01 juillet 2006

Meet Jane Goodall

Rita went last week to Uganda and met Jane Goodall. That was the first time the two met, and they seemed to have a lot to say to each other. Rita was amazed by the determination of this woman and her charisma. Certainly the highlight of their encounter - among the numerous stories Jane tells - is when she starts imitating chimpanzees when they greet each other...in the midst of a posh reception at an embassy. Superb! Rita était en Ouganda la semaine passée et a eu la chance de rencontrer Jane Goodall. C'était la première... [Lire la suite]
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14 juin 2006

Kisoro

The road from Mbarara  to Kisoro is a wrinkled path where your maximum speed could reach 40km/hour. The villages are scattered next to the main road and people are busy and very helpful when you ask for assistance and they rarely ask for assistance in return, something that has gradually changed with the proximity to the Congolese region!So what's in Kisoro? You think: Oh of course the mountain gorillas on the Uganda side. As we check in the hotel, the employee asks us when we are going to track the gorillas. Actually, we... [Lire la suite]
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13 juin 2006

Queen Elisabeth National Park

Queen Elisabeth National Park spreads over an area of 1978 km2 in the western arm of the Great East Rift Valley. It is home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda Kob, baboons, chimpanzees, and a large variety of birds including the famous crowned crane, all typical of riverine and savannah habitats. In the southern part of the park is the Ishasha area with the climbing lions and the Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The northen part of the... [Lire la suite]
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11 juin 2006

Fort Portal's market

You know we love markets. I can't resist posting this photo taken at Fort Portal.
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10 juin 2006

Crater lakes

With views of the Rwenzori and a pleasant climate, one does come to Fort Portal to visit the town but the surrounding district. With Kibale Forest National Park, Semliki National Park, Semliki Game Reserve and the outstanding crater lakes, there is enough to justify several days exploring the region. Unfortunately, I do not have this time! So I decided to concentrate on the crater lakes area. 21 kms south of the city lies Lake Nyabikere (meaning lake of frogs) I keep on driving, take some side roads and there are plenty hidden... [Lire la suite]
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09 juin 2006

Kampala

traffic jam in Kampala Kampala is built on seven hills, the city center is on just one of them, Nakasero. The top half of the hill is a garden city of wide, quiet avenues lined with large houses behind imposing fences and a golf course. Embassies, international aid organizations, up market hotels, government offices and the rich reside here. The bottom half of Nakesero hill is a world away from this, composed of shops, small businesses, budget hotels, cheap restaurants, street markets, Hindu temples, the bus station and... [Lire la suite]
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08 juin 2006

Selling fruits

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06 juin 2006

A Pelican on the lake Victoria - Un pelican sur le lac Victoria

As we're on our way to Ngamba Island, we encounter this superb pelican. En chemin verrs l'île de Ngamba, rencontre avec ce superbe pélican.
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05 juin 2006

Chimps in Ngamba Island - Les chimpanzés de l'île de Ngamba

Every year in Africa, approximately 5,000 chimpanzees are killed by poachers for the bushmeat trade: As a byproduct of this illegal practice; dozens of infant chimps are taken alive from the forest, bound for the pet trade throughout Africa and the rest of the world. Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Uganda Wildlife Education Center Trust (UWECT) and... [Lire la suite]
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04 juin 2006

Meat for sale - Une brochette en chemin

On our way to Kampala, we stop by this small village. This man tries his luck selling his goat brochettes to all travellers passing by. We're not much hungry at that point, and I am not quite sure it's all that fresh anyway... Sur la route menant à Kampala, nous nous arrêtons à ce village. Cet hommes se préciipte vers nous pour nous vendre ses brochettes de chèvre. Ce sera pour une autre fois : on n'a pas très faim, et le tout ne m'inspire pas, ca ne semble ps très frais tout ça...
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