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Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Lake Bunyonyi June 13th 2015

. . . Of Uganda. So in reality, it’s probably nothing like Switzerland at all, but Lake Bunyonyi is incredibly beautiful, so I suppose the nickname works to some extent. Brit and Lena took a couple days off from the goat project to go gorilla tracking, and decided to spend the weekend in Mbarara when Laura, Brendan and myself went on a trip to the lake. Bunyonyi is one of the deepest lakes in all of Africa and has a scattering of tiny islands spread throughout it, giving it a very unique look. This trip was actually my fourth time going to the lake, but it was my first time actually staying on one of the tiny islands. Brendan is originally from the Unites States, but after a considerable amount of time working and going to ... read more
Back in the "canoe"

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 11th 2015

Alright, well I’ve been in Uganda for over a month now so I figure it’s time I actually spend some time writing about the work I’ve been doing - I swear I have been working here! Because I don’t like to spend my downtime blogging, I will continue to be behind on entries the entire time I’m here. I intended this to be a quick run-down of how the first month has gone, but like all my entries it’ll probably be a long one. Like I said in my first blog entry, I was accepted for an internship with Vets without Borders to work on their Goat Pass-On Project. In a nutshell, the Goat Pass-On Project strives to help the most impoverished people of rural Uganda - mainly widows and orphans - and we help them ... read more
Myself, Laura and Ester
Sometimes it's important to take time to relax
Sunrise on Lake Victoria

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 1st 2015

Sorry it’s taken me a while to write another blog, but I’ve been busy (and a little lazy). I’m going to fast forward a bit to last weekend, then backtrack to the start of the goat project for next blog. Since the last blog, Laura (a vet who is one of the co-directors of the goat project), Brittany, and Lena all joined me and we made our way from Entebbe to Mbarara where we would be based for summer. After a week on the project (again, stay tuned because I’ll go into that on the next blog) we traveled to Queen Elizabeth National Park for the weekend to work with Dr. Siefert, a vet who runs the Uganda Carnivore Program. Dr. Siefert is originally from Germany, but has been living in Uganda for almost 40 years ... read more
Cape Buffalo
The view from across the lake
Day dreamers

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe May 9th 2015

Alright, well I’m back in Africa and I was asked to keep another blog of my travels, so here it is! Most of the blog will just be copy and pasted from the Vets without Borders one I’ll be keeping, but the odd entry (like this one) will just be my own uncensored thoughts and misadventures. Quick background: I was accepted to be a student intern to work on the Vets without Borders (VWB) Goat Pass-On Project in Uganda for three months. This is the same project I volunteered with last summer for about a month. Brittany (a classmate of mine) and Lena (a student from the Montreal vet college) are also working on this project with me and will be joining me in Uganda in a few days. If there is anything I’ve learned while ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe July 24th 2014

Ok, this will be nice and short because I need to finish packing as I'm off to London, England in a few hours! Alright, so the goat project is finished for everyone, except Jamie and MC who still have three more weeks here. The rest of us would be taking off to Europe for a few days before heading home. Elyse, Megan, Jen and Fey are all heading to Amsterdam, while I'm off to London for the first time. Feel free to message me any tips or things to see while I'm there! The five of us pack our bags, say more sad goodbyes to Jamie and MC, and are off to Entebbe, where we'll spend a couple days before we fly out. After a fairly uneventful drive, other than watching our driver pay off the ... read more
Touching rhinos!

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 24th 2014

Now that the safari was over, it was time to get back to work, where I would spend the rest of my time in Uganda with the Vets Without Boarders (VWB) goat project. I left off in Entebbe and the following morning Ursula and I would be leaving the rest of the girls to go to Mbarara to work. We planned on taking the bus, but as always, what you plan for here is rarely what you get. I woke up the next day feeling like absolute hell. I'm talking throwing up, chills and sweats, incredible body aches, dizzy and weak. Something had gone seriously wrong in my body, and fast. Ursula and I quickly realized that, given I could barely move, I was in no shape to take the bus. Thank god, Silas was able ... read more
Only a few days old!
How to not keep your goats
One of our super paravets, Janet, and her perfect pen

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe July 19th 2014

This marks final day of our safari. Oh the sadness! It's hard to choose which activities were favourites on this trip, but today's activity was definitely up there. Any chance to get within a short proximity to wild and endangered animals are pretty damn exciting for me. We all hop into the jeep to make the journey to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for some rhino tracking. We were told this would be another day of mild hiking and good footwear is essential, so I try to locate my hiking shoes as we get in the vehicle. Note: I've been keeping them in the jeep during the night as they were muddy and disgusting from the gorilla hike and I don't want to subject whoever I'm rooming with that night to smell. Good thing I checked for ... read more
Curious baby
Such tiny eyes

Africa » Uganda » Northern Region » Murchison Falls NP July 19th 2014

Today starts like all of the other days with an early morning so we could do a game drive. Here we saw many more elephants, and witnessed, in my opinion, the cutest animal interaction of the safari. A pack of elephants were crossing the road behind us, along with a few babies (so adorable!) and one of the babies was so little it struggled to climb overtop of a mound of dirt on the side of the road. Mom came up from behind and gently pushed it, with her trunk, helping it get to the other side! Like something straight out of Dumbo! Out of all the baby animals we watched, elephants are by far my favourite! They're so cute and clumsy, swinging their big trunks from side to side and around in circles. Aside from ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Northern Region » Murchison Falls NP July 19th 2014

The next stop would be Murchison Falls, in Northern Uganda. It takes forever and a day to get anywhere in this country, thanks to some of the poorest roads I've ever seen (next to Saskatoon's, of course), so we would spend the night at the halfway point in Fort Portal. The following morning we would drive a few more hours to make it to Murchison in time for lunch with another boat cruise, this time on the Nile River, in the afternoon. Now, while Murchison is a beautiful part of the country, it is also home to the tsetse fly which carries the potentially deadly parasite that causes African Sleeping Sickness in humans. They look almost exactly like a typical house fly, but have a nasty bite like a horse fly, which injects the parasite into ... read more
Bats in the bathroom
Sausage Tree

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP July 19th 2014

Ok, I lied, not all days are insanely early, today was actually insanely early, as in 4am early. Today was the day where we prayed to see lions, and since our best chance of seeing them is first thing in the morning, we got our asses out of bed and were on the game drive by seven. Like the days prior, we saw many, many ungulates, particularly kobs. In fact, we saw hundreds of kobs! They were all over the park, to the left and right of the jeep, and crossing the road in front of us. We saw a couple square off and fight and even got to see a couple mating. We were, after all, in an area of the park called Kob's Mating Grounds, so we can officially say it lives up to ... read more
Morning sex

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