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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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