Zippers and Pockets

Posted by Pat on January 31, 2017 in Travel |

31 January 2017

The romance of travel isn’t always evident by the one currently experiencing it. Truthfully, the romance exponentially decreases with the longer and farther one travels. Flying to East Africa from the west coast is right up there with a dental implant.   Read more…

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Three Words – from Kigali Rwanda

Posted by Pat on January 31, 2017 in Travel |

30 January 2017

Three words describe my day: SADNESS, FEAR, RESPONSIBILITY.

SADNESS. I follow the informative path through Kigali’s Genocide Museum. Here is the history of the Tutsi genocide and the final resting place of over 250,000 victims. The Hutu, Tutsi and Twa (Pygmy) of Rwanda are all Banyarwanda who share a common language and background. Yet here is the tragic story of what can happen when people believe lies, blame a scapegoat, loose their humanity, and vent their frustration on others. This site honors the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994. Read more…

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Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

Posted by Pat on January 31, 2017 in Travel |

27-28 January 2017

Silverback Akarevuro

I visited the Kwitonda family this morning. Within minutes of climbing a fence and entering their forest back yard, I found a large group of mothers and infants gathered around a rotted log having a picnic of mushrooms. The mothers ate; the infants clumsily practiced their vine and climbing skills. Their father and 450 pound protector sat close by expressing his pride and approval. He is responsible for 28 members of his extended family and I was fortunate to spend an hour with them. Read more…

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Bwindi Village – People Helping People

Posted by Pat on January 30, 2017 in Travel |

26 January 2017

A day walking the community of Bwindi is a day well spent. Available for me are a luxurious room; abundant and well prepared food; services of maid, cook, laundress, masseuse, and room service. No request is too small, no wish is denied. Meanwhile, outside my door are people with few if any of these amenities. It is a humbling experience. Read more…

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Gorilla Trekking in the Impenetrable Forest – Bwindi Uganda

Posted by Pat on January 28, 2017 in Travel |

24-25 January 2017

Kabukojo

I met Kabukojo face to face today. Kabukojo is a 450-pound, 19-year-old mountain gorilla who protects his Rushegura family troop in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. He is a handsome silverback who leads his troop through this section of the forest just a short walk from my Lodge. What does Kabukojo do during the day? Anything he wants. Read more…

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In Search of the Elusive Tree Climbing Lion – Ishasha Uganda 

Posted by Pat on January 28, 2017 in Travel |

 22-23 January 2017

What I will always remember about Ishasha will be: the Park Rangers’ scorched earth policy; our arduous hunt for a tree climbing lion; the thunderstorm and happy hour on the savannah; almost touching the Congo; and braking for birds. My days are filled with exciting wildlife sightings; evenings I relax in my luxury tent at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. Read more…

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Queen Elizabeth National Park – Cruising the Kazinga Channel

Posted by Pat on January 21, 2017 in Travel |

21 January 2017

Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is Uganda’s most visited national park. QENP occupies over 764 sq mi of savannah and forest, volcano rims and crater lakes, salt flats and swamps in the Western region of Uganda. The park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest and includes the Kazinga Channel which connecting the two lakes. Our Mweya Safari Lodge sits on a volcanic rim overlooking the channel and its myriad of animals. Read more…

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