Hi again everyone! I’ve had a couple of days of recovery on Mweya, but from the porch of Hippo House and on the walks to Tembo I’ve still enjoyed some wonderful wildlife, including elephants. The rangers kindly took me on a short bush walk as well which was fascinating.
Today I have been at UWA headquarters meeting with the two wardens in charge of law enforcement and community work. It’s been really interesting to hear from them about the conservation work they are doing in Queen Elizabeth National Park. I’ve been very lucky as over the next two weeks I will be working with them, visiting schools and other parks to learn more about the very important work they are doing and seeing what it means to be rangers in Uganda. I’m very excited!
Hello again everyone I’ve had a wonderful day at Queen Elizabeth National Park today seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I’m now sat on the porch of Hippo House enjoying the last of the day’s sun as it sinks below the horizon. There are mouse birds, fire finches, sun birds, and weaver birds to name but a few busy catching some final insects and singing out the end of the day.
Today I was very lucky to join two rangers as they delivered a boat ride to tourists, I learnt a lot from them about the animals and about the wonderful landscape, I also got some great pictures which I can’t wait to show you all! The rangers are very experienced at guiding and it was great to watch them as they did their thing, can’t wait for tomorrow! From Joe the ranger
I am now finally back in my favourite place: Queen Elizabeth National Park! I have had a very long day of travelling setting off from Jinja at 7am and arriving at Queen at 6 55pm! Nearly twelve hours on the road, but what a beautiful journey it was. Rolling hills, tea, coffee and banana plantations, bright blue skies and smiling faces all the way. As we got closer to queen the rolling hills became towering mountains as we came very close to the Congo. When we arrived at queen I met up with Yowasi to give him the money raised by Liss for the solar panels at his school, he says a massive thank you to everyone! And as we drove deep into the park, towards the wonderful hippo house on the Mweyan peninsula I was really lucky to see elephant, hippo, buffalo, warthog and lots of different birds (including my favourite the bright yellow weaver bird!) all in about 40 minutes of driving! I’ll keep you all posted of my adventures around queen working with the Rangers and hopefully seeing lots of exciting things!
The view at Mweya yesterday
Joe has sent the following message from Uganda:
Hi everyone! Just another short blog to let you guys know what I’m up to over here I Uganda, I had a great day today white water rafting along the Nile! The Rapids where amazing fun and I fell in a lot (which was sometimes a bit scary!) I saw some lovely birds along my travel down the Nile including cormorants and kingfishers. It’s was really beautiful and very exciting! I can’t wait to get down to queen, I’ll be leaving early tomorrow from Jinja to get there.
Joe has been staying with Raymond Engena, who wrote this:
The word “Culture” triggers different sentiments in different people.
To some, who want to run away, it is backwardness. Others take pride in it to show dominance and superiority of one culture over another. To me, culture is a very good mechanism for passing knowledge from one generation to another.
Take the Lango culture of ” maki welo Gweno”. (Giving a live chicken (not a roaster) to a visitor). A very simple expression of love and welcome. But more importantly a mechanism to keep each others memory alive, especially in those days when mobile telephone technology was still considered an impossibility.
It did not matter whether the visitor left the chicken behind or took it with them. The chicken remained a bond between them. It will lay eggs and hatch chicks. There will be talk of so and so’s chicken is laying eggs or has hatched so well. The visitor is therefore not forgotten.
So, Joe was wondering what to do with the chicken. Well, we will look after it. It will give us eggs and more chicks. But it will always be Joe’s chicken.
In short Joe will be remembered long after he has gone to learn how to be a good ex-citizen of the European Union.
Hi everyone, I’ve not long landed in Entebbe and am back in the wonderful Uganda! I’ve met up with our friend Ronnie who is driving me to the different places that I’m going to visit, I’m really excited to see Queen Elizabeth National Park again! I’m now sat at the zoo and am tucking in to my first tilapia and chips of my trip, it’s delicious! My view is of Lake Victoria the third largest lake in the world! Tomorrow I’ll be off to visit the projects good friend Raymond Engena in a place called Jinja, the source of the river Nile!
A big thumbs up from Joe on his arrival in Uganda.