Wildplaces is a group that has been operating in Uganda since 1993. Owned and operated by people with a true love for the country and a deep-rooted commitment to the preservation of Uganda’s wild places, the business has grown steadily over the years.
We (with tremendous support from family and friends) cut our teeth on Semliki Safari Lodge in the 1990s and virtually saved the Toro-Semliki Game Reserve from degazettement. Working closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Indiana University, we were instrumental in establishing and running what is known as the Semliki Chimpanzee Project in the Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
These efforts earned us a prize at the Uganda Investor of the Year Awards for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Conservation’. Jonathan Wright served on to the board of trustees of UWA and is now a lifetime Honorary Warden.
Now with four lodge properties scattered across the country and a fleet of vehicles with talented and charming safari guides, we are well positioned to show you this fantastic place. Gorilla tracking, walking safaris, photographic safaris, birding safaris… cultural tours, hiking expeditions, fishing safaris, working holidays… we can do it – very well.
Pamela now does part time writing and editing and is the Honorary Consul for Canada, Jonathan oversees the running of the business and continues with furniture design and numerous projects.
THE FOUNDERS OF THE UGANDA SAFARI COMPANY
Jonathan & Pamela Wright
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.