Sandfield Travel is an ethical and responsible travel company, specialising in tailor-made safaris. We believe that tourism can make a massive and lasting positive difference in communities throughout Africa.
Profits invested in community projects
Our business model is very simple – we invest 10% of our profits from every trip we sell into sustainable community projects. So, you will have already started making a difference even before you leave home.
Our responsible tourism philosophy couldn’t be closer to the heart of our founder, Wycliffe Sande. Born in Uganda, Wycliffe spent the early part of his life in poverty, witnessing the day to day challenges faced by the people around him, losing both his parents aged 13 and actually suffering from cerebral malaria himself. Fortunately, Wycliffe excelled academically, and after being accepted to study Law at the University of London, he graduated in 2008 and was recruited to work for a major blue chip organisation.
During his time working in London, Wycliffe began to ask himself how he could combine what he loves with the knowledge and skills he had gained to create a lasting benefit for others. It was then that he decided to set up Sandfield Travel, providing once-in-a-lifetime safari holidays, that offer a taste of “Real” Africa, while reinvesting profits into African community projects.
The focus of Sandfield Travel is to use our knowledge and first hand experiences of the great African continent to bring you the best volunteer holidays, gorilla tracking and wildlife safari holidays in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. By combining a fantastic holiday destination and a ‘taste’ of volunteering (or Volunteersafaris) you get the chance to not only see Africa’s greatest sights, but also to feel, touch and experience the destination, and make a difference to local communities.
We have offices in London and Uganda, and deal with holidays and trips to Africa every day so we spend time perfecting your itinerary using our local offices and contacts. This allows us to concentrate on regions where we know you will not only have an amazing holiday, but also bring a lasting positive effect.
I was born and raised in Uganda in very poor conditions, lost both of my parents at the age of 13 but was determined not to be deterred from achieving what i wanted to achieved. I wanted to grow up to start and run successful businesses to make a difference in Africa. Lived and experienced the scourge of poverty. After secondary school I got an opportunity to come to the UK to read Law at the University of London.
Oli – Currently undertaking his undergraduate degree at university of Sherfield. A passionate about volunteering and impacting others positively. He has just joined Sandfieldtravel Uni Rep Iniative at Sherfield Uni. Oli first went to Uganda with Sandfieldtravel in 2009 with his school and for a second time in 2011. He loved it working in schools in Uganda and playing with the kids. he would like you to come along next time.
There not any known exciting place in Uganda i wouldn’t take my clients. Working with Sandfield, gives the pleasure of meeting really interesting clients. My passion is to share with them the beautiful land that Uganda is.
Currently at University and interning at Sandfieldtravel in the Kampala office as a field customer contact rep.. I am enjoying so much and learning a lot about responsible travel and how tourism can be used to create lasting possible impact in the community. After University i will be working here full time for sure.
Been with the company for two years and i have been enjoying every moment. I have been driving tour buses and coordinating them for over 8 years. Joining sandfield Transport team was one of the best choices i have made. I have been on many safari trips all over Uganda and Kenya and Rwanda.
I graduated from Makerere business School in Uganda. While at university i worked part-time running a successful and well-known internet cafe in Kampala as well as training in travel industry in Uganda. After university, wanting to further my career, we started a billboard advertising company targeting small and medium.
When planning an African adventure there are so many sights and activities that are an absolute must. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla; seeing wildebeest and zebra flood the Serengeti; spotting a lion stalk its prey on the Maasai Mara or white water rafting the source of the Nile. However, it is amazing how many people look back on their trip and say that the most memorable experiences were the people they met, the children they played with and the friends they made. At Sandfield Travel we believe that as a tour company it is our responsibility to ensure all our trips create positive experiences, not only for our guests, but also for the people they encounter.
We are unique in that we have a grassroots charitable foundation that allows us to work with local communities to help identify and fund projects that will make a real long-term difference to local people’s lives, without red tape and administration costs. This also gives our guests the opportunity to have as little or as much involvement in the projects as they like, so you can spend your trip doing what you want to do, knowing that you’re contributing by being there. Our community liaison team are always working to identify where we can contribute the most, but please see below for some examples of the kind of projects people who travel with Sandfield Travel help
KISA MEDICAL CENTRE
With hard work from our volunteers and reinvested profits, Sandfield Travel has already built a top quality medical centre in the Mityana District of Uganda. Located between five fishing villages, the centre provides treatment for over 4,000 people who previously had no medical facilities nearby, and commonly died from treatable diseases purely because they could not afford to travel to the next large town. The founder of Sandfield Travel, Wycliffe Sande, caught cerebral malaria as a child and would have died had he reached hospital just 30 minutes later, so he is proof that these facilities will literally make the difference between life and death for these people. “I had given up that something like this would ever come to our community. I have been mobilising the people of this village for nearly 25 years, campaigning for the government to build us a medical clinic in this area, but nothing ever happened.” Mr. Kida Walime Village Chairman
CHICKEN FARM SOCIAL VENTURE
Mityana district of Uganda is an area with problematic levels of youth unemployment. Many children leave school with few qualifications and limited aspirations, so Sandfield Travel has begun working with the local community to set up an innovative social enterprise chicken farm. By setting up the infrastructure, the chicken farm will create job opportunities for locals, teach business and enterprise skills, and eventually become entirely self-funding.
The founder of Sandfield Travel, Wycliffe Sande, had his school lessons in a class of 50 children, under the shade of a mango tree. When he returned to visit 23 years later, he was surprised to find things hadn’t moved on, and the large classes still studied under the shade of the same tree. By working with the community to build a classroom for the school, Sandfield Travel are not only providing the children with equipment and facilities to help their education, but also helping to change their attitudes and aspirations.
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