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High-Quality, Authentic Experiences to Support the Local Community
Our Mission: Bamboo Ecotours is dedicated to providing high-quality, authentic experiences that support the local community and create unforgettable memories.
Bamboo Ecotours is a grass-roots social enterprise that was established to provide unique travel experiences to people who want to explore the scenic beauty of Uganda – The Pearl of Africa! Our company is guided by two primary objectives: to provide high-quality services and authentic travel experiences to our clients and secondly, to promote tourism as a means to transform the livelihoods of communities adjacent to major tourist hot spots. Bamboo Ecotours is a registered company authorized by the Ugandan government to run tours and travel activities in Uganda. All trips we operate fully comply with local regulations and laws.
As locals, we understand the culture, history, and geography of our destinations, which allows us to provide travel experiences to our clients beyond simply visiting the mountain gorillas. Bamboo Ecotours strives to use tourism as a way to provide opportunities for local people. We invest up to 15% of our income directly into community projects such as building schools, water catchment systems, and health centers. By integrating local experiences into wildlife tours and investing in community development projects around the Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, we use tourism as a positive resource to improve the livelihoods of wildlife ecotourism-dependent communities. We also provide entrepreneurial training to the local people running small businesses and encourage them to reinvest the earned income to improve people’s livelihoods.
Our approach to travel is unique in that we link travelers to spectacular wildlife (gorillas, chimps, wildlife viewing), authentic cultures, and unforgettable local experiences that directly benefit the traveler as well as the local communities. Our office is located in Kisoro town, right at the Uganda-Rwanda border, which makes it much easier for Bamboo Ecotours to organize gorilla trekking tours to Bwindi National Park via Kigali, Rwanda.
Meet Our Team
Bamboo Ecotours’ Travel Specialists
Edison – Director & Founder
A seasoned traveler and international development professional, Edison launched Bamboo Ecotours travel agency in 2012 to provide gorilla trekking and wildlife safari adventures to travelers interested in exploring the serene beauty of Uganda. Growing up in the community adjacent to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Kisoro District, Edison’s interest in tourism-based enterprises was sparked at a tender age. He sees tourism as an entry point to improve the welfare of wildlife tourism-dependent communities, who are oftentimes left out of the larger ecotourism value chain. Edison has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, and North America and this international exposure helps him to meet clients’ needs and expectations. Edison holds a B.A. in Economics from Makerere University in Uganda and an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA.
Sarah – Admin Assistant
Sarah is our front desk officer managing our office operations in Kisoro town. If you are in Kisoro on a safari to Bwindi National Park for gorilla trekking and you stop by the office, you will meet Sarah.
Gerald – General Manager
A travel enthusiast, Gerald is the overall General Manager for operations. Gerald’s duties include, but are not limited to, team leadership, ground operations, strategy, and liaising with all partners.
Joseph – Travel Consultant
Joseph is our 5-star guide, as evidenced by our clients’ reviews on TripAdvisor. At Bamboo Ecotours, Joseph is in charge of guiding the ecotourism trips for clients interested in gorilla trekking and other sustainable tourism experiences in Uganda such as Bwindi, Kibale, and Queen Elizabeth national parks. Joseph’s best moment of his work with Bamboo Ecotours is providing a “feel at home” atmosphere to our clients, and getting the opportunity to interact with people from different corners of the world. Joseph holds a Diploma in Tourism from the African College of Commerce Kabale.
Herbert – Travel Specialist
Herbert grew up near the boundaries of Mgahinga National Park, where he developed a love for nature and wildlife. The more Herbert interacted with tourists visiting his village, the more he realized that he wanted to become a tour guide someday. Herbert subsequently joined YMCA Kampala to study professional tour guiding and successfully graduated with a Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management. At Bamboo Ecotours, Herbert guides gorilla trekking safaris and other nature-based tours across Uganda and Rwanda.
Fred – Travel Specialist
Fred is one of our talented tour guides, leading trips across Uganda and Rwanda.
Godfrey – Travel Specialist
Godfrey was born in a small village near the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Growing up close to the tourist destination made him develop an interest in tour guiding. He is a very committed, humble, and dedicated guide with significant experience in; wildlife, African culture, and Tourism.
Compliance with Uganda government company regulations
The Registrar of Companies in Uganda fully registered Bamboo Ecotours since 2012. The legal company name is “Bamboo Ecotours Limited” with registration number 154979. We are legally authorized to carry out tours and safari activities in Uganda, as mandated by the Companies Act of 2012.
Bamboo Ecotours has a trading license issued by Kisoro Municipal Council, where our office is based.
Bamboo Ecotours is registered with the Uganda Revenue Authority for tax purposes. Our Tax Identification (TIN) is available upon request.