Nkuringo, The HEART of Africa for me

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July 28th 2006
Published: September 16th 2009
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28th July Friday DAY 7 LAKE BUNYONYI to NKURINGO Up early again but as we were leaving our tents and the truck it was a quick morning to get ready. As soon as the Matatu mini vans arrived the girls jumped in one and the guys in the other. Some of the group went to Bwindi (2) and Rwanda (3) as that was how the permits worked out. The rest of us were headed to a different area of Bwindi and that was... Read Full Entry

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One of the elders of NkuringoOne of the elders of Nkuringo
One of the elders of Nkuringo

getting in on the entertainment
Singing and DancingSinging and Dancing
Singing and Dancing

The girl in the red jumper was the one who came to grab me to dance
And here he is... And here he is...
And here he is...

Copyright Robin
Just beautifulJust beautiful
Just beautiful

Copyright Marques
All day is lunch timeAll day is lunch time
All day is lunch time

Copyright Robin

16th September 2009

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beautiful story moo. can really feel the love you have for those ppl and the place... must have been the most beautiful experience. aaaaahhh.. xx
23rd January 2010

Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
Hi Moo, It was great to find your blog on your visit to Nkuringo in July 2006. I too found the place leaving a big hole in my heart when it was time to leave during a visit in early 2008. You would not recognise the camp today in Jan 2010 from your own visit. I simply had to return to Nkuringo to involve myself with the community as there was so much untapped potential. Nkuringo Walking Safaris was created to providing guiding opportunities where the walks have become one of the must do activities for visitors to not only Bwindi Impenetrable Forest but also Uganda since it's inception. The Nkuringo Yourth Initiative Programme was established where many of the older youth are involved in some way with the walking safari initiative. All the youth are involved in cultural dance performances for visitors, the women are producing wonderful basketry and the kids some great drawings. The camp has seen massive infrastructure improvements with wonderful eco-toilets and showers built, your own accommodation has been completely renovated and we have now some beautiful cottages on a much larger site that take advantage of the incredible scenery. When I look at your images it is incredible to reflect back on how far we have come in 18 short months of real hard work. This would not have been possible without the huge efforts of the community and a vision of what the future could be. Both the walking safaris and camp are providing valuable employment opportunities within this very rural community. It was only the initiative and a willingness required as the main ingredients to set the wheels in motion. I am sure if you were to return you would find it even harder to drag yourself away.

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