Country life on Acacia hills and valleys of milk It’s early in the morning and still dark outside. The previous night, we had requested our delegate host and care taker, Mr. Patrick Tugyende, the chance to see the herdsmen milking the cows. We had been told we’d have to wake up as early as 4am … More Day 7 – Team Ralph in Mbarara – Country life on acacia hills and valleys of milk
Following the Sunset… A Our journey begins at 7:00am with a hasty rush to beat the busy Kampala morning traffic. We are all headed for Pioneer mall where we’ve previously gathered before embarking on our journeys. However, its not until 11am when we’re all set and make our way down to the Kisenyi bus park.
The sounds of distant buses and trucks roar past the roadside lodge. The sun is high in the sky and we are already late for brunch with our tour guide, the intelligent and eloquent Barnabas Ochanda. He is the son of the last village chief of the Puvungu clan, a Luo people whose lineage in … More Day 5 – Team Ralph in Pakwach – Lost Trails
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. This however is not how our journey to Packwach went. Having left the city at 9:00 pm, we happened to meet the worst possible jam that ruined the tempo of our trip. Regardless, life on the outskirts of Kampala carried on. The sounds of … More Day 4 – Team Ralph in Pakwach – Journey to Pakwach.
Our last adventure took us to Lazebu, a parish in the sub county of Logiri, Arua district. Our quest was to visit the falls along River Nyagak, revered by the local folk as Ora, and discern how deep the relationship between the former and the latter goes. We did fancy the idea of camping in … More Day 9: DINA in Arua, “Lazebu’s Ora”
Day 3 continued… A cultural exposition As we conclude our trip to Ngero we are curiously drawn to one of the homesteads next to the entrance at the Nyero rock painting site. The homestead which has a neatly kept compound and trimmed hedge, consists of six distinctly organised huts across its perimeter. We enquire with … More Day 3: Team Ralph @ Nyero continued… A cultural exposition
The air was thin and icy, the ground dry and rocky, and the breeze almost an unrelenting gale. Sweat trickled down our brows as our muscles strained with every step. The hike to Mount Wati’s peak was not an easy one. In the first thirty minutes of the footslog; our feet had become so tender, … More Day 8: DINA in Arua, “Hiking The Revered The Mt. Wati”
On arrival at Bugala Island’s landing site after a three hour voyage aboard the ferry, MV Kalangala, one is welcomed by the chilly lake breeze and warm smiles from the various expectant accommodation staff, each willing to treat you to an unforgettable experience. Since Bugala Island is better known for its tourism, the locals suspect … More Day 7: DINA in Bugala Island, “A cultural subscript.”
This is not witchcraft, this is home! The road brown, A path down Into a green thick The palm trees dormantly stink The midday air around Is arrested by the spirit on ground You visit him You know he is wise You know he will set you free King of the lake, so the local … More Day 6: DINA in Bugala Island, “Sacred spaces”