You can visit Africa- but never be in touch with Real Africa
Here is the wrong way to visit Africa – Its Pearl Uganda.”
The wrong way to Visit Africa – its Pearl Uganda. Learn how not to visit Africa? How not visit Uganda? Africa, you either love it or hate it. There is no in-between. You either have the right attitude for African Travel, or you do not.
How People React on a Safari Uganda? You can create an identical Safari for two different couples. One couple will find it as the trip of a lifetime, the ultimate Safari. The other couple on the same will leave Uganda dissatisfied.
There is the wrong way to visit Africa – Its Pearl Uganda, and there is the right way.
Fortunately, 99% of Uganda visitors are satisfied beyond expectations with their time in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
The wrong way to visit Africa – Its Pearl Uganda – Katharine Hepburn:
Katharine Hepburn came to Africa to make the “the African Queen” movie. She did not come on a Safari. Katharine Hepburn did not abide by the “Know before you go” Safari Rule.
She did not thrive on the Chaos that awaited her. Unlike Humphrey Bogart and John Huston, Katharine Hepburn did not numb herself to all that was happening around her. If she had taken some Scotch or even Ugandan Waragi, she might have been spared from ongoing dysentery. Not been frightened by snakes hanging in the pit latrines and other horrific experiences.
It is what she wrote in her book “The Making of The African Queen, or: How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall, and Huston and almost lost my mind.”
“The Country is like a great sponge—it finally absorbs you. Eventually, you will get malaria, or you will get dysentery. Whatever you do, if you don’t keep doing it, the jungle will grow over you. Black or white, you’ve got to fight it every minute of the day.”
There is the wrong way to visit Africa – Its Pearl Uganda: Katharine Hepburn came to Uganda uninformed. She did not have a guide at her side as you would on a Safari with us. Katharine Hepburn had a problem with both expectations and attitude. She is not a role model when it comes to visiting Africa. One can be sure that she was never asked to be a “poster person” for tourism. If she had read the “what to avoid in Uganda page.”
The Right Way to Visit Africa and Uganda its Pearl – Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill visited Uganda in 1907. He was well prepared for the journey. He knew what to expect, and Uganda was beyond his expectations.
He, like Katharine Hepburn, wrote a book. Here is an excerpt from his “My African Journey.”
“For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”
The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different, and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate on Uganda.
Uganda is from end to end a ‘beautiful garden’ where ‘staple food’ of the people grows almost without labor. Does it not sound like a paradise on earth? It is the Pearl of Africa.”
Katharine Hepburn visited Uganda and nearly lost her mind. Winston Churchill seemed to have gained a new perspective on Africa. Unwittingly he has become the poster boy of Uganda’s Tourism by popularizing the term “Pearl of Africa.”
Two Visitors to the same Country and two different views. Africa, you either love it, or you don’t. Fortunately, most tend to be on the side of Winston Churchill.
Our Advice about the wrong Way to Visit Uganda – its Pearl Uganda:
1. Visit Uganda without a clue as to what awaits you:
Our Advice is “Know before you Go” is definitely the wrong way to visit Uganda. Our Advice – become informed about Uganda before you. Do not stumble down onto the tarmac at Entebbe clueless as to what awaits you. Your visit to Uganda becomes more enriching if you are informed about Uganda. Our site is information-rich when it comes to Uganda. You can also use the Uganda Bradt Guide. It has excellent information, though it is geared toward the Backpacker.
Know a bit about Uganda, its history, cultures. Watch the movie “Queen of Katwe, which is one of the more positive films in Uganda and is an ongoing success story that is still taking place. Read Winston Churchill’s “My African Journey” as to what he discovered in 1907 in Uganda – his book popularizing the term “Pearl of Africa.”
If you are going on Safari, know what you will need. That especially applies to Gorilla Trekking. It is more enriching to know before you go. Do not arrive without a clue.
2. Do not Visit Uganda superficially – Immerse yourself:
Africa, Uganda, is like the ancient River Nile. You cannot just dip your toes into it and tell people you swam in the Nile. You do not have to get as radical as doing a Bungee Jump into the Nile. But it takes some thoughtful planning for a Safari.
President George W. Bush, who did more for Africa than any other American President with his HIV-Aids support, visited Uganda for 4-Hours. He met President Museveni, visited the TASO organization in Entebbe, which was instrumental in reducing AIDS. He watched the Watoto Choir perform and left the country. He did not even have time to enjoy a famous Rolex.
President Clinton spent a night in Uganda. The only exploration he did while in Uganda was to go to the hotel lobby and buy a few souvenirs.
Uganda is like an exquisite cup of Arabica coffee grown in the terraced hills of Southwest Uganda near Bwindi Impenetrable. Before drinking it, get a whiff of it, smell it, taste it, savor the flavor. Uganda is not to be experienced like a horrendous Instant Cup of Coffee. Instant coffee is like dancing without music. There is nothing instant about Uganda. The Pearl of Africa is an experience that most relish. You cannot jet into Uganda, do a 3-day Gorilla Trek and say you visited. In our humble estimation, you visited the Gentle Giants of the Forest but not much else. Get a taste of Uganda, authentic Africa, immerse yourself in it.
3. Do not come to Uganda with a sense of Western Superiority but be willing to learn:
Come to Africa, to Uganda, to learn, to experience. Bring a touch of openness, a dash of humility. Uganda, like most of Sub-Saharan Africa, is relational. Ugandans focus on relationships.
A traveler to Uganda that comes with an openness to learn new or ancient ways will have the time of their life. Those willing to listen with a bit of humility will find their time in Africa most enriching.
Gustave Flaubert said it so well. “Travel makes one Modest. You see what a Tiny Place you Occupy in the World.
Bill and Melinda Gates were visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They took time out to sit on a mat, something that is often used for visitors in homes of humble means and Uganda and listened.
Attitude – the inner attitude determines the quality and richness of your African Experience in Uganda.
Welcome to our Uganda – the Pearl of Africa
Angelique Kidjo, the Grand Diva of African Music, has a beautiful song “that speaks of “Welcome to my House.” In it, she talks about “my house is your house.” That is the essence of Africa’s spirit, Welcome, stay awhile, eat, meet, share heartfelt conversation, physical presence.
Africa – Uganda – has a lot more to offer than Safaris, than wildlife, gorillas, chimpanzees and incredible scenery it has incredible people with incredible stories to tell – my personal experience has been only being with people – chewing the beef (Nyama Choma) having a piece of chicken and sharing stories – sharing cultures – forming lasting friendships – getting to know the real Africa its Pearl Uganda – its people.
The Wrong Way to Visit Africa and its Pearl Uganda: Don’t leave your common sense at home. Come willing to learn beyond primates, and wildlife get to know its people and cultures. Be enriched by your time in Uganda. Not long ago, we had 17 Women hiking the Nile Safari following the footsteps of Winston Churchill. One of them had a concerned husband, partway during her time in Uganda after trekking Gorillas, she stated…“Uganda is nothing like my husband thought it would be.”