Trekking The Chimps Will Make Your Hair Stand Up

One of the highlights of my trip was Chimpanzee Trekking. Uganda is home to over 5,000 chimpanzees – more than any other East African country.

We were lucky to get the trek that day as we had booked online but when we arrived at the gate they did not see our booking; this is when it is great to have a contact like Venex. Being an environmental reporter he was able to call his friend high up in the ministry and arrange the trip for both of us that day – otherwise I would not have been able to get the opportunity.

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Climbing Down Into An Open Cave At Amabere Ga Nyima Wiru

Near Fort Portal and a day after completing the chimp trek in Kibale National Forest, I was shown a place called Amabere Ga Nyinam Wiru, an open cave steeped in local legend. If you don’t know where you are going, you would miss the entrance to the park, the caves and the hidden gems to be found, such as the caves, the waterfall, the stalagmites and stalactites.

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Ugandan Street Food – An Experience To Savour

As Kampala, the capital city of Uganda grows and grows – there are now over 3.5 million people crammed into an area no bigger than the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), street foods are growing in popularity.

Some street food like Rolex I was willing to try (an omelette rolled into a chapati) but not others, such as goat meat. Goat is a delicacy in Uganda and is also very expensive, so it is not readily available to most families.

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You Can’t Help But Dance To The Beat Of The Drum In Uganda

Do you like song and dance? In Uganda this is actually an art form and a way for each tribe to tell their stories.

When I was in Uganda in August, I was given a dance lesson by a very pregnant Josephine at UKC (Uganda Kids Canada) Centre just outside of Kampala and was treated to a private reception by the Ruboni Tribe in the Rwenzori Mountains.

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Halfway To My Go Fund Me Goal

I just got another two donations - I am past the half way mark and on my grand goal $3,000.

The funds will be used to buy camera's for the girls, a computer for the editing lab in Uganda and a rental space with internet access.

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Sunsets that will blow your mind

The strange thing about the sunset is that we actually don't want the sun to set, we want it to stay right on the horizon, not below it, not above it, just right on it! Mehmet Murat ildan

Ugandan sunsets are like nothing you have seen before – sure we all see the sun set each day but it’s the deepest of reds, oranges and yellow’s that will literally blow your mind as a photographer.

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On The Way To Safari, I Had A Rolex

Due to getting up super early to go on Safari, I did not have time for a proper breakfast so I grabbed a Rolex.

In Uganda a Rolex might be a watch but most likely it is the name of amazing street food. It’s a Roti or Chapati rolled around an omelette and made like a wrap.

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Boda Boda in Uganda

Need to get somewhere but you don't have a vehicle? Need to do your shopping? Most likely in Uganda, you would jump on a Boda Boda! In most cities across Uganda, you will see cars owned by the middle class and the Boda Boda used by everyone else.

What's a Boda Boda? It's a motorcycle built for one, however in Uganda it can carry everything you can imagine; equipment, groceries, bananas and people and sometimes all at the same time. It's the craziest thing I ever saw and with the traffic I was so afraid the motorcycles would topple in front of our car.

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Uganda – The Pearl of Africa – In More Ways Than One

Why Is Uganda Called "The Pearl of Africa"? The Moniker- Uganda - the Pearl of Africa - was made popular by Winston Churchill, after his first trip to Uganda in 1907. In his book, entitled "My African Journey", Winston Churchill wrote "For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life - bird, insect, reptile, beast - for vast scale - Uganda is truly "the Pearl of Africa."

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The Lions That ALMOST Evaded Us

When it comes to Safari, you need to get up very early so you can be there before first light, as that is when the animals are most active. I was so excited to see the Lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park, that I didn’t even bother to eat but grabbed a Rolex (Chapati stuffed with an omelette – you have to try it) to go at road-side Rolex Stand.

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My Encounter With The Zebra’s – Not the Painted Ones

There has been recent controversy surrounding painted zebra’s in a zoo in Egypt. Well in Uganda, they are as real as real gets.

Beautiful, stripes glistening in the sun as they graze in the fields of Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo is the only place you can see Zebra and it was the first of two safari or game drives I would do on this trip. The second being Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Joanita Took Her Training And Ran With It

Joan Nakatte is 24 years old and currently single (happily or as she says contented to be so).

She is a graduate from Uganda Christian University at Mukono District.

She currently works with Vision Group under a department of a local newspaper called Bukedde(Olupapula) meaning newspaper.

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Lake Bunyoni – Where Pregnant Girls Go To Die

Lake Bunyoni is the second deepest lake in Africa and is located near the Rwandan border. It is also known as the “place of many birds”. It is also unknown to many tourists, thus making this lake even more special. I was lucky enough to explore it because my friend and guide Venex of Rwenzori Safari’s was born in the area.

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The Children I Fell In Love With In Uganda

No matter where we went on my tour of Uganda, we were greeted by beautiful smiling children. Did not matter if they were collecting water from the local stream to take back to their village; walking miles and miles, going to and from school on the side of the road; or greeting me, when I came to do some community engagement. They were always smiling, laughing and in some cases mischievous, which made the encounter that much more fun.

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