The Leopard I Almost Missed In The Tree

While on Safari at Queen Elizabeth Park, you will see many animals, such as lions, elephants, cob, eland, monkeys and more but the one elusive animal can be the leopard.

After about 3 hours of looking and following and dodging other Safari tours in the park, our guide stopped another car to speak to their guide about where to find both the lions and the leopard. We still had not seen either animal and I was getting despondent to put it mildly.

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Lush Carpets of Green Everywhere You Look

Unlike coffee, Uganda has a good trade with it’s tea. Widely grown in the rain forest areas, including Fort Portal, it is like lush carpets of green everywhere you look.

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The Little Girl In Uganda That Captured My Heart

On our way to the airport for my departure, we were driving on the outskirts of Kampala towards Entebbe, when I saw this little girl sitting next to her mom selling fruits and vegetables.

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My Meeting With Two Masai In Uganda

On our way from stopping to take the obligatory photo at the Equator sign to Lake Mburo, we came upon two Masai brothers walking towards Kenya- some 400 miles away.

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Safari Dreams That Finally Came True

Safari from the Swahili word “Journey” has always been a long-held dream of mine. Having been to Uganda before, I never had the opportunity to do a Safari and thus I was not going to miss it this time.

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When Your Memories Just Have To Enough!

What happens when you are on a trip of a lifetime and are so crazy excited to get that shot? The one that will make that event or activity forever memorable? But you can’t because maybe your camera lens is not that long? Or you don’t have a tripod when you need it or you just sucked in that moment.

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My Go Fund Me Campaign Is Live - Cameras For Girls Uganda

Welcome to my Go Fund Me Campaign. I am raising funds to train girls in Uganda in the art of photography. Having a passion for all things photography, I wanted to give that gift to others, help change lives and help advance girls. I completed the first training in August of this year (2018) and trained 14 girls ranging from the age of 18-24; who are either in the midst of becoming journalists, are already working in journalism or are seeking full-time work

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Why Community Engagement Is Important When You Travel

Many times you will see amazing and beautiful photos of wild animals and landscapes on social media that your friends or family might have taken on their trips to Africa, however how many times do you see photos of them engaging with the local communities? Out of all the experiences I had with my past trips to Uganda, it has always been the engagement with the local communities that filled my heart the most.

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If You Can Drive In Uganda You Can Drive Anywhere - Scary But True!

On the 2nd morning of my girls photography training, I was picked up by one of my students, a lovely lady, Patricia Oyella Diana who works for BBC Uganda. The traffic in Uganda, unlike here is a planning nightmare. Nobody ever promises to be there on time or even close to it because you can't predict what the roads and the traffic will be like.

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Success Is Yours To Take

During my photography training of the girls a few weeks ago in Uganda, the one thing I kept repeating was that Success Is Yours To Take! What I meant was that we all have excuses as to why we are not successful in our chosen careers or fields. We can listen to those excuses and allow them to guide us either way, good or bad or we can use the tools given to us and help ourselves to advance in life and in our careers. Over two days it was hard to get through the training let alone learn about each girl individually. They were hesitant to share as they were a bit afraid of what was to come; learning a new skill and operating a camera that they had never even touched before. For instance, there’s Joanita Nakatte, who this blog post references, who used the camera to go after what she wanted – a full-time paid job!

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My Very First Dance Lesson In Uganda

The day after I arrived in Uganda, I was up and out the door for a drive to UKC – Uganda Kids Canada, which is approx. 32km outside of Kampala. In Canada 32km would take you less than 1 hour, however because of the state of the roads and the traffic, this short distance took us close to 2 hours each way. My friend Maylynn Quan started this initiative a few years ago. The local kids and her had collected 8000 plastic bottles and built this amazing brick bottle hut, so that Yusuf (otherwise known as Byks) and Josephine, who live and work the land along with their children can teach music and dance to the local kids.

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The Hairy Man at Semuliki Hot Springs

Got your attention right? There was no hairy man – thank god! But there exists folklore amongst the neighboring tribe of the Semuliki Hot Springs, located in the Rwenzori Mountain area about a Hairy Man that gave birth to the Male Hot Springs. According to the indigenous Bamaga Tribe, the site of the steaming male hot spring is historical. It is said the Bamaga women had gone to fetch firewood from the forest when they sighted a hairy man dressed in bark cloth wielding a spear and moving in a zig-zag formation around that location. The women ran back home to tell their husbands who decided to take him to their homes and subsequently got found him a wife from the same village.

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Imagine My Fears And Theirs

I returned from my first trip to Uganda on August 21, 2018.  It was amazing in so many ways. However, the most amazing thing of all was all the young women I met and the lives I get to change through photography.

Along the way there were many challenges and roadblocks. For instance, I thought I had settled on a school, only to learn that the girls cannot attend school always because they were needed at home to fetch water, take care of the younger children or work in the family plot/garden; or the school lacked electricity so it would be difficult to train let alone have enough light for the girls to operate a camera.

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Update On Trip To Uganda in 2019

The other is Triple F City Tours https://www.facebook.com/Triplefcitytours/ where I will be taking people (travelers, amateur or enthusiast photographers) to Uganda in 2019. A big part of my tours is to give back by training local girls in the art of photography and having the travelers/photographers who are coming on the trip, lend a hand in the training - thereby changing their lives and the lives of the girls.

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