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.
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.
Q: Is it safe to travel in Uganda?
A: Uganda is a very safe destination to travel to.
Q: How can I be sure that Sandfieldtravel really exists and is a reliable tour company?
A: Please Email us and ask that we speak to you. Read our reviews and more so ask for some reference from previous clients.
Q: Can I safely swim in Lake Victoria or other lakes in Uganda?
A: We generally discourage swimming in lakes in Uganda as most of them have bilharzia.
Q: Can Sandfieldtravel give me medical advice about malaria prevention and treatment?
A: No. We encourage you to speak to your family doctor or travel specialist doctors as they are the most specialised people who can help you in this regard.
Q: Which area should I pick to go gorilla tracking?
A: Although some areas are said to be easier than others but all gorillas are the Bwindi or Mgahinga, it’s a hard slog climbing through thick forest undergrowth but seeing the gorillas will make you realised how worth it was.
Q: What chance do I have of actually seeing the gorillas?
A: Although no one can 100% guarantee seeing the gorillas especially given the fact that we are dealing with wildlife but todate, we have never taken any one and failed to see them. There is a very good chance of seeing them.
Q: How tough is it physically to do gorilla tracking?
A: It’s tough and sometimes steep, you need to be in a reasonable fitness form. If you find yourself there and tired, we always encourage to get the service of the porters – They’re able to make money to look after their families and you will be able to have them help you out when you are most tired.
Q: What should I wear during the gorilla tracking?
A: rain jacket, hiking bookts, gardening gloves
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Q: What are the social customs and norms in Uganda? How can I make my tour more responsible?
A: The fact that you have travelled with sandfieldtravel, you have already done great deal of good. Read our responsible travel policy
Q: Should I bring clothes, gifts or money for the local community?
A: It should not be a problem, but we encourage you to first come visit and then when you go back you will be in much better position to give as you will have learned more about what this community may badly need.
Q: What is Sandfieldtravel doing to make my visit sustainable?
A: All lodges we use, are locally owned and employ 95% local people born and raised in Uganda and nearby villages.
Q: Can I get a visa at the border or do I have to apply in advance?
A: In Uganda, it’s possible to get a visa at the airport for most people but we always encourage you if possible obtain your visa prior to coming as this speeds up the immigration checks at the airport.
Q: How do I make sure I pick the type of accommodation that I like?
A: Sandfieldtravel mostly runs tailor-made gorilla trekking and Ugandan safaris, which means we will have plenty of time to ask you what you want and be able to tailor your needs to the right type accommodations.
Q: Can I design my own tour?
A: Yes of course. Tell what you want to see and do and we will just advise you how best to maximise your time in Uganda based on our long time experience and local knowledge of Uganda.
Q: Do you have any guidelines for tipping?
A: We encourage you to tip as how your heart feels, There is no starndard requirement to tip. Only tip if you feel our guides or other have done you a good job.
Q: Can I use a credit card during my tour?
A: While in major cities in Uganda it’s possible to use your credit cards, however, upcountry it maybe a little difficult. Speak to us before you and we can best advise you closer to time.
Q: Does Sandfieldtravel accept credit cards?
A: Yes we do through paypal and you be charged a normal Credit card surcharge fee.
Q: Is it easy to exchange currency?
A: Very easy, once you land and picked up, your guide driver will be able to take you to currency exchange agent.
Q: What are the exchange rates of the most used currencies?
A: These tend to fluctuate, so It won’t be wise to tell you now but ask us here during your preparation time and will tell you.
Q: What is your tour cancellation policy?
A: Please read our terms and conditions here
Q: What should I bring on my tour?
A: Don’t bring your most valuable and it’s always better to leave them home and find them on your return.
Q: Do you have multi-lingual guides?
A: Yes. Our guides can speak English, French and German mostly.
Q: Since Uganda lies on the equator, isn't it always hot? Does it rain a lot?
A: You will be surprised to find that Uganda is generarally mild weather country compared to other destination. South and western Uganda, at night you will need a jacket or sweater as it get chilly. Average temperature is 26 Celsius
Q: What is the best time of year to visit the Uganda?
A: Uganda is generary an all year around destination, with some rains in November, April and May but not so serious to stop a great wildlife safari experience.
Q: Can you arrange my international flight?
A: Currently we cannot but we are happy to recommend you to our flight bookinh partners who will take good care of your flight portion of the trip.
Q: I have a gluten-free diet. Is this a problem during my tour in Uganda?
A: Inform us as soon as you confirm your booking about your dietry needs. You will be fine but we just want to make sure all is well in advance.
Q: I am a vegetarian. What can I eat on my tour?
A: Tell us in advance and will be able to take care of your dietry requirements.
Q: I want more practical information about each country
A: Please email: [email protected]
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