Protea Hotel, transatlantic time zone victims, weary from sitting for hours, I’m confident there are no black souls. I intend to do everything in my power to shed light on each and every soul joining this trip. To make certain these two weeks leaves at least a mark or two. And one of those marks is a new awareness of great apes and their shared place on our planet.

— Gerry Ellis

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