hi guys,got back late mon from uganda & kenya.
there wont be a detailed report-sorry.but some kind of report.
at first my main thing in uganda was: chimp habituation. then my job took care of that for me. they pulled the weekend overtime weeks before i was to leave. so there was no way i would have the money for that.i even had to cut my kibale stay short.ended up in entebbe longer than i thought i would.
as it turned out-the habit. program would not be going on any way. because of the elections they did not want anyone in the park in the dark hrs. so i kinda lucked out there.
i did 4 chimp trackings. almost did a 5th- but the 4th was so good. i decided not to. there was no point-wanted to finish on a high note.good video with the chimps and the mzuri sana ranger i had and the other mzuri sana i asked to tag along with us. those male chimps are crazy!to good for still pics-video all the way.
i stayed it what they call: the elevated banda. nice place- but who could complain for 35bucks a nt.
as always the rangers, people who work the canteen, and the people that live near by. are wonderful. of course my greatlakes driver: gerald- great guy. glad greatlakes got him for me. jaynefer at greatlakes-again was helping me so much because of my issue at work. then finally we got it together.a side note: i really enjoy visiting the greatlakes office in kampala. the owner AMOS, and the ladies who work in the office are so nice.
weather pretty good. heavy rain during the first mon morn tracking.still went out though. i asked my driver to tag along with us. there was only 3 of us.me, gearld & ranger.all the trackings i had special treatment.
food very good at that small canteen- no issues at all.
i stayed at: sophies motel in entebbe. nice place. food ok, service in the bar/dining area ok. could use some improvement though.
the person i remember most: Freddy the driver.we hit it off right away the eve i got there.had to give him a good tip when i left- very nice older man.
off to kenya very early mon morn. of course my main man and brother kashu was waiting for me. we hit the road to his place to chill a bit, get cleaned up, see his girl marianne.
then we had to stop at the kws office in nairobi. had to meet a new friend there. she was helping me for weeks on a few things.
getting my ranhger friend quri huka to visit it with us again.
go on a truck patrol with kws
and viewing the bone house they have at the voi station.
only the last one worked out.
my kws lady friend was told quri would be there. well, he wasnt-he was up in turkana on leave.very sad about that- he is a good friend.
the patrol thing- didnt really expect it anyway.
but the bone house- very cool. piles from a culling yrs ago, droughts, poaching. much history there.yes you need permission to see this. the kws lady was so helpful and nice.
she didnt even know about this-now she does.
because of the silly weather- game was almost nowhere to be found. even out towards satao camp an hrs drive from voi gate-nothing there this time.it was so hot and burning.but worth the ride. i like going out there.
i noticed out to the left of the satao water holes a dead elephant-just bones.it was not there in june. so they let me walk out there with one of the camp guys. i wanted to see it and tape it. i have a thing for bones and the like.
we still had our lions & hyenas singing in the nt near camp. at the ndololo camp site- no fences! thats the way i like it.
a UK couple from SA was doing a road trip. they stopped here for 2nts.nice people- very funny, and at about 60yrs old-love to party haha.that SA wine is really good. the husband emailed me already.hope to see them again.
of course the baoons and verits are always trying to do thier thing.they know us by now- they dont bug us much.
oh, an over-land crew came in for 1nt. well, the baboons had fun with them.it was something to watch.it seems they never had to deal with baboons before.we couldnt stop laughing.
finally at the camp site-new toilets an showers!!!!!
we stayed 4nts- still had a great time.we always do my driver kashu & cook lucas.
we left for nairobi on the friday morn.
i either stay at kashus place or at: didi's guest house.nice place for 2500 shillings the double room.
while in nairobi-really just outside at a suburb called: karen.
we always go to this outside cage. always i am the only mzungu haha. no problem at all. make new friends there everytime.
one quick story then that it:
the sun i was leaving we stopped in this cafe about 3pm. had lunch, tuskers. before we knew it we had 2 other guys and a mzurisana sitting with us.
then this old, big, a bit drunk masai man comes in.he stops at other tables. then kashu asks him to sit down. after awhile he starts with giving me some signals. he was trying to ask me to buy him a beer. i said no problem he got his beer.
then he talks to kashu, kashu tell me he is very pleased and happy you got this beer.
next time you visit he wants to show you his home, his cows and he wants to give you one of his cows! yes he does. because of a beer.
thought it was pretty nice of him.
believe it or not- one of the high-lites.
of course anything i see or whatever people i meet and kashu & i being like brothers. i could never have done any of this without melinda of eco-resorts.always a huge help and
knowing what to do for me.
about pics and video.
in kibale all video. some stills at camp. not much at all.
in kenya- some video. very little stills.
hardly any game around in tsavo this time.
thats ok- was able to relax a bit.
thats about it.
thanks: great lakes & eco-resorts.
hi guys,got back late mon from uganda & kenya.
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