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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Both of us KnackeredBoth of us Knackered
Both of us Knackered

and me not looking the best at all! But i don't care, I just saw Gorilla's!
The group did itThe group did it
The group did it

From left: Me, Bron, Kat, Robin, Andy (with his head cut off!), Clare, (forgot name!) and Dandy
Side of one of the school buildingsSide of one of the school buildings
Side of one of the school buildings

Virginity is healthy for boys and girls. Education is wealth. Be faithful. Copyright Robin
Us playing soccer on top of the mountainUs playing soccer on top of the mountain
Us playing soccer on top of the mountain

And me having the best time so far in Africa. Copyright Robin
Injury from when i kicked my foot in GermanyInjury from when i kicked my foot in Germany
Injury from when i kicked my foot in Germany

nail wants to come off, charming i know...
Coming back after our second game with the kidsComing back after our second game with the kids
Coming back after our second game with the kids

We were all screaming A-CA-CIA...A-CA-CIA
Dancing with the kidsDancing with the kids
Dancing with the kids

So much fun, blurred as we were dancing and jumping like idiots

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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