Travel packages for fundraisers at greatly discounted rates.
One of the oldest civilizations in the world
The Resort Santa Lucia is an Authentic 18th Century Farmhouse, originally designed for large families of Sharecroppers. Spend a settimana – 7 days in an award-winning Tuscan hill town as ancient as the Roman Empire, flagged by the Italian Touring Club and featured in the blockbuster movie “Under the Tuscan Sun “.
Guests will stay at the “Casa-Colonica” (Colony-Home), a farming property commonly found in central Italy, and it represents key evidence of the past rural life. It is best suited for travelers who seek authenticity and a real cultural exchange vs a luxury pampering. This is an off-the-beaten-path immersion into local lore and historic art and monuments. Because of the sheer age of the dwellings and structures, physically challenged travelers will be uncomfortable if touring is desired. Otherwise, the beauty of Tuscany can be absorbed by cooking in or touring and dining out. Weekend markets are famous for amazing food and local finds. Being in Tuscany is like a fairy tale. We’ve created a package that is unmatched and incomparable for a memorable lifelong connection to your charity. Travel with a heart. ❣️
Ultimate Gorilla Trek & Viewing
Gorilla Village Lodge in Uganda
The Gorilla Village Lodge is located at the boundary line of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorillas and a variety of exotic bird species. A friendly, qualified staff is ready to serve adventurous guests at the newly-renovated lodge which includes a restaurant, well-stocked bar, campfire and hot showers. Your guide will navigate your personal 4x4 vehicle across the best terrain of Uganda, including game drives, gorilla treks, bird watching, and a plethora of other exhilarating options!
Airport pickup with complimentary fresh fruit upon arrival Comfortable 4WD vehicle with dedicated driver/guide. Lodging for six comfortable nights in southwestern Uganda. Gorilla trekking to see the legendary mountain gorillas. Guided nature walks and bird watching expeditions.
All permits required and included to view gorillas, chimps, and other wildlife Opportunities to experience local culture, sports and much more!
Adventure with a Purpose!
The Gorilla Village Lodge was built with the chief goal of supporting a nearby orphanage for Batwa children. Due to an unfathomable cultural myth, some men in this area believe that HIV can be cured by sleeping with a Batwa woman, leading to unthinkable acts. This leaves the Batwa women devastated and often left with children they are unable to care for. ❣️
By staying at the lodge and participating in these fantastic activities, you are giving hope and support to the Batwa community, especially the orphanage, through various programs and organizations collaborating to make life better for these wonderful people. ❣️
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
Your driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and take you directly to your lodge in Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Kampala.
You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, etc. You will be able to settle in, relax, and get ready for your upcoming adventure!
Day 2: To Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Today, you’ll drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest park located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelles, Uganda kob, warthogs and waterbucks. Be prepared to see plenty of hippos, elephants, and perhaps a lion or leopard as well. Your lodge is located on the edge of the park, overlooking the spectacular Kazinga Channel. Watch wildlife at the waterhole from your own private verandah.
Day 3: Park Game Drive & Boat Safari
Today will start early with a sunrise coffee and breakfast before heading to the park, where you are likely to come across elephants, buffalos, lions, waterbucks, leopard, Uganda kob, and many warthogs. A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning.
In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see hippos, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Day 4: To Rubuguri/ Bwindi Forest
Today you’ll drive to Rubuguri, a town in the southwestern part of Uganda close to the borders of Rwanda and Congo. You’ll cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa.’ You will pass the countryside, bamboo forests, and enjoy great views of the Virunga Mountains.
Tomorrow, you will depart tomorrow for gorilla tracking so it is best to get a good night’s sleep!
My unique and personalized travel experiences are specifically designed to be offered at fundraising events as premium auction items. They make great grand prizes for raffles and games. Many charities offer 100% consigned items saving time and energy on procurement.
Charity Getaways is a boutique business. Small means your supporters will be part of Tuscan life or view gorillas calmly living in the wild. Our packages are limited and exclusive and not available on the retail market. You have the option of selecting destinations that appeal to your guests and event theme.
Julian Palmer and his partner Greta Lupetti and her brother Jacopo Lupettie are beacons of hospitality and the boots on the ground in Tuscany.
Gorilla’s in the Mist experience is life changing. We launched this extraordinary gorilla viewing experience in 2018. Travelers tell us it’s life-changing.
Exclusive private trips for charity!
Reserve my off-the-beaten-path travel packages for your fundraising auction and the grand prize. These experiences are specially designed to create buzz and raise money for your charity. My properties and experiences are privately owned and include exclusive culinary and wine safaris, food and farm tours, and rare experiences that will entice people to participate in bidding and buying plays. All packages expire 12 months from the date of your event. We provide marketing materials & pre-sell assistance. We give you everything you need to you actively market our trips to your supporters. Video, slides, posters, brochures along with gift certificates and complete descriptions in print and downloadable files. Your supporters are our honored guests.
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