Note: This post is written post journey My guide from Nkuringo Walking Safari’s, Richard, met me at 7:30 on what looked like what would be a clear day. Maybe I would see the 5 volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains after all. We set out with day packs on and binoculars dangling. The base of two of the volcanoes above a corn field.
At this point my guide told me that the land in this area was not the best in Uganda. I laughed inside because we are just a few miles from the equator and there was so much food here. People were plump and juicy. I get it, it’s not the best of the best but when I was in Ethiopia a month later standing in a desert and my guide said that this was really productive land I was also left to ponder about perception.
The Nkuringo Walking Safari is not just a wildlife adventure. It is also a submersion into the local culture. The differences that intrigue you experience seeing or visiting with the people you will see along the path is equal to theirs.
Our boatman chatted it up with the guys heading to an island village. These two entrepreneurs were on their way to buy charcoal and bring it back to Kisoro and sell on the side of the road.
Seriously, my 2013 New Year resolution was to not make any babies cry. I was doing so well. As we approached the other side of the lake this group of kids eye grew saucer sized. The youngest burst into tears and SCREAMED. O how she wailed. One of the other kids picked her up to bring her closer and the terror was palpable to all the children. He put the small one down and they just stared while we ate our delicious bagged lunch.
I loved this walk and the birding was fabulous. I am not a wildlife photographer and just use my binoculars for the birds. People and birds, what a great day. Contact Nkuringo Walking Tours for a different kind of Uganda experience. The next day I go sit with Gorillas. Yes, gorillas.
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