Keeping an African Safari Journal of your Time in Uganda

Posted by on March 26, 2018

Safari Journal – Memories beyond pictures and videos of your African Safari

Keeping an African Safari Journal – Ernest Hemingway – Karen Blixen – Katherine Hepburn did.

Keeping an African Safari Journal –  Recording your Time in Uganda. Journaling by writing into a journal is no longer as popular as it once was.  Most often Twitter, Facebook, Instagram which we can use to contact Friends and Family.  There is however still a place for an old-fashioned handwritten journal as it was in the days of Grand Safaris, some of those Journals found their ways into books that still delight us today as “My African Journey” by Winston Churchill, “Green Hills of Africa” by Ernest Hemingway and “Out of Africa” by Karen Blixen. In recent times there the accounts of Paul Theroux who wrote “Black Star Safari” a negative look at Africa but interesting by a man who had previously lived in Uganda and other parts of Africa. 

A Safari Journal keeps the time-honored traditions of explorers, discovers and Adventurers alive and well.


Safari is a Swahili word and speaks of a journey and one thing I have observed over the years is that there is an inner and outer journey.  When we come to Africa, the things we see, smell, experience, the sights, the  sounds leave lasting impressions within.  A safari is much more than noting how many lions, chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, birds, butterflies and what specific species we saw on our safari, but the impressions of those experiences.

In Uganda, Safari Goers have the rare chance to spend times with the Gentle Giants of the Forest, the Mountain Gorillas.  

Safari memories are not just about the wildlife, primates, birds, plant, trees, and amazing scenery it is about the people who you meet, the children that you meet. 

The people that you meet along your Safari Journey in the Pearl of Africa will most likely leave the greatest and often lasting impressions, at times bonds of friendship are formed that remain for years to come refreshed via email, Facebook or letters.

Tips on Keeping an African Safari Journal of your Time in Uganda

1. Why are you going to Uganda for your African Safari?

What was it to motivate you to plan a Safari in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda? For many, it is the Primates of Uganda  that attracted their attention and to fulfill a life-long dream of spending time with the Mountain Gorillas, the Chimpanzees, and Golden Monkeys.

Others go on an unplugged Safri to East Africa’s most remote and unvisited Park – Kidepo Valley Park.  Wherever you go, whatever Primate, Wildlife, Birds or people you encounter, record your feelings, your impressions.

 2. Write while on the Airplane traveling to Uganda.

Write down your expectations while flying to Uganda.  The feelings that you have, even the excitement about you anticipate happening on the Safari.

 3. Write in your Safari Journal each Day

This way what you write in your journal will be fresh, the feelings will be there of the encounter with the Mountain Gorillas, visiting the Rainforest with the Batwa Pygmies, or climbing an extinct Volcano to see the Ik People where they only paths are goat trails.

4. Add pictures to your journal after the Safari

Write on the one page and leave the opposite blank, adding pictures after you reach home.  Pictures are worth a Thousand Words and will only add value to your writings.

5. Write about your African Safari in Uganda after you leave.

  • What was the Safari Experience like?
  • What did you enjoy the most?
  • What surprised you in Uganda on Safari?

Keeping an African Safari Journal becomes a lot of fun and is an ancient part of Safari Life for hundreds of years, especially by the early explorers such as John Speke and Samuel Baker. You, in the 21st Century, are carrying on what has always been done, keeping a journal, a written record of Encounters in Africa on Safari.

Keeping an African Safari Journal helps you to remember more about your Safari, learn more about culture, customs, and people in Uganda. Plus writing about your safari in a journal will help you to reflect more, actually relive, experiences and encounters.

Keeping a Journal during your African Safari – recording the impressions and thoughts of each day on Safari in Africa.