Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Faces of Uganda

Baby on her back, bag of charcoal on her head and hands full, Ugandan women do work hard.

Uganda Sunrise

Clouds & Sky

Another beautiful Uganda sunrise, sometimes it pays to get up early.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Loaded in Uganda

Mbarara, Uganda

Typical boda boda, no helmet, no shoes just sandals.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Coffin Shop

B&W Street photography

We are all going to need one sooner or later

Coffin shop - Mbarara, Uganda

Friday, March 24, 2017

Faces of Uganda


Clouds & Sky

Mbarara, Uganda

Rain clouds moving in.

Praying Mantis

In my garden

A praying mantis egg case was spotted under the railing on my front porch, here are a few pictures of the little fellows.

Faces of Uganda

B&W Street photography

Vervet Monkey

Uganda Wildlife

Lake Mburo Camp

Vervets are highly social animals, and occur in well organised troops, dominated by males. Females do not leave their natal group, but males emigrate from the troop at puberty. Access to prime food recourses is determined by the dominance hierarchy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Things you see on a boda boda

Loaded in Uganda

Fresh picked beans. They pull the entire plant and take home and remove the beans and use the leaves and vines for food for the goats or mulch for the garden.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Things you see on a boda boda

Goats on a boda boda

If you stay in Uganda long enough you will see just about everything on a boda boda (motorcycle taxi). We had just left Lake Mburo National Park and was getting close to Sanga when we came up on this boda boda with two goats on it. The second picture shows the same thing near Fort Portal on a early road trip. Because of these kind of sightings I always move with a camera.

Two goats on a boda boda

Two goats on a boda boda

Uganda Sunsets

Clouds & Sky

Sunset at Lake Mburo

Sunset at Mbarara, Uganda

Sunset at Lake Mburo National Park

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Wildlife of Uganda

Warthogs are members of the same family as domestic pigs, but present a much different appearance. These sturdy hogs are not among the world's most aesthetically pleasing animals—their large, flat heads are covered with "warts," which are actually protective bumps. Warthogs also sport four sharp tusks. They are mostly bald, but they do have some sparse hair and a thicker mane on their backs.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

African buffalo

Wildlife of Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park

I will be spending a few days in Lake Mburo NP. I have a little work to do here and then I hope to do some birding and animal watching. These buffalo greeted me as I was entering the park, a good start to what I hope will be a great visit.

The African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovine. It is not closely related to the slightly larger wild water buffalo of Asia and its ancestry remains unclear. Syncerus caffer caffer, the Cape buffalo, is the typical subspecies, and the largest one, found in South and East Africa. S. c. nanus (African forest buffalo) is the smallest subspecies, common in forest areas of Central and West Africa, while S. c. brachyceros is in West Africa and S. c. aequinoctialis is in the savannas of Central Africa. The adult buffalo's horns are its characteristic feature; they have fused bases, forming a continuous bone shield across the top of the head referred to as a "boss". They are widely regarded as very dangerous animals, as they gore and kill over 200 people every year.

The African buffalo is not an ancestor of domestic cattle and is only distantly related to other larger bovines. Owing to its unpredictable nature, which makes it highly dangerous to humans, the African buffalo has never been domesticated, unlike its Asian counterpart, the water buffalo. Other than humans, African Cape buffaloes have few predators aside from lions and large crocodiles, and are capable of defending themselves. Being a member of the big five game, the Cape buffalo is a sought-after trophy in hunting.

Oxpeckers having a field day with this buffalo

Monday, March 13, 2017

Everyday life in Uganda - Riding side saddle

B&W Street photography

If you’ve never been to East Africa, you may not have heard the term “boda-boda” before.  A boda-boda, or “boda,” as it is more commonly referred to, is a type of motorcycle taxi driven in East Africa, and more increasingly, throughout other parts of the continent as well. To say that there are a lot of boda-bodas in Uganda would be an understatement. Boda-bodas are everywhere in every city.

Riding side saddle

The history of the boda-boda is an interesting one. Following the end of British rule in East Africa, the amount of paperwork required for motor vehicles crossing through the area between the borders of the newly independent nations of Kenya and Uganda dramatically increased. Passing through this area, also known as “no-man’s-land,” required a cumbersome stack of paperwork to be filled out (once before entering this ill-defined area, and once again promptly after leaving it). Eventually, out of this bureaucracy, a business idea was born: people soon began offering bicycle rides across no-man’s-land, allowing passengers to avoid the paperwork that was necessary for motor vehicles. It began in the southern border town of Busia, where there is over half a mile between the border posts, and it soon spread to the northern border town of Malaba. Vying for the attention of potential customers looking for a quick ride through, bicycle drivers would shout out “boda-boda!” (meaning “border-to-border”). Of course, in Kampala, there are no borders being crossed, and the bicycles have been replaced by loud, polluting motorcycles. Nevertheless, the name “boda-boda” remains.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Everyday life in Uganda

B&W Street photography

The bicycle

In Uganda, as in much of the developing world, the bicycle is much in demand for transport of goods and people over short distances. A bicycle can provide an income directly: it can take a worker to a place of work which might otherwise be too far away, or it can be used to offer transport services.
Bicycles also bring produce to market. By allowing a farmer to carry his harvest in perhaps one load of up to 200kg, and much faster and cheaper than by any other means, the bicycle can significantly improve the economic viability of small farmholdings. The farmer spends less time away from his farm, and the goods arrive fresher at the market.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Birds of Uganda - Great Blue Turaco

Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata) is a turaco, a group of African near-passerines. It is the largest species of turaco. Generally, the great blue turaco is 70–76 cm (28–30 in) in length with a mass of 800–1,231 g (1.764–2.714 lb). In the Bandundu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the great blue turaco is actively hunted for meat and feathers. The blue and yellow tail feathers are prized for making good luck talismans. In the area of Bandundu around the city of Kikwit, it is called "Kolonvo".

Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata) - call

Great Blue Turaco

Great Blue Turaco