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Archive for the ‘Conservation’ category

  • Imagine: elephants swimming to an island!

    Jul 5, 12 • 6550 views 12 comments

    Last week I had an elephant encounter  at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe. When you first encounter this baby elephant Charlie, thoughts of murder are far from your mind. Originally from Queen Elizabeth National Park, Charles was...

  • Can you play the Xylophone?

    Jun 27, 12 • 4458 views 9 comments

    Check out the guys playing the giant xylophone at Kikorongo! “Community tourism” bundles up a diverse range of activities – and can be great fun! – as a lucky group of us found out on a three-day UCOTA / Pearls of...

  • An elephant encounter!

    Jun 24, 12 • 6756 views 5 comments

    We were all excited at the thought of seeing – and touching – a baby elephant. As we arrived, this jolly little creature, with his long, thick eyelashes came trotting along behind his keeper and soul mate Bruce, his carer at Uganda Wildlife...

  • A ticking off – ringing birds in Kibale Forest

    May 7, 12 • 6724 views 21 comments

    According to Roussouw, “Kibale Forest harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa.” Well, thumbs up to that. Kibale is where the muzungu saw her first wild Chimpanzee, and the apparently...

  • Chimp alert! muzungu bolthole? Kibale Forest

    Feb 12, 12 • 6526 views 8 comments

    Three dogs bark excited greetings as we drive up the steep hill on the approach to Julia’s house on the edge of Kibale Forest. The four hours to Fort Portal on tarmac are easy. The last hour of the journey is the hardest: balancing a plastic...

  • The Muzungu’s travel highlights of 2011 – Uganda travel blog

    Jan 1, 12 • 2942 views 4 comments

      If 2011 was busy, 2012 looks set to be busier still! Here are a few of 2011’s highlights for Diary of a Muzungu, Uganda travel blog … TRAVELLING – Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Turkey – and of course, Uganda....

  • Party with your closest relative!

    Dec 3, 11 • 6096 views 8 comments

    Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary  – the Flagship project for the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) – is fundraising to refurbish the sanctuary enclosure / electric fencing system for the sanctuary. The electric...

  • Lessons in parenting from Mweya’s Mongooses!

    Nov 27, 11 • 5497 views 12 comments

    I often forget when we go out into the Bush how, even on short distances, a vehicle is necessary. And so, armed not with a gun or a machete, but a long radio antenna, we jumped into the back of a pickup truck and headed off the main track and into...

  • A close encounter with Lions!

    Oct 13, 11 • 4857 views 4 comments

    One of the incredible benefits of working with UCF, the Uganda Conservation Foundation, has been work trips to the Bush – and free game drives. Friends and family back home may be under the impression that’s all I’ve been doing for the...

  • Kampala to Nairobi – 14 hours of speed bumps

    Sep 30, 11 • 13555 views 13 comments

    It was a terrible night’s sleep – a 14 hour bus journey from Kampala to Nairobi: I awoke cold, cold and achey. The speed bumps shuddered us awake every few minutes. I swear I woke a hundred times. A few glasses of Waragi (it was my birthday...