Uganda, A Birder’s Paradise

Uganda is home to 11% of the world’s bird population with nearly 1,061 different bird species. It’s a paradise for bird watchers.

Over the last few years I have taken to bird-watching – nothing serious but from time to time I will take my binoculars for a walk as I try to spy different species in my neighborhood in North America, however I could never imagine seeing over 100 different species let alone thousands as you can in Uganda.

I love birds- everything about them – the way they fly and soar over the horizon; the way they all fly together – birds of a feather flocking together and that sort of thing, their small and large beady eyes, their beaks…you get the picture!

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The Rothschild Giraffe’s In the Wild’s Of Uganda

In Uganda, you will find the beautiful Rothschild Giraffe. These sweet creatures are now only found in a few spots in the wilds of Africa; Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.

When I was last there, I saw them in Lake Mburo. We had travelled a few hours to reach the park and the road into the park is riddled with potholes so my back was not happy but I was so excited at all the wild animals I was seeing, such as the Ankoli cows, the Ugandan Crane, which is the national bird, Grevy’s Zebra and more that I forgot about my back.

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Student Story - Photography Training That is Paying Off

Nanyonga Annet is one of my students. She is currently studying Mass Communications and Journalism. She is 20 years old and single.

When not studying at school she is out and about practicing her photography. I am sharing one of her latest images - I am proud of how far she has come in a relatively short time.

Please help us to train more girls by donating to our Go Fund Me Campaign.

Your donations go towards purchasing cameras for our girls as well as paying for ongoing photography and editing training.

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Beating The Drum Has A Different Meaning in Uganda

One of the most enjoyable things for me in Uganda is watching people dance, sing and beat the drum.  It is fascinating to watch as their hips gyrate to the music and their hands beat the various drums. 

Drums are used for dance but they are also used for ceremonies, rituals, healing and of course worship.

When I visited UKC (Uganda Kids Canada) on my first day in Uganda, I was treated to a drumming and dance session by the kids and their master Yusuf. 

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The Fishing Village Located in Kazinga Channel

The 2-hour boat ride through Kazinga Channel was a highlight of my trip. The Kazinga Channel lies within the borders of Queen Elizabeth Park and is separated by Lake Edward and Lake George with the waters flowing south-west.

I wrote before about all the amazing wildlife I could see from the boat including elephants, water buffalo, crocodile, hippos and many different bird species as well as monkey’s playing on the shores.

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Who Is This Trip To Uganda For?

This amazing tour to Uganda is designed for amateur to intermediate photographers and is perfect for singles or couples!

Join us in Uganda for a photo-tour you will never forget.

As a group, we will travel from Toronto to Uganda, where you will experience thrilling adventures, such as Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking in the wild at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Kibale National Forest; Safari’s in Murchison Falls & Queen Elizabeth Park; Hiking in Rwenzori Mountains……

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Colorful Women Everywhere

Uganda like any other Africa country is riddled with pot-holes (as the money usually goes into the government’s pocket rather than into fixing infrastructure) but the one thing you will not overlook is the beautiful and colorful garments the women wear.

Ugandan women take care in their appearance. I was amazed at the beautiful outfits the girls would wear to the training and/or the women I would see in town – they were all for the most part wearing very colorful and in some cases traditional garments. I found this to be one of the most beautiful things to see.

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Lodging In Style In Uganda

Have you ever gone on a tour far away and you may have overlooked the lodging or hotels you were staying in? Or the descriptions were vague?

On our photo-tour to Uganda, you will be lodged in style. Some of the wonderful places we will stay are the Mweya Safari Lodge (http://mweyalodge.com/), Paraa Safari Lodge (https://paraalodge.com/) and Chobe Safari Lodge (https://chobelodgeuganda.com/) in Murchison Falls just to name a few.

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Bringing Your Taste Buds Alive With The Fruits in Uganda

Growing up in Canada I would dream of the stories my parents would tell me about the fruits they had in Uganda; mangoes that were double the size we get here and tastier as they come straight from the tree, passion fruit, dragon fruit, oranges that look like limes but are super sweet and more.

When I first visited Uganda in 2007 I could not wait to taste all of these incredible fruits that were so tasty and so big and again on this trip that was the one thing I could not wait for.

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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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