UGANDA LEARNERS’ TOUR 2021

December 15th, 2019 by Mark McConkey

Duration of Tour:  Between 21 and 28 days in Uganda.  28 – 36 hours travel time each way.  It will be necessary to be in Kampala the day before the return flight.  As a result, 21 days in Uganda could involve 25 days for the whole tour.  Please indicate how many days you wish the entire tour to last, including travel time

Date Range for Tour:  Between January 25, 2021 and March 15, 2021.  Please indicate the dates you would prefer.

Booking Deadline:  A non-refundable deposit (booking the tour and paying for the flight) will be required by July 15, 2020.

Cost of Tour:  A preliminary estimate of the cost of the entire tour: CAD $6,000. Inclusive of air fares, transfers, accommodation, meals and in country escorted travel. This may be adjusted some up or down depending on the duration of the tour and the activities selected by participants

Tour package does not include:

  1. Medical Insurance. Blue Cross insurance not advised due to potential issues with coverage in Africa but do consult.  It is important to have good medical insurance, estimated to cost approximately CAD $100 and we can advise you
  2. Uganda Visa: estimated to cost CAD $75.

Tour Features: As this is a learners’ tour with the objective that participants will see more than just the typical African Safari animals it will involve 4-6 days in a very rural part of the country learning about development issues and about the organizations who work on these issues.  Participants will be provided with thorough pre-departure briefings covering health and safety, development issues, historical background and local language and culture.  

In addition to the above and other cultural sites and experiences of interest, participants will be supported to take part in some of the more traditional African Safari activities involving wildlife.

There are a number of possibilities and while it will not be possible to do them all within the available time and budget there is some flexibility and depending on feedback from prospective participants we shall customize the tour plan to meet needs as best we can

A 3-4-day safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is a savanna type environment where you will see most of the large animals aside from Giraffes. A highlight of this safari is the Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise which is highly recommended.

  • A 3-4 day safari to Murchison Falls National Park where, in addition to most of the large animals you will also see Murchison falls which is an unforgettable feature on the Nile River.
  • A 3-day safari in Uganda to see mountain gorillas. There will be no possibility of seeing other animals and no guarantee that you will see gorillas.  You will have to hike at high elevations in high temperatures.  This option will involve a surcharge over and above the tour package of approximately CAD $700 as that is the Ugandan Parks Department Fee for the special gorilla trekking fees.  There is no other alterative to see gorillas and the park fees for these permits in Rwanda is even higher.  Visiting gorillas in the Congo parks is not considered safe at this time
  • A 1-day safari to see chimpanzees. You will be more or less guaranteed to see them.  This will require a walk but not a strenuous or long walk.  This will not involve a large surcharge for permit fees.
  • An add on 4-day safari in Kenya which will result in 2 days of seeing a variety of animals in the Masai Mara. A flight to Kenya will involve added cost.  Accommodation and services will be more expensive.

All of the above options combined will not be possible due to time and financial constraints.  Please indicate which of the options you would are interested in and indicate any that you would not wish to participate in.  These are preliminary indications only and depending feedback from prospective

Accommodation and Services:  The estimated cost of the tour assumes a basic level of accommodation and services.

Please indicate if you are willing to accept a basic level or not.  This also means that in most cases you will have only limited access to a western diet and menu of foods.  In some areas and days, only local food will be available.


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Foundation Helps Marquis Project to Aid Young Ugandans

July 30th, 2019 by admin

The Blennerhassett Family Foundation of Manitoba has granted the Marquis Project, a Brandon-Westman-based international development organization, $1500 toward the first phase of a project to help young adults in a remote, disadvantaged part of Uganda build small businesses.  Marquis will contribute $1000.  A little money goes a long way in these situations.

Thirty youth, 16 to 25 years old, have formed a group in Kijwenge Village, Nalweyo sub-county, to develop employment opportunities for themselves rather than relocate to large urban areas where poor job prospects and poverty also await them.  Agricultural in the area does not bring in enough earnings to create sustainable livelihoods.

With electricity now available in their local area, these youth hope to become economically self-sufficient by establishing shops that offer tailoring, hairdressing, bicycle and motorcycle repair, and window and door manufacturing, which currently are not available nearby.  Training and mentoring will be provided by local adults in skills and business management.

The Blennerhassett Foundation has praised the Marquis Project for its small-scale, on-the-ground projects that bring a tangible benefit to its overseas partners.

David Gamey of Strathclair, MB a recent recipient of Marquis’ Global Citizenship Award, will oversee the project.  More information is available from David at (204) 365-5350.

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Save the Date

May 5th, 2019 by admin
Save the Date – The Marquis Project’s Annual General Meeting will take place Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 in the Elephant Room at Brandon University, beginning at 6.30 p.m.  Along with a brief business meeting and elections, the main part of the evening will be an opportunity for Board and members to do some strategic planning for the organization. More details to come!

Marquis Holds Fair Trade Feast, Celebrates 40 Years & Hands Out Awards

May 4th, 2019 by admin

Close to 100 Marquis members and supporters had a wonderful LOFT dinner together on Sunday, April 28th.  LOFT is local, organic and fair trade.  This was a fundraiser to enable us to continue our support for overseas projects and fair trade activities here at home.  It was also a chance for the organization to mark the start of celebrations of our 40th Anniversary and to honour two active members who have made an outstanding contribution to both Brandon-Westman and the world via the Marquis Project.

Named to our Global Citizenship rolls were David Gamey of Strathclair who has been involved in Marquis in both staff and volunteer capacities for 30 years, mostly related to our project work in East Africa, and Mireille Saurette, who joined Marquis in 2012 as a volunteer and has been the main force behind Brandon becoming a Fair Trade Town and winning numerous national awards in that regard.

Our thanks to The Dock on Princess in Brandon for a great meal enjoyed by all, and to the many merchants and individuals who donated prizes for our silent auction.  This was the third Fair Trade Feast organized by the Marquis Project, a fun event and great fundraiser.  Thanks to all who attended!

About Marquis

The Marquis Project is a non-profit, charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to making our world better. Established in 1979 by development activists in and around Brandon, Manitoba, it is sustained by the support and participation of individuals, families, congregations, schools and community organizations. What began as a small resource centre on world issues serving southwestern Manitoba is now a nationally recognized non-governmental organization.