Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2022

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As my partner planned an extensive trip for us to explore as much of Uganda in seven days as possible, she was rec- ommended by several people to a company called Explore Uganda with Dan Although Dan was not our guide, we had an unimaginable experience with Peter Nsubuga. Prior to being introduced to Peter, we were a bit disappointed that Dan him- self was not taking us on our 7-day exploration, however after meeting Peter, we quickly realized that he was going to be an incredible guide. Peter has over 10 years of experience guiding others all throughout Uganda as well as neighboring countries of Rwanda. He is impressively knowledgeable about Ugandan history, Wildlife (Animals, Birds, Reptiles, Insects, Etc.), and Tourism. We became very excited, as our itinerary was jammed packed and full of adventure. Our first stop was the Kibale National Park, followed by Queen Elizabeth National Park, and lastly the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Each place provides a unique adventure and experience that I can definitively state is like nothing I have ever experienced before. The first stop on our trip was the Kibale National Park in Western Uganda, also known as the primate capital of the world. Prior to visiting the National Park, we were able to spend time at our beautiful accommodation, The Kibale Forest Camp, which offered individual tents with a private bath- room and shower nestled in the middle of the forest. The grounds were immaculately groomed, and the staff was very accommodating. Upon arrival we were greeted with fresh squeezed juice, given a tour of the grounds, and assigned a personal assistant that took care of everything we needed. After feeling settled in our tent, we had an early evening dinner in the beautiful main lodge since we had to be up the next morning at 6am to trek Chimpanzees in the Kibale National Park. I am not going to lie, I had no idea what to expect and was extremely nervous, as the trek is done on foot. The experience was not nearly as scary as the anticipation leading up to the trekking... We were told that we needed to arrive at 7:30am, as it can take anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours to find the chimps in their natural habi- tat. There were four of us in a group and each group was assigned a nation- al guard, whose job is to guide and protect you through the national forest. We learned that each day in the forest is different, which makes the trekking experience so exhilarating. Some days it is raining, some days it is sunny, and some days it can be both. The weather will dictate how the animals behave, which in turn has an impact on the trekking experience. Our expe- rience was phenomenal. It is entirely immersive and as you are trekking, you participate in looking for footprints and other signs of the chimps until you find them. You are looking for them on the ground as well as in the trees. It is also quite the hike, so be prepared to get a great workout in. Our NEW PERSPECTIVE: EXPLORING UGANDA, THE PEARL OF AFRICA DISCOVERING B M & T ••• September/October 2022 ••• 12

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