You could call it a love story.
A boy is born in a small Ugandan town on the banks of the River Nile. His first words are Swahili. On the other side of the world girl is born in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario. Her first words are Japanese. Somehow the planets align and this unlikely pair, from opposite sides of world, collide at University in Canada. After several years of hopping between Canada and England, and after the birth of their two children Annabelle and Fergus, Jonathan came home to Uganda. Nearly 20 years on, the Wright family still calls Uganda home.
Inspired by his passion for wildlife and conservation, and with the generous help of friends and family, Jonathan and Pamela launched the Uganda Safari Company and the Wildplaces collection of properties.
We now live just outside Kampala with dogs, cats, chickens, goats and a solitary grumpy goose. Great Blue Turaco and Kingfisher are regular visitors on the veranda. We venture into Kampala two or three times a week. Pamela is the Honorary Consul for Canada and Jonathan oversees the running of the business.
Gary Segal: Group General Manager
Gary’s 20 years of experience in hospitality ranges from some of the busiest kitchens to the most remote locations in Africa. Originally a qualified chef and safari guide, Gary is determined and passionate, loves to exceed guest expectations and has managed properties and operations in Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique and Uganda. He first joined Wildplaces to open and manage Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, and after managing a high-end resort opening Mozambique, he returned to Uganda and to Wildplaces in the driver’s seat as Group General Manager. His passion for Africa and its wilderness is palpable.
Tamara Segal: Group Business Development Manager
Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, Tamara spent 8 years in tourism management before branching into finance for a spell in London and South Africa. But tourism is in her blood. when she met Gary, she joined him in rural Uganda to manage Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge where her primary focus was community development and the set-up of sustainable systems. Tamara is a stickler for detail and handles the administrative, marketing, agent relationship and detail-driven aspects of the group.
Jochen Reinhold: Marketing & PR – German Markets
Jochen Reinhold possesses a university degree in business administration and tourism management and calls on many years of experience in the tourism and hotel industry.
In 1997 he started his career working for a luxury hotel in the German Alps where he received the official qualification for hotel administration. Afterwards he worked several years for a prestigious agency for destination management and tourism consulting in Duesseldorf. In 2009 he founded his own agency for tourism marketing and consulting with clients from the East African hotel and tourism industry. Based in Munich, he is strongly connected with journalists, tour operators and travel agencies with a focus on East Africa. Jochen has lived in Spain, New Zealand and Argentina, speaks fluent German, English and Spanish, loves to be out in nature and has a keen passion for travelling in Africa.
Florine Deneubourg: Sales & Marketing Manager
Florine grew up in Belgium and graduated in Marketing and in Management Sciences. When she initially came to Uganda in 2015, she was involved in community projects. Corporate and social responsibility in community and conservation continues to be a great passion for her with Wildplaces Africa & The Uganda Safari Company: She loves travelling and discovering new cultures, and she has excellent destination knowledge of Uganda. She is dedicated, detailed, hard-working, sociable, organized and responsible; and loves driving sales and creating new marketing opportunities.
Dancan Kiiza: Sales & Marketing Executive
Dancan is finalizing his Masters in Management Science and also possesses a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management! While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree, he served as a President for the Makerere University Tourism Association. His dedication to the tourism industry is palpable! He is well travelled throughout East Africa and he has been involved in marketing the destinations we offer for a number of years, including attending several international trade fairs and being involved in various campaigns to promote the destinations. He is multi-skilled, passionate, very flexible and customer-centric. He feels truly privileged to be able to do what he loves each day within a company that he has such great admiration for.
Lisper Ronoh Roberts: Reservations Manager
Lisper is a charming, independent and hardworking individual who has loads of experience in the hospitality industry. After having studied at one of Kenya’s best industry schools, The Kenya Utalii College, she moved to Dubai to work in reservations, guest relations and front office for the Jumeirah Group. During her stay in the UAE she studied Business Administration at the Emirates Academy. After six years in Dubai, she moved to Kampala to work for a luxury hotel as Guest Relations Manager, before joining the Wildplaces family as the Reservation Manager. After working hours she continues work, as she manages her small family and her two demanding little boys (and husband). During her free time, you can find her anywhere where there is a gym or a pool and some children’s entertainment!
Ronah Ninsiima: Reservations Planner
Ronah completed her BA in Tourism at Makerere University, which enabled her to gain vast knowledge of guest service and communication skills. However, these skills are really intrinsic for her – she is extremely passionate about what she does and it shines through in all of her interactions. Her hard work and determination to provide excellent and unequaled service has a big impact on our reservations department. Reading, travel and music keep her inspired in her personal time.
Michael Ohguchi: Head Safari Guide
Michael is Ugandan, with a Japanese father and a Norwegian/Ugandan mother descending from the royal family. He has been in the tourism industry from 2000 and has studied in Kenya and as well as in Uganda, with many varied tourism and guiding qualifications. Mike serves as the Welfare Executive Board Chairman for the Uganda Safari Guides Association and is passionately involved in all aspects of tourism. Mike loves the peace and tranquility of nature – showing this to guests is where he is his best.
Dickson Atwiine: Safari Guide
Dickson grew up in Mbarara, in the western hills of Uganda. He studied tourism and travel operations. Dickson loves hospitality and the tourism industry; and feels blessed to have such exposure to Uganda in a way that few others have. He is hard working, friendly and professional with a high-rate excellent guest feedback.
Charles Oyer: Safari Guide
Charles was born in the West Nile region of Nebbi district and raised in Murchison Falls. He joined tourism since 2008 as a safari guide, after pursuing a certificate in cultural guiding, general wildlife, birding and birding identification techniques from Makerere University under the Uganda Safaris Guide Association. Charles has an amiable personality with a great smile and a calm, organized way about him.
All our guides are trained in defensive driving and have First Aid qualifications.
Safaris | Purchasing | Finance | Other Operations
Our main office is situated in Bugolobi, Kampala, a leafy suburb a little away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of town. This is our hub, where all reservations, marketing, vehicle maintenance, accounting, purchasing and other logistics for the group take place. The passion and dedication of the team is palpable when visiting our office; and many a day and night is spent strategizing and planning together, with the sole focus of promoting tourism to the country we love. Then we have the lodge-based management and staff… all highly trained, motivated and passionate: their 24/7 commitment is what keeps Wildplaces Africa a leading Lodge operator in Uganda!