A LOOP FROM EASTERN TO WESTERN REGION AND BACK
Our first stop in Uganda is Entebbe, a city located right on the shores of one of the African Great Lakes, Lake Victoria. We land at 3 in the morning and after resting, we spend the rest of the day exploring biodiversity at the Entebbe Botanic Garden. On Saturday, we head to the capital city, Kampala, for two days of urban studies focusing on humanities and geography. We will be touring the city and also visiting Makerere University, established in 1922.
On Monday, we drive 300 kilometers from Kampala to Mbarara District in the Western Region, where we will spend two nights. Our studies will focus on the economic geography of this region, visiting a factory which processes either tea or bananas (I am not sure how the final arrangements ended up). We will spend the second day at a girls high school working with the students on a service project, which I am really looking forward to.
The final leg of the journey begins on Wednesday, when we drive approximately 150 kilometers to the western region of Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park for three nights. Here we will study biodiversity, culture, conservation and I highly anticipate getting a look at some geologic features in this area of the Eastern African Rift Valley at the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains. QENP is home to 95 mammal species including 10 primate species, 20 predators, and I am guessing that my bird geek tendencies will be fully realized!