President of Great Lakes Safaris – Amos Wekesa

Those who have met Amos Wekesa in person know that he has a story to tell. A rather interesting story that gives you an unexpected insight into the life of the person behind Great Lakes Safaris.

“I grew up in an extremely poor family. When people from the Salvation Army Home for less privileged children came to our village looking for the top two poorest families to get two boys to sponsor, I was among them.”

Amos Wekesa started his career as an office messenger with Nile Safaris about 16 years ago. He worked for several other companies before he decided to start his own. With not even a single car and office, Wekesa started a briefcase business, moving with an invoice and receipt book and would hire cars to provide services to his small customers. He focused on delivering personalised, detail-driven service to retain his clients and acquire new ones.

But the year that followed was not easy as business stalled, with no single tourist coming in for about three months. Amos even contemplated closing the business.

But then he received a phone call from one Tom Carter, an editor with the Washington Times. He had written an article about the great tourism opportunities in Uganda and its beauty and also included Wekesa’s contact details. That was the beginning of Great Lakes journey to success.