We met Levi today, he is a local Bwindi Ugandan who helps run the Batwa Development Programme. He is much more welcoming that the good christian souls we have met before who work at the BDP. He has a calmness that I recognise from other wise leaders I have met. He reminds me of Khusta Jack or Mercedes Osuna.We aren’t a threat to him. We don’t … Continue reading The story of the Batwa… in brief
Sorry for the late post, but we haven’t had interwebs for a couple of days. Everything that we own is covered in red dust: fine, pasty, maroon soil that transforms into a red fog when you drive over it. It took a ten hour drive to get us from Kamapala to Bwindi and James, our driver, seemed not to need signs or directions. He knew the way … Continue reading On the road to Bwindi
10 hours and all the dust in Uganda later, we have arrived in Bwindi ready to start exploring tomorrow. For now have some pictures of our new base, deep in gorilla country. ADVENTURE!!!!!!!! Continue reading Our new office
I’ve missed the smells of Uganda: That slightly musty sweet smell. The smell of corn, the smell of eggs frying, the smell of the deep rich soil after a downpour. I’ve missed the emerald green foliage, the rough grasslands, the yellowing acacia trees, the faint bleating of tethered goats. I’ve missed the local shops, tightly packed and strewn across the main road. The painted wicker … Continue reading The things I’ve missed….
By this point we had only been in the country for about 3 hours. Three simultaneous flight arrivals plus a “shipment” of South Korean UN troops proved to be too much for the immigration personnel at Entebbe International Airport. Nevertheless, an hour long queue, $100, and a couple of dirty looks from a short-tempered government official later we were on our way to Kampala, courtesy … Continue reading “You know African politics, it’s like war”
After a ridiculous cue to drop off luggage and then another ridiculous cue to get on the plane, we are finally on and ready to go!!!!! Next stop, overnight layover in Dubai!!! Continue reading Leaving on a jet plane!!
T minus 3 days and counting to lift off!!! After 2 whole hours of trying on mountain boots, I’ve finally found some that will survive the jungle and didn’t break my budget. The poor man at Mountain Depot in Chatham Dockside was incredibly patient and fatherly: ¨no you needn’t worry, your feet don’t look ridiculous….plus who gives a shit what your feet look like in … Continue reading These boots were made for walking…in the jungle
After two visits to the GP, six immunizations and a long list of travel recommendations I am finally ready for our adventure. As I stood at the counter handing a lovely nurse a big wad of my money (ouch!) I thought about how privileged I am to be able to fork out cash for what are essentially life saving medications. We have the technology and … Continue reading £260 pounds later