Nick Greaves

Though 2020 has got off to an odd start, to say the least, it was great visiting Pascal and having some time in Uganda after 12 years absence. It was obvious things had changed to a great degree and the loss of forest habitat was immediately noticeable after leaving the noise, dirt and fumes of Kampala which seems to get bigger and busier than ever. The traffic even made Dar es Salaam seen sane!

 

But a visit to the Zoological Gardens in Entebbe shows you the incredible variety of birdlife in urban Uganda. The birdlife of Uganda dazzles and enthrals visitor and local alike. But as you travel through the huge variety of habitats around Uganda the richness and variety of the avian fauna astounds. From the dry Sahelian region in the north, the lush mixed savannas of the Central plateau to the forests of the Western Rift the variety in vegetation zones means a never ending variation. A great many species endemic to regions such as the Semliki and Bwindi forests; the soda crater lakes of the Queen Elizabeth National Park; the swamps and papyrus beds of Lake Victoria, the slopes of Mount Elgon all have specialities to entice the enthusiast.

 

But a mobile safari in Uganda with A J Tours offers the opportunity to experience these wonderful habitats and now with the development of Euphorbia Safari Lodge as a base in Queen Elizabeth National Park, an ideal venue to appreciate the magnificent birdlife and the wildlife of the region.

 

Events in the last week with the murder of ‘Rafiki’, the silverback Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi is all too poignant a reminder how fragile our link is to these great natural assets and shows how vitally important tourism and it’s income, is to securing the future of all wildlife worldwide.

 

Likewise the start up of tourism in Tanzania and other African nations is vital so that revenue keeps Governments reminded of their obligation to protect their resources, not just for their own citizens but for the whole Global Community.

 

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2012 Update This season I will be training guides at Ruaha River Lodge up until the start of the 'Season' in June 2012.

This should see the cessation of the 'Big Rains' and the onset of the dry season when the game viewing starts to improve as the vegetation starts to dry and die back. Though the rains started slowly in Ruaha they came with a vengeance in mid-December and everywhere is a verdant green and the wildlife has dispersed away from the river and the only watering points available.

From June onwards I will be running the Wilderness Camp in the far West of Tanzania. This remote and beautiful Park is off the beaten track but well worth the effort to visit for those who want something 'special'. Ideal as a stop off for visiting Mahale and its Chimpanzees and Lake Tanganyika in general, Katavi boasts a wildlife spectacle in its own rights. Famous for its huge herds of free roaming Cape Buffalo and other herds that favour the vast open flood plains are the Topi, Eland and Roan antelopes as well as large gatherings of Elephant and Hippopotamus. Sightings of large predators are common and the place has a staggering variety of birdlife at all times of the year.

The 'Low Season' is the best time of the year for birders as the mixture of Palaearctic and intra-Africa migrants will mesmerise the beginner and specialist twitcher alike. Katavi is also famous for its crocodile caves where many of these giant reptiles seek refuge as the rivers dry up towards the end of the year.

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