African Unity In Uganda

On our way to Lake Bunyoni in the Kabale area, we came upon a museum where we took some rest, some photos of the incredible views and saw these amazing statues that represent African culture and unity. These statues were built by local artists and represents the Kizagi heritage of Uganda.

The views reminded me of other mountainous regions, such as Whistler in BC or even the Alps in Switzerland, however this was even greener as Uganda is known as one of the richest countries in natural resources.

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In Uganda Smiling Is Infectious

The one thing I found in Uganda that no matter where I went or who I met, they were always smiling. From people who sold you fruit to the guides that took you on excursions to people you met on the streets – their wide and open smiles were infectious and you could not help but be happy.

Uganda has been affected by wars, by the tragedies afflicted on them from the years of govern under Idi Amin and their current president but nothing gets them down. Being one of the poorest African countries, they are richest in natural resources and a people that leave your heart singing with their smiles and gracious attitudes.

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Uganda Is Really A Place To Be (guest post)

I gave the girls an assignment - they had to pick somebody they admire and also take a photo to accompany the story.

First up is Nakatte Joan, who is the lady who got a full-time job after learning photography with us and showing her camera she received to her boss. She now produces 3-4 articles a week and gets a byline and photo credit.

“UGANDA IS REALLY A PLACE TO BE”DR PROSPEROUS NANKINDU by Joanita Nakatte

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The Kazinga Channel - Full of Animal Life and Wonder

When my friend and guide Venex recommended I see the Kazinga Channel, I at first said no as I did not want to spend time on a boat – boy am I glad he was insistent.

This area teems with wildlife – everything from the mighty elephant, that makes it’s trek down the hill from the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the watering hole to drink and play; the hippos that will scare you as you feel that if the boat were to tip you would be their next meal; the water buffalo that are bigger than you thought; the crocodiles that lay with their mouths open to breathe and the countless birds in the trees and monkey species running along the shore playing or relaxing in the trees.

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I Had Fun Trying To Fashion A Kitenge

On our way to Lake Mburo, we made a stop at the Equator and the artisan shops. After making the rounds and buying some gifts for back home, I came to a shop where two women were selling hand-made and hand-dyed kitenge’s.

Kitenge or chitenge is an East African, West African and Central African fabric similar to sarong, often worn by women and wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling.

I could not figure out how to put it on so the women had fun showing me and laughing at my ineptitude as well – I had a laugh too.

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I Love Presenting About Uganda and The Girls

In 2018 I had the opportunity to do a few presentations. First Newmarket Camera Club in November and Rotary Newmarket in early December. Thank you to both for giving me a forum to share about my trip to Uganda, the girls training in photography I did in August of this year and the upcoming photo-tour to Uganda in June 2019.

If you are interested in the tour, where you will see amazing sights, safari's, gorilla trekking and also be a part of training the next cohort of girls, please check out my website at https://www.triplefphototours.ca - I would love the opportunity to speak at your event as well.

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Happy New Year - Time To Make Your Ugandan Safari Dreams Come True

Do your 2019 New Years plans include a trip to the African continent?

How about Uganda?

Where you will see: the amazing wildlife, such as the chimps in Kibale National Park; Gorillas in the Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest; Lions, Elephants, Rhino's and leopards in Queen Elizabeth Park? How about helping me to train 15 girls in photography? Experience with local tribes and more?

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How Christmas Differs in Uganda From North America?

Yesterday we celebrated Christmas in Canada with my extended family. We are a huge bunch and usually number between 20-25 people on Christmas Day. We are Muslim’s but as we have lived in Canada since we left Uganda in 1972 we do celebrate but it’s not about shopping and spending huge amounts of money on things nobody really needs. We get together to celebrate family, love and giving to others.

Uganda is much like this and we have never left those values behind. Christmas in Uganda is very different - you don’t see people rushing crazing around shopping and spending huge amounts of money.

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Bicycles Are A Saving Grace In Uganda

In Uganda, not everyone can afford a a car so bicycle’s become essential and in most cases they are not used for exercise or fun but rather to carry their families, crops and everything you can imagine under the golden sun.

In some cases, they have miles to travel and it is not always safe as the roads don’t always have lights or traffic lanes so cars, boda-boda’s (motorcycle taxis) and bicycles will intermingle as everyone tries to get to their destinations safely.

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How Kids Get Around On School Trips In Uganda

If you are a parent like me, every time my kid goes on a school field trip I get scared because the buses don’t have seatbelts and I just don’t trust the drivers but in Uganda I would be literally terrified.

We were on our way to the Rwenzori Mountains, when we came upon a restaurant at the side of the road. We stopped to take some photos of the amazing views and have a tea and some snacks. As we were leaving we saw these school kids arriving for a field trip. They were jumping out of the back of a truck bed and my jaw hit the floor.

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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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