Uganda Trip 2017


Each year Development in Gardening (DIG) organizes one opportunity to work hand in hand with our communities on the ground and visit some of the most beautiful sites in East Africa.

This year Development in Gardening (DIG) will be hosting it's annual DIG Africa Trip to Southern Uganda. The trip will depart New York in mid August and return 12 days later (exact dates TBD). We will have a full 6 days on the ground to work in DIG's culturally unique Batwa communities followed by a rare opportunity to trek the endangered mountain gorillas!

This annual trip has given donors, volunteers, and interested supporters an opportunity to not only see some of Africa's most enchanting places, but also experience DIG's work in the field.

I DIG Uganda Trip 2017 Details (PDF)

Dates & Activities

This year’s trip will be especially unique. Taking place in the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda, we will be working alongside one of the worlds most culturally rich yet extremely endangered communities, the Batwa (inappropriately refered to as the pygmies). The 12 day mid August trip will depart from New York City. It will present a perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty in DIG’s newest gardens while also including an equally rare opportunity to trek the endangered mountain gorillas.

DIG will organize all the necessary logistics, including airport transfers, gorilla trekking permits, community facilitation, and more.

Why the Batwa?

The 1992 creation of the Bwinidi Impenetrable National Park in Southern Uganda caused a forced migration of the indigenous Batwa people off their native land resulting in increased oppression, food insecurity, extreme poverty, and poor health. Throughout history, the Batwa have lived peacefully in the forest hunting and foraging for their sustenance. Since their removal from Bwindi, they have been caught in a cycle of poverty and abuse. They were given no rights to land and have no tradition in farming. The Batwa, once hunter-gatherers with little to no knowledge in agricultural techniques, are now forced to live and adjust to a modern agrarian society. With little hope for their return to the forest, DIG has been invited to come alongside the Batwa and better prepare them for nourishing themselves and their families where they are today. DIG’s primary mission is to enable vulnerable communities to meet their own needs and improve their well-being through nutrition-sensitive and sustainable agriculture and it is hard to find any community more vulnerable than the Batwa.

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Trip Costs

The cost of the trip is $5,000 per person and includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from New York to Kigali, Rwanda
  • Park Feeds, guides, taxes, etc.
  • All lodging
  • All food
  • All transportation
  • All excursions including the 2 night gorilla trekking adventure
NOTE: Because a portion of your fees help cover DIG’s transportation to Uganda, thus allowing DIG to continue on the ground with relevant work before or after your adventure, it may be possible for participants to write-off a portion of their $5,000 bill. Ask your tax advisor for more information.

The $5,000 does not include:

  • Any cost associated with acquiring a valid passport (Uganda requires that your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return)
  • Any vaccinations you or your doctor feel are necessary (Yellow Fever)
  • Any malaria prophylaxis or other medications prescribed by your doctor
  • Any travel/health insurance costs (travel insurance is required by DIG for participation on this trip)
  • Transport to and from New York to your home destination
  • Souvenirs, alcohol and other personal purchases while on the trip

Next Steps

This trip will be limited to 7 individuals so it is important to contact DIG as soon as possible if you are thinking of joining. Once we know your interest we will quickly work to answer any of your questions and finalize all dates and reservations.

DIG will ask for a $500 non-refundable deposit due by April 15th. You will be responsible for getting any necessary vaccinations, paperwork, and malaria medication before our departure.

All deposit checks should be made payable to:
Development in Gardening
999 Peachtree St. NE Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30309
Note:Be sure to include your name and 2017 Batwa Trip on the check.

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The remaining balance of $4,500 to DIG should be received no later than June 25th.

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