5 must-visit places in Uganda for nature lovers

5 must visit places in Uganda for nature lovers

1. Crater lakes surrounding Fort Portal

The surrounding of Fort Portal is known for its bright crater lakes, shielded from each other by green steep hills. My dad and I visited one of the lesser known crater lakes of Uganda, entitled Lake Kifuruka, about 20 km south from Fort Portal. The local bus and boda boda (motorcycle taxi) ride were quite adventurous as it rained heavily the night before. The sand roads were converted into muddy slides and we had to cover some parts by foot. At one point we even considered returning as the road was in such a bad shape but we still made it to our eco-lodge.

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Building a mud and stick toilet while volunteering in rural Tanzania

Building a mud and stick toilet while volunteering in rural Tanzania

When I mention Tanzania you probably think of the wonderful wildlife, the Ngorongoro crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti National Park or the beaches of Zanzibar. However, it is the contact with the friendly locals that gives you opportunities to immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture. For 5 days I volunteered with Peter in Kahe, a rural district of Moshi in the Kilimanjaro Region. I helped to build a toilet from natural materials, painted classrooms and visited the homes of host families for vulnerable children. This way, I experienced the local hospitality myself and learnt more of the customs and habits than any guidebook could teach me. In this post, I will show you the different steps of building a mud and stick toilet and hope to inspire you to volunteer in Africa.

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4 highlights of travelling in East-Africa

Lake Bunyonyi - Highlight in East-Africa (Uganda)

Friends often ask me what I like so much about East-Africa as I keep going back and back. I fell in love with East-Africa when I first step foot on the continent during an organized group trip to Kenya in 2010. In 2012, I was enrolled at the Jimma University in Ethiopia to conduct soil surveys for my master’s thesis in Geology. During 2014-2015, I spent about 5 months living and working on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for my PhD research and I backpacked with my dad in Uganda. I returned to Kenya in 2016 to exploit the sediment record of Lake Challa, again in the framework of my PhD. Picking a favorite country in East-Africa is difficult as I visited several countries with different purposes. Nevertheless, I selected the 4 most memorable experiences from all those journeys.

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How to travel East-Africa independently?

How to travel East-Africa independently?

Travelers often forget about the continent of Africa when planning their next backpacking trip as they think it is expensive, unsafe or impossible to get around independently. I will not claim that East-Africa is as easy as for example SE Asia to travel around, but it is certainly doable. There is so much more on this continent beyond the classic safari. I hope to stoke a little East-African wanderlust with the practical tips and tricks in this beginner’s guide.

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What to expect when staying with locals in Kampala?

Couchsurfing in Kampala while backpacking in Uganda

People frown when I tell them my dad shared a double bed with a local man during our first night in Uganda, while I slept on a canvas on the floor. Isaac, a 32-year-old Ugandan nurse, was so friendly to host us after my couchsurfing request. He picked us up from the airport and navigated so easily in the dark through the small, sandy roads in the suburbs of Kampala. Nevertheless, we sighed with relief when we finally arrived at his house.

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My budget breakdown of backpacking in Uganda

My dad and I travelled for 15 days across Uganda and spent less than €700 p.p. for the entire trip. The basic expenses such as food, accommodation and local transportation are cheap, but tourist attractions like national parks have a steep price tag. All costs below are per person per day, but based on two people backpacking together. This includes all expenses in the country itself, i.e. excluding international flights, vaccinations or travel insurance.

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