My love of Africa started during my time at university. As part of my Tourism and Geography degree at the University of Gloucestershire I ventured to Uganda on a geography field study. The university had a link project with an IT college in Kaliro, a remote part of eastern Uganda. We brought computers and books, helped to set up a computer classroom, and helped to train some of the staff and students.
My fascination for East Africa remained, and after university I went back to Uganda to assist a charity project to help to renovate two primary school classrooms and set up sports projects in schools and orphanages.
Since then…highlights of my travels to Uganda include; co-designing and managing the construction of a lodge on the banks of the River Nile, then training the staff and managing the lodge; helping run two other safari lodges in Uganda; completing two wildlife courses, ‘Bird Guiding Course’ (March 2009) and ‘Advance Techniques in Wildlife Guiding and Interpretation Course’ (May 2009) conducted by the Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) in Queen Elizabeth National Park; and beyond Uganda spending the last eight years exploring a variety of areas in East and Central Africa, Madagascar, and Morocco, and designing and tailoring exciting and unique wildlife itineraries.
Together with a colleague, we sponsored and enrolled a young Ugandan man, in this year’s ‘Wildlife Guiding Course’ in Lake Mburo National Park. We feel it important to give youths the financial opportunity and inspiration to live their dreams. We plan to continue this for other like-minded youth.
Since 2011, I have been running a number of social networking sites in the UK. One of which, allows regular meet-ups to discuss current wildlife, nature, conservation and ethical travel stories and to share wildlife and travel experiences. We join regular events, lectures, presentations and photography exhibitions at the Royal Geographical Society, the National Geographic and the Royal Institute, and have seen the following in lecture; Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough and Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Chris Packham, Mark Carwardine, and Saba Douglas Hamilton amongst many others.
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